October 2014 Archives

Increasing stimulus measures by the Bank of Japan sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow rocketing 195 points to 17,390. Nasdaq jumped 64 points to 4,630.

On the upside

YRC Worldwide (Nasdaq: YRCW) swung to a greater than expected profit for the third quarter prompting an upgrade.

Mercadolibre (Nasdaq: MELI) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations. 

Brightcove (Nasdaq: BCOV) reported a narrower than expected loss for the third quarter.

On the downside

Audience (Nasdaq: ADNC) widened third quarter losses and forecast current quarter results below estimates.

Moneygram International (Nasdaq: MGI) fell to a larger than expected loss for the third quarter.

Bottomline Technologies (Nasdaq: EPAY) reported a loss for the first quarter.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 soared 23 points to 2018. Bitcoin fell $10 to $337.
The markets traded higher during the midday with the Dow jumping 167 points to 17,363 after the Bank of Japan increased its stimulus plan. Nasdaq leaped 58 points to 4,625.

On the upside

Groupon (Nasdaq: GRPN) widened losses for the third quarter but the results were better than expected.

Scientific Games (Nasdaq: SGMS) widened third quarter losses but revenue surged. 

Imperva (NYSE: IMPV) widened losses for the third quarter but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Falling gold prices weighed down shares of Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC).

Investors locked in profits on Clean Diesel Technologies (Nasdaq: CDTI).

Tempur Sealy International (NYSE: TPX) reported lower third quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 17 points to 2012. Bitcoin fell $10 to $337.
The Bank of Japan will increase its stimulus plan sending the markets soaring to a sharply higher open with the Dow leaping 162 points to 17,357. Nasdaq jumped 61 points to 4,627.

On the upside

Third quarter earnings slipped for WisdomTree Investments (Nasdaq: WETF) but revenue rose to top analyst estimates.

GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) swung to a greater than expected profit for the third quarter as revenue surged. 

Spansion (NYSE: CODE) narrowed losses for the third quarter as revenue climbed.

On the downside

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AEGR) narrowed losses for the third quarter but revenue fell short of expectations and the company lowered its full year revenue outlook.

Trimble Navigation (Nasdaq: TRMB) disappointed with sharply lower third quarter earnings that missed analyst estimated and forecast current quarter results below expectations.

Third quarter earnings plunged for Regional Management (NYSE: RM) prompting downgrades.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 17 points to 2012. Bitcoin lost $9 to $339.

Markets soar on strong economic data

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Strong economic data sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow rocketing 221 points to 17,195. Nasdaq gained 16 points to 4,566.

On the upside

First quarter earnings surged for Vistaprint (Nasdaq: VPRT) to surpass analyst expectations by a wide margin.

Inteliquent (Nasdaq: IQNT) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that topped analyst estimates. 

Fleetmatics Group (NYSE: FLTX) reported sharply higher third quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations.

On the downside

Nika Gas Storage Partners (NYSE: NKA) widened second quarter losses more than expected as revenue plunged.

Shares of Fifth Street Asset Management (Nasdaq: FSAM) plummeted on its first trading day.

Goldcorp (NYSE: GG) fell to a loss for the third quarter.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 12 points to 1994. Bitcoin rose $11 to $347.
The markets advanced during the midday with the Dow soaring 158 points to 17,133 as the nation's trade deficit narrowed. Nasdaq added 5 points to 4,554.

On the upside

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services granted transitional pass-through status to Omeros (Nasdaq: OMER) for its Omidria.

Abiomed (Nasdaq: ABMD) reported sharply higher second quarter earnings that more than tripled to top analyst estimates. 

Calix (NYSE: CALX) fell to a loss for the third quarter but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) fell to a greater than expected loss for the third quarter.

Accuray (Nasdaq: ARAY) widened first quarter losses more than expected.

Parexel International (Nasdaq: PRXL) reported higher first quarter earnings but revenue missed expectations prompting a downgrade.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 7 points to 1989. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $334.

Mixed open over GDP

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The markets opened mixed with the Dow climbing 92 points to 17,066 while Nasdaq lost 16 points to 4,532 as the nation's gross domestic product expanded at a 3.5% rate in the third quarter. The pace was lower than the 4.6% growth rate in the second quarter.

On the upside

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) narrowed losses for the third quarter.

The Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents to Clean Diesel Technologies (Nasdaq: CDTI) for the company's Spinel(TM) clean emissions exhaust technology that would be significantly cheaper than current technology. 

Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) increased production of its ChemMAX and MicroMAX protective suits and will continue to add production capacity.

On the downside

Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) swung to a profit for the third quarter but the company forecast current quarter results below estimates.

Ceragon Networks (Nasdaq: CRNT) reported a greater than expected loss for the third quarter.

Pacira Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PCRX) reported a loss for the third quarter.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 9 to 7 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 1980. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $334.

Lower close as Fed ends QE

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The markets closed lower with the Dow losing 31 points to 16,974 after the Federal Reserve ended its bond buying program. Nasdaq fell 15 points to 4,549.

On the upside

Radcom (Nasdaq: RDCM) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the third quarter as revenue soared.

USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue. 

Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) swung to a greater than expected profit for the third quarter prompting an upgrade.

On the downside

Barrett Business Services (Nasdaq: BBSI) fell to a loss for the third quarter.

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) reported sharply higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the company forecast disappointing fourth quarter results and warned of higher expenses in 2015.

Compass Point downgraded AmTrust Financial Services (Nasdaq: AFSI) from a Buy rating to a Neutral rating.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 1982. Bitcoin held steady at $336.

Mixed earnings weighs down markets

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Mixed corporate earnings news weighed the markets down during the midday with the Dow slipping 9 points to 16,995. Nasdaq fell 23 points to 4,540.

On the upside

Shares of Shell Midstream Partners (NYSE: SHLX) surged on its first trading day.

ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO) reported higher third quarter earnings that surpassed analyst expectations prompting the company to lift its full year guidance. 

Third quarter earnings fell for MCG Capital (Nasdaq: MCGC) but the company announced plans to repurchase up to $75 million of its common stock.

On the downside

Applied Micro Circuits (Nasdaq: AMCC) narrowed losses for the second quarter but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

An Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB) Antares rocket exploded after lifting off last night in Virginia.

Wabash National (NYSE: WNC) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the results missed estimates.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 1983. Bitcoin lost 13 points to $338.

Mixed open ahead of Fed statement

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The markets opened mixed with the Dow gaining 37 points to 17,042 while Nasdaq lost 15 points to 4,548 as investors awaited a statement from the Federal Reserve.

On the upside

Fiat Chrysler Automotive (NYSE: FCAU) will spin off Ferrari into a separate publicly traded company and will issue a convertible bond for $2.5 billion.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber (Nasdaq: GT) reported lower third quarter earnings but the results were better than expected. 

Newfield Exploration (NYSE: NFX) reported sharply higher third quarter earnings as revenue climbed.

On the downside

American Realty Capital Properties (Nasdaq: ARCP) overstated its adjusted funds from operations in its financial reports from March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2014.

InvenSense (NYSE: INVN) fell to an unexpected loss for the second quarter even as revenue rose.

Xoom (Nasdaq: XOOM) reported sharply lower third quarter earnings even as revenue rose.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 3 points to 1988. Bitcoin lost 12 points to $339.

Upbeat data sends markets soaring

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Upbeat earnings and strong gains in consumer confidence sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow surging 187 points to 17,005. Nasdaq leaped 78 points to 4,564.

On the upside

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) selected Aerohive Networks (NYSE: HIVE) to provide networking solutions for the ConnectED Initiative.

Medicines Company (Nasdaq: MDCO) won its patent infringement suit against Mylan. 

Tornier (Nasdaq: TRNX) will merge with Wright Medical Group (Nasdaq: WMGI) in an all stock deal valued at approximately $3.3 billion.

On the downside

Pioneer Energy Services (NYSE: PES) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the third quarter but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

Investors locked in profits on Cyber-Ark Software (Nasdaq: CYBR).

Medidata Solutions (Nasdaq: MDSO) reported sharply lower third quarter earnings even as revenue rose and lowered its full year outlook.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 4 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 soared 23 points to 1985. Bitcoin added 2 points to $353.
A strong gain in consumer confidence boosted the markets during the midday with the Dow climbing 78 points to 16,896. Nasdaq surged 50 points to 4,536.

On the upside

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) fell to a loss for the third quarter as revenue dropped but the results were better than expected.

Receptos (Nasdaq: RCPT) reported positive results for a Phase 2 trial of its ulcerative colitis treatment RPC1063. 

VASCO Data Security International (Nasdaq: VDSI) reported sharply higher earnings for the third quarter that more than tripled as revenue climbed.

On the downside

Amkor Technology (Nasdaq: AMKR) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ) rejected an offer from Bison Capital to take the company private.

Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) warned of lower comparable sales in the third quarter.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 11 points to 1973. Bitcoin added a point to $352.
Upbeat earnings lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow rising 38 points to 16,856. Nasdaq soared 40 points to 4,526.

On the upside

Second quarter earnings fell for Integrated Device Technology (Nasdaq: IDTI) but the results were better than expected.

Madison Square Garden (Nasdaq: MSG) will explore separating the company into two businesses. 

China granted Ascent Solar Technologies (Nasdaq: ASTI) the Business License and the Certificate of Approval for Establishment of Enterprises with Foreign Investment required to begin operations at its China Joint Venture manufacturing facility.

On the downside

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) widened third quarter losses as user growth slowed prompting downgrades.

Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the company warned of challenges to its diabetes sales through 2015.

Coach (NYSE: COH) reported lower first quarter earnings and revenue.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 7 points to 1969. Bitcoin added 2 points to $353.
The markets closed modestly higher with the Dow rising 12 points to 16,817 despite disappointing economic data as investors focused on upbeat earnings. Nasdaq added 2 points to 4,485.

On the upside

The underwriters of Vitae Pharmaceuticals' (Nasdaq: VTAE) initial public offering exercised their option to purchase over 1 million shares of common stock at the IPO price of $8 per share.

Shares of Cyber-Ark Software (Nasdaq: CYBR) continued climbing. 

Trex (NYSE: TREX) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the third quarter as revenue climbed.

On the downside

Shares of Durect (Nasdaq: DRRX) plunged after Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) ended its partnership with Pain Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PTIE) to develop Remoxy. Pain had licensed the right to develop Remoxy from Durect.

GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) stock extended its losses.

Investors locked in profits on SodaStream International (Nasdaq: SODA)

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 1961. Bitcoin slipped 2 points to $350.
Service sector expansion slowed in October to weigh the markets down during the midday with the Dow slipping 12 points to 16,792. Nasdaq lost 5 points to 4,478.

On the upside

Shares of Regulus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RGLS) continued soaring.

Bargain hunters snapped up shares of Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN). 

Chembio Diagnostics (Nasdaq: CEMI) partnered with Integrated BioTherapeutics to develop point-of-care diagnostic tests for Ebola and febrile illness.

On the downside

Akebia (Nasdaq: AKBA) reported positive results from a Phase 2b trial of non-dialysis patients with anemia related chronic kidney disease treatment AKB-6548 but a high rate of serious adverse event reports raised concerns.

The re-election of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff weighed down shares of Centrais (NYSE: EBR) and Gafisa (NYSE: GFA).

Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) reported higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates but the stock price fell.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by a 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 4 points to 1959. Bitcoin added a point to $354.
The markets opened lower with the Dow losing 27 points to 16,778 as twenty-four European banks failed their stress test. Nasdaq fell 15 points to 4,467.

On the upside

NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ) filed its annual report for 2013 and regained full compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Novavax (Nasdaq: NVAX) will begin a Phase 1 Ebola vaccine clinical trial in December. 

Aeterna Zentaris (Nasdaq: AEZS) assigned a full-time sales force to begin selling ASCEND Therapeutics' estrogen replacement therapy EstroGel beginning November 17.

On the downside

The defeat of pro-business Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves sent shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) tumbling.

The Food and Drug Administration requested additional data from Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SRPT) for its New Drug Application to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy with eteplirsen.

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) ended its development agreement with Pain Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PTIE) for the pain treatment Remoxy.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by a nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 7 points to 1957. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $352.

Higher close on upbeat data

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Rising new home sales along with strong earnings lifted the markets to a higher close with the Dow soaring 127 points to 16,805. Nasdaq climbed 30 points to 4,483.

On the upside

Regulus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RGLS) extended its gains.

Merit Medical Systems (Nasdaq: MMSI) reported higher third quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations. 

Spectranetics (Nasdaq: SPNC) fell to a loss for the third quarter but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Third quarter earnings tumbled for Hub Group (Nasdaq: HUBG) to fall short of expectations.

Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) announced a private placement of common stock at the discounted price of $10 per share in order to raise approximately $11.2 million.

Oppenheimer initiated coverage of GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) with a Sell rating and set a price target of $45.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by a 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 13 points to 1964. Bitcoin slipped $1 to $354.

Gain in new home sales boosts markets

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A 0.2% gain in new home sales lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow climbing 70 points to 16,748. Nasdaq gained 9 points to 4,462.

On the upside

Gigamon (NYSE: GIMO) fell to a loss for the third quarter but the results were better than expected.

SodaStream International (Nasdaq: SODA) will test market some PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) products. 

BJ's Restaurants (Nasdaq: BJRI) reported sharply higher third quarter earnings that surpassed analyst expectations.

On the downside

Synaptics (Nasdaq: SYNA) disappointed with lower first quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations.

First Niagara Falls (Nasdaq: FNFG) fell to a loss for the third quarter and cut its current quarter outlook.

Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN) warned of losses for the third quarter.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE while decliners barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 6 points to 1957. Bitcoin added $2 to $358.

Flat open as earnings disappoint

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The markets opened flat with the Dow adding 3 points to 16,681 as investors weighed a gain in existing home sales against disappointing earnings. Nasdaq rose 4 points to 4,457.

On the upside

Digital River (Nasdaq: DRIV) will be taken private by an investor group for a premium of approximately $840 million in cash.

KLA-Tenor (Nasdaq: KLAC) reported lower first quarter earnings but the results were better than expected, the company announced a special dividend payment and increased its stock repurchase program. 

Qlik Technologies (Nasdaq: QLIK) fell to a loss for the third quarter but the results topped estimates as revenue rose.

On the downside

DryShips (Nasdaq: DRYS) priced its public offering of 250 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.40 per share.

Pandora Media (NYSE: P) narrowed losses for the third quarter but listener growth fell short of expectations.

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) widened losses significantly more than expected for the third quarter and warned of losses in the current quarter.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added a fraction to 1951. Bitcoin rose $5 to $361.

Upbeat earnings boost markets

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Upbeat earnings sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow jumping 216 points to 16,677. Nasdaq surged 69 points to 4,452.

On the upside

American Airlines (NYSE: AAL) reported sharply higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates.

Celator Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: CPXX) priced its offering of more than 6.6 million common shares and warrants at $1.95 per unit. 

Reports that a doctor in New York may have Ebola lifted shares of Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

On the downside

JAKKS Pacific (Nasdaq: JAKK) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the stock price fell.

IPC The Hospitalist Company (Nasdaq: IPCM) disappointed with lower third quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations prompting the company to lower its full year forecast.

Third quarter earnings and revenue rose for Proto Labs (NYSE: PRLB) but the results missed estimates.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 surged 23 points to 1950. Bitcoin dropped $20 to $359.
The markets surged during the midday with the Dow rocketing 263 points to 16,725 over upbeat earnings and the expansion of factory activity in China. Nasdaq leaped 81 points to 4,464.

On the upside

Dana Holding (NYSE: DAN) reported higher third quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations prompting the company to lift its full year earnings outlook.

Second quarter earnings slipped for 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT) but the results were better than expected. 

Select Comfort (Nasdaq: SCSS) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst estimates and raised its full year earnings guidance.

On the downside

Alcobra (Nasdaq: ADHD) released updated Phase III study results for its attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment MDX that contradicted results that were announced on October 6.

Air Methods (Nasdaq: AIRM) warned that third quarter earnings would fall short of previous guidance.

Ultratech (Nasdaq: UTEK) reported a greater than expected loss for the third quarter.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 jumped 29 points to 1956. Bitcoin lost $18 to $361.
The markets soared to a sharply higher open with the Dow leaping 229 points to 16,690 as the four week average of initial applications for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in 14 years. Nasdaq jumped 61 points to 4,444.

On the upside

Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations.

Third quarter earnings and revenue climbed for Tractor Supply (Nasdaq: TSCO) to surpass estimates. 

Brookfield Residential Properties (NYSE: BRP) received an acquisition offer from Brookfield Asset Management.

On the downside

Yelp (NYSE: YELP) swung to a profit for the third quarter as revenue soared but the review site forecast current quarter revenue that fell short of expectations.

Cabela (NYSE: CAB) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

Profit taking weighed down shares of Vapor (Nasdaq: VPCO).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 6 to 1 on the NYSE and by 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 soared 24 points to 1951. Bitcoin fell $19 to $360.
A shooting at Canada's parliament building sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower close with the Dow plummeting 153 points to 16,461. Nasdaq dropped 36 points to 4,382.

On the upside

NewLink Genetics (Nasdaq: NLNK) chief executive Charles Link said that an Ebola vaccine could be ready by the end of the year.

Super Micro Computer (Nasdaq: SMCI) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations. 

Third quarter earnings and revenue climbed Gentex (Nasdaq: GNTX) to top estimates.

On the downside

Investors locked in profits on Forest Oil (NYSE: FST).

BMO Capital Markets downgraded Coeur Mining (NYSE: CDE) from a Market Perform rating to an Underperform rating.

Tupperware Brands (NYSE: TUP) reported lower third quarter earnings that missed estimates.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 tumbled 14 points to 1927. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $380.

Markets reverse course

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The market reversed course during the midday with the Dow falling 50 points to 16,564 as the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a new mortgage risk retention rule for banks. Nasdaq lost 15 points to 4,404.

On the upside

Unisys (NYSE: UIS) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the third quarter as revenue rose.

Third quarter earnings slipped for Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE: SIX) but revenue rose to top estimates and the company increased its quarterly dividend. 

Small Cap Traders issued a favorable analyst report on Vapor (Nasdaq: VPCO).

On the downside

Angie's List (Nasdaq: ANGI) narrowed third quarter losses as revenue rose but analysts expected a smaller loss.

Willbros Group (NYSE: WG) restructured its management team and announced that second quarter results will be restated.

Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) disappointed with lower third quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations by a wide margin and trimmed its full year outlook.

In the broad market, declining issues barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 1939. Bitcoin held steady at $382.

Markets rise on tame inflation

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The markets opened higher with the Dow rising 13 points to 16,627 as consumer prices edged up a modest 0.1%. Nasdaq added 4 points to 4,424.

On the upside

Regulus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RGLS) demonstrated human proof-of-concept with a microRNA  therapeutic for its hepatitis C treatment RG-101.

iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations. 

Blue Earth (Nasdaq: BBLU) denied allegations of fraud that were alleged by a Seeking Alpha contributor.

On the downside

Boulder Brands (Nasdaq: BDBD) warned that third quarter earnings would fall short of previous guidance.

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) reported preliminary third quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations prompting the company to lower its full year guidance.

Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) disappointed with sharply lower first quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 9 to 7 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added a point to 1942. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $380.
The markets rallied to a sharply higher close with the Dow rocketing 215 points to 16,614 on upbeat home sales and possible bond purchases by the European Central Bank. Nasdaq shot up 88 points to 4,419.

On the upside

ZaZa Energy (Nasdaq: ZAZA) extended its gains.

Pivotal Research initiated coverage of Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) with a Buy rating and set a price target of $110. 

Enphase Energy (Nasdaq: ENPH) introduced its Enphase Energy Management System to integrate solar power into power grids.

On the downside

A Seeking Alph article alleged that there was a law enforcement investigation into Blue Earth (Nasdaq: BBLU), that the company paid for stock promotion services and engaged in fraudulent activities.

Investors locked in profits on ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI).

Third quarter earnings slipped for Rent-A-Center (Nasdaq: RCII) while revenue missed expectations prompting a downgrade.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 jumped 37 points to 1941. Bitcoin edged up $1 to $382.
A better than expected gain in September existing home sales sent the markets soaring during the midday with the Dow jumping 195 points to 16,595. Nasdaq leaped 88 points to 4,404.

On the upside

Orexigen Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OREX) announced yesterday the introduction of extended release tablets of its obesity treatment Contrave.

Air fare increases on domestic flights lifted shares of American Airlines (NYSE: AAL). 

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations on strong iPhone sales and forecast current quarter revenue ahead of estimates.

On the downside

Rhino Resourse Partners (NYSE: RNO) slashed its quarterly dividend.

New York's Department of Financial Services discovered that Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN) sent backdated letters about loan modifications and foreclosures to borrowers.

Profit taking weighed down shares of NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 leaped 30 points to 1934. Bitcoin added $3 to $385.
The markets opened higher with the Dow climbing 77 points to 16,477 as the European Central Bank explored the possibility of purchasing corporate bonds. Nasdaq soared 49 points to 4,365.

On the upside

LiveDeal (Nasdaq: LIVE) chief executive Jon Isaac will buy up to 250,000 shares of common stock in open-market transactions.

Third quarter earnings fell for Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) but the results were better than expected. 

Neonode (Nasdaq: NEON) signed a technology development agreement with OEM.

On the downside

ARM Holdings (Nasdaq: ARMH) reported higher third quarter earnings but revenue fell short of expectations.

MagneGas (Nasdaq: MNGA) will issue 3 million shares of common stock to an institutional investor at the price of $1 per share.

Third quarter earnings rose for Graphic Packaging (NYSE: GPK) but the results missed expectations as revenue fell.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 17 points to 1921. Bitcoin added $6 to $387.
The markets closed higher with the Dow rising 19 points to 16,399 as investors welcomed efforts by Germany and France to support Europe's economic recovery. Nasdaq surged 57 points to 4,316.

On the upside

Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn recommended buying shares of SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) and TerraForm Power (Nasdaq: TERP).

Bezinga.com reported that Lenovo was preparing to make an offer to purchase BlackBerry (Nasdaq: BBRY). 

Lennox International (NYSE: LII) reported higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates.

On the downside

A jury found that Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) was liable for violating the False Claims Act and must pay $525 million in damages.

Tesoro Logistics (NYSE: TLLP) announced a public offering of 19.35 common units and will offer $1.3 billion in senior notes.

QEP Resources (NYSE: QEPM) sold it natural gas gathering and processing business to Tesoro Logistics (NYSE: TLLP) but the stock price fell.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 17 points to 1904. Bitcoin slipped $4 to $380.
Plans by Germany and France to strengthen the European economy lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow adding 2 points to 16,382. Nasdaq soared 49 points to 4,307.

On the upside

Sears Holdings (Nasdaq: SHLD) will raise $625 million through a notes offering.

Bank of America lifted its price target on ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) from $7 to $8. 

DryShips (Nasdaq: DRYS) subsidiary Ocean Rig (Nasdaq: ORIG) will provide DryShips with a $120 million short term loan.

On the downside

Steven Madden (Nasdaq: SHOO) warned of lower third quarter revenue.

Shares of Chimerix (Nasdaq: CMRX) and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: TKMR) tumbled as 43 people who were being monitored for possible Ebola symptoms were declared free of Ebola.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that funds had been diverted from Petrobras (NYSE: PBR).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 13 points to 1900. Bitcoin slipped $3 to $381.

Mixed open as IBM disappoints

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The markets opened mixed with the Dow losing 35 points to 16,344 while Nasdaq gained 27 points to 4,285 as IBM disappointed.

On the upside

SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries (Nasdaq: SCOK) announced that its aboveground facility in Henan Province that converts carbon dioxide into clean-burning syngas began operations.

NewLink Genetics (Nasdaq: NLNK) entered a $1 billion license deal with Genentech to develop the IDO pathway inhibitor NLG919.  

Mitel Networks offered a premium of approximately $540 million in  cash to acquire ShoreTel (Nasdaq: SHOR).

On the downside

NCR (NYSE: NCR) warned that third quarter earnings and revenue would fall short of previous guidance and lowered its full year forecast.

International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) disappointed with lower third quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

Profit taking continued to sink Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 5 points to 1892. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $382.
The markets surged to close sharply higher with the Dow leaping 263 points to 16,380 over strong corporate earnings and upbeat economic data. Nasdaq climbed 41 points to 4,25.

On the upside

Shares of Hudson Technologies (Nasdaq: HDSN) rose after the Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules for the allowance of virgin production of HCFCs for 2015 through 2019.

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: TTPH) priced its public offering of 3.95 million common shares at the discounted price of $19 per share but the stock price climbed. 

Caesars Entertainment (Nasdaq: CZR) will begin discussions with creditors to restructure its debt.

On the downside

Investors locked in profits on Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI).

Profit taking continued to sink Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

MLV & Co. initiated coverage of Clean Energy Fuels (Nasdaq: CLNE) with a Hold rating.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE while decliners barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 surged 24 points to 1886. Bitcoin added $3 to $381.
Consumer sentiment unexpectedly climbed to a seven year high sending the markets soaring during the midday with the Dow rocketing 300 points to 16,417. Nasdaq leaped 64 points to 4,281.

On the upside

General Electric (NYSE: GE) reported higher third quarter earnings as revenue rose.

Shares of Zayo Group Holdings (NYSE: ZAYO) soared in its market debut. 

QLogic (Nasdaq: QLGC) reported flat earnings for the second quarter but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Profit taking weighed down shares of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR).

Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) fell to a loss for the third quarter.

Medicare Administrative Contractor Palmetto GBA issued a draft local coverage determination to reimburse approximately 50% of low and very low risk prostate cancer patient receiving Myriad Genetics' (Nasdaq: MYGN) Prolaris.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 leaped 29 points to 1892. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $374.

Markets soar on upbeat earnings

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Upbeat earning sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher open with the Dow surging 226 points to 16,343. Nasdaq jumped 61 points to 4,279.

On the upside

ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) reported a smaller than expected drop in new student enrollment.

Nomura upgraded AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) from a Neutral rating to a Buy rating with a $10 price target. 

Bloomberg reported that a company may invest $2 billion in SunEdison (Nasdaq: SUNE) to build a polysilicon factory in China.

On the downside

The Food and Drug Administration notified Repros Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RPRX) that additional information must be provided before a pre-investigational new drug application meeting in November could be held.

Goldman Sachs downgraded Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN) from a Buy rating to a Neutral rating and lowered its price target from $44 to $31 while Morgan Stanley downgraded the company from an Overweight rating to an Equal Weight rating. Janney Capital Markets downgraded the retailer from a Buy rating to a Neutral rating.

Profit taking weighed down shares of NewLink Genetics (Nasdaq: NLNK).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 leaped 24 points to 1887. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $376.
The markets closed mixed with the Dow losing 24 points to 16,117 despite a sharp drop in jobless claims as investors continued to worry about the health of the global economy. Nasdaq added 2 points to 4,217.

On the upside

Vimicro International (Nasdaq: VIMC) won two contracts valued at approximately $39.80 million.

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of Goodrich Petroleum (NYSE: GDP) and Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO). 

Fairmount Santrol (Nasdaq: FMSA) will release third quarter earnings before market open on Tueday, November 11.

On the downside

Profit taking weighed down shares of Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Graham cut his price target on eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) from $57 to $52 and Jefferies analyst Brian Pitz lowered his price target from $59 to $55.

Indications that incumbent president Dilma Rousseff would win the Brazilian presidential election over pro-business candidate Aecio Neves weighed down shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 1862. Bitcoin lost $18 to $371.
The markets rebounded during the midday with the Dow adding 3 points to 16,145 as first time applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a 14-year low. Nasdaq rose 5 points to 4,220.

On the upside

Respiratory care products maker Allied Healthcare Products (Nasdaq: AHPI).

Market Realist provided an overview of Arch Coal's (NYSE: ACI) operations. 

Shares of NewLink Genetics (Nasdaq: NLNK) continued rising.

On the downside

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: TTPH) will offer up to $75 million worth of common stock.

Esperion Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ESPR) priced its public offering of 4.25 million common shares at the discounted price of $20 per share.

Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) will offer $125 million worth of convertible senior notes through a private placement.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 1860. Bitcoin lost $11 to $378.
Continued concerns about the global economy weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow tumbling 98 points to 16,042. Nasdaq dropped 30 points to 4,184.

On the upside

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) will sell certain drilling assets to Southwestern Energy for approximately $5.38 billion.

Shares of virus detection maker OraSure Technologies (Nasdaq: OSUR) climbed as a second healthcare worker tested positive for Ebola. 

ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) will host a conference call tomorrow, October 17, to discuss 2013 results as well as 2014 second and third quarter results.

On the downside

Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) reported higher third quarter earnings but subscriber growth fell far short of analyst expectations

Extreme Networks (Nasdaq: EXTR) reported preliminary first quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations by a wide margin.

Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of estimates.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 tumbled 15 points to 1846. Bitcoin lost $13 to $376.

Markets tumble over growth concerns

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The markets closed sharply lower with the Dow plummeting 173 points to 16,141 amidst global economic growth concerns. Nasdaq lost 11 points to 4,215.

On the upside

SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) will release third quarter financials and provide a shareholder update after market close on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Global Hunter Securities upgraded Energy XXI (Nasdaq: EXXI) from a Neutral rating to a Buy rating. 

Magnum Hunter Resources (NYSE: MHR) closed the sale of certain non-core assets for approximately $84.7 million in cash.

On the downside

Ellen DeGeneres will launch a new seasonal home collection on Friday, October 24 on Liberty Interactive's (Nasdaq: QVCA) subsidiary QVC but the stock price tumbled.

Investors locked in profits on ChinaNet Online Holdings (Nasdaq: CNET).

Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) closed a new $375 million credit facility.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 tumbled 15 points to 1862. Bitcoin dropped $16 to $387.
Weak economic data renewed fears of an economic slowdown sending the markets plummeting during the midday with the Dow diving 416 points to 15,898. Nasdaq collapsed 99 points to 4,127.

On the upside

Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) will pay a premium of approximately $241.4 million in cash to acquire Penford (Nasdaq: PENX).

Shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) and NewLink Genertics (Nasdaq: NLNK) rose after a second healthcare worker who treated Thomas E. Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola. 

Orexigen Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OREX) has earned $100 million in milestone payments from Takeda Pharmaceuticals for the obesity treatment Contrave.

On the downside

Shares of Forward Pharma (Nasdaq: FWP) plunged in its market debut.

Falling crude oil price weighed down share of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR).

Fitch Ratings warned that Greek banks continued to be in precarious financial situations sending shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) tumbling.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plummeted 52 points to 1825. Bitcoin fell $15 to $388.

Lower open over disappointing data

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A drop in retail sales and producer prices sent the markets down to a lower open with the Dow plunging 118 points to 16,196. Nasdaq dropped 23 points to 4,203.

On the upside

A peer reviewed manuscript detailing the preclinical research for Peregrine Pharmaceuticals' (Nasdaq: PPHM) bavituximab in treating Ebola will be published in the Journal of Immunology Research.

Shares of Dominion Midstream Partners (NYSE: DM) soared on its first trading day. 

A second healthcare worker who cared for Thomas E. Duncan has tested positive for Ebola. Shares of Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) surged.

On the downside

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) was reevaluating it plan to purchase Shire (Nasdaq: SHPG).

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) reported a loss of a penny per share for the third quarter.

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) disappointed with lower third quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 tumbled 15 points to 1862. Bitcoin lost $10 to $392.

Mixed close over global concerns

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The markets closed mixed with the Dow slipping 5 points to 16,315 as investors weighed upbeat earnings against a slowing global economy. Nasdaq rose 13 points to 4,227.

On the upside

Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) named Andy Mooney to the position of chairman and Pierre Agnes as president effective November 1, 2014.

Sears Holdings (Nasdaq: SHLD) apologized that a ring with a swastika was listed for sale on its Marketplace online site. 

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) reported higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates.

On the downside

Falling crude oil prices weighed down shares of Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO).

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) requested that a court allow the technology giant to file under seal its objections to GT Advanced's (Nasdaq: GTAT) bankruptcy motions .

Concerns arose that Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) may disappoint when it reports earnings later this week.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 2 points to 1877. Bitcoin rose $12 to $402.

Markets advance over bank earnings

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The markets continued rising during the midday with the Dow gaining 69 points to 16,390 over upbeat bank earnings. Nasdaq climbed 37 points to 4,251.

On the upside

Rising iron ore prices lifted shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (Nasdaq: CLF).

Declining new cases of Ebola boosted shares of American Airlines (Nasdaq: AAL). 

Citigroup (NYSE: C) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue that topped analyst estimates and announced plans to exit the consumer banking business in 11 markets.

On the downside

Wunderlich downgraded NetScout Systems (Nasdaq: NTCT) from a Hold rating to a Buy rating.

Concerns about the high price of Gilead Sciences' (Nasdaq: GILD) newly approved hepatitis C treatment weighed down shares of the biopharmaceutical.

Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) reported higher third quarter earnings but investors were disappointed that the results merely met expectations rather than exceeded expectations.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 17 points to 1892. Bitcoin rose $11 to $401.

Bargain hunters lift markets

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After three days of triple digit losses, bargain hunters lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow rising 39 points to 16,360. Nasdaq gained 14 points to 4,227.

On the upside

ChinaNet Online Holdings (Nasdaq: CNET) introduced a Zero Down Payment Loan product.

Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS) lifted its fourth quarter earnings and revenue guidance. 

Goodrich Petroleum (Nasdaq: GDP) will present at the 8th Annual Canaccord Genuity Global Resources Conference on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

On the downside

Investors locked in profits on Nanosphere (Nasdaq: NSPH).

Profit taking weighed down shares of Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

Investors took profits on NewLink Genetics (Nasdaq: NLNK).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 4 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 5 points to 1880. Bitcoin added $7 to $397.
The markets reversed course to tumble to a sharply lower close with the Dow collapsing 223 points to 16,321 over global economic concerns. Nasdaq plummeted 62 points to 4,213.

On the upside

Canadian health officials will begin testing an Ebola vaccine that is licensed to Newlink Genetics (Nasdaq: NLNK).

J.P. Morgan downgraded Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) from an Overweight rating to a neutral rating and slashed its price target from $13 to $5 but the stock price climbed. 

Shares of medical waste container maker Sharps Compliance (Nasdaq: SMED) climbed after a nurse who treated Dallas Ebola patient Thomas E. Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola.

On the downside

Falling crude oil prices weighed down shares of Callon Petroleum (NYSE: CPE), Goodrich Petroleum (NYSE: GDP), Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) and Rex Energy (Nasdaq: REXX).

ALCO Stores (Nasdaq: ALCS) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Wunderlich Securities analyst Jason A. Wangler lowered his price target on Basic Energy Services (NYSE: BAS).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plunged 31 points to 1874. Bitcoin rose $9 to $385.

Markets recover at midday

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The markets recovered during the midday with the Dow rising 34 points to 16,578 as investors monitored earnings news. Nasdaq gained 22 points to 4,298.

On the upside

A Puerto Rico judged sided with Doral Financial (NYSE: DRL) in its ongoing tax dispute with the Puerto Rico Treasury Department.

Brazilian pro business presidential candidate Aecio Neves was endorsed by third place candidate Marina Silva. Shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) climbed. 

A nurse who treated Dallas Ebola patient Thomas E. Duncan tested positive for Ebola. Investors continued to snap up shares of hazmat suit maker Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

On the downside

Aerohive Networks (NYSE: HIVE) lowered its third quarter revenue outlook and warned of greater than expected losses.

Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK) will release third quarter earnings after market close on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Bloomberg reported that Silver Lake abandoned plans to buy Shutterfly (Nasdaq: SFLY).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 4 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 3 points to 1909. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $374.

Lower open ahead of earnings

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The markets opened lower with the Dow slipping 22 points to 16,522 as investors await earnings news. Nasdaq fell 18 points to 4,257.

On the upside

CSX (NYSE: CSX) rejected Canadian Pacific Railway's offer to merge the two companies.

Targa Resources will buy Atlas Energy (NYSE: ATLS) and Atlas Pipeline Partners in a deal valued at approximately $6 billion including the assumption of debt. 

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ALNY) reported positive six-month clinical data from an ongoing Phase 2 study of patisiran to treat transthyretin mediated amyoidosis in patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy.

On the downside

DryShips (Nasdaq: DRYS) withdrew its $700 million senior secured notes offering prompting a downgrade.

Shares of GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) continued falling.

Himax Technologies (Nasdaq: HIMX) extended its losses.

In the broad market, advancing issues barely edged out decliners by a slim margin on the NYSE while decliners outpaced advancers by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 1904. Bitcoin rose $5 to $382.
Escalating fears of another recession in Europe sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower close with the Dow plunging 115 points to 16,544. Nasdaq collapsed 102 points to 4,276.

On the upside

GT Advanced Technologies' (Nasdaq: GTAT) announcement that it was exiting the sapphire display market lifted shares of Rubicon Technology (Nasdaq: RBCN).

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). 

Shares of respiratory care products maker Allied Healthcare Products (Nasdaq: AHPI) surged over Ebola concerns.

On the downside

Caesars Entertainment (Nasdaq: CZR) named Keith Causey to the position of senior vice president and chief accounting officer.

Sizmek (NYSE: SZMK) announced management changes and forecast third quarter revenue that missed analyst expectations.

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) employees including chief executive Dick Costolo received death threats from terrorist group ISIS.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plummeted 22 points to 1906. Bitcoin added $1 to $355.
Bargain hunters lifted the Dow during the midday with the blue chip index gaining 68 points to 16,728. The tech heavy Nasdaq dropped 27 points to 4,351 after chipmakers warned of weakness in China.

On the upside

Shares of Diplomat Pharmacy (NYSE: DPLO) surged on its first trading day.

Dave and Buster's Entertainment (Nasdaq: PLAY) climbed in its market debut. 

Mad Money's Jim Cramer selected CyberArk Software (Nasdaq: CYBR) as one of his top picks.

On the downside

Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) cited weakness in China for lowering its second quarter revenue outlook. Shares of rival chipmakers Fairchild Semiconductor (Nasdaq: FCS) and Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU) fell in sympathy.

A Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) executive sold shares of company stock.

Procera Networks (Nasdaq: PKT) reported lower preliminary third quarter revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 6 points to 1934. Bitcoin added $2 to $356.

Lower open as recession fears mount

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The markets opened lower with the Dow slipping 7 points to 16,651 despite a drop in import prices as fears mounted that Europe would slip into another recession. Nasdaq plunged 57 points to 4,320.

On the upside

Exact Sciences' (Nasdaq: EXAS) Cologuard is the first Food and Drug Administration approved stool DNA test to detect colorectal cancer and pre cancer to be covered by Medicare.

Infosys (Nasdaq: INFY) reported higher second quarter earning and revenue. 

Hazmat suit maker Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) extended its gains.

On the downside

GT Advanced Technologies (Nasdaq: GTAT) will end its sapphire glass production.

Knowles (NYSE: KN) warned that third quarter revenue and earnings would fall short of expectations.

Manitowoc (NYSE: MTW) reported lower preliminary third quarter results and warned that full year Crane segment revenue would drop.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 9 points to 1918. Bitcoin edged up $1 to $355.
Fears that the European economy may slip back into a recession sparked a sell-off with the Dow tanking 334 points to 16,659. Nasdaq collapsed 90 points to 4,378.

On the upside

Impax Laboratories (Nasdaq: IPXL) will pay approximately $700 million in cash to acquire Tower Holdings and Lineage Therapeutics.

Ruby Tuesday (NYSE: RT) swung to an unexpected profit for the first quarter. 

MagneGas (Nasdaq: MNGA) joint venture partner FuturEnergy filed a patent on combusting coal emissions containing CO2 in a secondary post combustion chamber with MagneGas fuel.

On the downside

Shares of MOL Global (Nasdaq: MOL) plummeted on its first trading day.

E2open (Nasdaq: EOPN) forecast a wider than expected loss for the third quarter and full year.

Shares of Great Basin Scientific (Nasdaq: GBSN) tumbled in its market debut.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 1 on the NYSE and by 6 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plummeted 40 points to 1928. Bitcoin gained $20 to $370.

Weak global economy sinks stocks

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Finance ministers and central bank presidents met to address a weakening global economy. The markets tumbled during the midday with the Dow collapsing 282 points to 16,711. Nasdaq plummeted 73 points to 4,394.

On the upside

Shares of hazmat suit maker Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) continued surging.

HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS) soared in its market debut. 

Gentiva Health Services (Nasdaq: GTIV) will be acquired by Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $1.8 billon.

On the downside

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) dropped again over a series of recent downgrades.

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) named chief operating officer Lisa Su as the new chief executive officer to replace Rory Read effective immediately.

Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA) launched New Words With Friends but the stock price fell.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plunged 22 points to 1946. Bitcoin climbed $25 to $377.
Jobless claims unexpectedly dropped to its lowest level since the recession but the markets opened lower with the Dow falling 72 points to 16,922 as investors locked in profits from yesterday's rally. Nasdaq lost 25 points to 4,443.

On the upside

Endo International (Nasdaq: ENDP) offered to buy Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AUXL) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $2.6 billion.

GT Advanced (NYSE: GTAT) requested that a bankruptcy court keep sealed certain documents related to a third party in order to avoid paying damages that would be incurred by breaching confidentiality agreements. 

Arrowhead Research (Nasdaq: ARWR) issued an open letter to shareholders clarifying recent events.

On the downside

The Gap (NYSE: GPS) chief executive Glenn Murphy will retire in February and will be replaced by Art Peck. Analysts downgraded the retailer.

Kofax (Nasdaq: KFX) reported preliminary first quarter results that missed expectations and lowered its full year forecast.

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) extended its losses.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 7 points to 1961. Bitcoin gained $17 to $368.
Indications that the Federal Reserve would maintain record low interest rates boosted the markets to a sharply higher close with the Dow rocketing 274 points to 16,994. Nasdaq leaped 83 points to 4,468.

On the upside

The death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. lifted shares of hazmat suit maker Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

Rebounding gold prices lifted shares of Eldorado Gold (NYSE: EGO) and AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUQ). 

Activist investor Carl Icahn will send an "interesting" letter to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) chief executive Tim Cook tomorrow.

On the downside

Liquid Holdings Group (Nasdaq: LIQD) launched the beta version of LiquidMobile to select users but the stock price fell.

TheStreet's Adam Feuersteing noted that hedge fund managers are shorting shares of Northwest Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq: NWBO).

Profit taking weighed down share of IFM Investments (NYSE: CTC).

In the broad market, advancing outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 soared 33 points to 1968. Bitcoin gained $18 to $346.
The markets surged during the midday with the Dow soaring 136 points to 16,855 as the federal deficit plunged in 2014. Nasdaq climbed 32 points to 4,417.

On the upside

Third quarter earnings slipped for Blackhawk Network Holdings (Nasdaq: HAWK) but the results were better than expected.

Achillion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACHN) will present data for ACH-3102 and ACH-3422 at The Liver Meeting 2014, the 65th Annual Meeting of The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in November. 

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: KERX) chief executive officer Ron Bentsur and chief financial officer James F. Oliviero III both sold shares of the company but the stock price rose.

On the downside

Morgan Stanley analyst Evan L. Kurtz downgraded Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) from an Overweight rating to an Equalweight rating and slashed his price target from $16 to $4.

Arrowhead Research (Nasdaq: ARWR) reported disappointing results from an ongoing Phase II study of it hepatitis B treatment ARC-520.

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) warned that third quarter same store sales would fall short of expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on the NYSE while decliners outpaced advancers by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 14 point to 1949. Bitcoin gained $15 to $343.
The markets opened higher with the Dow rising 23 points to 16,742 ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's meeting in September. Nasdaq gained 5 points to 4,390.

On the upside

Bargain hunters lifted shares of GT Advanced Technologies (Nasdaq: GTAT).

Chimerix's (Nasdaq: CMRX) brincidofovir, which was administered to the first Ebola patient in the U.S., has been effective in treating respiratory infections. 

Unilife (Nasdaq: UNIS) extended its gains.

On the downside

Interface (Nasdaq: TILE) expanded its borrowing availability, warned of a greater than expected third quarter restructuring charge and forecast lower third quarter earnings.

A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) warned that third quarter revenue would fall short of previous guidance.

Piper Jaffray downgraded GoPro (NYSE: GPRO) from an Overweight rating to a Neutral rating.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added a point to 1936. Bitcoin rose $9 to $337.
Rising concern about the health of the global economy sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower close with the Dow collapsing 272 points to 16,719. Nasdaq plummeted 69 points to 4,385.

On the upside

The bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced Technologies (Nasdaq: GTAT) lifted shares of rival scratch resistant sapphire glass maker Rubicon Technology (NYSE: RBCN).

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR). 

FBR Capital upgraded Alcobra (Nasdaq: ADHD) from a Market Perform rating to an Outperform rating.

On the downside

Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL) terminated its contract with Innovative Solutions & Support (Nasdaq: ISSC) for cockpit upgrades to its fleet of MD88 and MD90 aircraft.

On Track Innovations (Nasdaq: OTIV) will sell $50 million worth of stock and warrants.

Moody's downgraded IAMGOLD's (NYSE: IAG) corporate family rating from Ba3 to B1.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 4 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plunged 29 points to 1935. Bitcoin slipped $6 to $327.
The markets extended its losses during the midday with the Dow sinking 156 points to 16,835 as Germany's industrial output dropped 4% in August. Nasdaq tumbled 40 points to 4,414.

On the upside

IFM Investments (NYSE: CTC) entered a strategic cooperation agreement with SouFun Holdings (NYSE: SFUN).

RXi Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: RXII) reported encouraging preliminary results from a Phase 2a clinical trial of its hypertrophic scar treatment RXI-109. 

Shares of Petrobas (NYSE: PBR) continued rising as pro-business Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves tightens the race.

On the downside

Christopher & Banks (NYSE: CBK) lowered its revenue outlook for the third quarter.

ACGO (NYSE: AGCO) cut its earnings guidance for the third quarter and full year.

Shares of Conns (Nasdaq: CONN) continued falling after announcing yesterday that it was exploring strategic options.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 dropped 13 points to 1951. Bitcoin slipped $5 to $328.

European concerns sink stocks

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Concerns about slowing growth in Europe sent the markets tumbling to a sharply lower open with the Dow plummeting 113 points to 16,878. Nasdaq dropped 27 points to 4,427.

On the upside

Shares of hazmat suit maker Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) climbed after Spain reported yesterday the first case of Ebola that was contracted outside of Africa.

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) reported higher second quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates. 

The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States began treatment with the experimental drug brincidofovir developed by Chimerix (Nasdaq: CMRX).

On the downside

SodaStream International (Nasdaq: SODA) reported preliminary third quarter revenue that fell far short of analyst expectations.

Second quarter revenue rose for The Container Store Group (NYSE: TCS) but the results missed estimates as same store sales slipped prompting the company to lower its full year guidance.

EZCORP (Nasdaq: EZPW) will discontinue its stand-alone online lending business in the U.S and U.K.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 fell 10 points to 1954. Bitcoin slipped $5 to $328.
The markets closed lower with the Dow losing 17 points to 16,991 ahead of the release of minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting later this week. Nasdaq fell 20 points to 4,454.

On the upside

A runoff election between president Dilma Rousseff and pro business candidate Aecio Neves lifted shares of Banco Bradesco (NYSE: BBD).

Bloomberg reported that Rio Tinot (NYSE: RIO) may merge with Glencore. 

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR).

On the downside

NxT-ID (Nasdaq: NXTD) will exhibit its Wocket smart wallet at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but the stock price dropped.

The Australian Conservation Foundation installed a 15-kilowatt solar PV system with Enphase Energy (Nasdaq: ENPH) Microinverters at its headquarters but the stock price fell.

EZchip (Nasdaq: EZCH) warned that third quarter revenue would fall short of previous guidance.

In the broad market, declining issues barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on the NYSE and while decliners outpaced advancers by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 1964. Bitcoin climbed $31 to $330.
The markets retreated during the midday with the Dow slipping 36 points to 16,972 as investors digest corporate consolidations and separations. Nasdaq dropped 25 points to 4,450.

On the upside

Durata Therapeutics (Nasdaq: DTRX) will be acquired by Actavis in a deal valued at approximately $675 million.

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) will separate into two businesses, a technology services company and a computer and printer business. 

Revolution Lighting Technologies (Nasdaq: RVLT) expects third quarter revenue to top $26 million, well ahead of last year's $5.3 million.

On the downside

GT Advanced Technologies (Nasdaq: GTAT) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) fell after the Food and Drug Administration approved Chimerix's brincidofovir as a potential treatment for Ebola.

LIbety Ventures (Nasdaq: LVNTA) changed the attribution from Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA) to Liberty Ventures Group for its digital commerce companies.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE and while decliners edged out advancers by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 5 points to 1961. Bitcoin climbed $34 to $332.
The markets opened higher with the Dow gaining 48 points to 17,058 on news that Hewlett-Packard would separate into two publicly traded companies. Nasdaq added 3 points to 4,479.

On the upside

Becton Dickinson will pay a premium of approximately $12.2 billion in cash and stock to acquire CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) .

A runoff between Brazilian pro-business presidential candidate Aecio Neves and President Dilma Rousseff lifted shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR). 

Unilife (Nasdaq: UNIS) signed a contract to be the sole global provider of cartridge based wearable injectors for Sanofi's large dose volume drugs.

On the downside

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SNSS) reported disappointing results from a Phase 3 VALOR trial of vosaroxin and cytarabine in patients with first relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia.

Alcobra (Nasdaq: ADHD) reported disappointed results from a Phase III study of Metadoxine Extended Release in adult with ADHD.

Leerink downgraded Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: TKMR) from an Outperform rating to a Market Perform rating.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 6 points to 1974. Bitcoin gained $28 to $327.
A six-year low unemployment rate sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow jumping 208 points to 17,009. Nasdaq surged 45 points to 4,475.

On the upside

The Food and Drug Administration granted Durata Therapeutics (Nasdaq: DRTX) Special Protocol Agreement for the design of its Phase 3 study of DALVANCE to treat community acquired pneumonia.

Gabelli & Co. upgraded Media General (NYSE: MEG) from a Hold rating to a Buy rating. 

Shares of Zogenix (Nasdaq: ZGNX) continued rising after analysts said yesterday that the pharmaceutical had the potential to double.

On the downside

Shares of Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI) fell as demand continued to soften for metallurgical coal.

Falling gold and silver prices weighed down shares of Primero Mining (NYSE: PPP).

Ternium (NYSE: TX) will buy 51.4 million common shares of Usiminas.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 surged 21 points to 1967. Bitcoin dropped $18 to $351.
The markets rocketed higher during the midday with the Dow leaping 191 points to 16,992 as the nation's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in six years. Nasdaq jumped 49 points to 4,479.

On the upside

Shares of Yodlee (Nasdaq: YDLE) surge in its market debut.

Rockwell Medical (Nasdaq: RMTI) entered an exclusive 10-year agreement with Baxter Healthcare (NYSE: BAX) to commercialize Rockwell's hemodialysis concentrate products. 

Maxim Group affirmed their Buy rating on Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: TKMR) and lifted their price target from $23 to $31.

On the downside

TheStreet Ratings downgraded CTC Media (Nasdaq: CTCM) from a Buy rating to a Hold rating.

Falling demand for metallurgical coal weighed down shares of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR).

Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) and AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE: AU) fell as gold prices retreated.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 soared 20 points to 1967. Bitcoin fell $10 to $359.
The nation's unemployment rate dropped to a six year low of 5.9% to lift the markets to a sharply higher open with the Dow soaring 168 points to 16,969. Nasdaq surged 51 points to 4,482.

On the upside

Thomson Reuters reported that Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY) was the best performing venture-backed IPO in the third quarter.

Shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) continued rising over concerns of a potential Ebola outbreak in Dallas. 

Nxt-ID (Nasdaq: NXTD) extended its gains after announcing yesterday that 30 second ads for its Wocket smart wallet were airing nationally this week.

On the downside

RBC Capital Markets downgraded Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) from a Buy rating to a Reduce rating and slashed its price target from $18 to $5.

Falling gold prices weighed down shares of Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI).

Investors locked in profit on Wayfair (NYSE: W).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 17 points to 1963. Bitcoin fell $9 to $360.
The markets closed flat with the Dow slipping 3 points to 16,801 as upbeat jobs data tempered concerns about the global economy. Nasdaq rose 8 points to 4,430.

On the upside

The Female Health Company (Nasdaq: FHCO) reported higher preliminary fourth quarter sales of 9.7 million units and announced that the Brazilian Ministry of Health selected its Brazilian distributor to supply the agency with 50 million FC2 Female Condoms.

Starboard offered a premium of approximately $540 million in cash to take RealD (NYSE: RLD) private. 

The Guardian reported that Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) may receive buyout offers from BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) or Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO).

On the downside

VTB Group said that Mechel (NYSE: MTL) has reached its indebtedness limit and must restructure its debt.

Shares of Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) dropped on its second trading day as falling crude oil prices raised concerns about the solar market.

SoftBank, which was rumored to be in discussions to acquire DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA), will invest $250 million in Legendary Entertainment.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 1946. Bitcoin lost $7 to $372.
Fears of a domestic Ebola outbreak sent the markets down during the midday with the Dow falling 57 points to 16,746. Nasdaq lost 17 points to 4,404.

On the upside

Shares of Wayfair (NYSE: W) soared on its first trading day.

Kandi Technologies (Nasdaq: KNDI) received registration approvals to launch its car sharing program in Nanjing, China. 

AAC Holdings (NYSE: AAC) stock surged in its market debut.

On the downside

EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO) entered additional swap contracts and added collars with short puts to its commodity derivates portfolio.

Shares of Atento (NYSE: ATTO) tumbled on its first trading day.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded Enphase Energy (Nasdaq: ENPH) from a Buy rating to a Neutral rating.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 12 points to 1933. Bitcoin lost $7 to $371.
The markets opened mixed with the Dow slipping 5 points to 16,798 while Nasdaq rose 5 points to 4,427 despite a drop in first time applications for unemployment benefits as geopolitical concerns weighed on investors.

On the upside

The Food and Drug Administration granted Ariad Pharmaceuticals' (Nasdaq: ARIA) experimental lung cancer treatment AP26113 Breakthrough Therapy designation.

Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) reported a 5.1% jump in September same store sales. 

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT).

On the downside

Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) warned that first quarter earnings and revenue would fall short of expectations.

JPMorgan released GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) founders Nicholas and Jill Woodman from the lock-up restriction.

Investors locked in profits on Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 1946. Bitcoin lost $8 to $371.

Ebola concerns roil markets

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The first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. spooked investors. The markets plunged to close sharply lower with the Dow diving 238 points to 16,804. Nasdaq collapsed 71 points to 4,422.

On the upside

China Green Agriculture (NYSE: CGA) declared its first cash dividend of 10 cents per share payable on January 31, 2015 to shareholders of record October 31, 2014.

New York Times (NYSE: NYT) will eliminate 100 jobs in order to lower costs. 

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Civeo (NYSE: CVEO).

On the downside

Investors locked in profits on RGS Energy (Nasdaq: RGSE).

Jim Cramer warned that efforts by the government to hasten the timeline to update railcars may negatively impact the earnings of Greenbier Companies (NYSE: GBX).

Polls indicating that Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has widened her lead over pro-business challenger Marina Silva weighed down shares of Petrobas (NYSE: PBR).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plummeted 26 points to 1946. Bitcoin lost $5 to $378.
Global political concerns sent the markets into a tailspin during the midday with the Dow collapsing 219 points to 16,823. Nasdaq plummeted 68 points to 4,424.

On the upside

Shares of Entegra Financial (Nasdaq: ENFC) soared on its first trading day.

Portola Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PTLA) reported positive results from a Phase 3 study of andexanet alfa as an anticoagulation for Factor Xa inhibitor patients. 

Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.

On the downside


Automated Data Processing (Nasdaq: ADP) completed the spinoff of its Dealer Services business into an independent publicly traded company, CDK Global (Nasdaq: CDK).

Profit taking weighed down shares of Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners (Nasdaq: CPRX).

Puerto Rico Superior Court Judge Laureana Perez said not to expect a ruling on the $229 million tax dispute between Doral Financial (NYSE: DRL) and the government of Puerto Rico until after October 8, 2014.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 plunged 23 points to 1948. Bitcoin slipped $4 to $380.
The markets tumbled to open sharply lower with the Dow plummeting 156 points to 16,886 as pro democracy protests continued in Hong Kong and construction spending dropped in August. Nasdaq plunged 52 points to 4,441.

On the upside

Confirmation of the first case of Ebola in the United States lifted shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: TKMR), whose potential treatment of the rare disease was authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Financial Times reported that Angie's List (Nasdaq: ANGI) may sell itself. 

Shares of hazmat suit maker Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) climbed after the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States.

On the downside

The Markman hearing date for Spherix's (Nasdaq: SPEX) litigation against VTech and Uniden has been rescheduled from October 2, 2014 to November 10, 2014.

Westport (Nasdaq: WPRT) cut its revenue outlook for the full year.

The spread of Ebola to the United States weighed down shares of Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and United Continental (NYSE: UAL).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 4 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 tumbled 16 points to 1955. Bitcoin slipped $5 to $378.

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