February 2015 Archives

The nation's gross domestic product was revised downward to weigh the markets down to a lower close with the Dow dropping 81 points to 18,132. Nasdaq tumbled 24 points to 4,963.

On the upside

Air Methods (Nasdaq: AIRM) reported sharply higher fourth quarter earnings that beat expectations as revenue rose.

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) narrowed losses for the fourth quarter and forecast full year revenue ahead of estimates.

Fourth quarter earnings slipped for Tetra Technologies (NYSE: TTI) but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

TCP International NYSE: TCPI) is evaluating claims alleging misconduct by chief executive Ellis Yan.

EnerNOC (Nasdaq: ENOC) widened losses for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter results that fell short of analyst expectations.

A. M. Castle (NYSE: CAS) widened losses more than expected as revenue fell.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 6 points to 2104. Bitcoin climbed $17 to $251.
The markets extended its losses during the midday with the Dow falling 28 points to 18,185 as the nation's gross domestic product was revised downward. Nasdaq slipped 9 points to 4,978.

On the upside

Second Sight Medical Products (Nasdaq: EYES) will release fourth quarter earnings Wednesday, March 11, after market close.

Fourth quarter earnings surged for Monster Beverage (Nasdaq: MNST) to surpass analyst expectations by a wide margin as revenue climbed.

DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) reported lower fourth quarter earnings but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Resonant (Nasdaq: RESN) reported a loss for the fourth quarter.

KBR (NYSE: KBR) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected as revenue fell.

Compass Point downgraded Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN) from a Neutral rating to a Sell rating.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 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 2111. Bitcoin climbed $17 to $250.
A downward revision of the nation's gross domestic product weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 20 points to 18,193. Nasdaq lost 6 points to 4,981.

On the upside

Shares of Cytori Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CYTX) continued climbing.

Clean Energy Fuels (Nasdaq: CLNE) swung to a greater than expected profit for the fourth quarter.

Horizon Pharma (Nasdaq: HZNP) narrowed fourth quarter losses more than expected as revenue surged prompting the biopharmaceutical to lift its full year guidance.

On the downside

Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast full year earnings below expectations.

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) fell to an unexpected loss for the fourth quarter.

TubeMogul (Nasdaq: TUBE) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter revenue that missed analyst estimates.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 2109. Bitcoin gained $15 to $248.
Crude oil prices fell while durable goods orders rose. The markets closed mixed with the Dow slipping 10 points to 18,214 while Nasdaq gained 20 points to 4,987.

On the upside

Fourth quarter earnings fell for PGT (Nasdaq: PGTI) but revenue rose and the company forecast current quarter revenue above analyst estimates.

Iberdrola will pay approximately $3 billion to buy UIL Holdings (NYSE: UIL).

Fourth quarter earnings more than doubled for Akorn (Nasdaq: AKRX) to beat analyst expectations.

On the downside

Ballard Power Systems (Nasdaq: BLDP) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected.

Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq: MRGE) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but revenue fell short of estimates.

Investors locked in profits on Second Sight Medical Products (Nasdaq: EYES).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 2110. Bitcoin eased $1 to $233.
The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow slipping 18 points to 18,205 as investors weighed a drop in consumer prices against a strong 2.8% gain in durable goods orders. Nasdaq rose 10 points to 4,977.

On the upside

Cyberonics (Nasdaq: CYBX) reported higher third quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.

Avago Technologies (Nasdaq: AVGO) impressed with sharply higher first quarter earnings that more than doubled to surpass estimates and the company announced plans to acquire Emulex (NYSE: ELX).

Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected but the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was exploring a possible sale.

On the downside

Taser International (Nasdaq: TASR) disappointed with flat fourth quarter earnings that missed expectations.

Nationstar Mortgage (NYSE: NSM) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results fell far short of analyst expectations.

IntraLinks Holdings (NYSE: IL) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected and forecast current quarter and full year earnings below estimates.

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 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 2110. Bitcoin eased $1 to $233.
A 0.7% drop in consumer prices weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 26 points to 18,197. Nasdaq eased a point to 4,965.

On the upside

Emulex (NYSE: ELX) introduced a new high performance 10GBASE-T Ethernet Network Adapter.

Henry Schein Medical (Nasdaq: HSIC) will offer Atossa Genetics' (Nasdaq: ATOS) FullCYTE Breast Aspirator to its customers.

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) narrowed losses for the fourth quarter.

On the downside

LKQ (Nasdaq: LKQ) reported flat fourth quarter earnings that missed expectations and named John S. Quinn to the position of chief executive officer and managing director of European Operations.

CollabRx (Nasdaq: CLRX) priced its public offering of approximately 2.36 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.27 per share.

Investors locked in profits on Biocept (Nasdaq: BIOC).

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 4 points to 2109. Bitcoin eased $1 to $233.

Higher close on rising oil prices

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Rising crude oil prices lifted the markets to a modestly higher close with the Dow adding 15 points to 18,224. Nasdaq eased a point to 4,967.

On the upside

Bloomberg reported that Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) engaged in discussions to acquire Aruba Networks (Nasdaq: ARUN).

Bloomberg reported that Pharmacyclics (Nasdaq: PCYC) was exploring a possible sale of the company.

Fourth quarter earnings slipped for Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI) but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results fell short of expectations.

Republic Airways (Nasdaq: RJET) reported lower fourth quarter earnings and revenue.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue fell for Huron Consulting (Nasdaq: HURN).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped a point to 2113. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $234.

Markets advance as oil prices rise

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An increase in crude oil prices lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow rising 11 points to 18,220. Nasdaq gained 10 points to 4,978.

On the upside

Bargain hunters snapped up shares of CollabRx (Nasdaq: CLRX).

SFX Entertainment (Nasdaq: SFXE) chief executive officer Robert F.X. Sillerman offered to take the company private.

Shares of Second Sight Medical Products (Nasdaq: EYES) continued soaring.

On the downside

Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations and forecast full year earnings below estimates.

LendingClub (NYSE: LC) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter.

Bill Barrett (NYSE: BBG) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results missed estimates.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 edged up a fraction to 2116. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $235.

Lower open as new home sales slip

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The markets opened lower with the Dow losing 17 points to 18,191 as new home sales slipped 0.2% in January. Nasdaq eased a point to 4,966.

On the upside

Benefitfocus (Nasdaq: BNFT) widened losses for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected. Mercer expanded its contract and made an equity investment in the company.

WaferGen Bio-systems (Nasdaq: WGBS) announced positive results from a study using its SmartChip technology to isolate and study single cells via Next Generation Sequencing.

Shares of Biocept (Nasdaq: BIOC) soared for the third day.

On the downside

Some provincial sports lottery administration centers in China will temporarily suspend online purchase orders sending shares of online sports lottery service provider 500.com (NYSE: WBAI) tumbling.

First quarter earnings slipped for Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and the company forecast current quarter results below analyst expectations.

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results fell short of expectations prompting the company to cut its rig count and spending for 2015.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers barely edged out decliners by a slim margin on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 2 points to 2112. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $235.

Higher close as rates remain low

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The markets closed higher with the Dow soaring 92 points to 18,209 on indications from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen that interest rates would not be raised in the near term. Nasdaq rose 7 points to 4,968.

On the upside

Cott (NYSE: COT) swung to a greater than expected profit for the fourth quarter as revenue rose.

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) will close approximately 300 branches in order to save money and begin charging large institutional clients for some deposits.

SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) expects installations to more than double in 2015.

On the downside

CymaBay Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CBAY) reported positive results from a Phase 2b clinical study of its gout treatment arhalofenate but the stock price fell.

Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter.

Curis (Nasdaq: CRIS) announced a public offering of common stock.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 5 points to 2115. Bitcoin held steady at $236.

Yellen testimony lifts markets

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Testimony by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen that interest rates would remain low lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow climbing 86 points to 18,203. Nasdaq held steady at 4,961.

On the upside

Chegg (NYSE: CHGG) reversed year ago losses to post a better than expected profit for the fourth quarter and announced plans for Ingram Content Group to manage its textbook rental business.

Chart Industries (Nasdaq: GTLS) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.

Fourth quarter earnings for DepoMed (Nasdaq: DEPO) more than doubled as revenue surged.

On the downside

Daktronics (Nasdaq: DAKT) reported sharply lower third quarter earnings that fell short of analyst expectations.

DealerTrack Technologies (Nasdaq: TRAK) widened losses for the fourth quarter.

Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) warned of significantly lower third quarter earnings .

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 3 points to 2113. Bitcoin held steady at $236.
The markets opened mixed with the Dow rising 14 points to 18,132 while Nasdaq lost 9 points to 4,951 ahead of Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Senate Banking Committee this morning.

On the upside

Shares of Biocept (Nasdaq: BIOC) continued climbing.

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) engaged in advanced negotiations to form a yieldco joint venture.

All three centers in France that have been approved to implant Second Sight Medical Products' (Nasdaq: EYES) Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System have successfully completed their first implants.

On the downside

Rosetta Resources (Nasdaq: ROSE) reported higher fourth quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

PDL BioPharma (Nasdaq: PDLI) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings that missed expectations by a wide margin.

Tallgrass Energy Partners (NYSE: TEP) priced its follow-on offering of 10 million common units at the discounted price of $50.82 per common unit.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 2106. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $235.
The markets closed mixed with the Dow losing 23 points to 18,116 as Greece delayed submitting a package of reforms to eurozone finance ministers. Nasdaq added 5 points to 4,960.

On the upside

New Residential Investment (NYSE: NRZ) will pay a premium of approximately $1.3 billion in cash to acquire Home Loan Servicing Solutions (Nasdaq: HLSS).

The U.S. government's procurement arm awarded Digital Ally (Nasdaq: DGLY) the GSA Schedule 84 contract.

Ballard Power Systems (Nasdaq: BLDP) signed two new Technology Solutions contracts.

On the downside

Shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) fell after Greece failed to present eurozone finance ministers with proposed reforms.

Full Circle Capital (Nasdaq: FULL) will issue non-transferable rights to subscribe for approximately 11.9 million common shares to stockholders of record on March 6, 2015.

Investopedia listed Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) as the world's most indebted oil company.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 2109. Bitcoin added $3 to $236.
The markets traded lower during the midday with the Dow falling 49 points to 18,091 as Greece prepared a package of reforms in order to secure a four-month bailout extension. Nasdaq slipped 2 points to 4,952.

On the upside

TowerJazz (Nasdaq: TSEM) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter as revenue soared.

The Food and Drug Administration granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Celldex Therapeutics' (Nasdaq: CLDX) adult patients with EGFRvIII-positive glioblastoma treatment rindopepimut.

Polypore International (NYSE: PPO) will sell the assets of its Separations Media business to 3M (NYSE: MMM) for approximately $1 billion then sell the rest of itself to Asahi Kasei for approximately $3.2 billion.

On the downside

500.com (Nasdaq: WBAI) denied rumors that the company would lose its license and that chief executive Man San Law had been detained by the Chinese government but the stock price plunged.

Cobalt International Energy (NYSE: CIE) reported a loss for the fourth quarter.

Falling crude oil prices weighed down shares of SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD).

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 slipped 4 points 2105. Bitcoin added $1 to $233.

Lower open as oil prices drop

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Oil prices dropped again to weigh the markets down to a lower open with the Dow falling 53 points to 18,086. Nasdaq lost 12 points to 4,943.

On the upside

Rigel Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: RIGL) entered a research and development collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) for the use of TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors in cancer immunotherapies.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX) will acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SLXP) in a cash deal valued at approximately $14.5 billion. Valeant also reported sharply higher fourth quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates as revenue rose.

Columbia University published promising results from a study of Biocept's (Nasdaq: BIOC) blood-based diagnostic OncoCEE-BR in determining hormonal status of metastatic breast cancer patients.

On the downside

Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SPPI) from a Buy rating to a Neutral rating.

Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN) will sell a $9.8 billion portfolio of residential mortgage servicing rights to Nationstar (NYSE: NSM).

JPMorgan Chase downgraded CyberArk Software (Nasdaq: CYBR) from a Neutral rating to an Underweight rating.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 6 points 2103. Bitcoin eased $1 to $231.
Investors cheered a four-month extension of Greece's bailout by sending the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow surging 154 points to 18,140. Nasdaq climbed 31 points to 4,955.

On the upside

A four-month extension of Greece's bailout lifted shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG).

Ariad Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARIA) shareholder Sarissa Capital demanded the retirement of chief executive officer Harvey Berger.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch affirmed its Buy rating on California Resources (NYSE: CRC) and lifted its price target from $12 to $14.

On the downside

Profit taking sent shares of Eagle Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: EGRX) tumbling.

BioTelemetry (Nasdaq: BEAT) fell to a greater than expected loss for the fourth quarter.

Shares of Triple-S Management (NYSE: GTS) continued falling.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 12 points 2110. Bitcoin added $2 to $242.
The markets turned positive during the midday with the Dow gaining 39 points to 18,025 as talks between Greece and eurozone finance ministers continued. Nasdaq rose 8 points to 4,933.

On the upside

inContact (Nasdaq: SAAS) widened losses for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected.

AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE: AHS) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations.

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT).

On the downside

Profit taking sank shares of Genetic Technologies (Nasdaq: GENE).

TrueCar (Nasdaq: TRUE) widened losses for the fourth quarter.

Investors locked in profits on Ascent Solar Technologies (Nasdaq: ASTI).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 2098. Bitcoin added $1 to $240.
The markets opened lower with the Dow dropping 56 points to 17,928 as Greece met with its European creditors. Nasdaq lost 7 points to 4,917.

On the upside

The Food and Drug Administration accepted Celsion's (Nasdaq: CLSN) planned Phase 1 dose-escalation clinical trial of the DNA-based immunotherapy GEN-1.

California Resources (NYSE: CRC) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter but the company reported record quarterly production.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue surged for Arista Networks (NYSE: ANET) to beat analyst expectations.

On the downside

CollabRx (Nasdaq: CLRX) priced its public offering of 3.84 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.25 per share.

Noodles & Co. (Nasdaq: NDLS) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

Rocket Fuel (Nasdaq: FUEL) widened losses for the fourth quarter despite higher revenue as expenses soared.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 7 points to 2089. Bitcoin added $3 to $242.

Mixed close over Greek debt concerns

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It was a mixed close for the markets with the Dow falling 44 points to 17,985 over concerns about Greece's ability to repay its debt. Nasdaq gained 18 points to 4,924.

On the upside

ExamWorks Group (NYSE: EXAM) swung to a better than expected profit for the fourth quarter as revenue rose.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue rose for Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) to beat analyst expectations.

Cowen analysts expect Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) Instagram photo sharing application to double its number of users in five year and valued the app at $33 billion.

On the downside

Shares of Intelsat (NYSE: I) extended its losses.

Key Energy Services (NYSE: KEG) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected.

Goldcorp (NYSE: GG) widened losses more than expected for the fourth quarter as revenue fell.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 2097. Bitcoin rose $5 to $238.
The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow losing 20 points to 18,009 after Germany rejected Greece's request for a six month debt extension. Nasdaq gained 18 points to 4,924.

On the upside

Fourth quarter earnings surged for BJ's Restaurants (Nasdaq: BJRI) to surpass analyst expectations.

Interface (Nasdaq: TILE) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations.

Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) reversed year ago losses to post a greater than expected profit for the fourth quarter.

On the downside

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue rose for Boise Cascade (NYSE: BCC) but the results fell short of expectations.

KEYW (Nasdaq: KEYW) widened losses more than expected as revenue missed estimates.

Profit taking weighed down shares of Angie's List (Nasdaq: ANGI).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 2099. Bitcoin added $4 to $238.
The markets opened mixed with the Dow falling 45 points to 17,984 as crude oil continued to fall while jobless claims tumbled. Nasdaq gained 14 points to 4,920.

On the upside

CollabRx (Nasdaq: CLRX) regained Nasdaq compliance with the $1.00 minimum bid price.

Ascent Solar Technologies (Nasdaq: ASTI) reported preliminary fourth quarter revenue that surged fourfold from the prior year.

Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations.

On the downside

Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT) reported a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter and full year revenue that fell short of expectations.

iPass (Nasdaq: IPAS) reported a loss for the fourth quarter and concluded its strategic alternatives review with the decision to remain an independent company. The company also appointed Gary Griffiths to the position of chief executive officer and Patricia Hume to the newly created position of chief commercial officer

Coeur Mining (NYSE: CDE) reported a wider than expected loss for the fourth quarter.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 8 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 2097. Bitcoin added $2 to $236.

Mixed close despite dovish Fed

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The markets closed mixed with the Dow losing 17 points to 18,029 despite a dovish approach to interest rates by the Federal Reserve as crude oil prices fell. Nasdaq rose 7 points to 4,906.

On the upside

Eagle Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: EGRX) narrowed losses on a per share basis as revenue rose.

Advaxis (Nasdaq: ADXS) executed securities purchase agreements for approximately $23 million in registered direct offerings.

Net Element's (Nasdaq: NETE) Aptito product was named a silver winner in the Most Innovative Product of the Year - SMB category in Best in Biz Awards.

On the downside

Varonis Systems (Nasdaq: VRNS) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter and the company forecast current quarter and full year earnings below expectations.

Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS) fell to a fourth quarter loss and forecast first quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations.

Westpac Banking cancelled a sales agreement with Genworth Financial's (NYSE: GNW) Australian affiliate Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a fraction to 2099. Bitcoin lost $8 to $232.

Markets slip as oil prices fall

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Lower crude oil prices weighed the markets down during the midday with the Dow falling 34 points to 18,013. Nasdaq slipped 2 points to 4,897.

On the upside

Capnia (Nasdaq: CAPN) announced its first U.S. commercial sale of CoSense End-Tidal Carbon Monoxide Monitors.

Potbelly (Nasdaq: PBPB) swung to a better than expected profit for the fourth quarter and forecast full year earnings ahead of estimates.

Zillow (Nasdaq: Z) completed its $2.5 billion acquisition of Trulia.

On the downside

Garmin (Nasdaq: GRMN) reported higher fourth quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations and the company forecast full year earnings below estimates.

The lockup period for GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) expired yesterday.

Penn Virginia (NYSE: PVA) forecast lower capital expenditures for 2015.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 4 points to 2095. Bitcoin lost $5 to $236.

Lower open as housing starts fall

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The markets opened lower with the Dow dropping 62 points to 17,985 as housing starts fell in January. Nasdaq lost 10 points to 4,888.

On the upside

Fourth quarter earnings surged for Angie's List (Nasdaq: ANGI) to beat analyst expectations.

Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) will pay Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) $600 million to settle a breach of merger lawsuit.

Virgin America (Nasdaq: VA) reported lower fourth quarter earnings but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Fossil Group (Nasdaq: FOSL) reported higher fourth quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

Profit taking weighed down shares of Rosetta Genomics (Nasdaq: ROSG).

MagnaChip (Nasdaq: MDAS) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 7 points to 2092. Bitcoin slipped $5 to $235.

Greek optimism lifts markets

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The markets closed modestly higher with the Dow rising 28 points to 18,047 as optimism for a Greek debt deal grew. Nasdaq added 5 points to 4,899.

On the upside

Tile Shop Holdings (Nasdaq: TTS) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue.

SandRidge Energy (Nasdaq: SD) appointed Steve Turk to the position of executive vice presider and chief operating officer.

Sphere 3D (Nasdaq: ANY) expects fourth quarter revenue to exceed previous guidance.

On the downside

VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT) reported disappointing results from Phase 2 studies of VB-201 in treating psoriasis and ulcerative colitis.

Falling gold prices weighed down shares of Harmony Gold (NYSE: HMY).

Moody's Investors Service affirmed its Caa1 rating for MagnaChip (NYSE: MX) with a negative outlook.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 4 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 3 points to 2100. Bitcoin rose $6 to $241.

Markets trade flat at midday

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The markets traded flat during the midday with the Dow easing 2 points to 18,016. Nasdaq edged up a fraction to 4,894.

On the upside

The Securities and Exchange Commission concluded its investigation of Kandi Technologies (Nasdaq: KNDI) and will not be taking enforcement action against the company.

Bank of America/Merill Lynch upgraded Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SRPT) from a Neutral rating to a Buy rating.

Atossa Genetics (Nasdaq: ATOS) will exhibit at the 8th Annual International Symposium on the Breast from February 19 - 21 and The National Consortium of Breast Centers Meeting from March 14-18.

On the downside

Signal Genetics (Nasdaq: SGNL) priced its public offering of more than 3.2 million common shares at the discounted price of $2.80 per share.

Gulfmark Offshore (NYSE: GLF) reported sharply lower fourth quarter earnings as revenue slipped and warned of decreased demand.

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

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 4 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 2095. Bitcoin rose $8 to $242.
The collapse of debt negotiations between Greece and the European Union weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 35 points to 17,983. Nasdaq slipped 8 points to 4,889.

On the upside

VASCO Data Security (Nasdaq: VDSI) reported sharply higher fourth quarter earnings that more than tripled to beat analyst expectations as revenue soared.

The U. S. Patent Office granted Rosetta Genomics (Nasdaq: ROSG) a patent for cancer therapeutics. Rosetta Genomics also received its first European patent allowance for its Cancer of Unknown Primary testing franchise miR-451.

Vipshop Holdings (NYSE: VIPS) impressed with fourth quarter earnings and revenue that more than doubled.

On the downside

Celsus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CLTX) reported disappointing results from a Phase II study of its pediatric atopic dermatitis treatment MRX-6.

Shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) fell after talks between Greece and the European Union collapsed.

Helix Energy (NYSE: HLX) disappointed with sharply lower fourth quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 2095. Bitcoin added $3 to $238.

U. S. markets closed

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U. S. markets are closed for Presidents' Day.

Higher open as oil rises

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Rising crude oil prices lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow gaining 32 points to 18,005. Nasdaq added 7 points to 4,865.

On the upside

King Digital Entertainment (NYSE: KING) reported lower fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the results were better than expected.

CyberArk Software (Nasdaq: CYBR) impressed with sharply higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations and forecast current quarter and full year results ahead of estimates.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue surged for Columbia Sportswear (Nasdaq: COLM) to beat expectations.

On the downside

Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA) widened losses for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter results that fell short of expectations.

MagnaChip Semiconductor (NYSE: MX) restated annual financial results for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and filed quarterly results for the first  three quarters of 2014.

Knowles (NYSE: KN) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter as revenue dropped and forecast current quarter results below expectations.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 11 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 2 points to 2091. Bitcoin climbed $13 to $234.

Ukrainian ceasefire lifts markets

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The markets closed sharply higher with the Dow soaring 110 points to 17,972 on rising crude oil prices and a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine. Nasdaq surged 56 points to 4,857.

On the upside

Shares of Genetic Technologies (Nasdaq: GENE) surged on no news.

NetSol Technologies (Nasdaq: NTWK) narrowed second quarter losses as revenue rose.

Luxoft Holding (NYSE: LXFT) reported higher third quarter earnings and revenue.

On the downside

Fourth quarter earnings fell for Panera Bread (Nasdaq: PNRA) and the bakery-cafe warned of lower 2015 earnings.

Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) reported higher fourth quarter earnings but revenue fell short of expectations and the company lowered its full year earnings guidance.

Amber Road (NYSE: AMBR) narrowed losses for the fourth quarter but the company forecast current quarter and full year results below expectations.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 surged 19 points to 2088. Bitcoin added $2 to $220.

Markets extend gains as oil rises

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The markets extended its gains during the midday with the Dow climbing 92 points to 17,955 as crude oil prices rose. Nasdaq soared 50 points to 4,851.

On the upside

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of FX Energy (Nasdaq: FXEN).

FireEye (Nasdaq: FEYE) widened losses for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected as revenue soared.

comScore (Nasdaq: SCOR) entered a strategic alliance with WPP to deploy and create new global measurement capabilities.

On the downside

Bunge (NYSE: BG) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings and revenue that fell far short of analyst expectations.

Costco (Nasdaq: COST) will end its exclusive sixteen-year relationship with American Express (NYSE: AXP).

Third quarter earnings and revenue fell for NetApp (Nasdaq: NTAP) to miss analyst expectations and the company forecast current quarter results below estimates.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 soared 16 points to 2085. Bitcoin added $2 to $220.
Retail sales fell in January due to lower gas prices. The markets opened higher with the Dow gaining 70 points to 17,933 while Nasdaq climbed 37 points to 4,838.

On the upside

Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) will acquire Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) in a deal valued at approximately $1.6 billion.

TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP) reported higher fourth quarter earnings as revenue soared to beat analyst expectations.

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) reported higher second quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.

On the downside

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue rose for zulily (Nasdaq: ZU) but the results fell short of analyst expectations and the retailer forecast current quarter and full year revenue below estimates.

Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) widened losses more than expected for the fourth quarter as revenue missed estimates.

Cheesecake Factory (Nasdaq: CAKE) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations by a wide margin prompting a downgrade.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 13 points to 2082. Bitcoin edged up a fraction to $218.
The markets closed flat with the Dow slipping 6 points to 17,862 as investors monitored discussions by European finance ministers about Greek debt. Nasdaq gained 13 points to 4,801.

On the upside

CafePress (Nasdaq: PRSS) will sell its art business to Circle Graphics for approximately $31.5 million in cash.

Fourth quarter earnings slipped for Team Health (NYSE: TMH) but the results were better than expected.

Euronet Worldwide (Nasdaq: EEFT) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that topped analyst estimates.

On the downside

Delcath Systems (Nasdaq: DCTH) priced its public offering of 2.46 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.15 per share.

Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) widened losses more than expected for the fourth quarter.

500.com (NYSE: WBAI) disappointed with lower fourth quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 held steady at 2068. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $217.
The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow losing 40 points to 17,828 as Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis met with euro zone finance ministers. Nasdaq gained 15 points to 4,803.

On the upside

Interxion (NYSE: INXN) will merge with Telecity Group in an all-stock transaction.

Anthera Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ANTH) regained compliance with Nasdaq listing requirements.

Billionaire investor Seth Klarman has acquired an 11.4% stake in Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE: BXE).

On the downside

Jive Software (Nasdaq: JIVE) narrowed losses for the fourth quarter but the company forecast current quarter and full year results that fell short of analyst expectations.

A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) widened losses more than expected for the fourth quarter.

Marketo (Nasdaq: MKTO) reported a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter and full year earnings below analyst estimates.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE while decliners barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a point to 2067. Bitcoin added a point to $220.
The markets opened mixed with the Dow falling 55 points to 17,813 as European officials tempered expectations of a new debt deal with Greece. Nasdaq rose 7 points to 4,794.

On the upside

Volkswagen Group paid approximately $80 million to acquire an automotive related fuel cell patent portfolio from Ballard Power Systems (Nasdaq: BLDP).

Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected.

Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) will buy EnvisionRx in a deal valued at approximately $2 billion.

On the downside

Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR) cut its full year earnings guidance for the third time and announced the retirement of chief financial officer Cary Turner.

AOL (NYSE: AOL) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but revenue fell short of analyst expectations.

Jones Energy (NYSE: JONE) priced its public offering of 7.5 million common shares at the discounted price of $10.25 per share.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 2066. Bitcoin added a point to $220.
Optimism that Greece may reach a new debt deal boosted the markets to a sharply higher close with the Dow leaping 139 points to 17,868. Nasdaq jumped 61 points to 4,787.

On the upside

TheStreet noted that Exelixis (Nasdaq: EXEL) was one of four biotechnology stocks that surged today.

Fourth quarter earnings surged for Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE: MLM) to beat analyst expectations.

Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) widened losses for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Amira Nature Foods (NYSE: ANFI) denied allegations of fraud but the stock price continued to fall.

Retreating crude oil prices weighed down shares of Oasis Petroleum (NYSE: OAS) and Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR).

Investors continued to lock in profits on Acorda Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ACOR).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 surged 21 points to 2068. Bitcoin slipped a point to $218.
A surge in December job openings lifted the markets during the midday with the Dow climbing 77 points to 17,806. Nasdaq soared 43 points to 4,769.

On the upside

Amkor Technology (Nasdaq: AMKR) reported a stronger than expected profit for the fourth quarter.

Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) impressed with sharply higher fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations and forecast full year earnings ahead of estimates.

Fourth quarter earnings surged for Qualys (Nasdaq: QLYS) to top estimates on record revenue and the company forecast first quarter and full year results that surpassed analyst expectations.

On the downside

Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but the results fell short of expectations.

Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO) provided an operational update and announced that it hired Evercore Group to explore strategic alternatives.

Falling crude oil prices weighed down shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR).

In the broad market, declining issues barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on the NYSE while advancers outpaced decliners by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 12 points to 2059. Bitcoin eased a fraction to $219.

Higher open ahead of Greek debt talks

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The markets opened higher with the Dow gaining 60 points to 17,789 as Greece prepared to renegotiate a new debt agreement. Nasdaq rose 18 points to 4,744.

On the upside

Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) lifted its fourth quarter earnings outlook and appointed Marc D. Miller to the position of chief operating officer and David J. Dick to the position of chief financial officer.

Anthera Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ANTH) successfully completed an interim analysis of a Phase 3 study of blisibimod in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Bargain hunters lifted shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG).

On the downside

Coupons.com (NYSE: COUP) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter and full year revenue that missed analyst expectations.

Biocept (Nasdaq: BIOC) priced its public offering of 8 million common shares at the discounted price of $1.25 per share.

RetailMeNot (Nasdaq: SALE) reported flat fourth quarter earnings and warned of lower first quarter earnings.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 6 points to 2053. Bitcoin slipped $4 to $216.
The markets closed lower with the Dow tumbling 95 points to 17,729 over concerns that the Chinese economy was slowing and fears that Greece may exit the eurozone. Nasdaq lost 18 points to 4,726.

On the upside

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide (Nasdaq: QTWW) expects strong sequential fourth quarter revenue growth.

As crude oil prices continued to rebound, shares of Civeo (NYSE: CVEO) rose.

Chinese real estate developer Tong Jinquan increased his stake in SeaDrill (NYSE: SDRL) to approximately 5.2%.

On the downside

Prescient Point Research issued a report alleging that Amira Nature Foods (NYSE: ANFI) has committed fraud.

Reuters reported that SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) will cut its rig count in the Mississippi Lime formation by nearly 75%.

Shares of Comstock Resources (NYSE: CRK) fell ahead of its earnings release after market close.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 8 points to 2046. Bitcoin slipped $2 to $220.
Renewed concerns that Greece will exit the euro weighed the markets down during the midday with the Dow losing 54 points to 17,770. Nasdaq slipped 3 points to 4,740.

On the upside

China Green Agriculture (NYSE: CGA) reported higher second quarter earnings and revenue.

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of North Atlantic Drilling (NYSE: NADL).

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries expects oil demand to rise in 2015 sending shares of Penn West Petroleum (NYSE: PWE) higher.

On the downside

Regulus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RGLS) reported that patients experienced relapse in a study evaluating RG-101 to treat hepatitis C virus infection.

J.P. Morgan downgraded Alcoa (NYSE: AA) from an Overweight rating to a Neutral rating.

Investors locked in profits on Twitter (NYSE: TWTR).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 2 points to 2052. Bitcoin lost $3 to $218.
Disappointing economic data from China sent the markets down to a lower open with the Dow falling 71 points to 17,752. Nasdaq lost 13 points to 4,730.

On the upside

Achillion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACHN) reported upbeat updated interim results from a Phase 2 study to evaluate ACH-3102 in combination with sofosbuvir to treat naive genotype 1 HCV-infected patients.

Atossa Genetics (Nasdaq: ATOS) signed a national distribution agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific for the FullCYTE Breast Aspirator.

Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Conn's (Nasdaq: CONN) from a Hold rating to a Buy rating and set a $33 price target.

On the downside

Fifth Street Finance (Nasdaq: FSC) fell to a loss for the first quarter.

Renewed concerns that Greece may exit the euro weighed down shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG).

Speed Commerce (Nasdaq: SPDC) widened third quarter losses and lowered its full year outlook.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers 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 slipped 2 points to 2052. Bitcoin lost $5 to $217.

Lower close as rate concerns rise

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The markets closed lower with the Dow falling 60 points to 17,824 over concerns that interest rates may rise. Nasdaq lost 20 points to 4,744.

On the upside

Shares of Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN) extended its gains.

Pixelworks (Nasdaq: PXLW) widened losses for the fourth quarter but the results were better than expected.

Fourth quarter earnings fell for LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

TrovaGene (Nasdaq: TROV) priced its public offering of approximately 4.44 million common shares at a discount.

Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the company forecast current quarter and full year revenue below expectations.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue rose for Tempur Sealy International (NYSE: TPX) but the mattress maker forecast full year results that fell short of analyst expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers 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 lost 7 points to 2055. Bitcoin rose $5 to $222.

Markets fall over rate concerns

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Concerns that the strong job market will prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates weighed the markets down during the midday with the Dow losing 43 points to 17,841. Nasdaq fell 14 points to 4,750.

On the upside

Shares of Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE: CPPL) surged on its first trading day.

Cambrex (NYSE: CBM) reported sharply higher fourth quarter earnings that surpassed analyst expectations by a wide margin and forecast full year earnings ahead of expectations.

Ubiquiti Networks (Nasdaq: UBNT) reported higher second quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations.

On the downside

Rentrak (Nasdaq: RENT) widened losses for the third quarter.

DeVry Education (NYSE: DV) disappointed with lower second quarter earnings and revenue.

Maxwell Technologies (Nasdaq: MXWL) narrowed losses for the first quarter but the company forecast current quarter that missed analyst expectations.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 7 to 5 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 3 points to 2059. Bitcoin rose $4 to $220.

Higher open on strong jobs growth

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Strong jobs growth lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow rising 21 points to 17,906. Nasdaq slipped 3 points to 4,761.

On the upside

Harris will acquire Exelis (NYSE: XLS) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $4.75 billion.

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) impressed with higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations.

Fourth quarter earnings fell for ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) but the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Pandora Media (NYSE: P) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of expectations prompting a downgrade.

Yelp (NYSE: YELP) swung to a profit for the fourth quarter but user growth slowed prompting a downgrade.

GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the company announced the resignation of chief operating officer Nina Richardson.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 2 points to 2065. Bitcoin rose $4 to $221.

Higher close as oil prices climb

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Upbeat jobs data along with rising crude oil prices lifted the markets to a sharply higher close with the Dow leaping 211 points to 17,884. Nasdaq surged 48 points to 4,765.

On the upside

Cemex (NYSE: CX) narrowed losses for the fourth quarter as revenue rose.

Conn's (Nasdaq: CONN) reported a 4.9% increase in same store sales for January.

Advanced Micro Devices (Nasdaq: AMD) stock soared after rival NXP Semiconductor (Nasdaq: NXPI) reported better than expected earnings for the fourth quarter.

On the downside

Clearwater Paper (NYSE: CLW) fell to a greater than expected loss for the fourth quarter.

OraSure Technologies (Nasdaq: OSUR) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter revenue below estimates.

Adept Technology (Nasdaq: ADEP) fell to a loss for the second quarter as revenue dropped.

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 soared 21 points to 2062. Bitcoin slipped $7 to $216.

Markets advance as oil rebounds

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Rebounding crude oil prices boosted the markets during the midday with the Dow soaring 140 points to 17,813. Nasdaq climbed 27 points to 4,744.

On the upside

A surge in crude oil prices lifted shares of SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD).

E2open (Nasdaq: EOPN) will be acquired by Insight Venture Partners in a deal valued at approximately $273 million.

Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) impressed with sharply higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations by a wide margin.

On the downside

Immunomedics (Nasdaq: IMMU) widened losses for the second quarter and announced plans to offer $85 million in convertible senior notes.

DuPont Fabros Technology (NYSE: DFT) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the real estate investment trust forecast full year earnings below expectations.

LifeVantage (Nasdaq: LFVN) disappointed with lower second quarter earnings and revenue.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 13 points to 2055. Bitcoin slipped $8 to $215.
First time applications for unemployment benefits rose less than expected to send the markets soaring to a sharply higher open with the Dow surging 115 points to 17,788. Nasdaq gained 21 points to 4,738.

On the upside

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) will acquire Hospira (NYSE: HSP) in a deal valued at approximately $17 billion.

Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) swung to a greater than expected profit for the fourth quarter and partnered with Katy Perry to develop new mobile games.

Genetic Technologies (Nasdaq: GENE) regained compliance with Nasdaq listing requirements.

On the downside

iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the results fell short of analyst expectations and the company forecast current quarter and full year results below estimates.

Fourth quarter earnings rose for Teradata (NYSE: TDC) but revenue fell to miss analyst expectations and the company forecast full year results below estimates.

QuickLogic (Nasdaq: QUIK) widened losses for the fourth quarter as revenue dropped.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 gained 12 points to 2054. Bitcoin eased $1 to $223.

Mixed close as Greece engages ECB

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The markets closed mixed with the Dow adding 6 points to 17,673 while Nasdaq lost 11 points to 4,716 as investors monitored discussions between Greece and the European Central Bank.

On the upside

One Horizon Group (Nasdaq: OHGI) will introduce its Aishuo app in China.

ClickSoftware Technologies (Nasdaq: CKSW) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenue climbed for Barrett Business Services (Nasdaq: BBSI).

On the downside

Gilead's (Nasdaq: GILD) announcement that it was cutting the price of its hepatitis C treatments sent shares of Achillion Pharma (Nasdaq: ACHN) tumbling.

Calix (NYSE: CALX) narrowed losses for the fourth quarter but the stock price dropped.

Planar Systems (Nasdaq: PLNR) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue and announced plans to introduce a new transparent OLED technology at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 but the stock price fell.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 8 points to 2041. Bitcoin slipped $3 to $223.

Markets trade mixed at midday

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The markets traded mixed during the midday with the Dow rising 32 points to 17,699. Nasdaq slipped 5 points to 4,722.

On the upside

Sony (NYSE: SNE) lowered its full year loss forecast.

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations on strong demand for Frozen products.

Cognizant Technology Solutions (Nasdaq: CTSH) reported higher fourth quarter earning and revenue that topped analyst estimates and forecast current quarter revenue ahead of expectations.

On the downside

Radisys (Nasdaq: RSYS) reported a wider than expected loss for the fourth quarter.

Pacific Biosciences (Nasdaq: PACB) widened losses more than expected for the fourth quarter.

Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) disappointed with lower third quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations and forecast current quarter revenue below estimates.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 7 to 5 on the NYSE while decliners barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 7 points to 2042. Bitcoin slipped $5 to $221.
The markets opened mixed with the Dow rising 8 points to 17,675 while Nasdaq dropped 25 points to 4,702 as Greece approached the European Central Bank to negotiate debt relief.

On the upside

Viggle (Nasdaq: VGGL) widened losses for the second quarter but revenue climbed and the number of registered users grew by nearly one million to 7.9 million.

Entropic Communications (Nasdaq: ENTR) widened fourth quarter losses as revenue fell but the company announced that it was being acquired by MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL) in cash and stock deal valued at approximately $287 million.

Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) will pay approximately $85 million in cash to acquire Nuverra Environmental Solutions' (NYSE: NES) Thermo Fluids subsidiary.

On the downside

Myriad Genetics (Nasdaq: MYGN) reported sharply lower second quarter earnings as revenue fell, announced the retirement of president and chief executive officer Peter D. Meldrum, forecast current quarter results below expectations, and cut its full year outlook.

Mueller Water Products (NYSE: MWA) fell to a greater than expected loss for the first quarter.

Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD) impressed with sharply higher fourth quarter earnings but the company forecast full year revenue below expectations and announced discounts for its hepatitis C treatments.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 slipped 6 points to 2043. Bitcoin eased $3 to $224.
Recovering crude oil prices sent the markets soaring to a sharply higher close with the Dow rocketing 305 points to 17,666. Nasdaq surged 51 points to 4,727.

On the upside

BlackRock disclosed that is acquired a 5.4% passive stake in ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI).

Shares of Goodrich Petroleum (NYSE: GDP), Rex Energy (Nasdaq: REXX) and PostRock Energy (Nasdaq: PSTR) surged as crude oil prices climbed.

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) announced a new advertising distribution program.

On the downside

Luminex (Nasdaq: LMNX) reported higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue but the company forecast current quarter and full year revenue below expectations.

M/A-Com Technology Solutions (Nasdaq: MTSI) fell to a loss for the first quarter and announced a public offering of 6.5 million common shares.

PhotoMedex (Nasdaq: PHMD) sold its LCA-Vision subsidiary to Vision Acquisition for $40 million in cash.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 soared 29 points to 2050. Bitcoin slipped $4 to $225.

Markets continue climbing

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The markets extended its gains during the midday with the Dow leaping 239 points to 17,600. Nasdaq gained 21 points to 4,698.

On the upside

Shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) rose on news that the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was meeting with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble.

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of Penn West Petroleum (NYSE: PWE) and SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD).

Stifel Nicolaus upgraded SM Energy (NYSE: SM) from a Hold to a Buy rating.

On the downside

Onconova Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ONTX) created plans for a Phase 3 clinical trial for rigosertib in HR-MDS patients after failure of treatment with HMAs.

LifeVantage (Nasdaq: LFVN) announced the immediate resignation of president and chief executive officer Douglas C. Robinson and appointed Dave S. Manovich to the position of executive vice chairman.

Investors locked in profits on YOU On Demand (Nasdaq: YOD).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 19 points to 2040. Bitcoin slipped $3 to $225.

Higher open on rising crude oil

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The markets opened sharply higher with the Dow surging 178 points to 17,539 as crude oil prices continued to rise. Nasdaq climbed 28 points to 4,705.

On the upside

The Wall Street Journal reported that Office Depot (Nasdaq: ODP) and Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) engaged in advanced discussions for a possible merger.

Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ) will pay approximately $265 million to acquire Recurrent Energy from Sharp.

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of California Resources (NYSE: CRC).

On the downside

Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) reported preliminary 2014 results that fell short of analyst expectations and forecast 2015 results below estimates.

TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein questioned the results from Isis Pharmaceuticals' (Nasdaq: ISIS) Phase II study of its diabetes drug ISIS-PTP1B Rx.

Rent-A-Center (Nasdaq: RCII) reported higher fourth quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 19 points to 2039. Bitcoin added $7 to $237.

Markets soar as crude oil recovers

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Rising crude oil prices sent the markets soaring in late afternoon trading to close sharply higher with the Dow leaping 196 points to 17,361. Nasdaq surged 41 points to 4,676.

On the upside

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) and Comstock Resources (NYSE: CRK).

Motley Fool wrote that Fontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR) paid better dividends than AT&T (NYSE: T).

MicroSoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) cut the price of its Surface Pro 3 tablets by $100.

On the downside

Ardelyx (Nasdaq: ARDX) reported positive results from a phase 2b study of tenapanor but patients experienced high rates of diarrhea.

Nasdaq will delist Advanced Emissions Solutions (Nasdaq: ADES) with trading to be suspended tomorrow.

Enanta Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENTA) reported positive results from a Phase 3 GIFT-1 study of AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C virus infection in Japanese patients but the stock price fell.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 surged 25 points to 2020. Bitcoin slipped $1 to $223.

Markets recover losses as oil rises

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The markets recovered earlier losses but still continued to trade in negative territory with the Dow slipping 4 points to 17,160 as crude oil prices rose. Nasdaq lost 3 points to 4,631.

On the upside

Frontline (NYSE: FRO) issued more than 10 million ordinary shares in January.

Rising crude oil prices lifted shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR).

Rex Energy (Nasdaq: REXX) will release fourth quarter and full year results before market open on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

On the downside

Pluristem (Nasdaq: PSTI) reported encouraging findings from a PhaseI/II clinical trial of PLacental eXpanded (PLX-PAD) in treating muscle injury after total hip anthroplasty but the stock price fell.

Niska Gas Storage (NYSE: NKA) widened losses for the third quarter and suspended distributions on its common units.

FTI Consulting (NYSE: FCN) warned that full year earnings and revenue would fall short of previous guidance.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 5 points to 2000. Bitcoin slipped $3 to $222.
A sharp drop in December consumer spending sent the markets tumbling to a lower open with the Dow falling 91 points to 17,073. Nasdaq plunged 40 points to 4,594.

On the upside

YOU On Demand (Nasdaq: YOD) entered a license agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for the subscription video on demand rights in China to a broad selection of library feature films.

Camtek (Nasdaq: CAMT) received a conditional purchase order from Bay Area Circuits for a Gryphon 3D inkjet technology system.

Bargain hunters lifted shares of National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG).

On the downside

Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) stock extended its losses.

Shares of American Airlines (Nasdaq: AAL) continued to fall.

Rising crude oil prices weighed down shares of Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 5 to 4 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 12 points to 1982. Bitcoin slipped $1 to $223.

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