November consumer sentiment climbed more than expected to a five year high to lift the markets to a higher open with the Dow adding 16 points to 12,827 after two days of sharp sell-offs. Nasdaq rose 15 points to 2910. On the upside
International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) reported sharply higher fourth quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations. Molycorp (Nasdaq: MCP) fell to a loss for the third quarter but the results were better than expected. Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN) will pay approximately $1.8 billion in cash and stock to acquire Kayak Software (Nasdaq: KYAK).On the downside Groupon (Nasdaq: GRPN) narrowed third quarter losses as revenue surged but the results fell short of expectations. Shares of SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) continued falling after shareholder TPG-Axon Capital Management called for the replacement of chief executive Tom Ward yesterday and recommended that the company sell itself. J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) disappointed with a wider than expected loss for the third quarter as revenue plunged. In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 9 to 7 the NYSE while decliners barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks held steady at 793.