The markets closed higher with the Dow gaining 50 points to 14,447 as investors barely felt the impact of mandatory federal budget cuts that began this month. Nasdaq rose 8 points to 3252.
On the upside
A Seeking Alpha contributor expects China Auto Logistics (Nasdaq: CALI) to soar in March.
Shares of MannKind (Nasdaq: MNKD) continued rising after a Seeking Alpha contributor wrote last week that the biopharmaceutical had the potential to be the best performing stock of the year.
Tetra Technologies (NYSE: TTI) chief financial officer Elijio V. Serrano purchased 11,000 shares of company stock.
On the downside
Profit taking sank shares of BRF - Brasil Foods (NYSE: BRFS).
Endeavour International (NYSE: END) announced the unregistered sale of equity securities.
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 index rose 5 points to 1556.