First time applications for unemployment benefits fell to a five year low to lift the markets to a higher open with the Dow gaining 30 points to 14,960. Nasdaq rose 10 points to 3659.
On the upside
Morgan Stanley upgraded Groupon (Nasdaq: GRPN) from an Equal Weight rating to an Overweight rating.
Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE: LPX) will acquire Ainsworth Lumber in a deal valued at approximately $1.1 billion including the assumption of debt.
SKF Group will pay a premium of approximately $1.14 billion in cash to acquire Kaydon (NYSE: KDN).
On the downside
Conns (Nasdaq: CONN) reported higher second quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations.
Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners (Nasdaq: CPRX) will sell 8.8 million common shares through a registered direct public offering at the discounted price of $1.72 per share.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 rose 5 points to 1659.