Higher Close Even As Shutdown Continues

The markets closed higher with the Dow climbing 76 points to 15,072 even as the government shutdown continued. Nasdaq gained 33 points to 3807.

On the upside

Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) released its list of must-have books for the fall and holiday season yesterday.

Trade-Ideas listed Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK) as the Barbarian at the Gate stock of for today.

Krispy Kreme (NYSE: KKD) plans to expand into South America.

On the downside

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) continued falling after Fitch Ratings downgraded the department store operator yesterday.

The government shutdown has created delays in home sales sending shares of KB Home (NYSE: KBH) lower.

Xyratex (Nasdaq: XRTX) disappointed with sharply lower third quarter earnings and revenue.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 climbed 11 points to 1690.

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