An increase in existing home sales lifted the markets to a modestly higher close with the Dow adding 10 points to 16,543. Nasdaq gained 22 points to 4,154.
On the upside
Atossa Genetics (Nasdaq: ATOS) adopted a shareholder rights agreement.
Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE: BCEI) will acquire leasehold interests in Weld County, Colorado in a cash and stock transaction.
Shares of SunEdison Semiconductor (Nasdaq: SEMI) soared on its first trading day.
On the downside
ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) reported a drop in students enrollment in the first quarter and withdrew its outlook for the year.
Investors locked in profits on NewLead Holdings (Nasdaq: NEWL).
Westell Technologies (Nasdaq: WSTL) fell to an unexpected loss for the fourth quarter.
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 added 4 points to 1892. Bitcoin gained $31.06 or 6.00% to $517.75.