Gain in homes sales lifts markets

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.

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