Upbeat earnings news along with a surge in consumer spending boosted the markets to a higher close with the Dow jumping 205 points to 13,451. Nasdaq leaped 51 points to 2692.
On the upside
ParkerVision (Nasdaq: PRKR) will license its d2p RF transmit and receive technologies to an unnamed company in a deal worth up to $10 million.
Champion Enterprises (NYSE: CHB) will acquire Canadian modular home builder SRI Homes for approximately $113.9 million.
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) named James Whitehurst to the position of CEO and reported higher third quarter earnings.
On the downside
Micron Technology (NYSE: MU) swung to a first quarter loss demand fell and chip prices dropped.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks soared 18 points to 786.