Closing Bell Report

The markets closed flat over disappointing retail sales and rising oil prices. The Dow added two points to 13,552 while Nasdaq gained 11 points to 2724.

On the upside

A rally of the renewable energy sector lifted shares of DayStar Technologies (Nasdaq: DSTI) higher.

Shares of MBIA (NYSE: MBI) rose despite being placed on credit negative watch by Fitch Ratings last week for a possible downgrade.

Comerica Bank will increase Akeena Solar's (Nasdaq: AKNS) credit line from $7.5 million to $25 million.

On the downside

Shares of specialty department store retailer Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) tumbled over disappointing holiday retail sales.

Weak holiday retail sales weighed down shares of Dillard's (NYSE: DDS).

Disappointing holiday retail sales weighed down shares of Brown Shoe Co. (NYSE: BWS).

In the broad market, advancing issues edged out decliners by a slim margin on the NYSE while advancers outpaced decliners by a margin of 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks rose 3 points to 797.

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