The markets advanced during the midday with the Dow climbing 70 points to 13,582 as jobless claims tumbled to a five year low. Nasdaq gained 16 points to 3133. On the upside
Nu Skin (NYSE: NUS) forecast fourth quarter earnings ahead of analyst estimates. ASML Holding (Nasdaq: ASML) reported higher fourth quarter earnings. Sony (NYSE: SNE) chief executive Kazuo Hirai said that the company is leaner and more nimble now. On the downside Brean Capital downgraded Celsion (Nasdaq: CLSN) to a Sell rating.Citigroup (NYSE: C) disappointed with fourth quarter earnings that fell far short of analyst expectations as legal expenses climbed. Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) forecast fourth quarter earnings and revenue below analyst expectations prompting a downgrade. In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 3 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 7 points 1479.