Rising Home Prices Lift Markets

Rising home prices boosted the markets during the midday with the Dow climbing 89 points to 14,537. Nasdaq gained 11 points to 3246.

On the upside

A Seeking Alpha contributor expects Opexa Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OPXA) to climb in both the short term as well as the long term.

PokerTek (Nasdaq: PTEK) renewed and extended its contract with Carnival (NYSE: CCL) through December 2017.

Just Energy (NYSE: JE) expects to report earnings of $1.57 per share in fiscal 2014.

On the downside

Glancy Binkow & Goldberg filed a class action lawsuit against Affymax (Nasdaq: AFFY) for issuing false and misleading statements.

A Seeking Alpha contributor raised concerns about Amarin's (Nasdaq: AMRN) sales strategy for its recently approved fish oil product Vascepa.

Several law firms are seeking lead plaintiffs for securities fraud class action lawsuits against Star Scientific (Nasdaq: STSI).

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE while decliners barely edged out advancers by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 8 points to 1560.

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