Lower Close Over Manufacturing Activity

The markets closed lower with the Dow slipping 5 points to 14,572 as manufacturing activity in March expanded less than expected. Nasdaq dropped 28 points to 3239.

On the upside

Motley Fool expects results to improve for GameStop (NYSE: GME) in 2014 and 2015 when Sony (NYSE: SNE) releases its PlayStation 4 and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) introduces its newest version of Xbox.

Annual 2012 earnings for Security National Financial (Nasdaq: SNFC) surged.

Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong upgraded Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE: TAP) to a Buy rating and lifted her price target from $47 to $63.

On the downside

A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote last week that Uni-Pixel (Nasdaq: UNXL) was overvalued.

Shares of Hudson Technologies (Nasdaq: HDSN) continued falling after the company said last week that the Environmental Protection Agency's final rule on 2013 and 2014 allowances for HCFC were too low.

Key Energy Services (NYSE: KEG) announced last week that senior vice president and chief financial officer T. M. Whichard III retired effective March 25, 2013.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index fell 8 points to 1560.

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