DJIA, S&P 500 Gain on ADP Jobs Report, Increased Factory Orders

Joel Anderson |

Markets gained Wednesday as economic data appeared to bolster investor confidence. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P 500 opened lower, gained ground into the late morning, declined back to even by mid-day, then took off in the final two hours of trading to maintain gains of 0.24 percent and 0.29 percent respectively. The S&P 500’s close at 1,890.90 represents a new record high for the index.

Driving the day’s gains was the ADP report that showed non-farm payrolls expanding by 191,000 jobs, exceeding economist estimates and giving credence to the theory that a series of limited gains in recent months were driven by harsh winter weather. This was in addition to a report from the Commerce Department that factory orders increased 1.6 percent in February, the highest rate in five months and reversing two-straight months of losses.

Market Results for April 2, 2014

●        Standard & Poor’s 500: +0.29 percent to 1,890.90 points

●        Dow Jones Industrial Average: +0.24 percent to 16,573.00 points

●        NASDAQ Exchange: +0.20 percent to 4,276.46 points

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●        Equities.com’s Director of Research Francis Gaskins has the scoop on the day’s three IPOs, Tarena International ($TEDU), Corium International ($CORI), and Scynexi($SCYX).

Stocks

●        A recovery by flash-memory maker Violin Memory (VMEM) could be a sign that excitement over  big-data is driving growth in the data storage industry.

●        Predatory pay-day lender DFC Global (DLLR) announced plans to take the company private.

●        Genetic testing company Myriad Genetics (MYGN) saw shares jump on news that CMS was raising the NLA for BRCA gene mutation tests.

●        Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) , a favorite of momentum traders, opened the day up only to lose ground after technical indicators pointed to the stock being overbought.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
CORI Corium International Inc. 5.02 0.23 4.80 27,200
ARIA ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc. 12.68 -0.30 -2.31 4,387,448
VMEM Violin Memory Inc. 0.18 -0.02 -8.50 304,548
MYGN Myriad Genetics Inc. 17.40 0.41 2.41 954,547
SCYX SCYNEXIS Inc. 3.50 -0.03 -0.85 292,815
VG Vonage Holdings Corp. 6.84 -0.15 -2.15 1,881,168
TEDU Tarena International Inc. 16.68 -0.13 -0.77 156,096
PTRZ PETRO AMERICA CORP n/a n/a n/a 0

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