The markets advanced during the midday with the Dow gaining 45 points to 12,834 as manufacturing activity climbed in November. Nasdaq rose 7 points to 2923. On the upside
Health insurer Aetna (NYSE: AET) will cover Vivus' (Nasdaq: VVUS) obesity treatment Qsymia. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Genetics and the Socity for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Publications Committee jointly recommended Sequenom's (Nasdaq: SQNM) cell-free fetal DNA test for fetal aneuploidy. China Digital TV (NYSE: STV) fell to a loss for the third quarter due to an impairment charge but the stock price rose. On the downside Scholastic (Nasdaq: SCHL) slashed its full year earnings and revenue guidance. Third quarter earnings fell for Tilly's (NYSE: TLYS). Fitch Ratings downgraded Best Buy's (NYSE: BBY) credit rating to BB- with a negative outlook. In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 9 to 7 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks edged up a point to 795.