The markets closed lower with the Dow falling 50 points to 13,384 ahead of earnings. Nasdaq slipped 2 points to 3098. On the upside
Energy Capital Partners will take EnergySolutions (NYSE: ES) private for approximately $338.5 million. Newcastle Investment (NYSE: NCT) will acquire an interest in Excess Mortgage Servicing Rights and will spin-off its residential assets. Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Roth Capital Partners all initiated coverage of SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY) with positive ratings. On the downside Canaccord Genuity downgraded Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) to a Hold rating.December same store sales fell 2.2% for Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD). Howard Weil downgraded Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) from a Focus Stock to a Market Outperform rating. In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 4 points to 1461.