Rising home prices lifted the markets to a higher close with the Dow climbing 72 points to 13,954. Nasdaq held steady at 3153. On the upside
J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) will begin offering sales again after a year of promoting everyday low prices that never resonated with customers. SuperValu (NYSE: SVU) set the interest rate on a $1.5 billion covenant-lite loan. Bargain hunters lifted shares of Repros Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RPRX). On the downside Investors locked in profits on OCZ Technology (Nasdaq: OCZ).Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK) disappointed with sharply lower fourth quarter earnings that fell far short of analyst expectations. New Oriental Education & Technology (NYSE: EDU) fell to an unexpected loss for the second quarter. In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 4 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index gained 7 points to 1507.