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April 19, 2012 at 18:12 PM EDT
Lower Close As Existing Home Sales Drop
A drop in March existing home sales weighed the markets down to a lower close with the Dow falling 68 points to 12,964. Nasdaq dropped 23 points to 3007.
On the upside
Shares of Splunk (Nasdaq: SPLK) soared on its first trading day.
Three American Airlines unions support efforts by US Airways (NYSE: LCC) to acquire the bankrupt airline.
Cypress Semiconductor (Nasdaq: CY) fell to a loss for the first quarter as expenses rose but the results were better than expected.
On the downside
Nucor (NYSE: NUE) disappointed with lower first quarter earnings as shipments slipped.
Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) will provide its IP-VPN solution to the UK Government's Public Services Network Connectivity Framework but the stock price fell.
Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP) priced its public offering of 10 million common shares at $6.50 per share.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks lost 4 points to 798.
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