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Upbeat Economic Data Boosts Markets

Upbeat corporate earnings along with an increase in March pending home sales boosted the markets to a sharply higher close with the Dow soaring 113 points to 13,204. Nasdaq climbed 20 points to 3050.

On the upside

PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM) narrowed first quarter losses as increasing home prices boosted revenue.

First quarter earnings slipped for Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS) but the results surpassed analyst expectations prompting the software firm to lift its full year guidance.

Incyte (Nasdaq: INCY) widened first quarter losses but revenue rose and the results were better than expected.

On the downside

Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM) reported lower first quarter earnings and forecast current quarter income below estimates.

Goldcorp (NYSE: GG) reported higher first quarter earnings but the results missed analyst expectations.

Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC) blamed increasing bad debt for reporting lower preliminary first quarter earnings.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks gained 6 points to 818.

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