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April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM EDT
Flat Open As GDP Expands Less Than Expected
The markets opened flat with the Dow adding 7 points to 13,212 while Nasdaq eased a fraction to 3050 as the nation's economy expanded slower than expected in the first quarter.
On the upside
Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) reported lower first quarter earnings but the results surpassed analyst expectations by a wide margin.
Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) slipped to a first quarter loss but the results were better than expected.
Times of London reported that Warner Chilcott (Nasdaq: WCRX) may be acquired by Bayer.
On the downside
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX) blamed higher development costs for sharply lower first quarter earnings that fell far short of expectations and announced the resignation of chief financial officer Bill Davis.
Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) reported sharply higher third quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations but the company said that prices have stabilized.
First quarter earnings plunged for Deckers Outdoor (Nasdaq: DECK) to fall short of expectations as warm winter weather dampened demand for Ugg boots.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks fell 4 points to 813.
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