Upbeat housing data boosted the markets to a sharply higher close with the Dow climbing 95 points to 12,837. Nasdaq soared 34 points to 2929.
On the upside
US Steel (NYSE: X) warned that increasing steel imports may indicate potential trade violations by foreign steel companies.
The Las Cruces Centennial Solar Farm, which uses MEMC Electronic Materials' (NYSE: WFR) high performance Silvantis P280 photovoltaic modules, officially opened.
A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote yesterday that Key Energy (NYSE: KEG) was one of four oil stocks with upside potential.
On the downside
KeyBanc Capital Markets and Canaccord Genuity both downgraded Elster Group (NYSE: ELT) from a Buy to a Hold rating.
Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM) warned that earnings for its grain handling business has been below expectations.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks surged 13 points to 786.