Mid-Day Market Update: US Stocks Pare Losses; Expedia Shares Drop Following Downgrade


Midway through trading Monday, the Dow traded down 0.08 percent to 15,225.36 while the NASDAQ gained 0.11 percent to 3,795.96. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.07 percent to 1,701.95.

Top Headline Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) has acquired mobile tech startup Onavo for an undisclosed sum.

Onavo was founded in 2010 and has around 40 employees. It will become Facebook's first office in Israel.

Equities Trading UP Antares Pharma (NASDAQ: ATRS ) shot up 5.94 percent to $4.80 after the company announced the FDA approval of OTREXUP injection.

Shares of Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT ) got a boost, shooting up 5.11 percent to $44.00 after Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on the stock with a Buy rating.

Aratana Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PETX ) was also up, gaining 9.20 percent to $25.65 after the company agreed to acquire Vet Therapeutics.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE ) were down 7.49 percent to $47.86 after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold and lowered target price from $66 to $51.

Fair Isaac (NYSE: FICO ) shares tumbled 3.65 percent to $55.24 after the company lowered its FY13 outlook.

Coach (NYSE: COH ) was down, falling 1.41 percent to $53.82 after Canaccord Genuity downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold and lowered the target price from $65 to $62

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded down 0.18 percent to $101.84, while gold traded up 0.89 percent to $1,279.50.

Silver traded up 0.87 percent Monday to $21.45, while copper rose 1.02 percent to $3.30.

Eurozone European shares were mostly higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.28 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index gained 0.19 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX fell 0.01 percent and the French CAC 40 rose 0.07 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.32 percent.

Economics Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Referenced Stocks: ATRS , COH , EXPE , FB , FICO


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