Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mixed; Verizon Posts Q4 Profit

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Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.22 percent to 16,422.66 while the NASDAQ surged 0.34 percent to 4,212.03. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.16 percent to 1,841.60.

Top Headline Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ ) swung to a profit in the fourth quarter.

Verizon posted a quarterly profit of $5.07 billion, or $1.76 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share. Its adjusted earnings climbed to $0.66 per share from $0.38 per share.

Its revenue surged to $31.07 billion from $30.05 billion. However, analysts were estimating earnings of $0.62 per share on revenue of $31.04 billion.

Equities Trading UP Signature Bank (NASDAQ: SBNY ) shot up 11.25 percent to $122.49 as the company reported upbeat Q4 earnings.

Shares of Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT ) got a boost, shooting up 10.26 percent to $23.80 after the company received follow-on contract from the US Defense Logistics Agency.

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IRWD ) was also up, gaining 8.53 percent to $13.74 on better-than-expected Q4 profit.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE ) were down 6.49 percent to $66.10. Search Metrics reported that Expedia may have lost 25% of their search visibility in Google.

CNOOC (NYSE: CEO ) shares tumbled 5.55 percent to $168.40 after the company reported its business strategy and development plan for 2014.

FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE ) was down, falling 5.36 percent to $69.63 after JP Morgan downgraded the stock from Overweight to Neutral.

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded up 1.10 percent to $94.99, while gold traded down 0.07 percent to $1,239.40.

Silver traded down 1.14 percent Tuesday to $19.83, while copper fell 0.48 percent to $3.33.

Eurozone European shares were mostly higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index dropped 0.14 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index climbed 0.87 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX surged 0.57 percent and the French CAC 40 jumped 0.38 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.22 percent.

Economics The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills.

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