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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Continue to Rise, Deckers Heads Skyward

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Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.20 percent to 14,082.60 while the NASDAQ rose 0.24 percent to 3,167.36. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.21 percent to 1,517.38.

Index Technicals:
For today, the S&P looks set to head lower and re-test the 1,500 level, with 1,495 support lurking below.

The Dow is poised to hit its high of 14,149 and head lower to test its 20 EMA at 13,928.28, with 13,860 acting as support below that.

The NASDAQ is set to head lower and test its 50 EMA at 3,124.09, with a lower support set at 3,100.

Finally, the Russell looks to lose its 20 EMA this morning at 907.67, while heading lower to the 894 support.

Top Headline
Best Buy Co (NYSE: BBY) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

Best Buy posted a quarterly loss of $409 million, or $1.21 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $1.82 billion, or $5.17 per share.

Its revenue rose to $16.71 billion from $16.67 billion. Excluding items, its adjusted profit came in at $1.64 per share. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.54 per share on sales of $16.3 billion.

Equities Trading UP
MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG) shot up 26.85 percent to $3.78 after the company reported better-than-expected Q4 revenue.

Shares of Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ: DECK) got a boost, shooting up 15.07 percent to $46.50 after the company's Q4 earnings surpassed analysts' estimates.

Sinclair Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: SBGI) was also up, gaining 12.89 percent to $15.90 after the company reached agreement with DirecTV on a new retransmission consent agreement.

Equities Trading DOWN
Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT) shares tumbled 27.18 percent to $7.26 after the company's Q4 project income fell by $7.9 million to project loss of $6.1 million.

Foster Wheeler AG (NASDAQ: FWLT) was also down, falling 16.58 percent to $20.07 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results.

Shares of McDermott International (NYSE: MDR) were down 15.96 percent to $10.69, after the company reported weak fourth-quarter earnings.

Commodities
In commodity news, oil traded down 1.46 percent to $90.71, while gold traded down 0.15 percent to $1,575.30.

Silver traded up 0.13 percent Friday to $28.52, while COMEX copper dropped 1.07 percent to $350.95.

Eurozone
European shares were mostly lower after downbeat economic data. Euro-zone inflation declined to 1.8% in February, versus 2% in the earlier month. Euro-zone unemployment reached 11.9% in the month of January. Italian PMI came in below expectations at 45.8, while German PMI beat expectations at 50.3.

The Spanish Ibex Index tumbled 0.52 percent and the Italian FTSE MIB Index dipped 1.54 percent. The STOXX Europe 600 Index fell 0.32 percent, London's FTSE 100 Index gained 0.28 percent, French CAC 40 Index declined 0.62 percent and German DAX 30 index fell 0.43 percent.

Economics
Consumer spending in the US rose 0.2% in January, versus a downwardly revised 0.1% rise in December. However, personal income declined 3.6% in the month. Economists were expecting a 0.2% gain in consumer spending and a 2.6% fall in personal income.

The final Markit manufacturing PMI dropped to 54.3 in the month of February, versus 55.8 in January.

The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters consumer-sentiment index climbed to 77.6 in the month of February, versus a final reading of 73.8 in January, beating economists' estimates of 76.4.

The ISM manufacturing index rose to a reading of 54.2% in February, versus 53.1% in January, surpassing expectations of 52.5%.

US construction spending declined 2.1% in January, versus a 1.1% rise in the prior month.

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