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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Look to Close Red as Solar Stocks Show Strength

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Markets Look to Close Red as Solar Stocks Show Strength
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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.74 percent to 16,454.39 while the NASDAQ declined 0.87 percent to 4,140.77. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.88 percent to 1,832.58.

Top Headline
Fiat SpA (OTC: FIATY) announced its plans to buy the rest of the Chrysler Group LLC for $3.65 billion.

Fiat already owns 58.5% stock of Chrysler. Fiat projects the deal to complete on January 20.

Equities Trading UP
Shares of Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) got a boost, shooting up 9.88 percent to $6.19 after DA Davidson lifted the price target on the stock from $6.00 to $8.00.

Ariad Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARIA) shot up 8.49 percent to $7.40. ARIAD will present at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference on January 14 at 6:00 PM ET.

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) was also up, gaining 14.65 percent to $34.19 following a deal between the company and TransCanada, creating its fourth solar facility.

Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of DryShips (NASDAQ: DRYS) were down 8.09 percent to $4.31 after the company announced the resumption of at the $200 million market equity offering and a dip in the Baltic Dry Index before Thursday's market open.

Angie's List (NASDAQ: ANGI) was also down, dropping 11.02 percent to $13.48 after the company CEO registered for the sale of over 25 thousand shares on December 31st.

Texas Industries (NYSE: TXI) was down, falling 3.95 percent to $66.07 after Longbow Research downgraded the stock from buy to neutral.

In commodity news, oil traded down 2.94 percent to $95.53, while gold traded up 1.80 percent to $1,223.90.

Silver traded up 3.42 percent Thursday to $20.07, while copper fell 0.31 percent to $3.38.

European shares were lower today. The Spanish Ibex Index fell 1.31 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index declined 0.05 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX dropped 1.32 percent and the French CAC 40 fell 1.60 percent while U.K. shares declined 0.36 percent.

U.S. initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 339,000 in the week ended December 28. However, economists were expecting claims to total 344,000 in the week.

The final reading for the manufacturing PMI surged to 55 in December, versus November's reading of 54.7. However, economists were expecting a reading of 54.7.

The ISM manufacturing index fell to 57.00 in December, versus a prior reading of 57.30. However, economists were expecting a reading of 56.80.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index declined to-28.70 for the week ended December 29, versus a prior reading of -27.40.

U.S. construction spending rose 1.00% in November, versus economists' expectations for a 0.60% gain.

Data on money supply will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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