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End-of-Day Market Summary for December 29, 2011


This is your Benzinga news summary and traders' summary for Thursday, December 29, 2011, covering headlines from the day and Wednesday's after-hours session.

Today in the domestic after-hours session, U.S equity indices trended higher. At last check, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up by about 135 points or 1.12% and the U.S. dollar trades lower near the $80.80 level.

Earlier this morning, RBC Capital upgraded News Corp (NYSE: NWSA) to Top Pick and Roth Capital upgraded Hollisys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ: HOLI) to Buy. View all of today's upgrades here.

Miller Tabak downgraded City National (NYSE: CYN) to Hold and Raymond James downgraded Edenor (NYSE: EDN) to Market Perform. View all of today's downgrades here.

Overseas, European markets ended lower in their trading sessions. Britain's FTSE 100 increased by 1.08 %, Germany's DAX gained 1.34 % and France's CAC 40 rallied by 1.84% on the session. Asian stocks ended the session mixed. China's Shanghai Index gained 0.16%, Japan's Nikkei 225 slid 0.29%, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index tumbled 0.65%.

On the economic calendar, Initial Jobless Claims came in at 381K versus an estimate of 370K; Pending Home Sales MoM came in at 7.3% versus an estimate of 1.5%.

On the commodity front, gold and silver futures are higher in after-hours trading, with gold trading higher at about $1547.90 per ounce and silver trading higher at about $27.82 per ounce. Energy futures are lower with crude oil up over 0.3% near the $99.70 level and gasoline trading higher by about 1%. Natural Gas futures are lower by about 2.5 % and copper futures are trading over 0.3 % higher this evening.

In corporate news, Gladstone Commercial Corp (NASDAQ: GOOD) announced that it acquired property in Pittsburgh for $4.2M .

Fushi Copperweld (NASDAQ: FSIN) today announced that it has received an offer to become private, at $9.50 per share.

Imperial Sugar Company (NASDAQ: IPSU) today announced that it has delayed its 10-K because it has not received audited financials from a major equity holder.

Today's movers include:

Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ: HOLI) +17.1% after securing contract with a Chinese company

Ivanhoe Energy (NASDAQ: IVAN) +15.7% on heavy volume

DexCom (NASDAQ: DXCM) +10.1% on positive analyst sentiment

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ: DECK) -8% after entering new financing agreement

StoneMor Partners (NYSE: STON) -5.8% on heavy volume

Danaos Corporation (NYSE: DAC) -5.4% on low volume

This concludes your news summary for December 29, 2011.

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