MARKET PULSE-YRC Worldwide, Best Buy, JC Penney, eBay, Noodles
(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stocks opened little changed on Thursday, with a better-than-expected read on durable goods offseting political uncertainty in Ukraine. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.20 percent at 16,165.82, the S&P 500 was down 0.20 percent at 1,841.5 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.06 percent at 4,289.469.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, $258.36, +2.12 pct
The company said on Wednesday it plans to raise $1.6 billion from investors to finance a new battery factory that will help the upstart U.S. automaker reach its goal of producing a lower-priced, mass-market electric car by 2017. Tesla said the new plant, nicknamed the "Gigafactory," would be built in either Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas.
** SUCAMPO PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $9.84, +17.28 pct
The drugmaker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, helped by higher sales of its only approved drug, Amitiza, used for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults.
** EBAY INC, $58.04, +1.22 pct Continued...