MARKET PULSE-Synergy, Energizer, NQ Mobile, Tile Shop, Twitter
(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 on Wednesday after data showed the economy grew at a sharply lower-than-expected pace in the first quarter, but gains in private payrolls kept losses in check. The Dow Jones industrial average was unchanged at 16,534.93, the S&P 500 was down 0.18 percent at 1,874.89 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.64 percent at 4,077.438.
** EXELON CORP, $34.57, -4.45 pct
** PEPCO HOLDINGS INC, $26.78, +17.51 pct
Nuclear power producer Exelon Corp said it would buy Pepco Holdings for $6.83 billion to create the biggest Mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.
** TWITTER INC, $37.36, -12.34 pct
The micro-blogging website reported lackluster user and usage growth for the second consecutive quarter on Tuesday, deepening investor concerns about its struggle to gain a mass following.