MARKET PULSE-J.C Penney, Groupon, Molycorp, Boulder Brands, Broadsoft

Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:12pm EST
 
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Feb 28 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Thursday:

US STOCKS-WALL ST DRIFTS AFTER TWO-DAY RUN, DOW RECORD IN SIGHT

U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday with investors hard-pressed to lift indexes to multi-year highs despite strong economic data. The U.S. economy ticked up in the fourth quarter, reversing an earlier estimate showing contraction, and a drop in new claims for unemployment benefits last week added to a string of data that suggests the economy improved early this year.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 14.79 points or 0.11 percent, to 14,090.16, the S&P 500 gained 3.12 points or 0.21 percent, to 1,519.11 and the Nasdaq Composite added 9.13 points or 0.29 percent, to 3,171.39.

** GROUPON INC, $4.50, down 25 pct (0932 ET)

Groupon lost a quarter of its market value on Wednesday after the company revealed it began to take a smaller cut of revenue on daily deals during the holidays, sacrificing revenue and profits to attract and keep merchants.   Continued...