BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Biocept, Micron, Sprint, Diamond Offshore

Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:06am EST
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U.S. stocks were flat shortly after the open on Tuesday, as the Dow and S&P 500 held near record levels before testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and a flurry of economic data. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.39 percent at 18,186.64, the S&P 500 was up 0.17 percent at 2,113.27 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.22 percent at 4,950.29.

** BIOCEPT INC,$2.85, +29.55 pct

The cancer test maker's shares surged for the second straight day after it said its blood-based diagnostic test was effective in determining hormone levels in breast cancer patients in a study at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The stock was the second-biggest percentage gainer on the Nasdaq.

** MICRON TECHNOLOGY, $30.015, -4.41 pct

The memory chip maker's shares slid, and were the most traded on the Nasdaq, after Seeking Alpha reported Samsung Electronics Co Ltd was now handling "at least half" of Apple Inc's DRAM needs for the iPhone 6S, citing Korea Times.   Continued...