Sharply Higher Close On Impressive Retail Sales

February retail sales climbed a better than expected 1.1% to lift the markets to a sharply higher close with the Dow rocketing 217 points to 13,177. Nasdaq leaped 56 points to 3039.

On the upside

A Seeking Alpha contributor suggested that Acadia Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACAD) had great upside potential.

Omeros (Nasdaq: OMER) reported upbeat results from a late stage clinical trial of its postoperative eye pain treatment OMS302.

Nautilus (NYSE: NLS) reported higher fourth quarter earnings that nearly doubled as revenue rose.

On the downside

Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) forecast 2013 earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

Two Crown Castle International (NYSE: CCI) directors and three executives all sold company stock.

A Seeking Alpha contributor wrote that Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) was overvalued.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks leaped 16 points to 831.

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