Bay Area stocks rise

San Jose-based SunPower Corp. (SPWR) surged Thursday by more than 14.6 percent to $121.10 by the close of the markets, making it the biggest mover of the day among local stocks tracked by the Examiner.

Palo Alto-based VMware Inc. (VMW) also rose sharply, rising more than 13 percent higher by 4:30 p.m. EST.

On a rare day when no local stock lost value, the smallest gains were seen by Flextronics Internaitonal Inc. (FLEX), up 0.25 percent, and Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. (SWY), up 0.38 percent.

The markets gained overall, with the Dow Jones closing up more than 2.5 percent, or 331.01 points, the Nasdaq up more than 3.1 percent and the S&P 500 up more than 2.8 percent.

Companies in the news included Milpitas-based Linear Tech Corp. (LTC), whose executive chairman exercised stock options, and Versign Inc. (VRSN) where an executive vice president exercised stock options.

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