VMWare, Juniper top Bay Area stocks

Palo Alto’s VMWare Inc. (VMW) had surged to a more than 7 percent uptick by the close of market today, putting it well above other local stocks. Sunnyvale’s Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) wasn’t far behind, with a nearly 6 percent increase, while Milpitas’ Sandisk Corp. followed with a more than 4.8 percent increase.

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) took a beating, however, dropping more than 5.4 percent.

Fellow Sunnyvale firm Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) fell more than 2.3 percent, while

Santa Clara-based Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) dropped 2.3 percent.

Overall the markets were barely up at the close of trading. The Dow Jones was up 63.56 points, or .46 percent, the Nasdaq by 13.25 points or 0.47 percent, and the S&P 500 gained 5.7 points or 0.37 percent.

San Ramon-based Chevron Corp.(CVX) was in the news, with Reuters reporting that the company had extended offshore leases in Thailand. Cupertino’s Apple Inc. (AAPL) also reportedly has limited sales of its popular iPhone to two per customers and banned the use for purchases in an effort to limit resales, according to new reports in the Associated Press and elsewhere.

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