MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) is up 2.65 points or .19% to 1 382.06 as of 2:35 p.m. EST today. Leading this gain is Titanium Metals Corp. (NYSE:TIE) which has increased a massive 42.44% to $16.48 per share as a result of its proposed acquisition by Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE:PCP). Also up is Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) which has risen 10.58% to $71.88 after announcing positive study results for its hepatitis C treatment. Today’s big loser is JC Penney (NYSE:JCP) which is down 11.63% to $18.23. The company is still losing profits on its road to restructuring.