A drop in durable goods orders weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 22 points to 10,515. Nasdaq fell 7 points to 2280.
On the upside
Health Grades (Nasdaq: HGRD) reported higher second quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates and announced that private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners will acquire the company for approximately $294 million.
Second quarter earnings for Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) rose to beat expectations prompting the company to lift its full year guidance.
On the downside
Allos Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ALTH) widened second quarter losses.
Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) swung to a profit for the second quarter but the results fell short of estimates.
Global Payments (NYSE: GPN) reported lower fourth quarter earnings that fell short of expectations and forecast 2011 results below estimates prompting a downgrade.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks eased a point to 660.