On the upside
EMC (NYSE: EMC) reported higher preliminary second quarter earnings and revenue.
Second quarter earnings rose for Check Point Software Technologies (Nasdaq: CHKP) to top analyst estimates.
On the downside
Oppenheimer downgraded New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU) to a Market Perform rating.
Sally Beauty Holdings (NYSE: SBH) disappointed with flat preliminary third quarter earnings and announced that largest shareholder Clayton, Dubilier & Rice was selling its 23.1 million shares of the cosmetic products retailer.
United Rentals (NYSE: URI) fell to a loss for the second quarter.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks climbed 8 points to 807.