On the upside
Second quarter earnings plunged for SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK) but the results were better than expected.
New Oriental Education and Technology Group (NYSE: EDU) formed an independent special committee to review allegations made by Muddy Waters on Wednesday.
On the downside
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) disappointed with sharply lower second quarter earnings that fell short of expectations.
Second quarter earnings surged for Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) but the revenue missed analyst estimates.
Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) reported lower second quarter earnings even as revenue rose.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks tumbled 7 points to 794.