On the upside
Standard & Poor's revised its outlook on USG (NYSE: USG) from negative to stable.
The acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ) lifted shares of Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD).
On the downside
Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded TIM Participacoes (NYSE: TSU) to an Underperform rating. UBS downgraded Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE: FGP) to a Sell rating.
Shares of Yelp (NYSE: YELP) continued falling ahead of the expiration of its lockup period next week.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 3 to 2 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks slipped 2 points to 812.