On the upside
WellPoint (NYSE: WLP) chief executive Angela Braly resigned due to shareholder pressure.
Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) successfully closed its public offering of convertible senior notes and common stock.
On the downside
Dycom (NYSE: DY) disappointed with flat fourth quarter earnings that fell short of expectations. Joy Global (NYSE: JOY) reported higher third quarter earnings but the mining equipment maker cited slowing demand for lowering its full year guidance.
JA Solar (Nasdaq: JASO) widened second quarter losses and cut its shipment outlook for the year.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks held steady at 814.