On the upside
Delta (NYSE: DAL) reported a 4.0% increase in August passenger unit revenue.
Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg pledged to sell none of his shares in the social networking site for at least a year.
On the downside
Francesca's Holdings (Nasdaq: FRAN) reported sharply higher second quarter earnings that more than doubled to top analyst estimates but the stock price fell after announcing the retirement of chief executive John De Meritt at the end of the year. UBS analyst Steven Eliscu downgraded Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) to a Neutral rating.
AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUQ) lowered its production guidance for 2012 and 2013 while increasing capital expenditure.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks eased a fraction to 822.