On the upside
Bargain hunters lifted shares of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM) whose stock price plummeted yesterday after warning of discrepancies in a lung cancer drug trial.
Genetic Technologies (Nasdaq: GENE) received clearance to sell its breast cancer genetic test BREVAGen in Florida.
On the downside
Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) will close approximately 60 stores worldwide and focus on its online business.
Odyssey Marine Exploration (Nasdaq: OMEX) blamed weather conditions for deferring recovery work on two shipwrecks until the second quarter of 2013.
Key Energy Services (NYSE: KEG) warned that third quarter revenue would fall short of expectations.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks gained 4 points to 856.