On the upside
AspenBio Pharma (Nasdaq: APPY) will begin a clinical trial of its blood-based appendicitis test in the fourth quarter.
Eagle Materials (NYSE: EXP) will pay approximately $446 million to purchase two cement plants.
On the downside
Profit taking sank shares of Life Partners Holdings (Nasdaq: LPHI).
Shares of RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) continued falling after chief executive James Gooch resigned earlier this week.
Actuant (NYSE: ATU) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast current quarter results below estimates.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks climbed 9 points to 843.