On the upside
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: LXRX) reported positive data from a new clinical study of its carcinoid syndrome treatment telotristat.
Ecolab (NYSE: ECL) will pay approximately $2.2 billion in cash and stock to acquire Champion Technologies.
On the downside
CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets downgraded Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) to a Sell rating.
Stillwater Mining (NYSE: SWC) priced its public offering of convertible senior notes.
Credit Agricole downgraded Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) to a Sell rating.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks fell 6 points to 823.