On the upside
Dean Foods' (NYSE: DF) WhiteWave Foods unit priced its initial public offering to raise up to $320 million.
Shares of mortgage insurer MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG) climbed on news that housing starts soared last month.
On the downside
IBM (NYSE: IBM) reported flat third quarter earnings and lower revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.
Apollo Group (NYSE: ABT) reported higher third quarter earnings but revenue slipped to fall short of expectations.
Third quarter earnings rose for Textron (NYSE: TXT) but the results missed analyst estimates.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 7 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks climbed 6 points to 842.