On the upside
Sichuan Chemical Industry agreed to purchase more than $2 billion worth of potash over a ten year period from Prospect Global Resources (Nasdaq: PGRX).
A jury ruled that Volcano (Nasdaq: VOLC) did not infringe on St. Jude Medical (NYSE: STJ) patents.
On the downside
Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI) introduced a new solution for creating and completing loan documents from initial disclosure to closing but the stock price dropped.
Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) reported higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates but revenue fell short of expectations.
Magnum Hunter (NYSE: MHR) discovered an inadvertent accounting error in the calculation of non-cash share-based compensation expense related to common stock options granted in the second quarter 2012.
In the broad market, declining issues barely edged out advancers by a slim margin on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks eased a fraction to 820.