On the upside
Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel wrote that J.C. Penney's (NYSE: JCP) new pricing strategy will be successful.
BG Medicine (Nasdaq: BGMD) received the CE Mark allowing it to sell its CardioSCORE cardiovascular blood tests in the European Union.
On the downside
Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE: HTZ) announced a secondary offering of 50 million common shares at the discounted price of $15.80 per share.
HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA) announced a secondary offering of 32 million common shares.
Dollar General (NYSE: DG) reported higher third quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates but the discount retailer maintained a cautious stance for the rest of the year.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks gained 6 points to 832.