A drop in consumer sentiment weighed the markets down during the midday with the Dow losing 36 points to 14,502. Nasdaq slipped 6 points to 3252.
On the upside
Research Driven Investing wrote that Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) will benefit from rising imports of coal in China.
Progenics Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PGNX) narrowed fourth quarter losses more than expected as revenue surged.
On the downside
Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) fell to a loss for the fourth quarter and warned of losses for the current quarter.
Shares of MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE: WFR) extended its losses after warning of lower solar prices on Wednesday.
3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) co-founder and chief technology officer Charles Hull sold more than half his stake in the 3D printer company.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 5 to 4 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index slipped 2 points to 1560.