An unexpected drop in August consumer sentiment weighed the markets down during the midday with the Dow losing 52 points to 15,059. Nasdaq slipped 2 points to 3603.
On the upside
NF Energy Saving (Nasdaq: NFEC) continued rising after reporting higher second quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Aspen Technology (Nasdaq: AZPN) reversed year ago losses to post a stronger than expected profit for the fourth quarter.
On the downside
MannKind (NYSE: MNKD) satisfied conditions to sell a second tranche of senior convertible notes.
Brazil's Federal Revenue Service fined Itau Unibanco Holdings (NYSE: ITUB) nearly $8 billion in back taxes.
Investors locked in profits on China Commercial Credit (Nasdaq: CCCR).
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 lost 7 points to 1653.