A sharper than expected drop in September consumer sentiment weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow tumbling 99 points to 15,228. Nasdaq fell 16 points to 3771.
On the upside
Nike (NYSE: NKE) reported higher first quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.
Second quarter earnings and revenue climbed for Finish Line (Nasdaq: FINL) to beat analyst estimates.
On the downside
J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) will offer 84 million common shares at the discounted price of $9.65 per share.
Zoltek (Nasdaq: ZOLT) will be acquired by Toray Industries for $16.75 per share.
Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) will exchange convertible preferred stock for common shares.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by 5 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 dropped 10 points to 1688.