The markets closed lower with the Dow easing a point to 16,478 on a quiet trading day. Nasdaq lost 10 points to 4156.
On the upside
Kandi Technologies Group (Nasdaq: KNDI) climbed after saying earlier this week that sales of electric vehicles are expected to accelerate.
Shares of Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS) continued rising after announcing a $28 million private placement earlier this week.
Barclays analysts Eric Slover and Barry Knapp said that Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) could outperform in 2014.
On the downside
Investors locked in profits on NewLead Holdings (Nasdaq: NEWL).
TheStreet noted that Pandora Media (NYSE: P) was one of five stocks weighing down the services sector.
Rising crude oil prices weighed down shares of United Continental (NYSE: UAL).
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 10 to 9 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 eased a fraction to 1841. Bitcoin soared $107.20 or 15.65% to $792.10.