Solid job creation in November kept the unemployment rate steady at 4.7%. Meanwhile, oil prices edged above the $90 a barrel mark. The Dow slipped 7 points to 13,611 while Nasdaq dropped 10 points to 2698.
On the upside
Canada-based IMAX (Nasdaq: IMAX) signed a projection-screen deal with AMC Entertainment to install its trademark digital screens in 100 theaters.
Analysts raised their opinion of Shaw Group (NYSE: SGR) citing strong growth through next year for the engineering and construction company.
Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS) reported earnings that beat estimates as the developer of software design tools for semiconductors posted higher revenues.
On the downside
Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding (Nasdaq: SWHC) tumbled after the gun maker lowered its 2008 profit outlook again.
Student loan services provider First Marblehead (NYSE: FMD) slashed its dividend as shares sank to a new 52-week low.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a narrow margin on both the NYSE and Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks gave up 2 points to 784.