The markets traded in negative territory during the midday over disappointing manufacturing data. The Dow dropped 70 points to 12,358 while Nasdaq lost 9 points to 2318.
On the upside
HLTH (Nasdaq: HLTH) reported lower fourth quarter earnings after spinning off its health care technology business and announced a $2.31 billion merger deal with its subsidiary WebMD Health (Nasdaq: WBMD).
Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) cited strong holiday sales for boosting its subscriber growth forecast for the fourth quarter.
Furniture Brands International (NYSE: FBN) received a buyout offer from Sun Capital Securities.
On the downside
Vasco Data Security International (Nasdaq: VDSI) reported disappointing fourth quarter earnings that fell far short of expectations due to the delay of three large contracts.
Boston Private Financial Holdings (Nasdaq: BPFH) affiliate First Private Bank & Trust plans to raise its loan loss provision by as much as $19 million prompting a downgrade.
Lithia Motors (NYSE: LAD) swung to a loss for the fourth quarter and forecast first quarter as well as full year results well below expectations.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 10 to 9 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks eased a point to 709.