Record oil prices sent the markets tumbling during the midday with the Dow plummeting 228 points to 12,800. Nasdaq plunged 29 point to 2487.
On the upside
Although third quarter results fell for United Natural Foods, (Nasdaq: UNFI) the results surpassed estimates.
Beacon Power (Nasdaq: BCON) received the necessary environmental approval from the Stephentown Planning Board to build a 20 megawatt flywheel regulation plant.
China TechFaith Wireless Communication (NYSE: CNTF) swung to a profit for the first quarter as sales surged and the cell phone design company forecast strong second quarter sales but the stock price tumbled.
On the downside
Friedman Billings Ramsey downgraded Casey's General Stores (Nasdaq: CASY) saying that record gas prices will hurt sales.
Saks (NYSE: SKS) reported higher first quarter earnings but the results fell short of estimates as gross margin fell.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks lost 3 points to 735.