On the upsideTime Warner (NYSE: TWX) announced plans to spin off its cable television business and a dividend to shareholderes.
The rally among global oil companies continued as shares of Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE: PBR) surged to a new record high.
Commodity prices also rose to lift gold mining stocks. Shares of Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) and Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) surged.
On the downside
Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) priced a $2 billion senior note offering.
Shares of Moody's (NYSE: MCO) tumbled after the credit ratings agency had accidentally gave top ratings to debt notes due to a computer error in 2007 according to a Financial Times report.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin
of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 5 on Nasdaq. The
Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks added a point to 737.