It was a mixed close for the markets with the Dow tumbling 38 points to 12,269 as oil prices surged to a record high before retreating to close modestly lower. Nasdaq climbed 20 points to 2475.
On the upside
Wachovia Capital Markets analyst Andrew Casey cited Agco's (NYSE: AG) recent drop in its stock price for upgrading the farm and construction equipment maker.
Goldman Sachs upgraded GameStop (NYSE: GME) for its valuation.
On the downsideAdministrative law judge Rafael Epstein recommended that regulators not approve Iberdrola's proposed $4.5 billion acquisition of Energy East (NYSE: EAS).
Hershey Trust Chairman LeRoy Zimmerman said that Hershey (NYSE: HSY) will not be sold. The trust holds a majority of the company stock.
Shares of Fresh Del Monte (NYSE: FDP) tumbled after rival Chiquita (NYSE: CQB) warned of a significant third quarter loss.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks climbed 7 points to 741.