On the upside
Retreating oil prices lifted shares of American Airlines parent AMR (NYSE: AMR), Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC) .
Shares of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) rose ahead of the launch of the company's iPhone 3G this Friday.
Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) paid $10.4 billion in cash to complete the first stage of its acquisition of Alcon (NYSE: ACL).
On the downsideCentury Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) will pay majority shareholder Glencore $1.7 billion in order to cancel fixed price sales contracts.
Office Depot (NYSE: OPD) warned that same store sales will drop 10% due to the weak economy.
VMware (NYSE: VMW) warned that 2008 revenue will miss expectations and announced the immediate departure of president and chief executive Diane Greene to be replaced by former Microsoft executive Paul Maritz.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by more than 5 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks added a point to 659.