It was a mixed close for the markets as the Dow rebounded in late afternoon trading even as congressional leaders continued intense negotiations to hammer out a bailout plan. The Dow soared 121 points to 11,143 while Nasdaq lost 3 points to 2183.
On the upside
Surging revenue boosted second quarter earnings for AZZ (NYSE: AZZ) to surpass estimates by a wide margin prompting the electrical products maker to forecast full year results above expectations.
On the downsideBrazilian food company Sadia (NYSE: SDA) said that it lost $406 million, the amount of its annual earnings, due to volatile currency markets.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks eased a point to 705.