On the upsideSumitomo Mitsui acquired Citigroup's Japan brokerage businesses (NYSE: C) for $5.6 billion, a highly-anticipated move that would help shore up Citigroup's balance sheet.
Shares of McAfee (NYSE: MFE) rose after the computer security software maker reported a jump in quarterly profits.
General Cable (NYSE: BGC) posted lower 1st quarter profits, but the results for the wire and cable maker were better than expected.
On the downside
MasterCard (NYSE: MA) reported lower revenues and profits from its credit card and global payment operations.
Chevron (NYSE: CVX) posted sharply lower revenues and earnings due to the steep decline in oil prices versus year-ago levels. The results met most analysts' expectations, but the stock opened lower along with the rest of the market.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of 5 to 4 on the NYSE and by 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap eased 2 points to 485.