On the upside
LeapFrog's (NYSE: LF) LeapPad2 was named a top holiday toy by WalMart and The Toy Insider.
Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM) will trade ex-dividend on Thursday, September 27, 2012.
On the downside
Star Scientific (Nasdaq: STSI) settled its patent infringement suit against R.J. Reynolds (NYSE: RAI).
Swisher Hygiene (Nasdaq: SWSH) warned that it will not be able to file financial reports by an extended deadline of September 26, 2012 and may be delisted by Nasdaq.
Avondale downgraded Headwaters (NYSE: HW) to a Market Perform rating.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 5 to 42 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks plunged 12 points to 839.