On the upside
Chico's FAS (NYSE: CHS) expected same-store sales for the month to rise. The women's apparel retailer joined other companies in the sector in seeing retail sales growth.
Shares of MAP Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: MAPP) soared after its migraine drug treatment met late-stage study goals.
An analyst upgraded pawnshop operator and check cashing service provider Cash America International (NYSE: CSH).
An analyst upgraded NetApp, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), a maker of data storage solutions.
On the downside
As a deadline looms for General Motors (NYSE: GM) to announce restructuring plans, Fiat actively negotiated with the German government to buy GM's Opel automotive unit.
Altair Nanotechnologies (Nasdaq: ALTI) raised $14 million as its shares dipped below $1 a share. The company develops and markets paint resins and sensors.
In the broad market, advancing issues edged out decliners by a narrow margin on the NYSE and outpaced them by a margin of nearly 4 to 3 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks lost 3 points to 474.
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