Modest gains in consumer spending and personal incomes lifted the markets to a higher open with the Dow gaining 46 points to 12,216. Nasdaq added 3 points to 2602.
On the upside
Shares of SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) continued climbing after announcing a $1 billion joint venture with Repsol YPF at its Extension Mississippian play and at its Original Mississippian play in western Kansas.
SunPower (NYSE: SPWR) will acquire French solar energy system company Tenesol for $165.4 million in cash.
On the downside
United Continental (NYSE: UAL) expects its capacity to drop by 4.8% in the fourth quarter.
Shutterfly (Nasdaq: SFLY) lowered its fourth quarter revenue guidance.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 3 to 2 on the NYSE while decliners edged out advancers by more than 9 to 7 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks eased a point to 744.