On the upside
Reckitt Benckiser Group offered a premium of approximately $1.4 billion to acquire Schiff Nutrition International (Nasdaq: SHF), which has already received a $1.2 billion bid from Bayer.
Rumors that Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) may convert into a real estate investment trust lifted shares of the retirement facilities operator.
On the downside
Velti (Nasdaq: VELT) extended its losses after posting a third quarter loss after market close on Wednesday.
Shares of Ruckus Wireless (NYSE: RKUS) tumbled in its market debut.
Dole (NYSE: DOLE) disappointed with an expected loss for the third quarter.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin by nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 7 to 5 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks climbed 6 points to 776.