On the upside
Record annual casino revenue in Macau in 2012 lifted shares of Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS).
Bloomberg reported that Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) may shed underperforming business units.
Bloomberg wrote that Molycorp's (NYSE: MCP) low valuation made the rare earth metals producer an attractive acquisition.
On the downside
Jefferies downgraded Skullcandy (Nasdaq: SKUL) from a Buy rating to Underperform and slashed its price target from $17 to $6. The sale of Dole Food's (NYSE: DOLE) worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh businesses has been delayed to early 2013 as the company awaits regulatory approval in China.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 10 to 1 on both the NYSE and on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index soared 29 points to 1455.