The markets opened lower as oil prices edged higher while investors remained anxious about the financial services
sector. The Dow lost 95 points to 11,532 while Nasdaq dropped 25 points to 2389.
On the upside
LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK) announced that its China-based wafer plant reached a production milestone while boosting its forecast for 2009.
An analyst upgraded China Sunergy (Nasdaq: CSUN) as the outlook for solar cell demand improved.
On the downside
Canadian oil and natural gas driller Precision Drilling Trust (NYSE: PDS) offered $2.9 billion to buy Houston-based gas driller Grey Wolf (NYSE: GW), but only $1.12 billion will be in cash.
Shares of Healthways (Nasdaq: HWAY) tumbled after the disease-management program administrator lowered its forecast due to contract losses.
the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin
of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000
which tracks small cap stocks lost 5 points to 731.
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