Companies making big moves included:
— Restoration Hardware, down $5.27, or 6.9 percent, to $70.79 after reporting second-quarter sales that were not as strong as the first quarter.
— Disney rose 81 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $63.64 after the company said it would delay its fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie from a planned 2015 opening. Studios struggled with big-budget flops this summer, including Disney's "The Lone Ranger," and investors may be glad that it will take its time with the "Pirates" sequel.
— IBM rose $3.64, or 2 percent, to $190.20 after it said it would sell a customer care outsourcing business to Synnex for $505 million in cash and stock. Synnex rose $9.73, or 20 percent, to $57.70.
Overseas markets were mixed. France's CAC-40 and Britain's FTSE edged lower, and Germany's DAX edged higher. The Nikkei in Japan was flat.
Oil prices rose 27 cents to $107.67 after two days of declines. Gold fell $3.30 to $1,361.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.96 percent from 2.97 percent a day earlier.
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