Salesforce.com rose after Raymond James upgraded the tech company to "strong buy" with a price target of $64 on favorable fundamentals.
Facebook traded slightly lower. Earlier Monday morning, the social-networking giant said it experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting for a brief period of time. By 11am ET, the company said the site is 100 percent up and running.
First Solar surged after JPMorgan named the solar company as one of the top picks in the clean-tech sector.
Abercrombie & Fitch moved lower after Macquarie downgraded the retailer to "neutral" from "outperform" and lowered its price target to $36 on weak sales.
Goodyear lost ground after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to "neutral" from "buy" with a price target of $26, citing an uncertain margin outlook.
Royal Bank of Canada gained ground after the bank said it would buy back up to 30 million of its shares.
Manpower Group fell despite reporting a 50-percent jump in quarterly profits on cost cutting and improved hiring trends in Europe.
—By CNBC's Rich Fisherman.
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