Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts.
Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires.
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were mixed at the close of trading: Becton, Dickinson & Co. fell $1.27 or .9 percent, to $142.22.
Shares of some top biotechnology companies were down at the close of trading: Amgen Inc. fell $.84 or .5 percent, to $158.89.
Amgen Inc. cruised to a 27 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations, due to higher sales of nearly all its medicines, tight cost controls and a tax benefit.
Pfizer Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit fell by half as worsening generic competition and unfavorable currency rates reduced sales, and higher research spending and legal costs also hurt the bottom line.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. barely broke even in the fourth quarter, due to a whopping pension charge and slightly lower prescription drug sales, but the drugmaker easily beat Wall Street's muted...