Responsys surged after Oracle said it would acquire the web-based marketing software maker for about $1.39 billion, or $27 a share.
Coleman Cable rose after cable-wire manufacturer Southwire said it would buy Coleman, which makes electrical wire and cable products, for $26.25 a share in a deal valued at $786 million.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals climbed after the Irish drug manufacturer said it would acquire Gentium for a billion dollars in cash, or $57 a share, to diversify its portfolio of treatments for rare diseases.
Ariad Pharmaceuticals gained after it said it had gotten approval to relaunch its leukemia drug with warnings to address safety concerns.
Jones Group moved higher after the company on Thursday said it agreed to be acquired by Sycamore Partners for $1.2 billion, or $15 a share.
Walgreen rose after reporting quarterly earnings that were in line with street views on a 6 percent rise in sales.
Tibco Software fell after UBS Equities lowered it rating to neutral from buy. Susquehanna Financial cut its price target, citing lower than expected revenue from the company's licensing unit in its fourth quarter.
Carnival climbed after Credit Suisse boosted its rating on the cruise line operator to outperform from neutral.
Navistar International declined after the truck maker reported a 13.5 percent drop in quarterly revenue due to weak demand.
Finish Line rose after posting better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and revenue. The mall-based specialty retailer also raised its 2014 guidance.
Zumiez moved higher after Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded the specialty retailer to buy from neutral.
Fastenal fell after saying it expects to miss fourth-quarter consensus estimates.
Domino's Pizza lost ground after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to neutral from buy.
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—By CNBC's Rich Fisherman.
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