JC Penney moved higher on hopes the company would forma REIT to acquire its real estate assets, following the lead of Canada's Loblaw, which announced that move today.
Yum Brands jumped after its CEO said he sees very solid sales growth in its restaurants in China.
Vera Bradley lost ground as the company issued a fourth-quarter warning and lowered its full-year revenue forecasts.
UTI Worldwide moved lower after weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings.
Safeway moved higher after the supermarket chain moved its dividend up to December from January.
Align Technology fell after the braces maker said it expects fourth-quarter profit and revenue to be at the lower end of guidance. As a result it is cutting jobs and shuffling management.
Noble Energy gained ground on an improved fourth-quarter outlook.
Athenahealth moved higher after its CFO told investors the company aims to grow sales at a 30 percent rate over the next five years.
Freeport-McMoRan continued to fall on news that its planned acquisitions of Plains and McMoran could lead to shareholder activism. Several investment banks have dropped their "buy" ratings on the company as a result of the buyouts.
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—By CNBC's Rich Fisherman.
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