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Midday Movers: RIMM, M, XOM & More

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Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:

Research In Motion rose amid optimism its new BlackBerrys will launch in the first quarter of 2013.

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Retailers including Macys, Kohl's, Dillards, JCPenney and TJX all rose on a strong October retail sales report.

Retailers

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Exxon Mobil was little changed after the oil giant reported a lower quarterly profit that still beat street expectations.

Zumiez fell after the teen retailer lowered its quarterly guidance on weak sales.

Con-Way lost ground after the company said trucking volume was down 9 to 10 percent this week due to Hurricane Sandy.

Greenbriar fell after the railcar maker reported weaker-than-expected fourth quarter earnings due to a delay in deliveries and a higher tax rate.

Avon moved slightly higher even after the cosmetics seller reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings. The company also slashed its dividend by nearly 74 percent, but announced measures to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in costs over the next few years.

Vertex gained after the company said it was teaming up with Johnson and Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline to bring a new hepatitis C drug to market.

Pharmaceutical Stocks

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Public Service Enterprise Group fell after the NJ utility said its infrastructure had suffered severe damage from Hurricane Sandy and it was unable to estimate losses.

Estee Lauder lost ground after the company lowered its full-year sales forecast.

Tupperware gained ground after Morgan Stanley upgraded the maker of plastic containers to "overweight" from "equal weight."

Kellogg rose after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.

Hillshire Brands jumped after the meat company reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings.

Catamaran moved higher after the pharmacy benefits manager raised its earnings forecast for the year.

(Read More: CNBC's Market Insider Blog)

—By CNBC's Rich Fisherman.

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