Take a look at some of Tuesday's midday movers:
Homebuilders, including Toll Brothers, Lennar, DR Horton, Pulte and Hovnanian, rose as October housing starts rose to their highest rate in four years.
Mosaic gained ground on a rumor that it has hired JP Morgan to explore strategic alternatives due to foreign interest in the company.
Cooper Tire & Rubber fell on reports Apollo Tyres has "put on hold" its plans to acquire the company.
Schiff Nutrition fell after Bayer decided not to top Reckitt Benckiser's $1.4 billion, $42 a share bid for the vitamin maker.
Medtronic rose on signs its key heart and spine markets were improving. Its second-quarter earnings matched analysts expectations.
Shoe Carnival slumped after the footwear retailer predicted current quarter earnings below Street forecasts.
Sturm Ruger moved higher after the firearm's maker unveiled a special dividend of $4.50 a share.
Patterson Companies moved lower after the medical supply company's second-quarter earnings fell 7 percent on slowing sales growth. It also lowered its full-year earnings estimate.
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Markets could be buffeted more by expectations the Fed could move sooner on interest rates with next week's economic data.
The market is speculating June, but some economists still say it's September or later before the Fed starts hiking rates.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Hiring was likely below recent trends and bad winter weather may have crimped some activity in construction and retail.
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