Ulta Salon Cosmetics and Fragrance jumped after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to "outperform" in the aftermath of the company's better-than-expected quarterly results and solid current-quarter outlook, saying it was impressed with its store opening plans.
VeriSign was slammed after the website registry operator lost certain rights to increase prices under a new agreement with the Commerce Department.
Christopher & Banks gained ground after the women's clothing retailer posted a quarterly profit.
Brown Forman fell after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to "sell" from "neutral," based in valuation.
Active Network rose after Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded the stock to "buy" from "underperform."
Clearwire Corporation moved higher amid renewed speculation Sprint will buy the company.
Exelixis moved lower after receiving approval from the FDA for its cancer drug Cometriq that only covers a rare form of thyroid cancer. JPMorgan said the number of eligible patients is less than half of what was previously thought.
Genesco slid after the retailer's CEO said November sales dipped in November, partly because of Superstorm Sandy.
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—By CNBC's Rich Fisherman.
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