Midday movers: Amazon.com, Ford Motor, URS & More

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Adam Jeffery | CNBC
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Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:

Amazon.com - The online retailer rose on its latest initiatives in cloud computing. Amazon also asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones.

Finish Line - The maker of athletic shoes declined after Stern Agee downgraded the stock to neutral from buy.

Ford Motor - The vehicle maker gained after the Associated Press reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing steering trouble in about 500,000 Ford cars.

Genworth Financial - The mortgage insurer and others including MGIC Investment and Radian Group fell after the Federal Housing Finance Agency proposed tightened requirements for private insurers that do business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Gilead Sciences - The drug developer edged lower after two members of the Senate Finance Committee asked it to defend the $80,000 cost of its Sovaldi treatment for hepatitis C.

New York Times - The newspaper publisher declined after Jefferies reduced its second-quarter and third-quarter advertising estimates for the company.

Nordion - The health-science company gained after saying it had cleared regulatory hurdles and would be acquired by privately held Sterigenics.

Shire - The biopharmaceutical company jumped on a Bloomberg News report that it was in talks to be acquired by AbbVie.

URS - The builder of bridges and power stations rose after Reuters reported the company had hired Citigroup and DBO Partners to explore a potential sale.

Wells Fargo - The country's largest mortgage lender declined after reporting revenue fell 1 percent in its second quarter.

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