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Midday movers: Apple, Delta Air Lines, Gap, & more

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Scott Mlyn | CNBC

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

Alliance Data Systems - The manager of loyalty and rewards programs for retailers rose after posting better-than-expected third-quarter earnings.

Apple - The consumer technology company wavered as Apple released new iPads.

Avis Budget Group - The car-rental company gained after approving the repurchase of $200 million of its stock. the leading gainer in the DOW Transports. The rental car company increased its stock buyback. Competitor Hertz Global Holdings also gained.

Delta Air Lines - The carrier rose after projecting strong margins in the fourth quarter.

Chesapeake Energy - The provider of natural gas soared after saying it would sell natural-as and oil-shale fields to Southwestern Energy for $5.4 billion.

Gap - The retailer advanced after approved a $500 million share buyback.

Las Vegas Sands - The casino operator jumped after hiking its dividend by 30 percent and starting a $2 billion share repurchase. Rivals including Wynn Resorts, Melco Crown Entertainment and MGM Resorts International also climbed.

Shire - The specialty drug manufacturer rose a day after AbbVie voted against a planned acquisition of the company.

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