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Midday movers: Apple, Ford Motor, Yahoo & more

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Scott Mlyn | CNBC

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

Apple - The consumer-technology maker rose after saying its App Store customers set a billings record in the first week of January.

Priceline Group - The online travel company declined after Stifel Nicolaus downgraded the stock to hold from buy.

General Motors - The auto manufacturer climbed after CEO Marry Barra said she expects 2015 U.S. sales of 16.5 to 17 million vehicles.

Ford Motor - The car manufacturer rose after boosting its quarterly dividend 20 percent to 15 cents a share.

Constellation Brands - The spirits maker rose after third-quarter earnings that beat estimates.

J.C. Penney - The retailer edged higher after saying it would close 40 stores in 2015.

Yahoo - The search engine and rival AOL gained as activist-investor Starboard Value repeated the companies should think about merging.

Neurocrine Biosciences - The drug developer and AbbVie advanced after reporting positive results on an experimental drug to cut symptoms of endometriosis.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International - The drug developer climbed after raising its profit forecast for 2015.

Aeropostale - The teen apparel retailer soared after hiking estimates for the holiday shopping quarter.

JetBlue Airways - The carrier fell after Cowen downgraded its shares to market perform from outperform.

MeadWestvaco - The packaging company advanced on its plans to spin off its specialty chemical business.

Infinity Pharmaceuticals - The drug developer dropped after saying it would halt development of a rheumatoid-arthritis treatment.

American International Group - The insurer declined after Credit Suisse downgraded it to neutral from outperform.

Apollo Education Group - The for-profit educator tanked after reporting disappointing quarterly revenue.

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