After-hours buzz: Nordstrom, El Pollo Loco, AMAT & more

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Thursday:

Nordstrom shares popped about 5 percent after it beat on the top and bottom lines as comparable-store sales rose 3.8 percent. The apparel retailer handed in adjusted second-quarter earnings of 93 cents a share, topping estimates by 3 cents, on $3.7 billion in revenue.

Shares of restaurant operator El Pollo Loco tanked as much as 14 percent after it posted adjusted earnings of 19 cents a share on $90 million in revenue, compared with estimates of 18 cents a share on $93 million in sales. The company's same-store sales were also below estimates, rising just 1.3 percent, versus expectations of 3.1 percent.

Chip manufacturer Applied Materials posted earnings of 33 cents a share, which was in line with estimates, but revenue came in below expectations, at $2.49 billion. Wall Street was looking for sales of $2.54 billion. The stock inched down about 1 percent in after-hours trading.

Gamemaker King Digital, the company behind "Candy Crush Saga," beat on the top and bottom lines, but the stock tumbled about 8 percent on disappointing gross bookings figures, according to Dow Jones. The company said gross bookings fell to $529 million from $611 million a year ago.

In its first quarterly report since its IPO earlier this year, pet food producer Blue Buffalo said adjusted profit rose 13 percent year-over-year to 13 cents a share, while revenue increased 16 percent to $254 million. The company expects full-year earnings and revenue to come in above 58 cents a share and $1.02 billion, respectively. The stock fell about 6 percent in extended-hours trading. Comparable analysts' estimates were not available.

Darling Ingredients, which produces feed, food and fuel ingredients from bio-nutrients, saw its shares gain about 7 percent after it reported second-quarter earnings. The company also said it would repurchase as much as $100 million in common stock.