Midday Movers: F, RIG & More

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

Ford and General Motors were both higher following better-than-expected sales in December.

Transocean spiked higher after news of a settlement with the Department of Justice to resolved outstanding claims related to the 2010 accident involving its Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The retail sector dominated the best and worst of the day driven by better than expected sales in December lifting Costco Wholesale, Nordstrom, TJX and Ross Stores.

Family Dollar was among the biggest losers, dragging down the discount sector including Dollar General and Dollar Tree.

Myriad Genetics fell on a downgrade to "underweight" from "neutral" at JPMorgan.

Gamestop fell amid chatter about new technology impacting the gaming sector.

Monster Beverage was among the biggest losers on the Nasdaq 100 index.

And Google ended a long-running investigation with the FTC; shares of the search engine company were marginally higher.

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—By CNBC's Lori Spechler

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