Nov 1 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Thursday:
U.S. stocks shot higher, boosted by bullish job market and consumer confidence data as trading continued to return to normal following storm Sandy’s devastating sweep through the U.S. North East.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.86 percent, the S&P 500 up 0.87 percent and the Nasdaq Composite up 1.18 percent.
** ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC, $80.05, up 12.8 pct (1540 ET)
The company has hired investment bank Blackstone Advisory to explore a potential sale to private equity, a source familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could top $6 billion.
** WABASH NATIONAL CORP, $7.71, up 22 pct (1228 ET)
The trailer maker reported higher third-quarter earnings on Wednesday and raised its full year new trailer shipments estimate to between 46,000 and 48,000 units. The company said it expects strong demand for new trailers and an increase in customer deliveries during the fourth quarter.
** MGIC INVESTMENT CORP, $1.92, up 11.6 pct (1228 ET)
The mortgage insurer announced on Wednesday that a settlement has been reached with Freddie Mac over a pool insurance dispute, one of the conditions the mortgage financier had laid down in return for letting MGIC’s main unit continue writing insurance in the United States.
** JDA SOFTWARE GROUP INC, $44.78, up 17 pct (1228 ET)
The maker of supply-chain management software agreed to be bought by privately held rival RedPrairie for about $1.9 billion in cash. The $45 per-share offer represents an 18 percent premium over JDA’s Wednesday close.
** NEWPORT CORP, $12.51, up 15.6 pct (1229 ET)
The supplier of photonics instruments and optical hardware reported third-quarter profit above analysts’ expectations, helped by higher sales in its industrial manufacturing segment.
** ZUMIEZ INC, $21.75, down 14 pct (1229 ET)
The action sports apparel and equipment retailer’s October same-store sales missed estimates and the company cut its third-quarter profit outlook on weakness in its European business.
Janney Capital, Wedbush Securities and Roth Capital cut their price targets on the stock.
** GREENBRIER COS, $14.88, down 14.5 pct (1230 ET)
The railcar maker reported a quarterly profit that was less than half of what analysts expected, due to delay in deliveries and a higher tax rate.
** VISTEON CORP, $47.39, up 7 pct (1230 ET)
The auto parts supplier said it was accelerating cost cutting as carmakers slash production in the face of slowing demand, especially in Europe.
** PRESTIGE BRANDS HOLDINGS INC, $19.78, up 14 pct (1230 ET)
The maker of Comet and Spic and Span cleaners posted second-quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates, helped by strong performance of its core over-the-counter healthcare brands and revenue from its acquisition of 17 brands from GlaxoSmithKline.
** TERADATA CORP, $64.37, down 5.7 pct (1232 ET)
The analytics and data storage company reported third-quarter revenue below analysts’ expectations and said it expected full-year revenue at the lower end of its earlier forecast.
** SOURCEFIRE INC, $49.41, up 15 pct (0947 ET)
The network security software maker raised its profit forecast as internet data leaks fuel demand from both government and corporate clients for its network security software.
** HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS, $29.17, up 11 pct (1014 ET)
The payment processor posted a strong quarterly profit and raised its full-year earnings forecast as it processes more transactions.
** BILL BARRETT CORP, $21.40, down 6 pct (1040 ET)
The oil and gas producer reported a third-quarter loss on Wednesday and raised its capital budget for the year, citing acreage acquisitions. The company on Thursday said it would sell some of its non-core natural gas assets to an affiliate of Vanguard Natural Resources LLC for $335 million.
** SM ENERGY CO, $59.50, up 10 percent (1036 ET)
The oil and gas producer reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by increased production from its operations in the Eagle Ford Shale and raised its production forecast for the year. Analysts at Howard Weil raised their rating on the company’s stock to “market outperform” on Thursday.
** BERRY PETROLEUM CO, $34.61, down 10 pct (1210 ET)
The oil and gas producer reported a profit below expectations for the third quarter on lower oil prices.
** BARRICK GOLD CORP , $37.31, down 8 pct (1049 ET)
The gold miner reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profit, while increasing its cost estimate for building the massive Pascua-Lama mine and pushing back the date when production at the project will begin.
** EXXON MOBIL CORP, $91.32, up 0.16 pct (1219 ET)
The world’s largest publicly traded oil company reported a quarterly profit that topped expectations, as higher margins from its refining arm countered a 7.5 percent decline in oil and gas output.
** THE BUCKLE INC, $47.3, up 5 pct (1049 ET)
The clothes and accessories retailer’s October same-store sales rose, while analysts on average had forecast a decline. The company also reported higher-than-expected third-quarter revenue.
** MACY’S INC, $39.25 up 3 pct (0938 ET)
The department store operator reported stronger-than-expected October sales, prompting the chain to raise its same-store sales outlook for the second half of the year.
** TARGET CORP, $62.96, down 1.2 pct (0932 ET)
The U.S. discount retailer reported an increase of 2.4 percent in October same-store sales, but missed analyst estimates of 3.2 percent.
** ABIOMED INC, $13.95, down 29 pct (0948 ET)
The medical device maker said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia was investigating marketing and labeling of Abiomed’s heart pump, Impella.
** PFIZER INC, $24.52, down 1.4 pct (1221 ET)
Pfizer reported quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations, on disappointing sales of its Prevnar pediatric vaccine and a sharp pullback in emerging market revenue.
** CIGNA CORP, $52.45, up 3 pct (1222 ET)
The health insurer raised its earnings outlook for the year as its recent purchase of specialized Medicare provider HealthSpring again helped the bottom line more than expected, enabling it to beat analyst forecasts for quarterly profit.
** AVON PRODUCTS INC, $16.04, up 3.5 pct (0951 ET)
The company announced measures to cut costs by at least $400 million within three years in moves designed to shore up its finances while it new chief executive officer works on a turnaround.
** SIRIUS XM RADIO, $2.89, up 3.2 pct (1226 ET)
The satellite radio company posted better-than-expected revenue growth in the third quarter but failed to shed light on company strategy under Liberty Media Corp and its se arch for a new chief executive.
** RADIAN INC, $5.39, up 15 pct (0954 ET)
The mortgage insurer posted its first quarterly profit this year, as it wrote more new insurance and recorded net gains on investments in a recovering housing market.
** AVG TECHNOLOGIES NV, $12.16, up 16 pct (1116 ET)
The maker of free PC and mobile anti-virus software reported third-quarter profit above expectations as more users signed up for its services and the company forecast an upbeat current-quarter revenue.
** CIRRUS LOGIC INC, $35.09, down 14 pct (1156 ET)
The audio chipmaker forecast current-quarter revenue above estimates on Wednesday but shares fell. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Tore Svanberg said some investors might be selling “thinking this is as good as it (shares) get”. Shares have been rising since July, when it was reported that Cirrus’s chips will be used in Apple’s iPhone 5.
** PERION NETWORK , $7.80, up 5.3 percent (1030 ET)
The internet and media company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong growth at its Smilebox business, which allows users to make and email photo cards, scrapbooks and collages.
** AIG INC, $35.10, up 0.5 pct (0956 ET)
The bailed-out insurer will report results on Thursday.
** STARBUCKS CORP, $45.60, down 0.6 pct (0956 ET)
The restaurant chain will report results on Thursday.
** BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC, $2.29, up 8.5 percent (1103 ET)
The building products distributer reported third-quarter results that swung to a profit helped by higher margins, a jump in prices and a change in its distribution system.
** VISA INC, $142.29, up 2.4 pct (0959 ET)
The world’s largest credit and debit-card network ‘s fourth-quarter profit rose 89 percent, beating analyst estimates, and the company authorized a new $1.5 billion share repurchase program on Wednesday.
** CON-WAY INC, $27.26, down 6 pct (1002 ET)
The U.S. trucking and logistics company reported on Wednesday a quarterly profit that fell short of Wall Street’s and its own expectations due to higher employee benefit costs.
** HERTZ GLOBAL HOLDINGS INC, $13.63, up 2.5 pct (1003 ET)
The car rental company reported on Wednesday a better-than-expected quarterly profit.
** NETFLIX INC, $75.75, down 4 pct (1003 ET)
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn bought 10 percent of the company, presaging another bruising corporate battle and raising the possibility that the pioneering movie and TV-streaming company would get acquired. Netflix shares rose 14 percent on the Nasdaq on Wednesday.
** OPEN TEXT CORP , $52.27, down 3 pct (1004 ET)
The Canadian business software company’s adjusted quarterly profit handily beat estimates on Wednesday but revenue from licenses fell short of its expectations. (Compiled by Ranjita Ganesan in Bangalore)