Allstate, Humana, Sun Healthcare, Talbots: U.S. Equity Movers

Shares of the following companies are having unusual moves in U.S. trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of 9:45 a.m. in New York.

Allstate Corp. (ALL) rose 3.1 percent to $28.57. The second-largest U.S. home and auto insurer posted an operating loss, excluding some investment results, of $1.23 a share, beating by 35 cents the average estimate of 21 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Inc. (AMZN) rose 2 percent to $226.87. The world’s largest online retailer may rise as much as 25 percent if the company continues revenue growth through investments in its distribution system and cloud-computing business, Barron’s reported.

Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD US) climbed 1.9 percent to $64.74. The restaurant chain that features Buffalo-style chicken wings may rise as the National Football League ends a labor dispute with players and resumes a full schedule of games, Barron’s reported in its “The Trader” column, citing Jason West, analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities.

Exterran Partners LP (EXLP) gained 2.5 percent to $24.28. The Houston-based natural-gas compression services company boosted its second-quarter dividend to 48.25 cents. That compares with 47.75 cents in the first quarter and 46.25 in the second quarter last year.

First Solar Inc. (FSLR) rose 4.6 percent to $123.70. The world’s largest maker of thin-film solar modules hired Corey Steffek, a former investor at venture capital firm Altira Group, to advise the company on targets and potential partners, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited an e-mail Steffek sent to his contacts.

Ford Motor Co. (F) climbed 2.6 percent to $12.53. The automaker may rise as much as 25 percent if its credit rating improves and the company expands sales in China and India, Barron’s reported.

Humana Inc. (HUM) rose 2.3 percent to $76.28. The second-biggest provider of government-backed health benefits raised its full-year profit forecast and reported second-quarter earnings of $2.71 a share, beating the average analyst estimate by 30 percent.

Kindred Healthcare Inc. (KND) plunged 26 percent to $13.96 and Sun Healthcare Group Inc. (SUNH) tumbled 55 percent to $3.14. The operators of nursing homes will see Medicare payments drop by $3.87 billion, following an April proposal designed to remedy overpayments to the industry, the U.S. said.

RadioShack Corp. (RSH) jumped 2.5 percent to $14.27. The consumer-electronics retailer was raised to “conviction-list buy” from “neutral” at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which said the addition of Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ US) to its wireless offerings, replacing T-Mobile, is likely to accelerate sales.

Standard Pacific Corp. (SPF) increased 6.3 percent to $3.04. The Irvine, California-based homebuilder was upgraded to “buy” from “neutral” by UBS AG, which said the strategy of buying land at attractive prices regardless of the stage of development will boost the company’s performance.

Talbots Inc. (TLB) jumped 6.9 percent to $3.70. Private equity firm Sycamore Partners L.P. reported a 9.9 percent stake in the women’s clothing retailer, making it the company’s second-largest shareholder, according to Bloomberg data.

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