AIG, GNC, JPMorgan, United Community Banks: U.S. Equity Movers
Shares of the following companies had unusual moves in U.S. trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of 4 p.m. in New York.
Banks and credit card companies jumped after two U.S. House lawmakers said they would introduce a bill to repeal a Federal Reserve rule capping debit-card swipe fees.
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) gained 3.3 percent to $6.58. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) rose 2.8 percent to $33.20. Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) increased 3.5 percent to $26.95. SunTrust Banks Inc. (STI) rose 3 percent to $19.40.
American Express Co. (AXP) climbed 2.8 percent to $47.03. Capital One Finanical Corp. (COF US) gained 2.2 percent to $43.44.
Life insurers advanced after JPMorgan Chase & Co. said most stocks in the industry “present significant upside once markets stabilize.” Lincoln National Corp. (LNC) climbed 6.2 percent to $17.36. American International Group Inc. (AIG) added 6.2 percent to $23.76. Aflac Inc. (AFL) increased 4.2 percent to $40.62.
Nutritional supplement companies fell after a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported daily use of vitamin E increased the risk of prostate cancer in healthy men. Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (VSI) fell 7.9 percent to $35.24, its lowest price since April 14. GNC Holdings Inc. (GNC US) slipped 4 percent to $20.81.
Infosys Ltd. (INFY US) jumped 7 percent, the most since May 2009, to $56.34. India’s second-largest software exporter beat analysts’ second-quarter profit estimates as U.S. customers outsourced more services and raised its full-year sales projection.
The results are “positive” for Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (CTSH) , a computer-services provider, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said in a note. Cognizant advanced 5.6 percent to $71.26.
Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) increased 5.2 percent to $31.72, the highest price since Aug. 31. The largest U.S. auto supplier said per-share earnings will increase about 20 percent in 2012. That’s “much better than what is priced into the stock,” David Leiker, an analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee, said in an e-mail. Johnson Controls shares lost 21 percent in 2011 through yesterday, compared with a 4.9 percent drop by the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
Liz Claiborne Inc. (LIZ) rallied 34 percent to $6.84, the most in the Russell 2000 Index. The owner of Juicy Couture and Kate Spade agreed to sell its namesake and Monet brands to J.C. Penney Co. (JCP US) and its Kensie line to Bluestar Alliance.
NeuStar Inc. (NSR) gained 7.4 percent to $30.10, the highest price since October 2008. The company that directs phone traffic raised the bottom end of its 2011 revenue-projection range to $595 million from $585 million and held the top end at $600 million, after it said it plans to buy Targus Information Corp.
TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL US) gained 7.1 percent, the most since July 2009, to $32.86. The Swiss manufacturer of automotive and aerospace products will replace Cephalon Inc. (CEPH) in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index after the close of trading on Oct. 14.
United Community Banks Inc. (UCBI US) fell 9.1 percent to $8, the third-biggest decline in the Russell 2000 Index. The regional bank, which has branches in Georgia and North Carolina, recorded a special loan loss provision of $25 million during the third quarter.
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