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A123, Coventry, J.C. Penney, SanDisk, Tesla: 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.

Retailers advanced after Johnson Redbook Research said U.S. same-store sales rose 2.7 percent from a year earlier in the week ended Feb. 5 and the International Council of Shopping Centers reported a 2.2 percent increase in retail sales in the week.

J.C. Penney Co. (JCP US) gained 4.9 percent to $35.03, the highest price since October 2009. Macy’s Inc. (M US) rose 3.2 percent to $24.26. Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN US) jumped the most in the S&P 500, climbing 5.6 percent to $37.06. The Philadelphia-based clothing chain operator was boosted to “hold” from “sell” at Citigroup Inc.

A123 Systems Inc. (AONE US) jumped 6.6 percent to $9.92, the biggest gain since Jan. 12. The lithium-ion battery maker and electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA US) gained after the Energy Department said on a call President Barack Obama’s proposed budget will include a $7,500 credit for electric vehicles.

Telsa climbed 6.2 percent to $24.49. UQM Technologies Inc. (UQM US) surged 30 percent to $3.67, the most since August 2009. The Longmont, Colorado-based maker of electric motors will supply electric drive motors for Audi’s A1 e-tron test-fleet.

Avon Products Inc. (AVP US) declined 3 percent, the most since Nov. 1, to $28.47. The world’s largest door-to-door cosmetics merchant reported fourth-quarter profit of 59 cents a share excluding some items, missing the average analyst estimate of 66 cents, Bloomberg data show.

Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BDX US) slumped 5.4 percent to $81.03 for the biggest retreat in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The disposable medical-supply maker agreed to acquire Accuri Cytometers Inc. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. (BR US) fell the most in the Russell 1000 Index, sliding 6.2 percent to $21.80. The trading-services firm reduced its full-year forecast, saying it expects to earn $1.40 a share at most from continuing operations. Analysts, on average, estimated $1.57 a share, according to a Bloomberg survey.

Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD US) climbed 12 percent, the most since April 8, to $12.37. The operator of gaming properties was raised to “buy” from “underperform” at Bank of America Corp.

The firm upgraded MGM Resorts International (MGM US) to “buy” from “neutral” and the stock added 5 percent to $15.69.

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL US) rose 3 percent, the most since May 10, to $78.56. The world’s largest toothpaste maker was identified by a UniCredit SpA analyst as a possible target for a $55 billion takeover by Unilever NL (UNA NA).

Conexant Systems Inc. (CNXT US) surged 18 percent, the most since January 2010, to $2.47. The California-based maker of semiconductors said Golden Gate Private Equity Inc. offered to buy it for $2.35 to $2.45 a share in cash.

Coventry Health Care Inc. (CVH US) slumped 5 percent, the most since Aug. 11, to $29.78. The Bethesda, Maryland-based managed health-care company forecast 2011 adjusted earnings of no more than $2.70 a share, below the $2.91 average estimate of analysts.

Exide Technologies (XIDE US) gained 13 percent to $11.84, the highest intraday price since August 2008. The producer of lead-acid batteries reported third-quarter sales of $800.3 million, exceeding the average analyst estimate, and forecast fiscal fourth-quarter earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization would exceed the results from a year earlier.

Halliburton Co. (HAL US) declined 2.6 percent, the most since Jan. 6, to $44.97. The world’s second-largest oilfield-services provider said the effects of bad weather during the first quarter may be more severe than a year earlier and that events in Egypt have disrupted operations.

Herley Industries Inc. (HRLY US) climbed 16 percent, the most since March 2009, to $18.89. The maker of military communications equipment agreed to be bought by Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (KTOS US) for $19 a share.

Innophos Holdings Inc. (IPHS US) jumped 15 percent, the most since August 2008, to $40.39. The maker of fertilizers and phosphate salts posted fourth-quarter profit excluding some items of 89 cents a share, topping the average analyst estimate by 17 percent, according to Bloomberg data.

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD US) climbed 2.6 percent to $75.36 for the biggest gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The world’s largest restaurant company said comparable-store sales rose 5.3 percent, beating the median analyst estimate of 4.5 percent, according to Bloomberg data.

Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG US) fell 4.3 percent, the most since Aug. 11, to $32.24. The Des Moines, Iowa-based life insurer posted fourth-quarter operating earnings of 66 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate of 68 cents.

RehabCare Group Inc. (RHB US) surged 45 percent to $37.05 for the biggest increase in the Russell 2000 Index. Kindred Healthcare Inc. (KND US) agreed to buy RehabCare for about $877 million in cash and stock, creating the largest U.S. operator of health-rehabilitation centers. Kindred rallied 28 percent to $25.

SanDisk Corp. (SNDK US) gained 4.2 percent, the most since Dec. 21, to $49.80. The maker of flash-memory cards was raised to “buy” from “neutral” at Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc. The 12-month price estimate is $65.

Shaw Group Inc. (SHAW US) rose 4.4 percent to $40.80, the highest price since September 2008. The engineering services company was lifted to “buy” from “neutral” at UBS AG.

Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (SNCR US) advanced 12 percent to $35.02, the highest price since January 2008. The developer of transactional software forecast 2011 earnings excluding some items of 80 cents a share at least, exceeding the average analyst estimate in a Bloomberg survey.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA US) slid 5.4 percent, the most since July 23, to $52.02. The Israeli drugmaker reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.25 a share excluding some items, missing the average analyst estimate by 2.7 percent, Bloomberg data show.

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