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Community Health, Mercury General, Talbots: 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.

Health-care stocks declined after Medicare, the U.S. health plan for the elderly and disabled, announced an 11.1 percent rate cut for nursing-home operators for next year.

Merck & Co. (MRK US) lost 2 percent to $33.44, the biggest decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Health Care REIT Inc. (HCN US) fell the most in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, sliding 8.5 percent to $48.31. HCP Inc. (HCP US) retreated 5.7 percent to $34.64.

Kindred Healthcare Inc. (KND US) plunged 29 percent to $13.33 and Sun Healthcare Group Inc. (SUNH US) tumbled 52 percent to $3.35. Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. (SBRA US) declined 23 percent to $11.06. Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. (SKH US) slumped 43 percent to $5.06. Ensign Group Inc. (ENSG US) slid 22 percent to $22.09. National Healthcare Corp. (NHC US) fell 12 percent to $41.65.

Community Health Systems Inc. (CYH US) declined 5.7 percent to $24.36. Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. (HRC US), the maker of hospital beds and stretchers, fell 7.8 percent to $34.39.

Mercury General Corp. (MCY US) advanced 4.2 percent, the most since May 4, to $38.68. The auto insurer said second-quarter earnings excluding some items were 76 cents a share, beating the average estimate of 62 cents a share of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Old National Bancorp (ONB US) increased 7.3 percent, the most since July 2009, to $10.94. The Evansville, Indiana-based multibank holding company reported second-quarter earnings excluding some items of 18 cents a share, beating the average analyst estimate of 17 cents a share.

Paetec Holding Corp. (PAET US) rose the most in the Russell 2000 Index, rallying 21 percent to $5.33. The provider of telephone and Internet access to businesses agreed to be bought by Windstream Corp. (WIN US) for about $891 million. Inc. (SOHU US) fell 12 percent, the most since October 2009, to $79.14. The operator of China’s fifth most-visited website reported second-quarter profit rose 37 percent, missing analysts’ estimates, after the company boosted spending to offer online games and video services.

Talbots Inc. (TLB US) jumped 18 percent to $4.07, the highest price since June 6. 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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