Shares of the following companies had unusual moves in U.S. trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and times are as of 4 p.m. in New York.
Homebuilders rallied as a weekly survey by International Strategy & Investment Group showed an index of homebuilder activity rose to the highest level since April 2006.
Toll Brothers Inc. (TOL US) climbed 4.6 percent, the most since Feb. 3, to $23.46. Chief Executive Officer Douglas Yearley Jr. told CNBC yesterday that orders for the spring season have climbed 45 percent.
PulteGroup Inc. (PHM US) jumped 6.3 percent to $8.82. Lennar Corp. (LEN US) gained 4 percent to $23.40.
Accretive Health Inc. (AH US) climbed 4.4 percent, the most since Jan. 11, to $25.99. The company, which helps doctors with billing and records, reported fourth-quarter profit and sales that beat analysts’ estimates.
Carter’s Inc. (CRI US) advanced 11 percent, the most since Oct. 27, to $48.57. The maker of children’s clothes reported earnings that exceeded analysts’ estimates for a sixth straight quarter, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
CenterPoint Energy Inc. (CNP US) gained 5.2 percent, the most since Aug. 9, to $19.49. The Houston-based power company is considering a master-limited partnership for its midstream projects as a way to finance growth, Chief Financial Officer Gary Whitlock said during a call with investors.
Central European Distribution Corp. (CEDC US) slumped 20 percent, the most since Nov. 4, to $4.36. The vodka producer reported a wider fourth-quarter loss and said it doesn’t have enough cash to pay off its 2013 notes.
Copart Inc. (CPRT US) gained 8.7 percent, the most since December 2009, to $49.78. The Fairfield, California-based company that helps suppliers process and sell salvage vehicles posted second-quarter revenue that exceeded the average analyst projection, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA US) lost 12 percent, the most since July 2005, to $17.26. The maker of the “Kung Fu Panda” films said fourth-quarter profit tumbled 72 percent as DVD sales declined.
Ferro Corp. (FOE US) dropped 19 percent, the most since Aug. 2, to $5.55. The maker of porcelain enamel for cookware and appliances reported an adjusted fourth-quarter loss of 8 cents a share, wider than the estimated loss of 4 cents a share.
First Solar Inc. (FSLR US) fell 11 percent, the most since Dec. 14, to $32.30. The world’s largest maker of thin-film solar panels reported a fourth-quarter loss as panel prices dropped and it took charges related to restructuring efforts.
Gain Capital Holdings Inc. (GCAP US) slumped a record 19 percent to $5.24. The online trading company in Bedminster, New Jersey, was cut to “hold” from “buy” at Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP.
GenOn Energy Inc. (GEN US) rose 7 percent, the most since Jan. 11, to $2.46. The third-largest U.S. independent power producer by market value said it expects to shut about 13 percent of its generating capacity by May 2015 because of environmental regulations.
Gentex Corp. (GNTX US) slid 14 percent, the most since January 2006, to $23.65. The U.S. again delayed issuing a rule that may require cars and light trucks to have rear-view cameras. Gentex makes rear- and side-view mirrors that include camera displays.
ITT Corp. (ITT US) advanced 6.9 percent, the most since Nov. 2, to $24.95. The manufacturer said 2012 adjusted earnings will be as much as $1.72 a share, compared with the $1.63 average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Sales will climb 5 percent to 7 percent, the company said. Analysts project a 5 percent increase, Bloomberg data show.
Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (KOG US) dropped 6.1 percent, the most since Oct. 25, to $9.69. The Denver-based oil and natural gas explorer with assets in the Williston Basin of North Dakota reported fourth-quarter revenue of $55 million, missing the average analyst estimate of $58.9 million.
LSB Industries Inc. (LXU US) advanced 11 percent, the most since Oct. 4, to $40.22. The maker of chemical and climate-control products reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.19 a share, beating the average analyst estimate of 86 cents.
MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS US) declined 6.5 percent to $10.30. The Texas-based pay-as-you-go wireless carrier was cut to neutral from buy at UBS AG.
Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR US) rallied 6.2 percent, the most since Feb. 1, to $7.17. The biotechnology company agreed to sell its royalties on future sales of Cimzia and Mircera to Royalty Pharma for $124 million.
Quad Graphics Inc. (QUAD US) rose 15 percent, the most since Oct. 27, to $14.97. The printing company boosted its quarterly dividend to 25 cents a share from 20 cents.
SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA US) slumped 14 percent, the most since Aug. 16, to $40.75. The maker of homemade soda machines posted an 8 percent increase in sales of soda makers during the fiscal third quarter, missing the 16 percent gain expected by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Staples Inc. (SPLS US) fell 8.4 percent, the most since May 18, to $14.66. The world’s largest office products company gave a 2012 forecast that was “lower quality” than analysts expected, Jefferies Group Inc.’s Daniel Binder wrote in a report.
TeleTech Holdings Inc. (TTEC US) fell 13 percent, the most since December 2008, to $15.27. The provider of customer management support to companies reported fourth-quarter profit of 29 cents a share, excluding some items, missing the average analyst estimate of 39 cents. The company also announced the purchase of marketing analytics firm iKnowtion.
Universal Display Corp. (PANL US) dropped 9.6 percent, the most since Jan. 3, to $41.31. The developer of technologies used in flat-panel displays reported fourth-quarter revenue of $18.7 million, topping the average analyst estimate of $17.9 million.
Vivus Inc. (VVUS US) rose 5.8 percent to $22.50. An approval of the biopharmaceutical company’s weight-loss drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would make it worth as much as $40 a share to potential acquirers, said Cowen & Co., valuing the Mountain View, California-based company at $3.6 billion.
Vocus Inc. (VOCS US) tumbled a record 40 percent to $13.53. The developer of online public-relations software forecast 2012 earnings that missed analysts’ estimates and said it will buy iContact.
YPF SA (YPF US) slipped 14 percent, the most since March 2009, to $26.23. Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is studying ways to take over the country’s largest energy company and may make an announcement tomorrow, Ambito Financiero newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.