Midday movers: Apple, PepsiCo, Peabody Energy

Stocks are lower at midday despite the number of unemployment claims being little changed from last week.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 18, 2013 1:41PM
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Among the number of large-cap companies reporting earnings Thursday before the market opened, PPG (PPG), PepsiCo (PEP), Union Pacific (UNP) and Verizon (VZ) were among the advancers, while Morgan Stanley (MS), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Philip Morris (PM) all declined.

Apple (AAPL) fell nearly 2% near noon and crossed below $400 per share for the second straight trading day, after BMO Capital lowered its price target on shares and Piper Jaffray said information from Verizon's report indicates Apple may report March quarter revenue at the low end of guidance. 

Among the notable gainers was Theravance (THRX), which rose 16% after an FDA committee recommended approval of Breo Ellipta for COPD. Also higher were shares of Peabody Energy (BTU), up 8% following its quarterly report, and peers Arch Coal (ACI) and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), which gained as well after Peabody's results and commentary on the coal market. 

Among the noteworthy losers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which fell 21% after the company announced that its colorectal cancer screening test was able to detect the presence of pre-cancerous polyps 42% of the time during a clinical trial. Also lower was Ultratech (UTEK), which fell 13% after reporting revenue that missed expectations and saying its revenue in the current quarter could fall another 25%.  
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