Midday movers: Salesforce.com, Deere

Stocks are higher in a pre-holiday session marked by little corporate news but a fair amount of economic data.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 21, 2012 2:22PM
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Salesforce.com's (CRM) Q3 results beat on the top and bottom lines, and RW Baird and Wells Fargo reiterated their "outperform" ratings on the stock following the report. Shares advanced 8%. 

Conversely, Deere (DE) shares slumped 4% after its earnings missed expectations, as did its guidance for the coming year.

Among the notable gainers was Sketchers (SKX), rising 12% after Susquehanna upgraded the stock to "positive" from "neutral," citing valuation and product momentum. 

Also higher were shares of Sequenom (SQNM), up 11% after a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that cell-free fetal DNA testing be offered to certain at-risk patients. 

Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Zale (ZLC), down over 28%, and Tilly's (TLYS), down 17%. Also lower was St. Jude Medical (STJ), which fell 14% after an FDA inspection report cited serious flaws in its oversight of design changes in its Durata line of defibrillator leads.
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