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    Shares of Exelon Corp.  are up 1.41% to $33.08 in afternoon trading Thursday, following an upgrade to "overweight" from "neutral" by analysts at JPMorgan Chase (JPM) earlier today. The firm also upped its price target to $38 from $36 on shares of the utility company this morning, citing valuation. Yesterday, Exelon (EXC) and Pepco (POM) agreed to boost the value of a fund to benefit customers in Maryland.

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    Shares of Second Sight Medical Products  surged 17.97% to $17.59 in afternoon trading after the visual prosthetics company announced that two newly approved centers have successfully completed their first commercial implants of its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System in patients with outer retinal degeneration.

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    Shares of Denbury Resources (DNR) are slipping, down 1.81% to $8.40 in late afternoon trading Thursday, as WTI crude prices fall on a stronger dollar as well as the U.S. commitment to agree on a nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reports. WTI crude for April delivery is trading lower by 1.55% to $50.73 a barrel as of 2:23 E.T. today.

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    Shares of Embraer were falling 8.1% to $32.06 on heavy trading volume Thursday after the commercial airplane manufacturer reported its fourth quarter results. Revenue fell 10.9% year over year to $2.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' estimates of $2.14 billion, despite the strength of the U.S. dollar helping the company.

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    General Dynamics (GD) shares are up 0.46% to $136.88 in trading on Thursday after the aerospace and defense company upped its quarterly dividend by 11.3% to 69 cents from 62 cents after the closing bell yesterday.The company reported strong fourth quarter earnings results at the end of January, crediting strong sales of its personal business jet Gulfstream division for the better than expected fourt...

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    Can anything stop Costco? The giant wholesale retailer is incredibly popular with consumers ... and investors. Shares of Costco rose as high as 2.5% Thursday after the company reported that its latest quarterly earnings estimates easily topped forecasts. The stock is now up nearly 10% this year and more than 30% over the past 12 months -- much more than Sam's Club owner Walmart, its biggest rival.

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    Buckle shares are down 4.27% to $49.08 in trading on Thursday after the teen apparel retailer reported a 2.7% decline in same store sales compared to the same period last year.Net sales for the period fell by 0.9% to $88.6 million from net sales of $89.5 million during the same period last year.The Kearney, NB-based company reported a similar decline in January same store sales last month with ...

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    L Brands (LB) shares are climbing, up 0.83% to $92.08, in trading on Thursday after the Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works parent company announced a rise in February same store sales that topped analysts' expectations.The company said that February same store sales grew 6% over the same period last year, topping analysts' expected 4.8% rise.

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    Shares of Pharmacyclics Inc. (PCYC) soared by more than 10% to an all-time high in early trades Thursday after it was announced the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based drug maker would be acquired AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) for $21 billion, or $261.25 a share. North Chicago, Ill.-based AbbVie (ABBV) will add to its product line of blood cancer treatments via the purchase. Pharmacyclics's (PCYC) flagship product is the drug Imbruvica, which received three breakthrough therapy designations by the U.S.

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    Announced corporate stock repurchases jumped to a record $104.3 billion in February, topping the previous record of $99.8 billion announced in July 2006, according to TrimTabs Investment Research. Meanwhile the number of buyback programs announced-- 123-- was below the August 2011 record of 196, TrimTabs said. "The bulls can take comfort that corporate America is committing record sums to repurchase its own shares," said David Santschi, chief executive of TrimTabs, in a statement.

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    Shares of Apple  are down 0.24% to $128.23 in early market trading Thursday, after the company said late Wednesday that it is pushing back the start of production for its larger 12.9-inch iPad, according to Bloomberg. Now, Apple (AAPL) is saying production is more likely to begin in September, due to supply issues with the larger display panels.

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    Kroger Co (KR), the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, forecast a full-year profit above analysts' estimates as it benefits from its acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc and higher margins on fuel. Kroger (KR) shares rose 6.7 percent to a record high of $74.30 in morning trading on Thursday.

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    Kroger Co. (KR) shares rose 4.3% in premarket trading on Thursday after the supermarket chain's fourth-quarter profit and full-year outlook exceeded Wall Street estimates. Profit in the most recent quarter rose to $518 million, or $1.04 a share, from $422 million, or 81 cents, a year earlier. Sales rose to $25.2 billion from $23.2 billion.