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Mixed retail earnings keep stock gains in check

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 9:30 am •  Published: November 15, 2012

Superstorm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to 439,000 last week, the Labor Department reported. Applications for benefits rose 78,000, mostly because a large number were filed in states damaged by the storm.

Among other stocks making big moves:

NetApp, a data storage business, jumped $2.85 to $28.98 after the company reported earnings that were higher than analysts were expecting.

Viacom, the owner of Nickelodeon, MTV and the Paramount movie and TV studio, rose $1.67 to $49.66. The media conglomerate did better than investors had expected thanks to lower costs and higher fees from cable and satellite companies for carrying its cable networks.