NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:
Yum Brands Inc., up $2.48 to $77.29
Analysts see rising share prices as problems in China fade for the owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
The Kroger Co., down 31 cents to $43.37
The nation's largest supermarket reported rising sales at stores open at least a year and better-than-expected profit in the fourth quarter.
Safeway Inc., down 1 cent to $39.47
The Wall Street Journal reported that private-equity firm Cerberus has a preliminary deal to buy the grocer.
Staples Inc., down $2.05 to $11.35
On the heels of a similar announcement from RadioShack, the office retail-supply chain says that it will close hundreds of stores to save money.
Costco Wholesale Corp., down $3.21 to $113.26
Soft sales, weaker gross margins and unfavorable currency exchange rates led to a miss for the fiscal second quarter at the retail warehouse.
Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., down $4.04 to $50.66
The children's clothing retailer is closing more than 100 stores this year after reporting falling fourth-quarter sales.
SodaStream International Ltd., up $1.27 to $40.95
Fund manager Whitney Tilson reveals a big position in the soda machine company, saying that it's not a fad like many believe.
Sangamo BioSciences Inc., up $3.35 to $22.96
The company reported positive clinical trial results for an experimental HIV treatment.