NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:
Monsanto Co., up $3.30 at $66.25
The world’s biggest seed company reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss that was narrower than what Wall Street had expected.
Bank of New York Mellon Corp., down 54 cents at $18.28
A federal prosecutor and the New York attorney general filed lawsuits saying the bank defrauded clients trading in currencies.
Yum Brands Inc., down $1.32 at $48.12
The owner of Pizza Hut and KFC posted higher third-quarter profit, but said sales and operating profits fell in the U.S.
Walt Disney Co., up $1.65 at $31.51
A Citi analyst upgraded shares of the media company to “Buy” from “Hold” citing a pullback in the stock price from recent highs.
Family Dollar Stores Inc., up $1.32 at $52.81
A Raymond James analyst upgraded the discount retailer’s stock citing the company’s strong sales during economic downturns.
Apollo Group, up $3.31 at $42.22
A Credit Suisse analyst upgraded the operator of for-profit college University of Phoenix, citing improved 2012 earnings prospects.
Costco Wholesale Corp., down $1.40 at $80.25
The wholesale club operator said its fourth-quarter profit rose and that it would raise its annual membership fees $5 to $55.
PolyOne Corp., down 35 cents at $10.58
A Keybanc analyst downgraded the specialty chemical company along with four of its rivals citing global economic instability.