Movers & Shakers: Lowe’s, PacWest, Yelp stocks rally while BJ’s and Zoom Video shares fall, and other stocks on the move


Here are some of the more prominent movers on Tuesday:

Stock gainers:

Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s stock LOW, +2.17% jumped 1.7% in afternoon trading, after the home improvement retailer beat fiscal first-quarter profit expectations. While same-store sales fell more than forecast, they outperformed rival Home Depot Inc. HD, +1.84%, and the lowered full-year profit guidance range still bracketed Wall Street projections.

PacWest Bancorp shares PACW, +7.52% rose 7%, a day after a 20% rally from selling a discounted portfolio of real estate loans. The extended gains, with the stock up 60% in five days, helped fuel a broad rally in the regional bank sector. The SPDR Regional Banking exchange-traded fund KRE, +1.54% climbed 2.0% with 134 of its 143 equity components gaining ground.

Yelp Inc. shares YELP, +5.24% surged about 6% after the Wall Street Journal reported an activist investor is calling on the company to consider selling to boost its value.

Shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. WH, +5.91% rallied nearly 7% after The Wall Street Journal reported that fellow hotel chain Choice Hotels International Inc. CHH, -4.32% was looking to buy the company. Choice Hotels shares slumped 4.6%.

American International Group Inc. shares AIG, +3.72% hiked up 4.2%, after the insurer announced an agreement to sell its treaty reinsurance business to RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. for $2.74 billion in cash and $250 million worth of RenaissanceRe shares. That helped lift RenaissanceRe’s stock RNR, +4.11% by 4.1%.

Tegna Inc.’s stock TGNA, +3.02% tacked on nearly 3% after the TV-station operator announced a $300 million “accelerated” stock buyback and raised its quarterly dividend by 20% following the termination of a merger deal with the hedge fund Standard General.

Stock decliners:

Shares of BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. BJ, -7.74% dropped nearly 8% after the membership-based warehouse retailer reported fiscal first-quarter profit that matched expectations but revenue that missed.

Zoom Video Communications Inc.’s stock ZM, -7.31% took a 7.5% hit, reversing an initial 5% jump after hours Monday, as the videoconferencing company topped Wall Street expectations across the board on results and forecasts.

U.S. Foods Holdings Corp.’s stock USFD, -3.45% sank nearly 4% after the foodservice distributor said shareholder KKR Fresh Holdings LP was offering 17.4 million shares for sale.

Lordstown Motors Corp. shares RIDE, -5.30% slumped more than 5% after the electric vehicle maker declared a 1-for-15 reverse stock split, that will be effective May 24.

Shutterstock Inc. shares SSTK, -1.28% fell 1.4% after the the digital media and marketing company announced an agreement to buy GIF and stickers company Giphy Inc. from Meta Platforms Inc. for $53 million in cash. Meta’s stock META, -0.61% eased 0.4%.

Achieve Life Sciences Inc.’s stock ACHV, -24.66% plunged 26%, as investors expressed disappointing in the data that came from a second confirmatory late-stage trial of its cytisinicline for quitting smoking and nicotine dependence.

Guardant Health GH, -2.81% shares fell 2.2% after the cancer testing company announced a secondary offering of its stock. 

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