Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Conagra, Boeing, Nordstrom, KB Home & more

In the Pinnacle Foods deal, Conagra gained brands such as Birds Eye, Hungry-Man, Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast, and Armour brand frozen foods.

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Check out the companies making headlines midday Thursday:

Howard Hughes — Shares of the real estate company skyrocketed more than 35% after CNBC’s David Faber reported the company announced it was exploring strategic alternatives, which include a potential sale.

Walgreens Boots Alliance — Shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance jumped 4.4% after the drug store chain beat top- and bottom-line estimates in its fiscal third-quarter report. The company reported adjusted earnings of $1.47 per share on $34.59 billion in revenue, while analysts expected $1.43 of earnings per share on $34.46 billion of revenue, according to Refinitiv.

Conagra Brands — Conagra shares plunged 13% after the Chef Boyardee seller posted quarterly numbers that disappointed investors. The company reported earnings per share of 36 cents on revenue of $2.613 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected Conagra to report earnings per share of 41 cents on revenue of $2.662 billion.

Boeing — Boeing slipped 2.35% after the Federal Aviation Administration said it had discovered a new problem with the company’s grounded 737 Max jet. Since the agency’s announcement, both Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have pushed back their target dates for the return of the airplane.

Nordstrom, Ross Stores — Nordstrom and Ross Stores fell more than 2% each after an analyst at Goldman Sachs recommended clients sell the stocks, citing a dim profit outlook for the retail sector. — The American internet retailer’s stock went up 4.6% after its tZero subsidiary unveiled a new virtual wallet that lets users trade cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum.

Apogee Enterprises — Apogee gained 8.1% after its first-quarter results topped analyst expectations. The glass products company reported quarterly earnings of 58 cents per share and a revenue of $355.4 million, compared to Refinitiv’s estimates of 54 per share and revenues of $324.4 million.

Patterson Companies — Shares of the rehabilitation medicine company slid more than 5% on weaker-than-forecast quarterly numbers. The company posted adjusted fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of 37 cents per share. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected a profit of 39 cents a share.

Owens Corning — Owens Corning ticked up 3.6% after Bank of America upgraded the company — which produces insulation, roofing and fiberglass — to buy from neutral. Bank of America said the company continues to unlock shareholder value.

Herman Miller — Shares of furniture company Herman Miller surged 18% on the back of stronger-than-forecast quarterly numbers. Herman Miller reported earnings per share of 88 cents on revenue of $671 million. Analysts expected the company to post a profit of 78 cents per share on sales of $657 million.

Zogenix — The drugmaker’s stock surged more than 20% after the company agreed to refile Fintepla NDA — a drug that aims to treat epilepsy — for FDA approval.

KB Home — Shares of KB Home jumped more than 6% after the homebuilder reported quarterly numbers that exceeded estimates. KB Home posted earnings per share of 51 cents on revenue of $1.02 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected the company to report earnings of 40 cents per share on sales of $936 million.

—CNBC’s Mallika Mitra, Jesse Pound and Elizabeth Myong contributed to this report.

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