Talbots, YRC Worldwide, H&R Block are big movers

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Posted: Dec 08, 2009 4:35 PM

The following stocks were among those that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:

NYSE:

Talbots Inc., up $1.02 at $8.23

The women's specialty retailer made money in the third quarter on trimmed expenses and a smaller loss from discontinued operations.

Agrium Inc., up $1.50 at $61.81

An analyst upgraded the fertilizer producer, saying increasing demand and higher fertilizer prices should boost profit margins.

Kroger Co., down $2.72 at $20.13

The nation's largest traditional grocery chain posted an $875 million loss as customers spend less and price-cutting sharpens.

McDonald's Corp., down $1.32 at $60.61

The fast-food chain said a key U.S. sales figure fell, only the fourth time the monthly measurement failed to rise in nearly 7 years.

The New York Times Co., up 11 cents at $9.01

The newspaper company expects its print advertising revenue in the fourth quarter to improve modestly from last years drop.

H&R Block Inc., down 58 cents at $19.90

The nation's largest tax preparer posted a smaller second-quarter loss on trimmed expenses as it saw its tax services business improve.

NASDAQ:

YRC Worldwide Inc., down 15 cents at 99 cents

The trucking operator's shares will be dropped from the Dow Jones transportation average and replaced by Delta Air Lines Inc.

Select Comfort Corp., up 63 cents at $5.64

The mattress maker announced plans to lower its debt and bolster working capital by selling some shares.