Extreme Trading: GM Breaks Away … and More!

The bailed-out automaker's return to public listing on U.S. exchanges was heralded with a 9 percent surge in price on Thursday.

Shares of the semiconductor testing company were up 31 percent Thursday after fellow semiconductor company Verigy agreed to buy LTX-Credence.

Shares of the cookware and cutlery maker plummeted 10 percent after the company delivered third-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations but failed to get investors excited about its forward guidance.
The currency that unites a fragmented continent bounced back from a slump as concerns over Ireland's sovereign debt crisis abated somewhat.
Allied Irish Bank saw its shares jump 9 percent Thursday on news that Ireland -- the struggling indebted country -- planned to take out a loan it didn't need just to prove it could raise cash.
Cotton futures reversed six days of declines Thursday on news that bad weather in China would threaten the crop.
Smartheat, the Chinese firm that makes energy-saving devices, saw its shares drop 11 percent Thursday after the firm said it was raising new capital.
Shares of the breadmaker hit a 52-week high Wednesday. This news might not have moved the stock, but the company also announced a new customer loyalty program Wednesday.
The price of soybean futures reached a five-week low on Wednesday on concerns that demand would decline in coming weeks. Investors were also reacting to steps taken by the Chinese government with an eye to fighting inflation.
Shares of drugmaker Exelixis jumped 27 percent Thursday after the company said one of its drugs was effective in treating ovarian cancer.

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