Electronic Arts, Disney, Apple, Amyris and Amyris are big market movers

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:

NYSE

The Walt Disney Co., up 26 cents to $70.23

The entertainment company raised its annual dividend by 15 per cent after a third-consecutive year of record profit and revenue.

Dollar General Corp., up $3.44 to $59.81

Traffic rose and shoppers spent more per visit at the discount retailer, which beat Wall Street expectations with its third-quarter earnings.

Sprint Corp., up 5 cents to $8

Nomura upgraded the wireless company, saying that it expected significant cost reductions and some modest revenue growth.

The Kroger Co., down $1.46 cents to $40.06

The grocer is spending a lot of money to better compete, including the acquisition of upscale food retailer Harris Teeter.

Nasdaq

Apple Inc., up $2.90 to $567.90

Activis investor Carl Icahn is seeking the support of shareholders as he pressures the iPhone maker to spend more of its cash on share buybacks.

Electronic Arts Inc., down $1.33 to $21.01

The video game maker is dealing with technical glitches related to its “Battlefield 4″ game.

Microsoft Corp., down 94 cents at $38

Ford CEO Alan Mulally reiterates he plans to stay with the automaker through the end of next year, dampening investors’ hopes he would take the top job at the software giant soon.

Amyris Inc., down 2 cents to $2.80

The advanced biofuels company announced a joint venture with France’s Total to make and sell renewable diesel and jet fuel.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp., down $1 to $17.10

The clothing and accessories company had weak early holiday sales and it cut its outlook in a crucial quarter for retailers.

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