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Big Movers in the Stock Market

December 22, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

NYSE

Ford Motor Co., up 78 cents at $16.02

The automaker raised its 2003 earnings outlook, citing strong sales of its new F-150 truck.

ConAgra Foods Inc., up 72 cents at $26.20

The packaged foods company reported quarterly earnings that came in higher than expectations.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., up 71 cents at $53.06

The discounter said December same-store sales were currently falling at the lower end of its 3 percent to 5 percent growth estimate.

NASDAQ

Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc., down $3.34 at $13.01

The Food and Drug Administration requested an additional clinical study on the company’s potential treatment of dry eye syndrome.

Esperion Therapeutics Inc., up $11.89 at $34.59; Pfizer Inc., up 30 cents at $34.57

Pfizer agreed to buy the drug development company for $1.3 billion.

Mentor Graphics Corp., up 34 cents at $14.14

Adams Harkness raised the software company’s stock rating to ``strong buy″ from ``buy.″

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