Edited by Ed Lin
The mortgage giant and rival Fannie Mae both took hits Friday after Merrill Lynch downgraded the pair to Sell from Neutral.
ChoicePoint /zigman2/quotes/201069053/composite CPS +2.07%
The provider of risk-mitigation products agreed to be acquired by information giant Reed Elsevier for $4.1 billion, or $50 per share.
Investors became concerned about the supermarket operator's same-store sales, which climbed just 2.7% in the fourth quarter.
Itron /zigman2/quotes/208442969/composite ITRI +1.04%
The provider of tech solutions for utilities surged on strong quarterly earnings. "The company has a market share to die for," said Sturdivant & Co. analyst Richard A. Verdi.
HLTH /zigman2/quotes/229642598/composite HLTH +1.66%
Shares shot up after the company agreed to acquire completely its 84%-owned unit WebMD Health, an online provider of health information.