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Sunday, April 17, 2011

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.Shares of the following companies may have unusual moves in U.S. trading tomorrow. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

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Boeing Co. (BA) : The world’s second-largest maker of commercial aircraft may rise 35 percent within the next two years as its order cycle picks up and the 787 Dreamliner comes off the production line, Barron’s reported.

Citizens South Banking Corp. (CSBC US): The Gastonia, North Carolina-based lender agreed to assume the deposits of New Horizons Bank after the East Ellijay, Georgia-based company was closed by regulators, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.

Gap Inc. (GPS) : The largest U.S. apparel chain has “ample firepower” to buy back shares, Barron’s said in its “The Trader” column.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ US): The world’s largest health products company may buy Synthes Inc. (SYST VX), the biggest maker of devices to treat bone fractures and trauma, as it seeks to boost flagging sales at its orthopedic division, according to a person briefed on the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

Papa John’s International Inc. (PZZA US): The pizza maker that announced on Feb. 28 that Chief Financial Officer David Flanery would retire and be succeeded by Lance Tucker said J. Jude Thompson resigned as president and co-chief executive officer to pursue other opportunities.

Park National Corp. (PRK US): The Newark, Ohio-based banking company reported first-quarter earnings excluding some items of $1.29 a share, beating the average analyst estimate by 32 percent, Bloomberg data show.

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) : The maker of processors for mobile phones may rebound on its smartphone and tablet growth outlook if the disruptions caused by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami are temporary, Barron’s said in its “The Trader” column.

Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) : The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone may double as the company introduces products including its Playbook tablet and new mobile phones, Barron’s reported. The company may also attract takeover offers, Barron’s said, without citing anyone.

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