6 Super Hot Movers: Darden Drops 9%, AutoZone Pops, and BP Goes After Halliburton

Helen of Troy Limted (NASDAQ:HELE) is popping 1% after saying it would pay an undisclosed mount to buy water filter maker PUR from Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG).

Shares of Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL) are down 1.1% after BP (NYSE:BP) charged the company in court of destroying evidence relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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Despite recent turbulence in the airline industry, shares of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) are flying 2.29% higher in early trading.  The company expects another exceptional month for December.  For November, the company experienced a 9% increase in its unit revenue.  Competitors include: United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL) and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU).

Before the opening bell, shares of Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE:DRI) dropped more than 9%.  The company expects a weaker quarter due to struggles at The Olive Garden.

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Shares of AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) are racing 1.4% higher in early trading.  The company reported strong quarterly results.  Net earnings increased 11% to $191.1 million ($4.68 per share), compared to $172.1 million ($3.77 per share) last year.  Competitors include: Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) and O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY).

Lowe’s Companies (NYSE:LOW) is edging lower, despite reaffirming its fiscal-year earnings outlook.  The company expects to earn $1.37 to $1.40 per share for fiscal 2012, which ends February 3.  Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) is also edging lower.

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