Whirlpool, Twitter, Microsoft, Las Vegas Sands & more

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Twitter signage at the New York Stock Exchange.

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Here are the companies making headlines in midday trading.

Whirlpool – Shares jumped more than 10% after the company’s second quarter results blew past Street estimates. The appliance maker earned $2.15 per share on an adjusted basis, which was more than double the $1 analysts were expecting, according to estimates from Refinitiv. Revenue also exceeded expectations, and the company raised its full-year revenue outlook.

Twitter – Shares of Twitter jumped 7.5% after the social media company reported strong user growth in the second quarter.

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Twitter breach exposes business risk with high-profile accounts

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A dozen celebrities had their Twitter accounts hijacked Wednesday – an event that highlights the potential for a hacked tweet from a senior business executive’s account to damage a company’s share price, according to cyber analytics firm CyberCube.

According to Darren Thomson, head of cybersecurity strategy for CyberCube, hackers gained access to Twitter’s own system using a sophisticated social engineering attack. Estimates suggest that more than $100,000 was lost by people sending bitcoins in response to fake messages from celebrities offering to double their money. However, Thomson said the outcome of the attack wasn’t as serious as it could have

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Virgin Galactic, Twitter, Norwegian Cruise Line and more

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The Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Bliss cruise ship passes through John Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay, Alaska, July 11, 2019.

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Check out the companies making headlines after the bell

Moderna — Shares of Moderna whipsawed in extended trading after rising nearly 7% earlier Wednesday. The stock has been on an upward progression since the biotechnology company released data Tuesday that shows its coronavirus vaccine produced antibodies in all 45 patients in an early trial.

Virgin Galactic —  The space travel company’s stock climbed 5% in extended trading after Virgin Galactic announced Michael 

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Nikola, Twitter, Levi Strauss, Taylor Morrison & more

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Nikola Motor Company Badger pickup truck

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Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading

Nikola — Shares of Nikola soared nearly 18% after JPMorgan hiked its rating on the controversial electric vehicle company to overweight from neutral. The bank said the stock looks attractive for long-term investors after a 40% plunge this month alone. JPMorgan also cited a number of positive drivers for Nikola on the horizon, including partnerships and regulatory reliefs.

Kohl’s — Shares of the retailer jumped more than 4% following an upgrade to buy from neutral from Bank of America. The

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