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Ford, General Motors, Staples, Rent-A-Center and Luminex are big market movers

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:

NYSE

Ford Motor Co., up 38 cents to $15.65

The automaker reported a 15 per cent boost in sales for January, typically a slow month for the industry, beating expectations.

General Motors Co., up 87 cents to $33.98

The automaker reported that its January sales jumped 18 per cent, led by gains in Suburban SUV and Cadillac Escalade sales.

Halliburton Co., up $1.81 to $43.32

The oil exploration services company and its energy industry peers saw their stocks rise as oil extended its rally.

National Bank of Greece, up 33 cents to $1.55

The bank’s shares rose after Greece’s finance minister said the government was willing to accept alternative debt strategies

Nasdaq

Staples Inc., up $1.87 to $19.01

The office supply store chain is in advanced talks to combine with Office Depot Inc., according to the Wall Street Journal.

Rent-A-Center Inc., down $4.78 to $30.25

The company, which leases furniture and appliances, reported worse-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue.

Luminex Corp., down $2.36 to $15.32

The maker of biological testing technology reported solid quarterly results, but it set a weaker-than-expected outlook.

Stratasys Ltd., down $22.72 to $57.36

The 3D printer maker expects operating expenses to increase and set 2015 guidance below Wall Street expectations.