Wednesday's Top Stock Stories

MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was NRG Energy (NRG), which surged 29.4% after it announced its "Transformation Plan," under which it is targeting $1.065B recurring cost and margin improvements as well as $2.5B-$4B of asset sale net cash proceeds. Also higher was Healthcare Services (HCSG), which gained almost 11% after it reported better than expected quarterly results and boosted its quarterly cash dividend. Among the notable losers was Barnes & Noble Education (BNED), which fell 11.4% after reporting quarterly results that fell short of analysts' expectations and provided guidance for fiscal 2018. Also lower was Dean Foods (DF), which dropped 5.5% after Credit Suisse analyst Robert Moskow cut his price target on the shares to $14 from $18 and cut his 2017 and 2018 EPS estimates due to "private label concerns."

INDEXES: The Dow rose 122.86, or 0.57%, to 21,531.93, the Nasdaq gained 67.87, or 1.1%, to 6,261.17, and the S&P 500 advanced 17.72, or 0.73%, to 2,443.25.

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