Zale is planning to sell a minority stake to Golden Gate Capital, two people familiar with the decision told Bloomberg late Tuesday. The report said Golden Gate Capital could take a $100 million to $150 million stake in the struggling retailer, although a deal has not been finalized.
Zale shares were up 21 cents, or 6.6%, to $3.39. Volume topped 1.15 million shares about an hour into the trading day, compared to the three-month average daily volume of 2.3 million, according to Yahoo! Finance.
Elsewhere, Bionovo (BNVI) shares surged by 9 cents, or 21%, to 53 cents after the company said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent covering a method of using Bionovo's proprietary drug candidate Bezielle for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Volume topped 7.35 million shares, compared to the 50-day average daily volume of 779,000, according to the Nasdaq.Huntington Bancshares (HBAN - Get Report) jumped by 75 cents, or 12.9%, to $6.58 after the bank swung to a first-quarter profit of $10.4 million, or a penny a share, compared with a year-ago loss of $2.49 billion, or $6.79 a share. Volume topped 47.7 million shares, compared to the 50-day average daily volume of 22 million. Jones Soda (JSDA) rose 3% to $1.29, as more than 1.3 million shares changed hands. On Tuesday, Jones Soda said Target (TGT) will being to sell its Gaba line of beverages in May. Ocean Bio-Chem (OBCI - Get Report) rallied 31.7% to $2.37 after the company said revenue in the first quarter rose 26% from a year ago to $5.2 million. Volume topped 595,000 shares, compared to the 50-day average daily volume of 68,000. Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC) jump 16.4% to $4.10 on 3 million shares, more than double the 50-day average daily volume, in the absence of any company-specific news. -- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston. Check out all of Wednesday's high-volume, under-$5 stocks at the Dollar Store. View the Dollar Store portfolio on StockPickr. Follow Robert Holmes on Twitter and become a fan of TheStreet.com on Facebook.