NEW YORK --

Priceline.com

(PCLN)

pulled off Thursday a surprise deal to acquire

Kayak Software

( KYAK) for $1.8 billion in cash and stock, valuing the shares at $40 each.

Kayak shares jumped almost 27% in after-hours trading Thursday to $39.30.

Priceline Makes Surprise Swoop for Kayak

Walt Disney

(DIS) - Get Report

, the media and entertainment giant, posted an in-line quarterly profit on Thursday with net income rising 14% but came up short of analysts' estimates on the top line.

The Earnings Power of the Magic Kingdom

Groupon

(GRPN) - Get Report

, the online deals company, reported a surprise loss for its third quarter with revenue of $568.6 million missing Wall Street's consensus view of $590.1 million.

Groupon Slammed on Earnings Miss

Nordstrom

(JWN) - Get Report

posted third-quarter profit of $146 million, or 71 cents a share, compared with $127 million, or 59 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 14%.

Nordstrom narrowed its full-year profit outlook to a range of $3.45 to $3.50 a share from guidance of $3.40 to $3.50 a share the retailer issued in August.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

(MDRX) - Get Report

said Thursday it's exploring strategic alternatives, perhaps selling itself to a third party.

Shares of the provider of electronic health record services rose as much as 10% in after-hours trading Thursday.

J.C. Penney

(JCP) - Get Report

is expected to post third-quarter results before Friday's opening bell and analysts expect the retailer to post a loss of 7 cents a share on revenue of $3.27 billion. In the same period a year earlier, J.C. Penney earned 11 cents a share on revenue of $3.99 billion.

Other companies reporting quarterly results on Friday include

CompuCredit

( CCRT),

E.W. Scripps

(SSP) - Get Report

,

Energizer Holdings

(ENR) - Get Report

,

Federal Signal

(FSS) - Get Report

,

Foster Wheeler

(FWLT)

,

Ivanhoe Energy

(IVAN)

,

MGIC Investment

(MGIC) - Get Report

,

NutriSystem

(NTRI) - Get Report

, and

Warner Chilcott

(WCRX)

.

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