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5 Top Stock Gainers for Thursday: Verb Technology, Delta, Nikola

Verb Technology, Delta Air Lines, Nikola, Honeywell and U.S. Bancorp are five top stock gainers for Thursday.

Stocks finished mostly lower Thursday as traders assessed stronger-than-expected earnings and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's continued dovishness, while concern about global growth rose as variants of the COVID-19 virus spread.

Here are some of the top gainers for Thursday:

1. Verb Technology | Increase 29%

Shares of Verb Technology  (VERB) - Get Verb Technology Company, Inc. Report jumped as retail investors backed the business software provider and latest meme stock favorite. 

TheStreet's Jim Cramer has expressed caution this week, saying meme stocks “away from AMC  (AMC) - Get AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Class A Report and GameStop  (GME) - Get GameStop Corp. Class A Report appear to be crooked. They seem to be pump and dumps.”

2. Delta Air Lines | Increase 1.7%

Delta Air Lines  (DAL) - Get Delta Air Lines, Inc. Report rose after Raymond James analyst Savanthi Syth double-upgraded the air carrier to strong buy from market perform with a $58 price target following Wednesday's earnings call

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Also, Morgan Stanley analyst Ravi Shanker, who kept an overweight rating and $73 price target, said the shares deserve to be trading "significantly higher than current levels."

3. Nikola | Increase 2.7%

Nikola  (NKLA) - Get Nikola Corp. Report shares moved up after the electric-vehicle maker said it was adding five independent dealers with more than 51 locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland. 

4. Honeywell | Increase 2.2%

Shares of Honeywell (HON) - Get Honeywell International Inc. (HON) Report climbed following news the industrial giant would join the Nasdaq 100 index beginning July 21. 

Honeywell will replace Alexion Pharmaceuticals  (ALXN) - Get Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Report.

5. U.S. Bancorp | Increase 3.2%

U.S. Bancorp  (USB) - Get U.S. Bancorp Report shares rose after the financial services company beat Wall Street's second-quarter earnings expectations. 

The company's earnings of $1.28 a share surpassed the Zacks consensus estimate of $1.14. Revenue slipped 0.9% from a year earlier to $5.78 billion, but still beat the consensus for $5.63 billion.