shares jumped after garnering a Lehman Brothers upgrade to overweight from equal weight. The firm expects First American's title-insurance profit margin to grow over the next couple of years. Shares were rising $2.59, or 5.4%, to $50.90.
( DFC) increased its fourth-quarter profits to $8 million, or 33 cents a share, topping Thomson Financial's per-share estimates by 2 cents. Last year, the mortgage-investment firm made $5.7 million, or 27 cents a share. Its stock was gaining 56 cents, or 6.1%, to $9.74.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
rose after saying it will launch a 24-hour commodities-complex trading platform called CME Globex on June 4. The commodities exchange was up $1.43 to $565.12.
( NCC) slipped after an analyst with Morgan Stanley predicted slower Midwest-based growth and rising losses from subprime loans. The Cleveland bank's rating was cut to underweight from equal-weight. Shares were off 40 cents, or 1.1%, to $36.99.