NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Bank of America ( BAC) got a boost in late trades on Tuesday following reports the massive bank is ready to pony up $8.5 billion to settle claims related to mortgage-backed securities that went bad.

Both The Wall Street Journal and CNBC were reporting the bank was close to the settlement, which would involve a group of 22 investors that hold a collective $56 billion in mortgage-backed securities.



The stock was last quoted at $11.08, up 2.4%, on volume of 5.52 million, according to Nasdaq.com. The shares hit an after-hours high of $11.24. Based on a regular session close at $10.82, the stock was down nearly 19% so far in 2011, scraping a 52-week low of $10.40 on June 16.

Despite the poor performance of the stock, Wall Street is still slightly bullish on Bank of America with 17 of the 31 analysts covering the shares at either strong buy (9) or buy (8), and the 12-month median price target sitting at $16.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America, the nation's largest bank by asset size, is slated to report its fiscal second-quarter results on July 19. The current average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for earnings of 28 cents a share in the June-ending quarter on revenue of $26.21 billion.

Sealy Corp.

Shares of Sealy Corp. ( ZZ) surged after the mattress maker reported above-consensus earnings for its second quarter, getting a lift from a strong launch for the latest version of its Posturepedic product line.

After the closing bell, Trinity, N.C.-based Sealy posted earnings from continuing operations of $800,000, or a penny per share, as sales jumped 10.6% year-over-year to $321.3 million. The performance topped the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters for breakeven results on a per share basis on revenue of $294.8 million in the May-ended quarter.

""We were pleased with our operational and financial performance in the second quarter, which allowed the company to deliver double digit sales growth over the prior year, as well as sequential growth in gross margin, income from operations and Adjusted EBITDA earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ," said Larry Rogers, the company's president and CEO, in a statement.

Rogers continued: "We accomplished these results even as we saw conditions for the industry become more challenging than expected."

The stock was last quoted at $2.74, up 9.6%, on volume of nearly 50,000 in extended trading. Based on a regular session close at $2.50, the shares were down almost 18% year-to-date.

Other stocks active in late trades included Shaw Group ( SHAW), which dropped more than 13% to $28.05 on volume of nearly 160,000 after the Baton Rouge, La.-based provider of engineering and construction services missed Wall Street's expectations for its third quarter, which it called "extremely challenging and disappointing," and gave a weak forecast for the fourth quarter; Progress Software ( PRGS), which tumbled 6% to $21.90 in late trades on volume of less than 20,000 after the Bedford, Mass.-based software provider gave a weak outlook for its fiscal third quarter ending in August; and EXFO Inc. ( EXFO), which plunged 16% to $7.51 on light volume of around 5,000 after the Canadian provider of wireless and wireline network testing equipment fell short of analyst views for its fiscal third quarter and forecast a sequential decline in revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter.

-- Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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