BPZ Resources Inc. (NYSE: BPZ) climbed in price 13.96 percent to $4.49 early Wednesday afternoon. Volume was 2,578,093 shares, twice-and-a-half its normal daily volume. The Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company said Wednesday is putting an oil field in northwest Peru into commercial production.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) traded in 49,710,370 shares by early Wednesday, its normal share average around 82,302,100. Shares in the carmaker improved 3.07 percent to $16.43. Ford announced Wednesday that sales of its cars and trucks rose 20 percent last month
Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) demurred in price 9.51 percent to $18.74. Volume of 559,592 shares more than tripled the stock’s full-day average. Phoenix-based UTI announced fourth-quarter net income of $7.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $7.6 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of the prior year.