Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Snap, Devon Energy, Virgin Galactic, UPS, Chevron & more

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Evan Spiegel, co-founder and chief executive officer of Snap Inc., speaks during the New Work Summit in Half Moon Bay, California, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

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Check out the companies making headlines midday Monday:

Devon Energy, WPX Energy — Shares of Devon jumped 9% while WPX gained 13% after the two companies announced their intention to merge. The all-stock transaction gives the combined company, which will retain Devon’s name, an enterprise value of roughly $12 billion.

Cleveland-Cliffs, ArcelorMittal —Shares of the two mining companies jumped 9.3% and 10.5%, respectively, after Cleveland-Cliffs agreed to buy ArcelorMittal’s U.S. operations for $1.4 billion. The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, will make Cleveland-Cliffs the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America.

Sina Corp — Sina stock popped more than 6% after the Chinese social-media giant said it will go private in a deal that values the company at $2.59 billion. New Wave Holdings, which is controlled by Sina’s chairman and CEO, will pay $43.30 per share in cash for the parent of Weibo, Chinese version of Twitter.

Snap — Snap shares rose more than 4% after Guggenheim upgraded the social media company to buy from neutral. “Over the next 12 months, we expect the valuation scale will be tipped in favor of software, and as such, we view current software multiples as upside targets for our internet coverage,” the firm said in a note.

Virgin Galactic — The space tourism company’s stock surged more than 20% after getting buy ratings from Bank of America and Susquehanna. The new ratings leave Virgin Galactic with eight out of eight buy ratings from Wall Street firms. Bank of America gave the stock a $35 per share price target and Susquehanna gave the stock a $20 per share price target. Bank of America called the space flight company’s growth potential “unparalleled.”

UPS — UPS shares rose 3.2% after KeyBanc upgraded the stock to overweight from sector weight. The firm praised new UPS CEO Carol Tome in a note to clients and said it expect free cash flow to accelerate in the year ahead.

Chevron — The integrated oil giant’s stock gained more than 2% after Bank of America upgraded the company to a buy. “We believe CVX has moved back to levels where the risk/reward is attractive,” the firm said in a note to clients. Bank of America lowered its price target on the stock from $101 to $96. The new target is 31% above where shares currently trade.

Pinterest — The social media stock gained 3.4% after Guggenheim initiated coverage of Pinterest with a buy rating. The firm said in a note to clients that Pinterest has “outsized” growth prospects in the digital advertising market and was making improvements to its product.

Plug Power — Shares of the fuel-cell maker popped more than 13% after a Morgan Stanley analyst upgraded the company to overweight from equal weight. The analyst also hiked his price target on the stock to $14 per share from $10.25 per share, implying a 20% upside from Friday’s close over the next 12 months. “We believe that, if PLUG can generate green hydrogen at relatively low cost, its customers … will likely adopt PLUG’s fuel cell products even more rapidly given the zero carbon profile of fuel cells that use green hydrogen,” according to the analyst.

—CNBC’s Maggie Fitzgerald, Pippa Stevens and Yun Li contributed to this report.

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