Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading Wednesday: Allbirds — Allbirds shares sunk more than 13% after the shoe maker's losses grew in the third quarter, even as its revenue rose from last year. The quarterly earnings report was Allbirds' first as a public company. Lennar — Shares of Lennar rose 4.6%, outpacing other homebuilders, following an upgrade to buy from hold at Goldman Sachs. The investment firm said Lennar's business strategy should lead to strong growth in 2022. Vertex Pharmaceuticals — Vertex shares rose more than 8% after the biotech company announced positive results from a study of its its VX-147 drug candidate in a severe genetic kidney disorder and said it plans to advance it into pivotal development. Moderna — Shares of the drugmaker tumbled 8.6% after the company appealed a patent ruling related to a competitor Arbutus Pharma's drug-delivery technology and lost. Arbutus shares soared 84%. Salesforce — The software giant's shares dropped nearly 7% on the back of mixed fourth-quarter guidance, which overshadowed better-than-expected results for the third quarter. Salesforce also announced Bret Taylor as new co-CEO, alongside M . . . read the full article here.