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“They’re saying, ‘I don’t know what my tax situation will be,’ or ‘I don’t know if Obama will be president and I don’t want to deal with Obama’s health care plan,’” he said. “I think these are just easy excuses for the corporations to use, because quite frankly the production levels and the revenue they’re generating don’t warrant hiring new employees.”

Among the stocks that did make notable moves:

• Pandora Media Inc. jumped 20 percent, rising $2.05 to $12.13. The Internet radio company reported big increases in revenue from advertising and subscriptions and from listeners accessing the website from mobile devices.

• TiVo Inc., known for its digital video recorders, fell more than 3 percent, losing 34 cents to $9.02, after reporting an expanded quarterly loss and missing analysts’ revenue predictions.

• Vera Bradley, the maker of high-end handbags, lost 9 percent, slipping $2.12 to $21.50. Weak sales in May and June forced the company to cut its earnings and revenue predictions for the year.