U.S. stocks rose on Friday as some positive economic data
boosted the S&P 500 to record levels for a second straight day
and put major indexes on track for strong gains in both the week
and the month. The Dow Jones industrial average was up
0.24 percent at 16,311.82, the S&P 500 was up 0.20
percent at 1,858.07 and the Nasdaq Composite was down
0.34 percent at 4,304.037.
** CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES, $4.655,
The loss-making television broadcaster has agreed
a deal with its main shareholder Time Warner to raise
new debt and issue share warrants to help cover the company's
** NII HOLDINGS INC, $1.115, -56.70 pct
The telecom service provider lost more than half its market
value after the company reported a 22 percent drop in quarterly
revenue and forecast slower user growth in Mexico.
** INTERMOLECULAR INC, $2.72, -29.35 pct
The research and development partner for semiconductor and
clean-energy companies said Sandisk Corp and Toshiba
Corp would not renew an agreement to develop certain
memory technologies. The agreement expires on March 15.
** APPLIED OPTOELECTRONICS INC, $23.62, +23.02 pct
The networking component maker reported better-than-expected
fourth-quarter revenue and forecast current-quarter revenue
largely above expectations, saying it would be helped by "record
bookings driven by the adoption of new data center and
** VARONIS SYSTEMS INC, $42.8, +94.55 pct
Shares of the data protection and analysis provider rose in
its market debut, valuing the company at about $955.8 million.
Varonis Systems' initial public offering raised about $105.6
million after its offering was priced at $22 per share, above
its $19-$21 expected pricing range.
** AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION INC, $35.75, -22.70
The owner of online learning provider American Public
University System reported a fourth-quarter profit below the
average analyst estimate as new student registrations fell about
10 percent. "The temporary suspension of Department of Defense
tuition assistance programs in October 2013 resulted in fewer
enrollments from active duty service members than otherwise
would have been expected," the company said.
Deutsche Bank cut its price target on the company's stock to
$40 from $44.
** ENDOLOGIX INC, $13.315, -25.49 pct
The medical device maker forecast full-year revenue below
the average analyst estimate due to slow growth in device sales
in the United States.
** COMPUGEN LTD, $11.16, -21.41 pct
The Israeli drugmaker said on Thursday that its
public offering of 6 million shares was priced at $10.50 per
share, a discount of 26 percent to their last close. The company
expects gross proceeds of about $63 million.
** KBR INC, $27.75, -13.12 pct
The engineering company reported a lower-than-expected
profit because it could not close a deal to build two liquefied
natural gas projects in the fourth quarter, as it had previously
expected to. The company said it expects to earn between $1.75
and $2.10 per share in 2014, much lower than the average analyst
estimate of $2.69 per share, according to Thomson Reuters
** FEDERATED NATIONAL HOLDING CO, $15.78, +14.93
The insurer reported a higher fourth-quarter profit as it
earned more from net premiums, which more than doubled to $35
million from $16.8 million a year earlier.
** ENTRAVISION COMMUNICATIONS CORP $6.59, +9.29 pct
The Spanish-language media company reported
better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, helped by higher
advertising revenue in its television broadcasting business.
** TUMI HOLDINGS INC, $22.28, +10.90 pct
The luxury bag maker reported better-than-expected quarterly
results, helped by increased sales from its direct-to-consumer
in North America, its biggest market, late on Thursday.
The company reported fourth-quarter earnings of 31 cents per
share, on revenue of $147.4 million, above average analysts'
estimates of a profit of 30 cents per share on revenue of $144.9
million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
** MERCADOLIBRE INC, $102.47, +8.74 pct
The Argentina-based e-commerce company posted
better-than-expected quarterly results helped by a 30 percent
jump in sales.
** DECKERS OUTDOOR CORP, $73.9, -12.72 pct
The shoe maker, on Thursday, forecast a surprise loss for
the first quarter due to higher expenses.
At least five brokerages cut their price targets on the
E COMMERCE CHINA DANGDANG INC $14.22, +8.47 pct
Brokerage Oppenheimer raised its price target on the Chinese
e-commerce company's stock to $15 from $11, citing improvement
in gross margins and said it expects the rising popularity of
Dangdang's mobile platform to continue in 2014.
Dangdang reported fourth-quarter results above analysts'
estimates on Thursday.
** CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP INC, $7.12, +9.20 pct
Burger King Worldwide Inc's largest franchisee
reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by a 1.7
percent jump in same-restaurant sales. The company said it
expects full-year same-store sales to rise 1.5-3.5 percent.
Shares of the company rose 25.6 percent to an all-time high
of $8.19 in morning trading on Friday.
** MEDIVATION INC, $71.77, -15.09 pct
The cancer drug maker, on Thursday, forecast weak 2014 sales
for its prostate cancer drug, Xtandi. Medivation said on
Thursday that it expects revenue of $500-$535 million in the
United States for the drug. Cowen & Co analyst Eric Schmidt said
the forecast was below analysts' consensus estimate of $667
** YUME INC, $6.25, -18.41 pct
The video advertising service provider's fourth-quarter
revenue missed Street estimates and it forecast 2014 revenue
below analysts' expectations.
Brokerage Citigroup downgraded Yume's stock to "neutral"
from "buy," according to theflyonthewall.com.
** YOUKU TUDOU INC, $33.34, +8.04 pct
The Chinese internet television company, on Thursday,
reported a 42 percent jump in fourth-quarter revenue, which beat
the average analyst estimate due to higher video mobile traffic.
** TESCO CORP,$19.03, -9.72 pct
The company, which delivers technology-based services to oil
and gas companies, reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter
profit, driven by lower sales of its drilling tool, Top Drives,
due to lower drilling activities in North America.
** PLUG POWER INC, $4.63, +5.95 pct
The alternative energy technology provider's shares
continued to rally after it said on Wednesday that it would
supply 1,738 of its hydrogen fuel cells to Wal-Mart Stores Inc
, the world's largest retailer.
** CLEAN ENERGY FUELS CORP, $8.38, -13.61 pct
The natural gas fuel supplier's fourth-quarter revenue fell
14 percent, as it did not repeat last year's gains from selling
two compressed natural gas stations to a transit customer.
** TRANSITION THERAPEUTICS INC, $7.27, +8.67 pct
The Canadian biopharmaceutical company said it has
acquired an Irish subsidiary of Perigo Co Plc, to
develop and market Perigo's neuropsychiatric experimental drug.
The drug, code named ELND005, is being tested for studies
related to Alzheimer's, bipolar disorder and Down Syndrome.
** MASTEC INC, $40.91, +7.46 pct
The infrastructure construction company reported a 24
percent jump in fourth-quarter revenue due to higher business at
its oil and gas and electrical transmission divisions.
** PIER IMPORTS INC, $18.865, -5.96 pct
The furniture retailer cut its fourth-quarter profit forecast
for the second time in two months, citing continued disruption
to store operations due to severe winter weather in many of its
The company estimated fourth-quarter profit of 40-41 cents
per share, below the average analyst estimate of 51 cents per
share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Credit Suisse cut its rating on the stock to "neutral" from
"outperform," and target price to $18 from $25.
** ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $56.37, -9.53
The drugmaker posted a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter
loss due to higher costs related to the expansion of its drugs
** CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORPORATION, $9.4, +7.18
The company, which designs and develops technologies to
improve the performance of combustion systems, said it entered
into subscription agreements with certain institutional
investors to sell about $6.5 million of its common stock in a
registered direct offering. The offering is priced at $8 per
share, which represents a discount of about 9 percent to the
stock's Thursday's close.
** BONANZA CREEK ENERGY INC, $49.87, +7.43 pct
The oil and gas explorer reported a better-than-expected
fourth quarter adjusted profit due to increased production
volumes in its Rocky Mountain region in Colorado.
Analysts at BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on
company's stock to $60 from $50.
** OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES INC, $17.371, +7.23 pct
The digital imaging chipmaker posted better-than-expected
third-quarter results, helped by stronger demand for its PureCel
sensors. The company also forecast fourth-quarter profit and
revenue largely above the average analyst estimate.
** JOS. A. BANK CLOTHIERS INC, $62.04, +2.89 pct
** MEN'S WEARHOUSE INC, Thursday close $53.98, +7.06
Jos. A. Bank rejected Men's Wearhouse Inc's revised takeover
offer calling it inadequate, but said it was willing to talk
with its larger rival about a higher bid.
** 3D SYSTEMS CORP, $75.19, +0.71 pct
The largest 3D printer company forecast 2014 full-year
revenues largely above Wall Street estimates, allaying fears of
a bubble in the 3D printing industry. The company also reported
a fourth-quarter adjusted profit that was in line with the
average analyst estimate and said its 3D printers and other
product revenue increased 76 percent to $73.9 million, from a
** NEPTUNE TECHNOLOGIES & BIORESSOURCES INC, $2.58,
The Quebec-based biotechnology company said its public
offering of 10 million common shares is priced at $2.50 per
share, which represents a discount of 16 percent to the stock's
Thursday closing price. The offering will fetch about $25
million in gross proceeds.
** MAGIC SOFTWARE ENTERPRISES LTD, $8.58, -9.57 pct
The Israeli business integration software maker
said on Thursday that it intends to offer and sell ordinary
shares of the company in a public offering.
** CEMPRA INC, $11.43, -11.87 pct
The drug developer said it now expected data from a
late-stage trial of its experimental antibiotic in the first
quarter of 2015, which it was earlier expecting in mid-2014.
The drug, solithromycin, is being developed as a treatment
for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
** RADISYS CORP, $4.14, +3.50 pct
Brokerage Needham & Co Inc raised its rating on the network
equipment maker's stock to "buy" from "hold," according to
** 58.COM INC, $47, +11.93 pct
The Chinese online classified ads provider, which reported
fourth-quarter results on Thursday, said it expects
current-quarter revenue to increase 81-90 percent, year-on-year,
to $43-$45 million.
** BONA FILM GROUP LTD, $6.7201, -7.69 pct
The film distributor reported a 20 percent drop in
fourth-quarter revenue on Thursday, as it did not release any
television series in the period.
** HALOZYME THERAPEUTICS INC, $14.0085, -12.56 pct
The drugmaker reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter
loss due to high expenses related to clinical trial costs and
** SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY, $41.44, -3.94 pct
The oil and gas producer's fourth-quarter profit beat the
average analyst estimate by one cent, but the company reduced
its estimate for ultimate recovery from its proved undeveloped
reserves in the Marcellus shale.
Analysts at Simmons and Co identified the lower estimate and
disappointing well results in the Brown Dense formation, an
unconventional oil reservoir found in southern Arkansas and
northern Louisiana, as negatives.
** ARENA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Thursday close
$6.77, -3.84 pct premarket
The drugmaker posted lower-than-expected quarterly revenue
as sales of its weight management drug, Belviq, did not grow as
The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration in June 2012.
** SALIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD, $107.995, -1.68 pct
The drugmaker posted a better-than-expected fourth-quarter
profit helped by strong sales of its liver drug Xifaxan.
At least five brokerages raised their price targets on the
** MARKWEST ENERGY PARTNERS LP, $63.45, -5.65 pct
The oil and gas transporter reported a fourth-quarter loss
on Thursday, compared with analysts' expectations of a profit,
hurt by lower natural gas liquids sales in Western &
Southeastern Oklahoma and weak Gulf Coast operations.
At least three brokerages cut their ratings on the company's
stock on Friday.
** ATLANTIC POWER CORP, $2.6, +3.59 pct
The power company expects adjusted core earnings of
its projects to grow 8 percent this year, as the company ramps
up investments in power projects. "We... have now committed to
$27 million of organic growth investments through 2014...,"
Chief Executive Barry Welch said.
** SOTHEBY'S, $47.01, -6.67 pct
Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb is mounting a
proxy fight at the auction house, with the goal of winning three
board seats after the company's promise to return $450 million
to shareholders failed to appease activist investors.
** VAALCO ENERGY INC, $6.7, -5.63 pct
The oil and gas company said late on Thursday that it would
plug and abandon an exploration well in Dimba, offshore Gabon,
after it did not recover reserves of any commercial value there.
** CHUY'S HOLDINGS INC, $39.66, -5.80 pct
The restaurant operator reported on Thursday fourth-quarter
revenue that missed the average analyst estimate, due to the
impact of an ice storm in early December.
** GW PHARMACEUTICALS PLC, $65.875, +2.02 pct
The company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had
granted orphan drug status to its experimental drug for treating
a rare and severe form of childhood epilepsy.
The FDA grants the status to drugs or biologics that treat a
condition affecting less than 200,000 Americans and gives the
drugmaker a marketing exclusivity of seven years in the United
States, upon approval.
** MEI PHARMA INC, $8.64, +2.98 pct
The oncology company said the U.S. health regulator had
granted orphan drug status to its experimental drug,
Pracinostat, for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia, a form
of white blood cell cancer.
** PEARSON PLC, $17.07, -6.57 pct
The British publishing and educational company
warned its earnings would fall sharply again in 2014 as it
entered the second year of a restructuring sparked by the
deterioration in its main U.S education market.
** GALENA BIOPHARMA, $3.93, +2.08 pct
The company said it has received a "notice of acceptance"
from the Australian Patent Office for a patent for its
experimental cancer vaccine NeuVax. The patent protection for
NeuVax, currently being tested in a late-stage study for breast
cancer, runs until 2028.
** AMERICAN VANGUARD CORP, $22.25, -3.51 pct
The chemical manufacturer's fourth-quarter revenue fell 27
percent due to lower sales of its insecticides as prolonged wet
weather in the United States reduced corn planting.
** CELSION CORP, $3.74, +1.08 pct
The drug developer said interim data from a mid-stage study
showed that its experimental cancer drug, ThermoDox, used in
combination with thermal therapy, had a response rate in
patients with recurrent chest wall breast cancer who did not
respond to prior treatment. Celsion said that of five evaluable
patients, two showed no signs of the disease, two showed a
decrease in the size of tumors and one patient did not show an
increase or decrease in the extent of the cancer.
** RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP INC, $11.651, -2.01 pct
The biodiesel producer posted better-than-expected
fourth-quarter results, boosted by a 90 percent increase in
biodiesel sales. Quarterly revenue rose 68 percent to $390.6
million, the company said late on Thursday.
** JAMES HARDIE INDUSTRIES PLC, $63.7, +3.29 pct
The world's biggest fiber cement products maker said on
Friday that it would pay a special dividend to investors as it
booked a 64 percent rise in third-quarter profit thanks to the
stronger U.S. housing market.
** AIR LEASE CORP, $36.98, +4.11 pct
The aircraft leasing company reported better-than-expected
fourth-quarter results, helped by higher aircraft bookings in
the Asia Pacific.
** UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS INC, $44.99, -3.27
United Airlines, which is operated by United Continental,
cut its first-quarter forecast for system available seat miles,
which represent the capacity of an airline, due to severe winter
weather across the United States forcing the company to cancel
more than 22,500 flights in the first two months of 2014.
** FREEPORT-MCMORAN COPPER & GOLD, $32.68, -2.36 pct
The U.S. miner said its Indonesian unit may need to declare
force majeure on copper concentrate sales if a dispute with the
government over export taxes drags on for a prolonged period.
Freeport and fellow U.S. miner Newmont Mining Corp have
refused to pay an escalating export tax introduced last month as
part of package of new mining rules aimed at forcing miners to
build smelters and process raw materials in Indonesia.