March 22 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Friday:for the Morning News Call newsletter,)
U.S. stocks rose as a banking deal between Greece and Cyprus eased some concerns about the island nation as it tries to avoid a financial meltdown and an exit from the euro that could roil the euro zone. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.41 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index up 0.44 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite Index up 0.41 percent.
** TIFFANY & CO, $70.52, up 3.8 pct (0944 ET)
The company said on Friday that the pace of its worldwide sales growth would pick up again this year, with Asia leading the increases.
** ANACOR PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $6.57, up 34 pct (0944 ET)
The drugmaker said on Thursday its mid-stage experimental ointment reduced skin lesions in adolescents with atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin disorder. Brokerage Wedbush raised the price target on the drugmaker to $20 from $10 and said the ointment could rake in $1 billion in annual worldwide sales by 2021. The drug, codenamed AN2728, was tested in 86 patients between the age of 12 years to 17 years and partially or completely reduced 66 percent of the lesions.
** TIBCO SOFTWARE INC, $19.66, down 15 pct (0943 ET)
The business software maker forecast second-quarter results below analysts’ estimates, citing execution challenges in North America and the UK.
** HALOZYME THERAPEUTICS INC, $6.08, up 15 pct (0949 ET)
The company said its immunodeficiency drug HyQvia, which it licensed to Baxter International Inc, was given a positive opinion by the scientific committee of the European Medicine Agency.
** NIKE INC, $59.05, up 10 pct (0942 ET)
The company’s profit beat Wall Street’s expectations as margins increased and world-wide future demand for its apparel and shoes rose.
** MICRON TECHNOLOGY, $9.97, up 10 pct (0941 ET)
The chipmaker posted a quarterly net loss on Thursday but said the outlook for memory chip prices is improving. Following an industry slump in memory chip prices last year, Micron President Mark Adams said on Thursday that prices for DRAM and NAND memory chips are rising.
** TECH DATA CORP, $46.69, down 6 pct (0942 ET)
The technology distributor said it would restate its results for the last three years, blaming vendor accounting practice at its U.K. subsidiary.
** GENTIUM SPA, $7.63, down 6 pct (0948 ET)
The Italian biotechnology company received a negative opinion from the European health regulator on its most advanced product, a drug to treat a rare liver condition. Gentium said it plans to appeal the European Medicine Agency’s decision and request a re-examination of the opinion of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use.
** OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE INC, $38.25, up 5 pct (0957 ET)
The trucking company raised its estimate for growth in first-quarter tonnage to between 4.5 percent and 5 percent.
** ARBOR REALTY TRUST INC, $7.80, down 5 pct (0940 ET)
The multi-family and commercial real estate investment trust said it has commenced a public offering of 5.6 million shares.
** EVERCORE PARTNERS INC, $42.05, down 4 pct (1009 ET)
JMP securities downgraded the investment bank’s stock to “market perform” from “market outperform”, citing slipping deals, especially in the middle-market sector and increasing taxes. The brokerage also cited a possible mid-year European Union flare up as a risk factor while the bank’s completed deals were below estimates.
** INFORMATICA CORP, $34.50, down 4 pct (1019 ET)
Nomura Equity Research cut its rating on the data-integration software maker’s stock to “neutral” from “buy”, saying the infrastructure software environment continues to be challenging, and the company’s first-quarter results may not come in above market expectations.
** FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP INC, $25.42, up 3.42 pct (1003 ET)
The operator of Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana chains upsized its secondary public offering and said it was offering 2.9 million shares at $24.25 per share.
** GRAPHIC PACKAGING HOLDING CO, $7.14, down 2 pct (0955 ET)
The food and beverage packaging maker said a secondary offering by shareholders was expanded by 3 million shares to 28 million. The offering was also priced at a discount to the stock’s last closing price.
** ZYNGA INC, $3.42, up 2 pct (0940 ET)
The online game publisher relaunched its website on Thursday, allowing users to play its games without first signing on to Facebook, a significant step toward establishing its independence from Facebook Inc.
** FIVE OAKS INVESTMENT CORP, $14.66, down 2 pct (10:20 ET)
Shares of Five Oaks Investment fell on their trading debut after the investor in mortgage-backed securities priced its initial offering of 4 million shares at $15 per share. The Maryland-based company, which filed for an IPO in December 2012, plans to use the proceeds from the IPO to buy residential mortgage-backed securities. Barclays, Credit Suisse and UBS were the lead underwriters to the offering.
** WAUSAU PAPER CORP, $10.55, up 2 pct (0938 ET)
The company said it intends to sell its specialty paper business to funds controlled by private equity firm KPS Capital Partners LP for about $130 million in cash, following pressure from activist investor Starboard Value LP.
** PEPSICO INC, $77.30, up 1.6 pct (0938 ET)
** MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC, $29.33, up 3 pct (0938 ET)
Shares of the food makers rose after a U.K. newspaper reported that activist shareholder Nelson Peltz has been building stakes in them.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported that Peltz had spent $2 billion on shares of the companies through his investment vehicle Trian Fund Management. The paper speculated that Peltz could then push for a merger of the two companies.
** MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP, $49.56, down 1.5 pct (0941 ET)
The company’s shares fell in extended trade, after new research indicated that energy drinks may increase blood pressure and disturb the heart’s rhythm. The research, which analyzed seven previously published studies and was presented at an American Heart Association meeting, found an increase of 3.5 points in systolic blood pressure for those consuming energy drinks.
** BlackBerry, $16.68, up 3.15 pct (1011 ET)
BlackBerry’s re-engineered Z10 smartphone goes on sale in the United States, about a month after the device went on sale in other big international markets. The device will roll out in stores across what is probably the most important proving ground for the company.