Top Morning News: AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), Aerie Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AERI), Mindray Medical International (NYSE:MR)

AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL)’s Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong participated in the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference on Mar. 10, 2015, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. Armstrong’s presentation began at approximately 10:05 AM Eastern Time (ET). On Thursday shares of AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) closed at $39.50. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -4.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 9.53%.

Coastal Automotive LLC said Tuesday it signed a licensing agreement with the automotive division of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) for automotive foam technology. Coastal will manufacture Dow’s sound mitigation polymer foam technology and supply it to its automotive customers, the company said in a press release. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) in last trading activity increased 1.45% to close at $47.46. Company weekly performance is -2.92% while its quarterly performance stands at -0.59%. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) is -12.26% away from its 52 week high.

Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire RTI International Metals, Inc., a global supplier of titanium and specialty metal products and services for the commercial aerospace, defense, energy and medical device markets. Alcoa will purchase RTI in a stock-for-stock transaction with an enterprise value of $1.5 billion. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) in last trading activity moved up 1.55% to close at $13.80. Company weekly performance is -4.03% while its quarterly performance stands at -13.80%. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) is -22.12% away from its 52 week high.

On March 2, Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI) reported a net loss of $48.1 million, or $2 per share, for the full-year 2014, according to a press release. For the fourth quarter 2014, there was a net loss of $16.5 million, or $0.69 per share, compared with a net loss of $10.3 million, or $0.62 per share, for the fourth quarter 2013. Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI) has 2.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 95.30%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $28.94.

Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE:MR) had its price objective decreased by JMP Securities from $23.00 to $22.00 in a research report released on Wednesday morning. JMP Securities currently has a market underperform rating on the stock. On last trading day Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE:MR) increased 1.89% to close at $28.03. Its volatility for the week is 3.93% while volatility for the month is 3.41%. MR’s sales growth for past 5 years was 17.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 14.30%. Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE:MR) monthly performance is 2.26%.

Watch 5 Stocks: Vipshop Holdings (NYSE:VIPS), Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Yingli Green Energy Holding (NYSE:YGE), Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE:AHP)

On 4 March 2015, E-COMMERCE company Ensogo Ltd, formerly iBuy, said it has secured a strategic investment from China’s online discount retailer Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE:VIPS). Vipshop Hldg Limited (NYSE:VIPS) will take a 12.2% stake in Ensogo by being issued with primary shares, Ensogo said in a filing with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). On Thursday shares of Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE:VIPS) closed at $26.67. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 322.60%.

Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) said on Thursday that it began to test output from its Buzios offshore oilfield off Rio de Janeiro in the Santos Basin. Output will be limited to 15,000 barrels a day because systems to produce natural gas are limited, the company said in a statement. Petrobras, as the company is known, said it planned to produce in the area for six months to determine the field’s long-term production capacity. Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) in last trading activity decreased -3.70% to close at $5.21. Company weekly performance is -14.31% while its quarterly performance stands at -36.07%. Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) is -75.12% away from its 52 week high.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced it will feature a special collection of Asian American movies, entertainment news and blogs as part of the company’s sponsorship of CAAMFest 2015, the Center for Asian American Media’s international Asian American film festival held annually in San Francisco. On Thursday shares of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) closed at $59.33. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 14.00% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 17.00%.

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) announced that it plans to release its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014, before the U.S. market opens on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. On Thursday shares of Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YGE) closed at $2.13. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 12.20%.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE:AHP) announced that it has successfully refinanced its mortgage loan for the 142-room Pier House Resort & Spa in Key West, Florida, which had an existing outstanding balance of approximately $69 million. On last trading day Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE:AHP) advanced 3.68% to close at $16.61. Its volatility for the week is 2.38% while volatility for the month is 2.12%. AHP’s sales growth for past 5 years was 11.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.50%. Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE:AHP) monthly performance is 0.12%.

Market Alert: Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP), Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:CORT), Collectors Universe Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT), CYS Investments (NYSE:CYS), Fortuna Silver Mines (NYSE:FSM)

Announced March 05, that Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) Small Business Index Finds Tax Refunds Will Enable Small Businesses to Invest. More than half (57%) of small business owners (SMBs) say the amount of federal income tax they will pay this year is fair and will enable continued business investment, according to the latest Small Business Index conducted by Office Depot, Inc. On Thursday shares of Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) closed at $9.30. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 5.80% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 41.75%.

On March 04, Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:CORT) reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014 and provided a corporate update. Corcept recorded net revenue of $9.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $4.1 million for the same period in 2013. The company’s full year 2014 net revenue was $26.6 million, compared to $10.4 million in 2013. Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:CORT) in last trading activity increased 2.07% to close at $3.94. Company weekly performance is 9.14% while its quarterly performance stands at 18.67%. Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:CORT) is -12.25% away from its 52 week high.

On last trading day Collectors Universe Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT) increased 6.19% to close at $22.98. Its volatility for the week is 3.41% while volatility for the month is 2.90%. CLCT’s sales growth for past 5 years was 11.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 47.30%. Collectors Universe Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT) monthly performance is -0.09%.

On March 09, the Board of Directors of CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE:CYS) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share of common stock for the first quarter of 2015. The common stock dividend will be paid on April 15, 2015 to stockholders of record of common stock on March 23, 2015. CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE:CYS) has 1.10% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 65.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $8.86.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE:FSM) reported revenue of $174.0 million, net income of $15.6 million and cash generated from operations before changes in working capital of $59.8 million in 2014. On last trading day Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE:FSM) fell -2.63% to close at $3.70. Its volatility for the week is 7.73% while volatility for the month is 5.50%. Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE:FSM) monthly performance is -20.77%.

Why Trader’s Are Watching: Sterling Construction Co. Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL), Lion Biotechnologies (NASDAQ:LBIO), ScanSource (NASDAQ:SCSC), Acorda Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ACOR), Nautilus Inc. (NYSE:NLS)

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) announced that Paul J. Varello, who was elected acting CEO in February, has entered into a multi-year employment agreement with the Company effective March 9, 2015. On Thursday shares of Sterling Construction Co. Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) closed at $3.13. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 6.00% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 11.00%.

Piper Jaffray assumed coverage on shares of Lion Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIO) in a report issued on Monday,TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm issued an overweight rating and a $21.00 target price on the stock. Lion Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIO) in last trading activity moved up 9.93% to close at $12.40. Company weekly performance is 29.71% while its quarterly performance stands at 110.17%. Lion Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIO) is 3.33% away from its 52 week high.

ScanSource Communications, a sales unit of ScanSource Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC) announced it is now offering ShoreTel Sky®, a cloud-based solution that provides businesses a high degree of flexibility, connectivity and seamless integration with their business-critical applications. With this, ScanSource Communications becomes the only distributor to offer both ShoreTel premises- and cloud-based solutions to resellers. On last trading day ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC) moved up 1.92% to close at $37.65. Its volatility for the week is 1.93% while volatility for the month is 2.35%. SCSC’s sales growth for past 5 years was 9.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 9.80%. ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC) monthly performance is 3.24%.

On March 9, it was reported that, A hedge fund’s attempt to invalidate Acorda Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) drug patents under the America Invents Act as an investment strategy to lower the company’s stock price should have biotechnology companies on alert for similar challenges, attorneys say, although the tactic makes financial sense only in rare cases. Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) has 1.80% insider ownership. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $34.25.

Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS)’s Chief Executive Officer Bruce M. Cazenave, Sid Nayar, Chief Financial Officer, and William B. McMahon, Chief Operating Officer, presented at the 27th Annual ROTH Conference on March 8-11, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. On last trading day Nautilus Inc. (NYSE:NLS) moved up 3.66% to close at $15.85. Its volatility for the week is 3.18% while volatility for the month is 2.85%. NLS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 7.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 25.00%. Nautilus Inc. (NYSE:NLS) monthly performance is 5.11%.

Top Stocks: MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB), CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME), Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA)

MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) plans to open an $800 million casino in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, within about 2 1/2 years. On Thursday shares of MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) closed at $19.72. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 10.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.00%.

Capgemini and EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) published the results of a survey yesterday (March 10th) showing that almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of enterprises believe big data is “changing traditional business boundaries” and “enabling new providers to move into their industry”. On last trading day EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) moved up 1.75% to close at $26.17. Its volatility for the week is 2.75% while volatility for the month is 1.94%. EMC’s sales growth for past 5 years was 11.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 20.00%. EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) monthly performance is -3.93%.

Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB)’s stock hold a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). On last trading day Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB) advanced 1.68% to close at $12.70. Its volatility for the week is 1.68% while volatility for the month is 1.63%. EBSB’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 43.10%. Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB) monthly performance is 4.27%.

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) announced the winners of its 12th annual CME Group Trading Challenge. The four-week electronic trading competition is open exclusively to teams of currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students around the world. The students compete on a real-time professional trading platform, provided by CQG, while learning about market events by accessing live Dow Jones newsfeeds and The Hightower Report. CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) has 0.20% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 77.40%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $97.33.

Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) on March 10, 2015, reported that the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed the shareholder derivative lawsuit filed in late 2013 against the Company and certain of its officers and directors in connection with the events leading up to the temporary suspension of the marketing and commercial distribution of Iclusig® (ponatinib) on October 31, 2013, and subsequent re-launch in January 2014 based on revised U.S. prescribing information and a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy. On last trading day Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) moved up 1.22% to close at $8.28. Its volatility for the week is 3.73% while volatility for the month is 4.49%. ARIA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 66.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -0.20%. Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) monthly performance is 21.76%.

Notable Moves: CEVA Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA), Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:THLD), DigitalGlobe (NYSE:DGI), Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE)

CEVA Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA), announced that CEVA management participated in 27th Annual ROTH Conference in Dana Point, California on Tuesday, March 10th. On Thursday shares of CEVA Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA) closed at $22.77. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 5.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 29.70%.

Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:THLD) on Mar 03, reported a loss of $6 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the South San Francisco, California-based company said it had a loss of 12 cents. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 14 cents per share. Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:THLD) in last trading activity advanced 0.22% to close at $4.54. Company weekly performance is -0.44% while its quarterly performance stands at 40.12%. Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:THLD) is -16.08% away from its 52 week high.

DigitalGlobe (NYSE:DGI), announced that its management presented at the Piper Jaffray Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference in New York on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. ET. On last trading day DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE:DGI) decreased -1.87% to close at $34.11. Its volatility for the week is 2.23% while volatility for the month is 3.41%. DGI’s sales growth for past 5 years was 18.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -29.90%. DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE:DGI) monthly performance is 16.94%.

Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX), has launched its first whole exome sequencing assay service – Neurome – a test that facilitates the diagnosis of rare neurological disorders which primarily affects pediatric patients. Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX) has 0.40% insider ownership. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $72.59.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE:PFE) revealed in a regulatory filing on Thursday that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ian Read received a 2014 total compensation that grew 23 percent from last year, reflecting strong increase in pension accrual, and a slight increase in salary. On Thursday shares of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) closed at $34.00. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 0.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 2.17%.

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