Notable Ups And Down: PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM), Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE:MLM), Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC)

On 29 January, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, PulteGroup reported net income of $217 million, or $0.58 per share. Net income for the period reflects $50 million, or $0.13 per share, of income tax expense. Prior year net income of $220 million, or $0.57 per share, reflects $12 million, or $0.03 per share, of income tax expense. On Tuesday shares of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) closed at $22.77. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 7.30% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 7.54%.

Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE:MLM) reported fourth quarter earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.94 Tuesday morning, compared to $0.78 last year. Analysts expected EPS of $0.82. Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE:MLM) in last trading activity advanced 15.17% to close at $137.24. Company weekly performance is 19.13% while its quarterly performance stands at 11.20%. Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE:MLM) is 1.27% away from its 52 week high.

On 9 February, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) reported in-line fourth quarter earnings. Both our consensus estimates and the company‚Äôs reported EPS is at 48 cents (including stock-based compensation expense). On last trading day Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) advanced 3.13% to close at $56.26. Its volatility for the week is 6.61% while volatility for the month is 5.44%. LGND’s sales growth for past 5 years was 12.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.70%. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) monthly performance is 2.38%.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced that, on Tuesday March 3, 2015, Michael Angelakis, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) will participate in Morgan Stanley’s 2015 Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, California. On last trading day Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) advanced 0.56% to close at $57.41. Its volatility for the week is 2.16% while volatility for the month is 2.17%. CMCSA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 24.40%. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) monthly performance is 1.99%.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) announced that it will release fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial and operating results on Thursday, February 26, 2015, before the market opens. On last trading day Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) remains unchanged to close at $20.00. Its volatility for the week is 2.23% while volatility for the month is 2.56%. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) monthly performance is 5.99%.

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