Notable Ups And Down: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:ARTNA), MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA), Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S)

Bank of America upgraded shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE:TSM) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday morning. The firm currently has $27.62 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $22.00. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE:TSM) in last trading activity increased 1.45% to close at $21.67. Company weekly performance is -3.43% while its quarterly performance stands at 6.33%. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE:TSM) is -7.94% away from its 52 week high.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced that it has acquired a controlling interest in Redvax Gmbh, a spin-off from Swiss biopharma company Redbiotec AG. With this acquisition, Pfizer’s vaccine pipeline will gain a preclinical human cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate. On last trading day Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) increased 1.37% to close at $31.85. Its volatility for the week is 1.64% while volatility for the month is 1.93%. PFE’s sales growth for past 5 years was 1.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 6.80%. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) monthly performance is -0.44%.

Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:ARTNA) SVP John M. Thaeder sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.06, for a total value of $88,240.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 23,551 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $519,535. On Wednesday shares of Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:ARTNA) closed at $22.34. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 4.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 4.00%.

MFA Financial, Inc (NYSE: MFA) announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of$0.20 per share of common stock for the fourth quarter of 2014. The dividend will be paid on January 30, 2015, to stockholders of record on December 26, 2014. On Wednesday shares of MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) closed at $8.04. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 5.00%.

Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) reported preliminary results from the third fiscal quarter of 2014 that demonstrate the positive impact of Sprint’s efforts to offer customers the best value in wireless. During the quarter, Sprint platform net additions totaled 967,000 including postpaid net additions of 30,000, prepaid net additions of 410,000 and wholesale net additions of 527,000. On Wednesday shares of Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) closed at $4.22. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 5.00%.

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