Sizzling Stocks: Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), LendingClub Corporation (NYSE:LC), Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP), Union Bankshares Corporation (NASDAQ:UBSH), First American Financial (NYSE:FAF)

Brazil’s state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) announced on Monday that Deyvid Souza da Silva, a member of a pro-government union, was elected to represent its unionised employees on the board of directors. On Monday shares of Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) closed at $6.72. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 3.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 7.15%.

LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) announced a new partnership with Alliance Partners, an asset manager and lender that also manages BancAlliance – a consortium of around 200 American community banks. The deal is aimed at scooping up some of the consumer-loan market share that big banks have dominated for over a decade. LendingClub Corporation (NYSE:LC) in last trading activity moved up 5.73% to close at $21.60. Company weekly performance is 12.15%. LendingClub Corporation (NYSE:LC) is -26.25% away from its 52 week high.

Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) and Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: CMLP) on 5 February 2015, announced the commissioning of the Bucking Horse gas processing facility located in Converse County, Wyoming, adding 120 million cubic feet per day (“MMcf/d”) of processing capacity in the Powder River Basin (“PRB”) Niobrara Shale play. On last trading day Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP) remains unchanged to close at $7.23. Its volatility for the week is 5.08% while volatility for the month is 6.29%. CEQP’s sales growth for past 5 years was -5.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -39.70%. Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP) monthly performance is -4.99%.

On 30 January 2015, UNION BANKSHARES Corporation (UBSH) has reported an 85.96 percent jump in profit for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014. The company has earned $15.07 million, or $0.33 a share in the quarter, compared with $8.10 million, or $0.32 a share for the same period last year. Revenue during the quarter surged 60.46 percent to $73.47 million from $45.79 million in the previous year period. Net interest income for the quarter rose 63.33 percent over the prior year period to $63.06 million. Non-interest income for the quarter rose 77.84 percent over the last year period to $14.90 million. Union Bankshares Corporation (NASDAQ:UBSH) has 1.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 58.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $21.56.

It was reported on 26 January 2015, that CoreLogic Inc., the property-data firm spun off from First American Financial Corporation (NYSE:FAF), hired Frank Nothaft from Freddie Mac as its chief economist. Nothaft will lead the economics team and be head of research and insights strategy, the Irvine, California-based company said Monday in a statement. On last trading day First American Financial Corporation (NYSE:FAF) decreased -1.77% to close at $34.32. Its volatility for the week is 1.43% while volatility for the month is 1.67%. FAF’s sales growth for past 5 years was 2.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 32.70%. First American Financial Corporation (NYSE:FAF) monthly performance is 1.33%.

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