Stocks News Alert: Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), Venaxis (NASDAQ:APPY), Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND)

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg, SC. Located near the I-85 Corridor, the new 900,000 square foot distribution center will employ a staff of 600. On Thursday shares of Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) closed at $7.26. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 39.71%.

Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) EVP Alan N. Braverman sold 1,201 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.25, for a total value of $113,194.25. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 178,943 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,865,377.75. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) in last trading activity increased 0.59% to close at $93.22. Company weekly performance is -2.03% while its quarterly performance stands at 4.98%. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is -3.33% away from its 52 week high.

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $992 million, or $0.85 per share, compared to $793 million, or $0.65 per share, in the year-ago quarter. Its revenue came in mostly flat at $14.38 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.70 per share on revenue of $14.48 billion. On last trading day The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) increased 4.60% to close at $45.01. Its volatility for the week is 3.03% while volatility for the month is 2.71%. DOW’s sales growth for past 5 years was -0.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 42.10%. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) monthly performance is -2.15%.

Venaxis Inc. (NASDAQ:APPY) announced the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has determined that the APPY1 Test does not meet the criteria for substantial equivalence based upon data and information submitted by Venaxis in its 510(k) submission. Venaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ:APPY) has 0.69% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 25.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $0.55.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) plans to report fourth quarter of 2014 financial results on February 9, 2015. On last trading day Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) moved down -0.68% to close at $57.03. Its volatility for the week is 4.77% while volatility for the month is 4.37%. 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 8.90%.

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