Trending Stocks: Verastem (NASDAQ:VSTM), NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP), Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)

On Monday shares of Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) closed at $8.74. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 1.74%. On May 11, Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM), reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, and also provided an overview of certain corporate accomplishments and plans. Net loss for the 2015 Quarter was $15.2 million, or $0.46 per share, as compared to net loss of $13.1 million, or $0.51 per share, for the same period in 2014 (the “2014 Quarter”). Net loss includes stock-based compensation expense of $2.9 million and $3.6 million for the 2015 Quarter and 2014 Quarter, respectively.

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) in last trading activity decreased -1.69% to close at $34.80. Company weekly performance is -0.46% while its quarterly performance stands at -7.49%. NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) is -19.61% away from its 52 week high. After market close on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) will announce financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015, which ended April 24, 2015.

On Monday shares of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) closed at $48.37. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 6.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 8.80%. Cubic Corp. (NYSE:CUB) reported a net loss for the second quarter of $11.0 million or $0.41 per share, compared to net income of $16.1 million or $0.60 per share for the year-ago quarter.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) in last trading activity fell -0.51% to close at $7.77. Company weekly performance is 1.44% while its quarterly performance stands at 2.89%. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) is -5.39% away from its 52 week high. Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire PlayPower Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of play, sport and recreation facilities and equipment, from Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV). The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has 0.10% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 63.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $110.33. On May 12, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) Archives announced it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland at D23 EXPO 2015 with an exhibit of more than 300 pieces from the park’s incredible history. “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit” will be the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO.

Traders Buzz: QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM), XO Group Inc. (NYSE:XOXO), Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV), Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT)

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) plans to repurchase as much as $10 billion of stock within about 12 months, and is increasing its dividend 14%, moves it said mark a “major increase” in its capital-return program. On Tuesday shares of QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) closed at $71.89. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 20.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.50%.

XO Group Inc. (NYSE:XOXO) reported a loss of $4 million in its fourth quarter.
On a per-share basis, the New York-based company said it had a loss of 16 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, were 6 cents per share. The newlywed and pregnancy website operator posted revenue of $37.1 million in the period. XO Group Inc. (NYSE:XOXO) in last trading activity moved up 8.43% to close at $16.73. Company weekly performance is 6.15% while its quarterly performance stands at 9.42%. XO Group Inc. (NYSE:XOXO) is -10.05% away from its 52 week high.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) announced that Ted Goldthorpe, the Company’s President, participated on a BDC panel at the 2015 RBC Capital Markets Financial Institutions Conference on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. On last trading day Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) decreased -0.26% to close at $7.73. Its volatility for the week is 1.33% while volatility for the month is 1.52%. AINV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.80%. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) monthly performance is 3.76%.

Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) has 2.40% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 90.50%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $6.33.

The board of directors of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) declared a quarterly common dividend of 24 cents per share. This marks the 365th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid by Abbott since 1924. The cash dividend is payable May 15, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 15, 2015.On last trading day Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) decreased -1.41% to close at $46.17. Its volatility for the week is 1.41% while volatility for the month is 1.37%. ABT’s sales growth for past 5 years was -8.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -21.10%. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) monthly performance is 1.47%.

Hot Watch List: Approach Resources (NASDAQ:AREX), CollabRx (NASDAQ:CLRX), Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV), Insteel Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:IIIN), Mobile Telesystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT)

On 25 February, Approach Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX) reported fourth-quarter earnings of $27 million. The oil and gas company posted revenue of $55.1 million in the period, which also fell short of Street forecasts. On Thursday shares of Approach Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX) closed at $7.64. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 17.80% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 17.50%.

On 25 February, CollabRx, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX) announced that it intends to offer for sale shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. The company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for working capital and to fund other general corporate purposes, including funding the costs of operating as a public company. CollabRx, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX) in last trading activity decreased -36.77% to close at $1.41. Company weekly performance is -25.40% while its quarterly performance stands at 76.25%. CollabRx, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX) is -60.83% away from its 52 week high.

On 24 February, Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $350 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.25% unsecured notes due 2025 (the “Notes”). The Notes will mature on March 3, 2025 and may be redeemed in whole or in part at the Company’s option at any time, or from time to time, at par plus a “make-whole” premium, if applicable. On last trading day Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) decreased -0.38% to close at $7.79. Its volatility for the week is 1.52% while volatility for the month is 1.90%. AINV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.80%. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) monthly performance is 8.04%.

Insteel Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:IIIN) announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per share on the Company’s common stock payable on March 27, 2015 to shareholders of record as of March 13, 2015. Insteel Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:IIIN) has 6.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 73.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $21.95.

Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of Mobile Telesystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Tuesday morning. On last trading day Mobile Telesystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) increased 0.10% to close at $9.81. Its volatility for the week is 4.82% while volatility for the month is 5.48%. MBT’s sales growth for past 5 years was 101.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 108.10%. Mobile Telesystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) monthly performance is 22.17%.

Investors Are Eying: Exelis Inc. (NYSE:XLS), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), Credit Suisse Asset Management Income Fund (NYSEMKT:CIK), Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV), LeapFrog Enterprises (NYSE:LF)

Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Exelis, Inc. (NYSE:XLS) for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of the Company to Harris Corporation (“Harris”) HRS, +9.63% for approximately $4.75 billion in a cash and stock transaction. On Friday shares of Exelis Inc. (NYSE:XLS) closed at $24.13. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -4.50% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as -6.00%.

On 4 February, Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) plans to buy Office Depot Inc. for about $6.3 billion, forging a deal that will reduce the U.S. office-supply industry to a single major chain and test the limits of antitrust regulators. Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) in last trading activity fell -2.36% to close at $16.57. Company weekly performance is -2.82% while its quarterly performance stands at 28.75%. Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) is -14.59% away from its 52 week high.

On last trading day Credit Suisse Asset Management Income Fund Inc. (NYSEMKT:CIK) fell -0.62% to close at $3.22. Its volatility for the week is 0.75% while volatility for the month is 0.89%. CIK’s sales growth for past 5 years was -2.80% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 18.10%. Credit Suisse Asset Management Income Fund Inc. (NYSEMKT:CIK) monthly performance is -0.31%.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) reported a third-quarter loss per share of $0.09 per share, compared to profit of $0.45 per share, prior year. Net investment income per share for the quarter was $0.24. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) institutional ownership stands at 43.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $7.45.

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:LF) announced Consolidated net sales were $144.6 million, down 23%. U.S. segment net sales were down 20%, and international segment net sales were down 28%. Net loss per basic and diluted share was ($1.77) and included $0.23 per share of goodwill impairment, net of the associated tax benefit, and $1.29 per share of an additional deferred tax asset valuation allowance. In the prior year period, net income per diluted share was $0.90 and included $0.88 per share benefit from the reduction of deferred tax asset valuation allowance. On last trading day LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:LF) increased 3.28% to close at $2.52. Its volatility for the week is 6.70% while volatility for the month is 6.44%. LF’s sales growth for past 5 years was -31.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -33.60%. LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:LF) monthly performance is -43.75%.

Market Wrap Up: Rex Energy (NASDAQ:REXX), Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN), Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY), Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV), ServiceSource International (NASDAQ:SREV)

Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX) announced that Thomas Rajan has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the company effective February 1, 2015. On Friday shares of Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX) closed at $3.54. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 23.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 52.50%.

On 23 January, Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN) announced that it has commenced an exchange offer of up to $1,150,000,000 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.125% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “New Notes”) that have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), for an equal amount of its outstanding 6.125% Senior Notes due 2023 that have not been registered under the Act (the “Old Notes”). Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN) in last trading activity increased 4.31% to close at $11.14. Company weekly performance is 8.47% while its quarterly performance stands at -34.04%. Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN) is -71.40% away from its 52 week high.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) VP Matthew Fiorilli sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.02, for a total value of $1,825,500.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 124,987 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,126,550.74. On last trading day Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) moved down -2.71% to close at $74.77. Its volatility for the week is 1.86% while volatility for the month is 2.31%. BBBY’s sales growth for past 5 years was 9.80% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 23.90%. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) monthly performance is -1.40%.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) announced that it will report its third quarter results for the period ended December 31, 2014 prior to the opening of the financial markets on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) has institutional ownership stands at 43.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $7.12.

ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SREV) announced that it will release its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014 after market close on Thursday, February 26, 2015. On last trading day ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SREV) moved down -2.62% to close at $3.35. Its volatility for the week is 5.17% while volatility for the month is 4.66%. SREV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 22.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -41.30%. ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SREV) monthly performance is -28.57%.

Morning Movers: NIC Inc. (NASDAQ:EGOV), Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), First Citizens Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:FCZA), Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX), Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV)

Maxim Group upgraded shares of NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Friday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. They currently have $17.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $15.00. On Friday shares of NIC Inc. (NASDAQ:EGOV) closed at $17.26. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 19.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 25.00%.

The president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology is joining the board of directors of Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA). L. Rafael Reif will join the board March 2, according to a news release on Jan 20, from Alcoa. Reif has been a faculty member at MIT for 30 years, has been involved with 15 patents, and was co-chair of the National Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) in last trading activity moved down -1.75% to close at $15.76. Company weekly performance is 5.28% while its quarterly performance stands at -2.05%. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) is -11.21% away from its 52 week high.

First Citizens Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:FCZA) reported net income attributable to common shares of $2.3 million, or $0.21 per share, diluted, for the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 117.7% compared with $1.0 million, or $0.09 per share, diluted, for the prior year period. On last trading day First Citizens Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:FCZA) moved down -0.68% to close at $10.15. Its volatility for the week is 1.60% while volatility for the month is 1.25%. FCZA’s sales growth for past 5 years was -6.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 16.30%. First Citizens Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:FCZA) monthly performance is -1.74%.

On Jan 13, (Oil and gas producer Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX) said it plans to retain its assets in China. The recent drop in crude oil prices could create headwinds for the sale of the assets in China, the company said.Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX) has 0.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 98.30%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $28.49.

On January 12, Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) announced that it will report its third quarter results for the period ended December 31, 2014 prior to the opening of the financial markets on Thursday, February 5, 2015. On last trading day Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) moved up 0.28% to close at $7.20. Its volatility for the week is 1.50% while volatility for the month is 1.96%. AINV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.80%. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) monthly performance is -4.26%.

Stock in News: Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), Ambev (NYSE:ABEV), American Equity Investment Life (NYSE:AEL), Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV), Yingli Green Energy (NYSE:YGE)

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:ANR) says President Paul Vining is resigning to become CEO of another coal-related company. The Bristol-based coal producer said Tuesday that Vining is leaving the company effective Jan. 31. On Wednesday shares of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) closed at $1.02. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 14.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 5.00%.

Ambev SA (NYSE:ABEV) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of December. As of December 31st, there was short interest totalling 46,232,994 shares, an increase of 23.4% from the December 15th total of 37,457,655 shares. Ambev S.A. (NYSE:ABEV) in last trading activity moved up 1.39% to close at $6.58. Company weekly performance is 3.30% while its quarterly performance stands at 1.39%. Ambev S.A. (NYSE:ABEV) is -24.11% away from its 52 week high.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE:AEL) announced that its annuity sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $1.2 billion ($1.1 billion net of coinsurance), bringing sales for 2014 to $4.2 billion ($4.0 billion net of coinsurance). AEL will release fourth quarter 2014 earnings after the close of market on Thursday, February 12, 2015. On last trading day American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. (NYSE:AEL) decreased -0.50% to close at $25.89. Its volatility for the week is 2.33% while volatility for the month is 2.20%. AEL’s sales growth for past 5 years was 50.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 62.30%. American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. (NYSE:AEL) monthly performance is -10.38%.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) announced that it will report its third quarter results for the period ended December 31, 2014 prior to the opening of the financial markets on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) institutional ownership stands at 43.50%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $7.14.

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YGE) has announced that its CleanARC® anti-reflective glass coating is now available on all Yingli product lines. The coating is designed to improve the performance of solar panels in tough climates and harsh conditions, the company said in a press release. On Wednesday shares of Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YGE) closed at $1.92. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 12.20%.

Hot Watch List: Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV), CARBO Ceramics (NYSE:CRR)

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), CEO Marissa A. Mayer sold 36,000 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction dated Thursday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.64, for a total value of $1,787,040.00. On Friday shares of Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) closed at $46.47. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -8.30% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 1.25%.

On January 16, Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA) announced that it has initiated patient dosing in a phase II clinical trial on pipeline candidate, ralinepag. Ralinepag is an agonist of the prostacyclin receptor, which is being developed for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA) in last trading activity advanced 3.94% to close at $5.41. Company weekly performance is -0.46% while its quarterly performance stands at 33.79%. Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA) is -32.18% away from its 52 week high.

Merck & Co Inc (NYSE:MRK) is funding the testing of lower dosages of its controversial cattle growth drug Zilmax, in a move that livestock experts say is crucial if the company is to resume sales of the product to the U.S. beef industry. On Friday shares of Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) closed at $63.03. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 13.00% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 6.70%.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) announced that it will report its third quarter results for the period ended December 31, 2014 prior to the opening of the financial markets on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) has 0.21% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 43.50%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $7.14.

Shares of CARBO Ceramics (NYSE:CRR) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are covering the stock, Analyst Ratings Network reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. On last trading day CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR) advanced 5.37% to close at $33.76. Its volatility for the week is 7.28% while volatility for the month is 6.87%. CRR’s sales growth for past 5 years was 11.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 8.30%. CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR) monthly performance is -9.80%.

Watch 5 Stocks: Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ:LOPE), Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV), Intellicheck Mobilisa (NYSEMKT:IDN)

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a $0.0875 per share quarterly dividend that will be paid on January 31, 2015 to common shareholders of record on January 15, 2015. On Friday shares of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) closed at $19.03. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 8.50% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as -7.35%.

Evercore ISI initiated coverage on shares of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) in a research note released on Monday morning, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm issued a hold rating on the stock. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) in last trading activity advanced 1.42% to close at $41.52. Company weekly performance is -3.35% while its quarterly performance stands at 6.76%. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) is -9.64% away from its 52 week high.

On last trading day Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOPE) advanced 0.60% to close at $43.35. Its volatility for the week is 2.31% while volatility for the month is 2.45%. LOPE’s sales growth for past 5 years was 30.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 62.40%. Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOPE) monthly performance is -3.30%.

Apollo Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AINV) President Edward J. Goldthorpe acquired 10,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 16th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $7.34 per share, with a total value of $73,400.00. Following the acquisition, the president now directly owns 40,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $293,600. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) has 0.21% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 43.50%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $7.14.

Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc. (NYSE MKT:IDN), a leader in ID verification and wireless technology, on 9 January announces the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 4,857,143 shares of its common stock, offered at a price to the public of $1.75 per share. On last trading day Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc. (NYSEMKT:IDN) decreased -4.35% to close at $1.54. Its volatility for the week is 6.24% while volatility for the month is 7.72%. IDN’s sales growth for past 5 years was -6.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 43.10%. Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc. (NYSEMKT:IDN) monthly performance is -48.15%.

Asset Management Stocks: The Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK), Invesco (NYSE:IVZ), Prospect Capital (NASDAQ:PSEC), Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV), Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN)

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) announced the successful acquisition on January 2, 2015, of Cutwater Asset Management (“Cutwater”), a U.S.-based fixed income and solutions specialist with a 20-year track record and approximately $22 billion in assets under management. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) in last trading activity fell -2.89% to close at $38.28. Company weekly performance is -7.27% while its quarterly performance stands at -0.83%. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) is -8.40% away from its 52 week high.

Credit Suisse downgraded shares of Invesco (NYSE:IVZ) from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a report issued on Tuesday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. They currently have $45.00 target price on the stock. On last trading day Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) fell -2.08% to close at $37.21. Its volatility for the week is 2.08% while volatility for the month is 1.98%. IVZ’s sales growth for past 5 years was 7.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 10.00%. Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) monthly performance is -8.03%.

Prospect Capital (NASDAQ:PSEC) was the recipient of a large decline in short interest in December. As of December 15th, there was short interest totalling 19,469,828 shares, a decline of 7.6% from the November 28th total of 21,066,945 shares, Stock Ratings Network reports. Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC) has 1.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 12.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $8.32.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) cash dividend payment of $0.4140625 per share is scheduled to be paid on January 15, 2015. On Tuesday shares of Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) closed at $7.29. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 0.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 1.70%.

Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN) declared a special dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, January 9th. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 31st will be given a dividend of $0.50 per share. On last trading day Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN) fell -1.96% to close at $52.60. Its volatility for the week is 2.25% while volatility for the month is 2.09%. BEN’s sales growth for past 5 years was 15.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 24.20%. Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN) monthly performance is -8.20%.