Hot Stocks: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), VMware (NYSE:VMW), Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ:CRDS), Itau Unibanco Holding (NYSE:ITUB)

On Friday shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) closed at $84.21. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 10.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 45.97%. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND) on May 11, reported first-quarter net income of $754,000. The La Jolla, California-based company said it had profit of 4 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, were 33 cents per share.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) in last trading activity fell -0.43% to close at $2.32. Company weekly performance is 0.43% while its quarterly performance stands at -26.35%. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is -51.67% away from its 52 week high. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) expects to add some processor choice into the Wintel-dominated x86 server market as soon as next year.

On last trading day VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) fell -0.50% to close at $87.50. Its volatility for the week is 1.43% while volatility for the month is 1.98%. VMW’s sales growth for past 5 years was 24.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 33.00%. VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) monthly performance is 3.38%. On May 13, VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), announced that Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s executive vice president & general manager, end user computing, and Anthony Luscri, director of investor relations, will conduct a conference call for investors and financial analysts on VMware’s end user computing business on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PT/ 12:00 p.m. ET.

Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRDS) has 2.00% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 34.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $2.34. On May 12, Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRDS) announced that it plans to commence a rights offering of common stock to holders of shares of its common and preferred stock.

On last trading day Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB) moved up 1.89% to close at $12.91. Its volatility for the week is 2.64% while volatility for the month is 2.73%. ITUB’s sales growth for past 5 years was 10.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 7.90%. Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB) monthly performance is 5.26%. Itau Unibanco Holding SA (NASDAQ:ITUB) has been given a “BBB+” credit rating by Morningstar. The firm’s “BBB+” rating indicates that the company is a moderate default risk. They also gave their stock a three star rating.

Trader’s Watch List: Ryerson Holding Corporation Com (NYSE:RYI), InterCloud Systems (NASDAQ:ICLD), Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND), Hemispherx Biopharma (NYSEMKT:HEB), Independence Realty Trust (NYSEMKT:IRT)

On Friday shares of Ryerson Holding Corporation Com (NYSE:RYI) closed at $7.80. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 3.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.00%. Ryerson Holding Corporation Com (NYSE:RYI), named CFO Edward Lehner its next president and chief executive, effective June 1. Mr. Lehner will succeed CEO Michael Arnold, who plans to retire at the end of May.

InterCloud Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICLD) in last trading activity advanced 17.51% to close at $3.96. Company weekly performance is 48.31% while its quarterly performance stands at 35.62%. InterCloud Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICLD) is -49.81% away from its 52 week high. InterCloud Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICLD) will hold a conference call to discuss its financial results for the First Quarter 2015. CEO Mark Munro and CFO Tim Larkin will participate in the call, which is scheduled for Wednesday May 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (7:00 a.m. Pacific).

On Friday shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) closed at $80.51. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 10.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 45.97%. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND) reported that first-quarter net income declined to $0.75 million or $0.04 per share from $2.10 million or $0.10 per share in the prior-year quarter.

Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. (NYSEMKT:HEB) in last trading activity decreased -1.56% to close at $0.25. Company weekly performance is -2.69% while its quarterly performance stands at 5.42%. Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. (NYSEMKT:HEB) is -36.75% away from its 52 week high. On May 11, NYSEMKT:HEB announces that its European subsidiary, Hemispherx Biopharma Europe N.V./S.A., received formal notification from the European Commission approving its Orphan Medicinal Product Application for Ampligen®, an experimental therapeutic, to treat Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

On last trading day Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSEMKT:IRT) decreased -1.27% to close at $8.57. Its volatility for the week is 4.26% while volatility for the month is 2.10%. IRT’s EPS growth for past 5 years was 18.50%. Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSEMKT:IRT) monthly performance is -9.59%. Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSEMKT:IRT) and Trade Street Residential, Inc. jointly announced that IRT and TSRE have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which IRT has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Trade Street for a mix of cash and stock, creating a leading, regional market focused, multifamily REIT.

Big Movers: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND), Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), DaVita HealthCare Partners nc. (NYSE:DVA), Silicon Graphics International (NASDAQ:SGI), Town Sports International (NASDAQ:CLUB)

On Wednesday shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) closed at $81.91. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 10.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 45.97%. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) partner Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 3,000,000 shares of its common stock at an initial offering price to the public of $8.00 per share. Viking has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares of common stock at the same price to cover over-allotments, if any.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) in last trading activity decreased -0.16% to close at $50.47. Company weekly performance is 1.82% while its quarterly performance stands at 10.84%. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is -2.68% away from its 52 week high. Massachusetts consumers, businesses and government agencies continued to benefit from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)’s 2014 investment of more than $331 million in its industry-leading fiber-optic and wireline networks.

On last trading day DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE:DVA) decreased -1.14% to close at $82.64. Its volatility for the week is 1.75% while volatility for the month is 1.31%. DVA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 16.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 10.40%. DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE:DVA) monthly performance is 0.57%. DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE:DVA) was upgraded by research analysts at Robert W. Baird from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Monday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports.

Silicon Graphics International Corp. (NASDAQ:SGI) has 1.10% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 90.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $9.15. Silicon Graphics International Corp. (NASDAQ:SGI) reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter 2015 ended March 27, 2015. Total revenue for the fiscal third quarter was $119 million, a decrease of 14% from $138 million in the previous quarter and a decrease of 5% from $124 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2014.

On last trading day Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB) decreased -1.11% to close at $6.21. Its volatility for the week is 3.86% while volatility for the month is 3.95%. CLUB’s sales growth for past 5 years was -1.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -62.60%. Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB) monthly performance is -9.61%. Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. NASDAQ:CLUB) announced that it will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss first quarter 2015 financial results on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Traders Are Watching: SandRidge Energy (NYSE:SD), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND), Huaneng Power International (NYSE:HNP), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)

On Monday shares of SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE:SD) closed at $1.72. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 21.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.00%. On April 23, SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SD) announced the appointment of John Suter, 54, to the role of Senior Vice President of Production, effective April 27, 2015.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) in last trading activity advanced 0.05% to close at $87.01. Company weekly performance is -0.26% while its quarterly performance stands at -4.46%. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is -15.13% away from its 52 week high. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) will release first quarter financial results on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

On last trading day Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) fell -2.73% to close at $87.30. Its volatility for the week is 3.73% while volatility for the month is 4.00%. LGND’s sales growth for past 5 years was 10.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 26.80%. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) monthly performance is 24.18%. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) announces that company executives are scheduled to participate in Deutsche Bank 40th Annual Health Care Conference in Boston. Presentation on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 9:20 a.m. Eastern time (6:20 a.m. Pacific time). Matt Foehr, President and COO, will present for Ligand.

Huaneng Power International, Inc. (NYSE:HNP) has institutional ownership stands at 3.30%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $58.83. On April 21, Huaneng Power International, Inc. (NYSE:HNP) announced its unaudited results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. Under the PRC GAAP, the Company realized consolidated operating revenue of RMB34.278 billion for the first quarter of 2015, representing a decrease of 6.42% over the same period last year. Consolidated net profit attributable to the shareholders of the Company was RMB5.034 billion, representing an increase of 21.02% over the same period last year.

On last trading day Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) fell -0.36% to close at $44.36. Its volatility for the week is 1.94% while volatility for the month is 1.77%. YHOO’s sales growth for past 5 years was -6.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 77.90%. Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) monthly performance is -0.25%. Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is rolling out 18 new series in a digital video push, stepping up its efforts to woo marketers and consumers with premium content.

Investors Are Watching: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND), Perficient Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT), Stock Building Supply Holdings (NASDAQ:STCK), Republic Services (NYSE:RSG), CR Bard (NYSE:BCR)

On Friday shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) closed at $89.75. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 10.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 45.97%. On April 24, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) announces that company executives are scheduled to participate in Deutsche Bank 40th Annual Health Care Conference in Boston. Presentation on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 9:20 a.m. Eastern time (6:20 a.m. Pacific time). Matt Foehr, President and COO, will present for Ligand.

On last trading day Perficient Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) moved down -0.38% to close at $20.73. Its volatility for the week is 1.63% while volatility for the month is 2.06%. PRFT’s sales growth for past 5 years was 19.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 69.50%. Perficient Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) monthly performance is 4.59%. Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) announced it will host a conference call on Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, to discuss the company’s first quarter 2015 results.

Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:STCK) has 43.93% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 92.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $18.98. Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:STCK) reported that the Company will release 2015 first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

On Friday shares of Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) closed at $41.23. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 1.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 5.90%. Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) reported first-quarter net income to company of $172.4 million, or $0.49 per share, compared to $132.5 million, or $0.37 per share, prior year.

CR Bard Inc. (NYSE:BCR) in last trading activity moved down -0.49% to close at $175.38. Company weekly performance is 2.65% while its quarterly performance stands at -1.46%. CR Bard Inc. (NYSE:BCR) is -2.63% away from its 52 week high. C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) reported 2015 first quarter financial results. First quarter 2015 net sales were $819.7 million, an increase of 3 percent over the prior-year period on an as-reported basis. For the first quarter 2015, net sales in the U.S. were $574.1 million, an increase of 4 percent over the prior-year period. Net sales outside the U.S. were $245.6 million, a decline of 1 percent over the prior-year period on an as-reported basis.

Fast Moving Stocks: Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Ocwen Financial Corp. (NYSE:OCN), Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND), United States Cellular (NYSE:USM)

On last trading day Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) increased 0.17% to close at $34.54. Its volatility for the week is 1.44% while volatility for the month is 1.49%. PFE’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 3.10%. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) monthly performance is 1.68%. GlycoMimetics, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that it has been informed by its collaborator, Pfizer Inc., that Pfizer anticipates initiating a planned Phase 3 clinical trial with rivipansel (GMI-1070) in mid-2015. Pfizer has advised the Company that the clinical supply issue which has delayed the start of this trial has been discussed with the FDA.

Ocwen Financial Corp. (NYSE:OCN) in last trading activity advanced 11.16% to close at $9.26. Company weekly performance is 14.04% while its quarterly performance stands at -33.72%. Ocwen Financial Corp. (NYSE:OCN) is -77.10% away from its 52 week high. The monitor overseeing Ocwen Financial Corp. (NYSE:OCN)’s compliance with the 2012 $25 billion national mortgage settlement on Tuesday said he was still investigating potential problems with the troubled firm’s mortgage servicing operations.

On Tuesday shares of Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) closed at $6.90. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 3.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 1.50%. Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) Tuesday said in an emailed statement that bunkering operations had resumed at the Port of Santos in Brazil.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) has 2.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 94.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $77.45. Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND) had its target price lifted by Deutsche Bank from $74.00 to $94.00 in a research note released on 2 April 2015. They currently have a buy rating on the stock.

On last trading day United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE:USM) advanced 0.27% to close at $37.47. Its volatility for the week is 2.90% while volatility for the month is 2.33%. USM’s sales growth for past 5 years was -1.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -17.20%. United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE:USM) monthly performance is 3.54%.

Ever Green Stocks: Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:HDSN), Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB), Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ:HERO), Symetra Financial (NYSE:SYA), Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND)

Hudson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HDSN) announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2014 were $8.1 million, an increase of 69% compared to $4.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. On Thursday shares of Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:HDSN) closed at $4.20. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 12.00% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 25.00%.

Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB) declared a special dividend of $0.1136 a share, which represents a yield of 0.53%. Shareholders of record as of Friday will receive the dividend on Tuesday, March 10.Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB) in last trading activity fell -3.18% to close at $11.88. Company weekly performance is -6.53% while its quarterly performance stands at -13.98%. Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB) is -33.91% away from its 52 week high.

On 26 February, Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) announced that it has received a notice from Saudi Aramco terminating its drilling contract for the Hercules 261, effective March 27, 2015. On last trading day Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) fell -1.45% to close at $0.60. Its volatility for the week is 27.22% while volatility for the month is 12.85%. HERO’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -10.20%. Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) monthly performance is -32.90%.

Symetra Financial (NYSE: SYA) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.11 per share, or $0.44 annualized. This is a 10% increase from the prior dividend of $0.10. The dividend will be payable on March 31, 2015, to stockholders of record on March 19, 2015, with an ex-dividend date of March 17, 2015.Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE:SYA) has 0.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 83.40%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $22.69.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) announced that John Higgins, Chief Executive Officer of Ligand will present at the 27th Annual Roth Conference on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific (5:30 p.m. Eastern Time). The conference takes place at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California. On last trading day Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) advanced 2.09% to close at $68.96. Its volatility for the week is 6.44% while volatility for the month is 4.89%. LGND’s sales growth for past 5 years was 10.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 26.80%. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) monthly performance is 27.04%.

Stocks to Watch: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND), AVEO Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AVEO), Group 1 Automotive (NYSE:GPI), Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD), Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE:ANW)

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) announced that John Higgins Chief Executive Officer of Ligand will present at the 27th Annual Roth Conference on Monday March 9 2015 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific (5:30 p.m. Eastern Time). The conference takes place at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel California. On Thursday shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) closed at $68.96. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 10.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 45.97%.

AVEO Oncology (NASDAQ:AVEO) announced that management will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the presentation of final results and a predefined biomarker analysis of its BATON-CRC study, a randomized Phase 2 clinical trial of modified FOLFOX6 combined with tivozanib or bevacizumab in metastatic colorectal cancer. AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVEO) in last trading activity decreased -7.79% to close at $1.42. Company weekly performance is 49.47% while its quarterly performance stands at 63.22%. AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVEO) is -27.55% away from its 52 week high.

On February 27, Group 1 Automotive Inc. (NYSE:GPI) has named a new director to its board seven days after another director resigned. Houston-based Group 1 its board of directors appointed longtime banker Doyle Arnold, 66, as a Class I director, effective immediately. He will stand for election by Group 1’s shareholders at the 2015 annual meeting on May 19. On last trading day Group 1 Automotive Inc. (NYSE:GPI) decreased -2.13% to close at $77.29. Its volatility for the week is 2.52% while volatility for the month is 2.40%. GPI’s sales growth for past 5 years was 17.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 19.30%. Group 1 Automotive Inc. (NYSE:GPI) monthly performance is -6.37%.

Credit Suisse restated their outperform rating on shares of Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) in a report issued on Wednesday. They currently have a GBX 250 ($3.85) target price on the stock. On Thursday shares of Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) closed at $34.37. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -1.30%.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) subsidiary Aegean Bunkering Services Inc. (Aegean Bunkering) is set to install electronic charts systems aboard its fleet, Digital Ship reports. The Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) system is said to beInternational Maritime Organization (IMO)-compliant for the replacement of paper charts. On last trading day Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) decreased -0.93% to close at $13.84. Its volatility for the week is 2.65% while volatility for the month is 3.00%. ANW’s sales growth for past 5 years was 17.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -9.20%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) monthly performance is -3.49%.

Don’t Miss These Stocks: Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), Digital Ally Inc. (NASDAQ:DGLY), Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND), Bitauto Holdings (NYSE:BITA), Lorillard (NYSE:LO)

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) and Envision Pharmaceutical Services (“EnvisionRx”) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Rite Aid will acquire EnvisionRx, a portfolio company of leading global private investment firm TPG, in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, which includes the value of an expected future tax benefit of $275 million. On Wednesday shares of Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) closed at $8.08. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 39.71%.

Digital Ally Inc. (NASDAQ:DGLY) announced that demand for its FleetVU Manager software solution continues to expand among commercial fleet operators. Recent orders have been received from operators of EMS vehicles (ambulances), taxis and small-bus fleets. Digital Ally Inc. (NASDAQ:DGLY) in last trading activity increased 8.57% to close at $11.40. Company weekly performance is 4.97% while its quarterly performance stands at -7.17%. Digital Ally Inc. (NASDAQ:DGLY) is -66.06% away from its 52 week high.

On 9 February, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) reported a preliminary net income of $7.1 million, or 34 cents per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014 and a net income of $12 million, or 56 per share, for the year ended Dec. 31.On last trading day Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) moved up 0.53% to close at $56.56. Its volatility for the week is 6.24% while volatility for the month is 5.24%. 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 9.74%.

Zacks cut shares of Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. The firm currently has $54.00 price target on the stock. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) institutional ownership stands at 47.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $60.02.

Lorillard Inc. (NYSE:LO) reported in-line earnings for the fourth quarter. The Greensboro, North Carolina-based company posted quarterly earnings of $327 million, or $0.91 per share, compared to $281 million, or $0.76 per share, in the year-ago peirod. Excluding items, the company earned $0.93 per share. On last trading day Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:LO) increased 0.72% to close at $67.55. Its volatility for the week is 1.23% while volatility for the month is 1.10%. LO’s sales growth for past 5 years was 10.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 12.90%. Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:LO) monthly performance is 5.68%.

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’s 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%.