Best Stocks: Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ:SNTA), China Ceramics Co., (NASDAQ:CCCL), Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS), IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX)

On Friday shares of Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) closed at $93.51. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 13.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 17.45%. Topeka Capital Markets reaffirmed their hold rating on shares of Mastercard (NYSE:MA) in a report issued on Thursday. They currently have a $90.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $87.00.

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ:SNTA) in last trading activity remains unchanged to close at $2.27. Company weekly performance is -5.02% while its quarterly performance stands at -5.81%. Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ:SNTA) is -54.33% away from its 52 week high. Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ:SNTA) on May 07, reported a loss of $20.7 million in its first quarter.

On last trading day China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:CCCL) fell -4.65% to close at $1.23. Its volatility for the week is 7.89% while volatility for the month is 10.69%. CCCL’s sales growth for past 5 years was 54.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -15.20%. China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:CCCL) monthly performance is 1.65%. On May 7, China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:CCCL) announced that the expected timing for the Company’s first quarter 2015 earnings report will be early to mid-June.

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS) has 2.90% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 89.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $17.20. On May 6, Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS) announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. During the quarter ending March 31, 2015, the Company brought 23 gross (19.2 net) operated and 0.9 net non-operated wells on production in the Williston Basin, in line with its budget. As of March 31, 2015, the Company had five rigs running and 91 gross operated wells awaiting completion in the Williston Basin.

On last trading day IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) fell -0.22% to close at $36.64. Its volatility for the week is 1.83% while volatility for the month is 1.99%. IMAX’s sales growth for past 5 years was 11.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 44.10%. IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) monthly performance is 1.27%. On April 30, IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) reported first quarter 2015 revenues of $62.2 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit facility of $16.0 million, adjusted net income after non-controlling interest of $5.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, and reported net income after non-controlling interest of $0.4 million, or $nil per diluted share. The Company also reported a first quarter global per screen average of $202,900.

Stocks in News: Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), Aoxing Pharmaceutical (NYSEMKT:AXN), American International (NYSE:AIG), American Realty Investors (NYSE:ARL)

On Monday shares of Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL) closed at $42.35. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 2.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 11.00%. Plum Creek Timber Co Inc (NYSE:PCL) on Monday reported first-quarter net earnings of $42 million or $0.24 per share compared with $30 million or $0.17 per share last year.

Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) in last trading activity decreased -1.07% to close at $89.75. Company weekly performance is 2.77% while its quarterly performance stands at 7.55%. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) is -3.32% away from its 52 week high. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) agreed to acquire Applied Predictive Technologies, an analytics software that helps companies gauge things like pricing, marketing and merchandising, for $600 million, a deal it says helps differentiate its services to merchants.

On last trading day Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (NYSEMKT:AXN) decreased -8.58% to close at $1.56. Its volatility for the week is 8.65% while volatility for the month is 10.45%. AXN’s sales growth for past 5 years was 7.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -18.00%. Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (NYSEMKT:AXN) monthly performance is -14.11%. Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (NYSEMKT:AXN) announced that the Company has received notification from the NYSE MKT that the Company is now back in compliance with the NYSE MKT’s continued listing standards as a result of meeting the required level of shareholders’ equity.

American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) has 0.06% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 87.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $57.00. Announced April 23, that American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) has reached a $40 million settlement of claims that it should not have offered company stock as an investment option in its retirement plans, because the stock was an imprudent investment.

On last trading day American Realty Investors Inc. (NYSE:ARL) advanced 1.66% to close at $4.89. Its volatility for the week is 4.37% while volatility for the month is 2.74%. ARL’s sales growth for past 5 years was -7.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 35.50%. American Realty Investors Inc. (NYSE:ARL) monthly performance is -8.26%. Behind the accounting errors that knocked $4 billion off American Realty Investors Inc. (NYSE:ARL)’s market value was a hidden scheme that generated more than $900 million in managers’ fees and bonuses, investors said in a lawsuit against the company.

Stock Highlights: AT&T (NYSE:T), Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP)

On Monday shares of AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) closed at $34.09. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 1.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 4.48%. AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) stumbles in helping customer with $24,000 phone bill. The 83-year-old Woodland Hills resident wanted to let me know he was having problems with his phone company, AT&T.

Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) in last trading activity decreased -3.09% to close at $11.62. Company weekly performance is -10.68% while its quarterly performance stands at -14.97%. Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) is -18.27% away from its 52 week high. Xerox Corp (NYSE:XRX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by equities research analysts at Brean Capital in a research note issued to investors on Monday. They currently have a $13.20 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $15.00.

On last trading day Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL) decreased -0.38% to close at $42.35. Its volatility for the week is 1.05% while volatility for the month is 1.20%. PCL’s sales growth for past 5 years was 2.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -3.40%. Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL) monthly performance is -2.06%. Plum Creek Timber Co Inc (NYSE:PCL) on Monday reported first-quarter net earnings of $42 million or $0.24 per share compared with $30 million or $0.17 per share last year.

Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) has 10.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 79.60%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $89.75. MasterCard announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) for $600 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

On last trading day Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP) decreased -0.73% to close at $49.14. Its volatility for the week is 1.98% while volatility for the month is 1.92%. CCMP’s sales growth for past 5 years was 7.80% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 33.60%. Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP) monthly performance is 1.38%. Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP), announced that it will release financial results for its second quarter of Fiscal Year 2015, which ended March 31, 2015, on Thursday, April 30.

Active Stocks to Watch: General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Finjan Holdings (NASDAQ:FNJN), West Corporation (NASDAQ:WSTC), HMN Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNF), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)

On last trading day General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) decreased -3.34% to close at $35.92. Its volatility for the week is 1.46% while volatility for the month is 1.38%. GM’s sales growth for past 5 years was 8.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -57.00%. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) monthly performance is -5.10%. General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) announced first quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $0.9 billion, or $0.56 per diluted share. The current quarter included a net loss from special items of $0.5 billion, or $(0.30) per diluted share.

Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNJN) in last trading activity decreased -0.68% to close at $1.45. Company weekly performance is -12.12% while its quarterly performance stands at -35.56%. Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNJN) is -78.36% away from its 52 week high. Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNJN) on 15 April, announced that Julie Mar-Spinola, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, has been appointed to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Appointments to this prestigious committee are made by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

On last trading day West Corporation (NASDAQ:WSTC) decreased -0.98% to close at $32.21. Its volatility for the week is 2.27% while volatility for the month is 2.31%. WSTC’s sales growth for past 5 years was -1.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 11.80%. West Corporation (NASDAQ:WSTC) monthly performance is -2.98%. West Corporation (NASDAQ:WSTC) plans to announce its first quarter 2015 earnings results after market close on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

HMN Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNF) has 13.40% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 28.90%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $11.87. On 20 April, HMN Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNF) reported net income of $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of $1.1 million compared to net income of $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2014. Net income available to common shareholders was $0.4 million for the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of $0.7 million from the net income available to common shareholders of $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2014.

On last trading day Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) decreased -0.35% to close at $90.88. Its volatility for the week is 1.97% while volatility for the month is 1.65%. MA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 22.50%. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) monthly performance is 1.74%. On 20 April, MasterCard Inc (NYSE:MA) has officially unveiled Qkr, the mobile app that enables the U.S. Business Customers and restaurant customers to pay bills using mobile.

Best Stocks: Opko Health (NYSE:OPK), Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE:FET), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG), Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ:RENT)

On Thursday shares of Opko Health, Inc. (NYSE:OPK) closed at $14.26. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 83.30% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 7.50%. On 30 March, Opko Health, Inc. (NYSE:OPK) entered into two exchange agreements with a holder of the Company’s 3.00% convertible senior notes due 2033 (the “Notes”) pursuant to which such holder agreed to exchange approximately $36.4 million in aggregate principal amount of Notes for 5,363,896 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”) and approximately $168,000 in cash representing accrued interest through the date of completion of the exchange.

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FET) in last trading activity advanced 6.43% to close at $21.86. Company weekly performance is 10.02% while its quarterly performance stands at 21.58%. Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FET) is -40.97% away from its 52 week high. Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FET) announced that it will host its first quarter 2015 earnings conference call at 9:00 AM CDT on Friday, April 24, 2015.

On last trading day Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) fell -0.29% to close at $89.06. Its volatility for the week is 1.57% while volatility for the month is 1.61%. MA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 22.50%. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) monthly performance is 0.43%. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) had its price target cut by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from $98.00 to $97.00 in a research report sent to investors on Monday morning. The firm currently has an overweight rating on the stock.

On 09 April, OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG) shares fell -0.71% and was closed at $16.68. OFG EPS growth in last 5 year was 12.60%. OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG) year to date (YTD) performance is 0.79%. OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG) said that, it will report first quarter 2015 financial results Friday, April 24, 2015 before the market opens and hold its conference call later that morning at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.

On last trading day Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ:RENT) advanced 4.90% to close at $52.70. Its volatility for the week is 4.46% while volatility for the month is 3.43%. RENT’s sales growth for past 5 years was -4.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -26.10%. Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ:RENT) monthly performance is -4.16%. Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ:RENT) announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

Active Watch List: Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS), Ultra Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:UPL), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)

On Tuesday shares of Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA) closed at $11.15. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -6.30%. On 23 March 2015, Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA) announced the closure of its previously declared over-allotment option associated with the 85,616,500 share offering. The company stated that underwriters have fully exercised the over-allotment option of buying 12,842,475 company shares, generating additional funds of about C$187.5 million.

Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) in last trading activity fell -1.46% to close at $86.39. Company weekly performance is -3.46% while its quarterly performance stands at -1.28%. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) is -7.11% away from its 52 week high. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) filed new charges in its breach of contract lawsuit against Nike Inc. and two former information security employees, claiming ongoing IT damage at the credit card company.

On last trading day Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) fell -2.74% to close at $46.06. Its volatility for the week is 2.41% while volatility for the month is 2.14%. MOS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 6.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 7.70%. Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) monthly performance is -13.55%. The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) announced its Board of Directors has given its consent to an increase to the Company’s annual dividend to $1.10 from $1.00 per share effective with the next declaration.

Ultra Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:UPL) has 2.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 96.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $15.63. Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL) received a Buy rating and a $19 price target from Imperial Capital analyst Robert Christensen on March 27.

On last trading day Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) fell -0.12% to close at $16.14. Its volatility for the week is 1.58% while volatility for the month is 1.49%. F’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -1.40%. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) monthly performance is -2.60%. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is trying to figure out how to accommodate a bevy of new Internet-connected devices such as fitness bands and smartwatches in its vehicles. The automotive giant said that these new devices could lead to efforts to increase safety and promote good health behind the wheel.

VIDEO: IBM (NYSE:IBM) To Acquire Real Estate Management Software Company Tririga

IBM (NYSE:IBM) is making its first purchase of 2011. Big Blue is acquiging the real estate management software developer Tririga. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, were not disclosed. Tririga’s software helps clients make strategic planning decisions regarding space usage, evaluates alternative real estate initiatives, generates higher returns from capital projects and assesses environmental impact investments. Tririga’s software is used by more than 200 clients, including over one-third of Fortune 100 corporations as well as seven of the 15 federal executive departments of the U.S. government The company will be integrated into IBM Tivoli Software and IBM Global Business Services. In 2010, IBM spent roughly $6 Billion to acquire 17 companies. IBM numbers are up just over a quarter or .17% to $157.95.

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VIDEO: CreXus Investment (NYSE:CXS) to Acquire Commercial Real Estate Mortgage

CreXus Investment (NYSE:CXS) announced that it has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement with Barclays Bank’s (NYSE:BCS) affiliate, Barclays Capital Real Estate, to purchase a portfolio of commercial real estate assets. The closing of the transaction is subject to the completion of certain conditions, including the successful completion of a common stock offering by CXS and obtaining certain consents. The acquisition, which is valued at approximately $586 million, is set to be completed during mid-April 2011. The portfolio, consisting of 30 commercial real estate assets, includes commercial mortgage loans, subordinate notes and mezzanine loans. The property types underlying these assets include hotels, offices, condominium, multi-family and retail properties. Shares of CXS are down 3.86% to $12.19; Shares of BCS are up 3.15% to $19.01.

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Top News: Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC), Strayer Education Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA), Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)

On Mar 11, the Federal Reserve indicated to Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) that it does not object to the company’s capital plan and proposed capital actions for the second quarter of 2015 through the second quarter of 2016. The capital plan was submitted to the Federal Reserve as part of the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). Actions that Regions may undertake as outlined in its capital plan include increasing the quarterly common dividend to $0.06 per share and the repurchase of up to $875 million in common shares. On Monday shares of Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) closed at $9.88. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -7.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 8.60%.

Securities lawyers at Dunnam & Dunnam are investigating allegations for Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation shareholders (NASDAQ: PPC). The law firm’s investigation will focus on potential violations of the federal securities laws. A report by Reuters on March 11, 2015, stated that “the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday confirmed the discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Arkansas, the third-largest U.S. turkey producer and home to Tyson Foods Inc., the nation’s biggest chicken company.” Shares of Pilgrim’s Pride fell $1.17 per share to $25.36, on this news, or more than 4.39%. On last trading day Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC) moved up 0.08% to close at $25.06. Its volatility for the week is 4.75% while volatility for the month is 3.72%. PPC’s sales growth for past 5 years was 3.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 27.30%. Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC) monthly performance is -3.54%.

Zacks cut shares of Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday. The firm currently has $63.00 price target on the stock. Strayer Education Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA) has 1.00% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 95.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $59.83.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) said Monday that it has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a preliminary prospectus supplement to its effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 in connection with a registered offering in the United States of $1.45 billion of its common shares. On Monday shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) closed at $202.34. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 58.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 24.95%.

Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) announced the appointment of Brian Lang as the new President of its Canadian operations. In his new role, Lang will be charged with driving the regional strategy to expand and grow the business while delivering new payments technology in the market. He was most recently the head of business development for MasterCard in the Middle East and Africa. In this role he expanded card acceptance in markets like Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan while establishing payment innovations like new wallet platforms in United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Lang returns to Canada having previously worked for LANG + Assoc., Aeroplan, Air Canada, and CIBC. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) in last trading activity increased 1.09% to close at $88.71. Company weekly performance is -2.64% while its quarterly performance stands at 1.36%. Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) is -4.61% away from its 52 week high.

Best Stocks: Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEMKT:NG), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO), Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC)

MasterCard Inc (NYSE:MA) recently entered into a deal withCitibank Inc. (C) envisaging a 10 years global expansion joint agreement. The deal entails Citibank shifting its consumer proprietary credit card and debit portfolio’s to Master Card this year. Citi is one of the largest issuing partners for MasterCard and the 10 year lockup through this deal will provide a favourable pitch for MasterCard. On Wednesday shares of Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) closed at $86.97. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 13.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 16.70%.

NOVAGOLD RESOURCES Inc. (NYSEMKT:NG) will release its first quarter financial results after market close March 31st, 2015. The conference call and webcast, to discuss these results, will take place April 1st, 2015 at 8:00 am PT (11:00 am ET). NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEMKT:NG) in last trading activity increased 7.04% to close at $3.04. Company weekly performance is -10.06% while its quarterly performance stands at 11.76%. NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEMKT:NG) is -34.20% away from its 52 week high.

Capgemini and EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) published the results of a survey showing that almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of enterprises believe big data is “changing traditional business boundaries” and “enabling new providers to move into their industry”. Four-fifths (80 per cent) added they were either coping with fresh competition from data-centric startups, or expected to witness this trend in the immediate future. As such, the researchers concluded that mastering big data “is now key not just to success, but also to business survival”. On Wednesday shares of EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) closed at $25.72. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 11.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 9.64%.

Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO) was upgraded by Charles Stanley to an “accumulate” rating in a research note issued on Friday. Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO) institutional ownership stands at 4.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $21.65.

The Board of Directors of Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) declared a dividend increase of 3%, bringing its quarterly cash dividend to $0.35 per share, or $1.40 annualized. The first quarter dividend is payable on March 31, 2015 to stockholders of record on March 20, 2015. On last trading day Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) fell -0.40% to close at $14.92. Its volatility for the week is 3.37% while volatility for the month is 2.19%. Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) monthly performance is 0.07%.