Stocks in Focus: Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA), InfuSystem Holdings (NYSEMKT:INFU), Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), Avalon Holdings Corp. (NYSEMKT:AWX), Merck (NYSE:MRK)

On Friday shares of Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) closed at $5.61. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 50.00%. Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary IP Liquidity Ventures, LLC has entered into a patent purchase agreement pursuant to which it acquired 43 patents related to Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS).

InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:INFU) in last trading activity increased 9.59% to close at $3.20. Company weekly performance is 0.95% while its quarterly performance stands at 17.65%. InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:INFU) is -28.89% away from its 52 week high. InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:INFU) announced the Board of Directors has elected Gregg O. Lehman, PhD., as Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective May 13, 2015. Dr. Lehman, a member of the InfuSystem Board since 2014, succeeds Ryan J. Morris, who had served as Chairman since 2012 and will continue to serve on InfuSystem’s Board.

On last trading day Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) decreased -0.61% to close at $69.57. Its volatility for the week is 1.51% while volatility for the month is 2.07%. V’s sales growth for past 5 years was 12.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 25.20%. Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) monthly performance is 6.16%. A consortium of retailers filed a complaint 12 May, accusing Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) and MasterCard Inc of conspiring to fix interchange fees imposed on merchants for the privilege of accepting their credit and debit cards.

Avalon Holdings Corp. (NYSEMKT:AWX) has 0.10% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 29.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $3.47. Avalon Holdings Corporation (NYSE:AWX) on 14 May, announced financial results for the first quarter of 2015. Net operating revenues in the first quarter of 2015 were $10.7 million compared with $10.0 million in the first quarter of 2014. The Company incurred a net loss of $1.0 million, or $.27 per share in the first quarter of 2014 compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or $.18 per share in the first quarter of 2014.

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has 0.04% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 76.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $60.23 Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) announced that new investigational data in 10 different types of cancer from the company’s immuno-oncology development program evaluating its anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA® , will be presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, May 29 – June 2, 2015.

Today’s Hot List: Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA), Arrowhead Research (NASDAQ:ARWR), Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC), Aon plc (NYSE:AON)

On Friday shares of Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) closed at $6.06. Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) announced that on April 17, 2015, the United States District Court Central District of California (“CDCAL”) issued the claim construction order in the litigation involving its wholly-owned subsidiary Signal IP and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Nissan North America Inc., Porsche Cars of North America Inc., Mazda Motor of America, Inc., Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC., BMW of North America LLC., Subaru of America, Inc., Kia Motors America, Inc., Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC.

Arrowhead Research Corp. (NASDAQ:ARWR) in last trading activity moved up 0.69% to close at $7.28. Company weekly performance is 2.82% while its quarterly performance stands at 13.22%. Arrowhead Research Corp. (NASDAQ:ARWR) is -58.21% away from its 52 week high. Arrowhead Research Corp (NASDAQ:ARWR) was downgraded by research analysts at Jefferies Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report.

On Friday shares of Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) closed at $2.52. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 41.50% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 30.00%. Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq:ZNGA) on 23 April, announced that Louis J. Lavigne, Jr., former Genentech Inc. Chief Financial Officer, has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Lavigne brings extensive experience in business operations and management, strategy, finance, accounting and public company governance to Zynga’s Board.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) has 0.20% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 88.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $56.96. Mercer, a unit of insurance brokerage firm Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc. (NYSE:MMC) on 20 April, said it appointed Rich Tuff as UK head of retirement administration. Based in London, Tuff will be responsible for overseeing a range of administration services for over 800 pension schemes with about 1 million members, the firm said.

On last trading day Aon plc (NYSE:AON) moved up 0.44% to close at $97.84. Its volatility for the week is 1.24% while volatility for the month is 1.30%. AON’s sales growth for past 5 years was 9.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 16.40%. Aon plc (NYSE:AON) monthly performance is 1.97%. It was reported on 16 April, that K&K Insurance Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Aon plc (NYSE:AON) has launched a new program offering off-track physical damage coverage for competition vehicles via the web. The program, accessible through K&K’s newest insurance website, www.motorsportsinsurance-kk.com, provides agents with the ability to quote and purchase coverage online and receive coverage documents immediately via email.

Today’s Stocks: Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX), Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA), Cree (NASDAQ:CREE), Banco de Chile (NYSE:BCH), Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML)

On Monday shares of Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX) closed at $8.64. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 152.40%. On March 28, Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX), announced Gale Smith, Ph.D., Vice President, Vaccine Development, will present, “Recombinant EBOV/Makona Glycoprotein (GP) Nanoparticle Vaccine Produced in Sf9 Insect Cells,” at the 7th International Symposium on Filoviruses, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. at the Washington Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) in last trading activity moved down -7.30% to close at $5.59. Company weekly performance is -19.45% while its quarterly performance stands at -38.57%. Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) is -42.55% away from its 52 week high. On March 26, Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA), announced its 2014 year-end financial results. Revenue increased by approximately $18 million, or 526%, to $21.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to revenue of $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.

On last trading day Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE) increased 1.07% to close at $35.40. Its volatility for the week is 3.53% while volatility for the month is 2.80%. CREE’s sales growth for past 5 years was 23.80% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 24.30%. Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE) monthly performance is -9.82%. On March 26, Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE) introduces the LED Rural Utility Light (RUL) Series, designed to deliver an unprecedented combination of price, performance and quality to accelerate adoption of LED lighting across rural areas in North America. The first of Cree’s innovative outdoor LED luminaires to address the estimated 10 to 13 million rural street and area light fixtures installed, the new RUL Series delivers a better, more affordable lighting experience for residential roadways, security, storage and loading areas with game-changing efficacy, rapid payback of less than one year* and Cree’s industry-leading 10-year warranty.

Banco de Chile (NYSE:BCH) has institutional ownership stands at 2.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $66.85.

On last trading day Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) increased 2.17% to close at $8.49. Its volatility for the week is 4.86% while volatility for the month is 3.72%. ATML’s sales growth for past 5 years was 3.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 18.50%. Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) monthly performance is 2.29%. Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), announced the company is sampling the industry’s lowest power ARM® Cortex®-M based solution with power consumption down to 35µA/MHz in active mode and 200nA in sleep mode. The ultra-low power SAM L family broadens the Atmel | SMART 32-bit ARM-based MCU portfolio and extends battery life from years to decades, reducing the number of times batteries need to be changed in devices such as fire alarms, healthcare, medical, wearable, and devices placed in rural, agriculture, offshore and other remote areas.

Top Movers: Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ:MARA), The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), Merck (NYSE:MRK), International Paper (NYSE:IP)

Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TLI Communications GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google, Inc. in the Regional Court of Munich in Germany. On Wednesday shares of Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) closed at $7.51.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), on Thursday reported a 23 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by its acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc and higher margins on fuel. Net income attributable to Kroger rose to $518 million, or $1.04 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, from $422 million, or 81 cents per share, a year earlier. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) in last trading activity moved down -0.47% to close at $69.65. Company weekly performance is -3.73% while its quarterly performance stands at 16.73%. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) is -5.37% away from its 52 week high.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced sales results for February. For the five weeks ended Feb. 28, 2015, same store sales increased 3.3 percent over the prior-year period. February front-end same store sales increased 1.6 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 144 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 4.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 2.2 percent over the prior-year period. On last trading day Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) moved down -0.62% to close at $8.05. Its volatility for the week is 1.55% while volatility for the month is 2.37%. RAD’s sales growth for past 5 years was -0.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.60%. Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) monthly performance is 14.18%.

Merck (NYSE:MRK), announced results from two post-hoc analyses of the TRA 2°P TIMI 50 (Thrombin Receptor Antagonist in Secondary Prevention of Atherothrombotic Ischemic Events) trial of ZONTIVITY® (vorapaxar), one of the largest secondary prevention studies of an antiplatelet medicine. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has 0.04% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 75.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $57.88.

Wells Fargo & Co. downgraded shares of International Paper (NYSE:IP) to a market weight rating in a research note released on Monday morning, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. On last trading day International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) moved down -0.69% to close at $56.24. Its volatility for the week is 1.22% while volatility for the month is 1.68%. IP’s sales growth for past 5 years was 3.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 24.60%. International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) monthly performance is 7.35%.

Why Trader’s Are Watching: Cellular Dynamics (NASDAQ:ICEL), Marathon Patent (NASDAQ:MARA), CNO Financial (NYSE:CNO), PetMed Express (NASDAQ:PETS), Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide (NASDAQ:QTWW)

On January 15, Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) and Cellular Dynamics International Inc. (NASDAQ:ICEL) announced that they have entered into a research collaboration to reprogram newborn stem cells from both umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue collected, processed and cryopreserved under CBR’s protocols into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) using CDI’s proprietary methods. On Tuesday shares of Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICEL) closed at $5.37.

Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ:MARA) reported a rise of 21,473 shares or 15.2% in the short interest. The remaining shorts are 1.9% of the total floated shares. The net short interest, as on December 31,2014, stood at 162,785 shares and the stocks days to cover will be 1 by factoring in the average per day volume of 137,874 shares. On December 15,2014, 141,312 shares were shorted. Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) in last trading activity moved up 7.15% to close at $7.64. Company weekly performance is 5.82% while its quarterly performance stands at 29.27%. Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) is -21.48% away from its 52 week high.

CNO Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:CNO) reported that it will report results for the fourth quarter of 2014 after the market closes on Tuesday, February 10. On last trading day CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO) fell -0.75% to close at $15.81. Its volatility for the week is 2.78% while volatility for the month is 2.77%. CNO’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 24.00%. CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO) monthly performance is -8.67%.

On January 21, America’s largest pet pharmacy, PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS), reported adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 24 cents in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, up 4.3% year over year. However, earnings fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) has 1.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 66.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $16.21.

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:QTWW), a global leader in natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies, on January 15, announced that it received an initial order for both its Q-CabLITE and Q-RailLITE fuel modules from a leading refuse company that is expanding its natural gas vehicle fleet. On last trading day Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:QTWW) moved up 1.20% to close at $2.52. Its volatility for the week is 6.22% while volatility for the month is 9.32%. QTWW’s sales growth for past 5 years was 6.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 43.80%. Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:QTWW) monthly performance is 5.44%.