Trader’s Recap: Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC)

On Thursday shares of Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) closed at $9.93. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 3.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.27%. Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) will use offshore docks operated by U.S. ship-leasing company Edison Chouest to handle oil-service vessels at the Brazilian Port of Açu, the head of the company that owns the port said. The decision to use the Edison Chouest facilities at Açu will help Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the oil company is formally known, to ease crowding at its main offshore service docks in Macaé, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of Açu on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) in last trading activity advanced 0.63% to close at $10.32. Company weekly performance is 6.22% while its quarterly performance stands at 4.72%. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is -18.25% away from its 52 week high. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has introduced the new BlackBerry® Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks in India. Based on BlackBerry’s latest operating system, the BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design that is built for career builders and companies who value security and privacy when pushing their productivity to the next level.

On last trading day Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) decreased -0.13% to close at $23.47. Its volatility for the week is 4.00% while volatility for the month is 4.07%. Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) monthly performance is 0.21%. Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE) announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 6,000,000 shares of its common stock owned by NGP Rice Holdings LLC (an affiliate of Natural Gas Partners), the selling stockholder named in the registration statement at a price to the public at $24.20 per share of common stock. The selling stockholder will receive all of the net proceeds from the offering. The selling stockholder has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 900,000 shares of Rice Energy’s common stock.

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) has 1.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 99.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $46.01. Northland Securities initiated coverage on shares of NuVasive Inc (NASDAQ:NUVA) in a research report released on Thursday morning, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm issued a market perform rating and a $46.00 price objective on the stock.

On Thursday shares of EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) closed at $27.03. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 11.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 12.00%. On May 12, it was reported that, EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC)has released Project CoprHD (“copperhead”), an open source version of EMC ViPR Controller embracing open development and a free “no restrictions” download for non-production use of its ScaleIO software. EMC also previewed future enhancements for ScaleIO. ViPR Controller is storage automation software that centralizes and transforms EMC and third-party storage into a simple, extensible and open platform and EMC will continue to sell the commercial version of Project CoprHD, the EMC ViPR Controller, as a fully supported offering.

Trader’s Recap: Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP), Cyan (NYSE:CYNI), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR), Otelco Inc. (NASDAQ:OTEL)

On Monday shares of Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP) closed at $6.80. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 20.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 11.00%. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) from an overweight rating to a neutral rating in a report released on Tuesday.

Cyan, Inc. (NYSE:CYNI) in last trading activity increased 26.58% to close at $4.62. Company weekly performance is 14.93% while its quarterly performance stands at 55.56%. Cyan, Inc. (NYSE:CYNI) is 2.44% away from its 52 week high. Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. announces that it is investigating potential legal claims against the board of directors of Cyan, Inc. (NYSE:CYNI) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of law related to the Company’s entry into an agreement to be acquired by Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN), in a transaction valued at approximately $400 million.

On Monday shares of NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) closed at $45.66. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 15.50% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 11.43%. NuVasive Inc (NASDAQ:NUVA), on Monday reported first-quarter net earnings of $31.6 million or $0.61 per share compared with a loss of $18.3 million or $0.40 per share last year.

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR) in last trading activity increased 0.76% to close at $55.76. Company weekly performance is 1.09% while its quarterly performance stands at -4.47%. Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR) is -20.07% away from its 52 week high. Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR NASDAQ:CAR) on Monday reported a first-quarter loss of $9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.

On last trading day Otelco Inc. (NASDAQ:OTEL) fell -1.19% to close at $4.25. Its volatility for the week is 2.18% while volatility for the month is 1.85%. OTEL’s sales growth for past 5 years was -6.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 52.90%. Otelco Inc. (NASDAQ:OTEL) monthly performance is -10.74%. Otelco Inc. (NASDAQ:OTEL) announced that it will release its 2015 first quarter financial and operational results after the close of trading on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The Company will hold a conference call to discuss first quarter results on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time).

5 Stock in Different Moves: The Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE), ICICI Bank (NYSE:IBN), Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl (NYSE:VRX), Magellan Petroleum (NASDAQ:MPET), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA)

The Children’s Place, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE) said Thursday it will accelerate its store closures despite booking a profit for the fourth quarter that increased from last year, reflecting lower charges and a sales growth. Net sales for the quarter grew to $479.24 million from $467.50 million in the same quarter last year, and topped fifteen Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimate of $479.00 million by a whisker. Comparable store sales increased 3.7 percent. On Thursday shares of The Children’s Place, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE) closed at $62.98. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 1.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 8.00%.

ICICI Bank Ltd. (NYSE:IBN) is mulling over the sale of a minor stake in its insurance arm, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. ICICI and U.K-based insurer Prudential Plc (PRU.L), holding 74% and 26% stake, respectively, in the insurance unit, plan to divest 5% stake by the end of Mar 2015. ICICI Bank Ltd. (NYSE:IBN) in last trading activity moved up 2.15% to close at $11.39. Company weekly performance is -1.73% while its quarterly performance stands at -6.02%. ICICI Bank Ltd. (NYSE:IBN) is -13.97% away from its 52 week high.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) is no stranger to multibillion-dollar deals. Unfortunately, it’s no stranger to bidding wars, either. Weeks after it announced a $14.5 billion takeover of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd., it is facing a higher rival bid from an Irish drugmaker. Valeant, which is based in Quebec and has its U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, had agreed in February to pay $158 a share in cash for the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Salix. On last trading day Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) fell -0.56% to close at $192.62. Its volatility for the week is 4.87% while volatility for the month is 3.02%. VRX’s sales growth for past 5 years was 58.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 19.20%. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) monthly performance is 17.36%.

Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:MPET) presented at the 27th Annual ROTH Conference, hold at The Ritz Carlton hotel in Laguna Niguel, CA, on March 8-11, 2015. Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:MPET) has 2.90% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 20.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $0.72.

On March 3, NuVasive Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) said a federal appeals court panel overturned a roughly $102 million jury award to medical device maker Medtronic PLC in a long-running patent infringement dispute. On last trading day NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) moved up 1.87% to close at $45.86. Its volatility for the week is 1.86% while volatility for the month is 2.42%. NUVA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 15.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -34.50%. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) monthly performance is -0.82%.

Why Investors Are Watching: Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S), Acorda Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ACOR), LB Foster Co. (NASDAQ:FSTR), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR)

After a complaint by rival T-Mobile USA (TMUS) that Sprint (NYSE:S) was over-reaching in its advertising, the National Advertising Division recommended that Sprint stop making claims including having a “brand new,” “all-new” or “America’s Newest” network. On Tuesday shares of Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) closed at $5.24. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 5.00%.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) announced that Michael Rogers, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Barclays Global Healthcare Conference in Miami on Wednesday, March 11 at 1:35pm. Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) in last trading activity moved up 0.54% to close at $35.20. Company weekly performance is -3.69% while its quarterly performance stands at -3.43%. Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) is -22.55% away from its 52 week high.

L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ:FSTR) reported fourth-quarter net income of $6.03 million or $0.58 per share, compared to $7.28 million or $0.71 per share, prior year. Income from continuing operations, excluding certain charges, was $8.84 million or $0.85 per share, for the quarter. On last trading day LB Foster Co. (NASDAQ:FSTR) moved down -3.69% to close at $47.49. Its volatility for the week is 3.54% while volatility for the month is 2.72%. FSTR’s sales growth for past 5 years was 2.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 2.10%. LB Foster Co. (NASDAQ:FSTR) monthly performance is 0.17%.

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) announced that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned the damages award in the Company’s ongoing patent lawsuit with Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc. and Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc. (“Medtronic”). NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) has 1.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 99.50%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $44.26.

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) announced that Daniel J. McCarthy, currently President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, will succeed Maggie Wilderotter and become President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 3, 2015. Mrs. Wilderotter will transition to a new role as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. She will continue to work closely with Mr. McCarthy to ensure a seamless transition of leadership responsibilities. On last trading day Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) remains unchanged to close at $7.95. Its volatility for the week is 1.99% while volatility for the month is 3.30%. FTR’s sales growth for past 5 years was 17.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -19.30%. Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) monthly performance is 18.30%.

Active Movers: Full House Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ:FLL), Noble Corp plc (NYSE:NE), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF), Fred’s (NASDAQ:FRED)

Full House Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLL) announced the appointment of Lewis Fanger as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. On Wednesday shares of Full House Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ:FLL) closed at $1.19. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 71.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.00%.

Noble Corporation plc (NYSE:NE) reported a fourth quarter 2014 loss from continuing operations of $595 million, or $2.38 per diluted share. Results for the quarter included an after-tax charge of $713 million, or $2.86 per diluted share, relating to the impairment of three rigs and the Company’s total goodwill balance. Noble Corp plc (NYSE:NE) in last trading activity moved down -4.67% to close at $17.13. Company weekly performance is 7.20% while its quarterly performance stands at -15.66%. Noble Corp plc (NYSE:NE) is -41.55% away from its 52 week high.

NuVasive Inc (NASDAQ:NUVA) COO Keith Valentine sold 6,970 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.96, for a total value of $327,311.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 88,934 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,176,340.64. On last trading day NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) advanced 0.86% to close at $45.92. Its volatility for the week is 3.75% while volatility for the month is 3.07%. NUVA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 22.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.30%. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) monthly performance is -1.90%.

Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) announced a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share payable February 20, 2015 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 9, 2015. Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) has 0.50% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 89.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $75.30.

Fred’s Inc. (NASDAQ:FRED) reported sales for the four-week fiscal month of January, fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2015. Total sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 2% to $503.6 million versus $495.0 million in the year-earlier quarter. Fred’s total sales for fiscal 2014 increased 2% to $1.969 billion from $1.939 billion for the same period last year. On a comparable store basis, fiscal 2014 decreased 0.6% versus an increase of 0.6% for the year-earlier period. On last trading day Fred’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRED) advanced 7.06% to close at $17.90. Its volatility for the week is 5.06% while volatility for the month is 4.02%. FRED’s sales growth for past 5 years was 1.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 11.10%. Fred’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRED) monthly performance is 4.19%.

Investors Are Gambling: Gigamon Inc. (NYSE:GIMO), Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV), Beazer Homes USA Inc. (NYSE:BZH), Baytex Energy Corp. (NYSE:BTE), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA)

Gigamon Inc. (NYSE:GIMO) on 29 January reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Santa Clara, California-based company said it had profit of 9 cents. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense, came to 18 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 8 cents per share.On Friday shares of Gigamon Inc. (NYSE:GIMO) closed at $18.41. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 47.30% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as -4.40%.

Southwest Airlines’ (NYSE:LUV) Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $.06 per share to Shareholders of record at the close of business on March 5, 2015 on all shares then issued and outstanding. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) in last trading activity fell -3.85% to close at $45.18. Company weekly performance is -1.31% while its quarterly performance stands at 32.57%. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) is -4.23% away from its 52 week high.

Beazer Homes USA Inc. (NYSE:BZH) posted a wider loss for the fiscal first quarter. The Atlanta, Georgia-based company posted a quarterly loss of $22.3 million, or $0.84 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $5.14 million, or $0.21 per share. The company posted a net loss from continuing operations of $18.1 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.9 million. The latest quarter included $13.6 million in unexpected warranty charges. Excluding certain items, the company’s adjusted loss from continuing operations came in at $0.17 per share. On last trading day Beazer Homes USA Inc. (NYSE:BZH) moved down -8.41% to close at $15.80. Its volatility for the week is 5.07% while volatility for the month is 4.92%. BZH’s sales growth for past 5 years was 8.80% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.40%. Beazer Homes USA Inc. (NYSE:BZH) monthly performance is -15.91%.

Baytex Energy Corp. (NYSE:BTE) reports that a cash dividend of $0.10 per common share in respect of January operations will be paid on February 13, 2015 to shareholders of record on January 30, 2015Baytex Energy Corp. (NYSE:BTE) has 1.41% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 49.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $15.64.

NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA) COO Keith Valentine sold 6,970 shares of NuVasive stock on the open market in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.96, for a total transaction of $327,311.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 88,934 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,176,340.64. On last trading day NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) fell -2.07% to close at $46.32. Its volatility for the week is 2.61% while volatility for the month is 3.01%. NUVA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 22.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.30%. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) monthly performance is -3.70%.

Don’t Miss These Stocks: The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC), Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE:GG), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), Ikonics Corp. (NASDAQ:IKNX), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA)

On January 19, The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) is pleased to welcome two additional equipment dealers to their expanding distribution network. The new dealers will carry the full line of Toro underground equipment, including directional drills, compact utility loaders, trenchers, vibratory plows and stump grinders. On Thursday shares of The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) closed at $65.43. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 7.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.00%.

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE:GG) has reached a deal to buy Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.’s (TSX:AEM) stake in Probe Mines Ltd. (TSXV:PRB) for $43 million in cash. Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE:GG) in last trading activity fell -0.98% to close at $24.20. Company weekly performance is 18.05% while its quarterly performance stands at 4.99%. Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE:GG) is -17.30% away from its 52 week high.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has opened a new Research and Innovation Centre in Palo Alto to accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. On Thursday shares of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) closed at $15.03. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 0.50% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.27%.

IKONICS Corporation (Nasdaq:IKNX), a Duluth-based technology company, announced its continuing program with Honeywell Aerospace for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology in support of U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) projects and internal testing at the Plymouth, MN facility. Ikonics Corp. (NASDAQ:IKNX) has 31.50% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 1.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $17.50.

On January 12, NuVasive, Inc.(NASDAQ:NUVA) , provided a business and financial performance update, including the announcement of select preliminary unaudited financial results for the full-year ended December 31, 2014 and the issuance of select performance guidance for the full-year 2015. NuVasive anticipates full-year 2014 revenue will approximate $761 million. Previously issued guidance for this metric was approximately $755 million. NuVasive also anticipates preliminary fourth quarter 2014 revenue performance of approximately $203 million. On last trading day NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) remains unchanged to close at $47.19. Its volatility for the week is 2.92% while volatility for the month is 3.06%. NUVA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 22.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.30%. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) monthly performance is -1.48%.

Market Watch List: Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA), Intersect ENT (NASDAQ:XENT), Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB), Rockwood Holdings (NYSE:ROC), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA)

Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ARNA) EVP Steven W. Spector sold 45,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $6.26, for a total transaction of $281,700.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 128,039 shares in the company, valued at approximately $801,524.14. On Tuesday shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA) closed at $6.05. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 52.70%.

Intersect ENT, Inc. (Nasdaq:XENT), a company dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with ear, nose and throat conditions, announced that it expects to report revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 in the range of $13.2 to $13.4 million, an increase of approximately 91% over the fourth quarter of 2013, and for the year ended December 31, 2014 in the range of $38.4 to $38.6 million. Intersect ENT, Inc. (NASDAQ:XENT) in last trading activity moved up 22.29% to close at $23.04. Company weekly performance is 13.89% while its quarterly performance stands at 41.78%. Intersect ENT, Inc. (NASDAQ:XENT) is 7.71% away from its 52 week high.

The biotech sector continues to witness mergers and acquisitions. Earlier this week, Biogen Idec (NASDAQ:BIIB) announced its intention to acquire U.K.-based Convergence Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on developing treatments for neuropathic pain. On Tuesday shares of Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB) closed at $352.74. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 11.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 23.40%.

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) announced that it has completed its acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ROC) pursuant to the terms of their previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of July 15, 2014 (the “Merger Agreement”). Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ROC) has 1.20% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 96.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $79.20.

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA), provided a business and financial performance update, including the announcement of select preliminary unaudited financial results for the full-year ended December 31, 2014 and the issuance of select performance guidance for the full-year 2015. Preliminary full-year 2014 revenue of approximately $761 million; reflects 11% growth over the prior year, or 12% on a constant currency basis. Preliminary full-year 2014 non-GAAP operating margin anticipated to exceed guidance of 16.5%. On last trading day NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) fell -3.51% to close at $47.61. Its volatility for the week is 3.22% while volatility for the month is 2.94%. NUVA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 22.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.30%. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) monthly performance is 2.43%.

Investors Should Watch: Gerdau S.A. (NYSE:GGB), Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), ServiceSource International (NASDAQ:SREV), Libbey Inc. (NYSEMKT:LBY)

Gerdau SA (NYSE:GGB) has been given a “BBB-” credit rating by analysts at Morningstar. The investment research firm’s “BBB-” rating indicates that the company is a moderate default risk. They also gave their stock a four star rating. On Thursday shares of Gerdau S.A. (NYSE:GGB) closed at $3.82. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -1.00% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.50%.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)’s imitation of Amgen Inc.’s cancer drug Neupogen won the backing of U.S. advisers, taking a step closer to becoming the first biosimilar drug for sale in the U.S. Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) in last trading activity increased 3.48% to close at $95.27. Company weekly performance is 2.82% while its quarterly performance stands at 4.97%. Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) is -1.75% away from its 52 week high.

On Jan 5, NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA), announced that management will participate in the 33rd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET. On last trading day NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) increased 3.92% to close at $50.39. Its volatility for the week is 3.70% while volatility for the month is 3.06%. NUVA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 22.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.30%. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) monthly performance is 10.46%.

Servicesource International (NASDAQ:SREV) Director Richard Campione sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 2nd. ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SREV) has 1.80% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 94.60%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $4.33.

Libbey (NYSE:LBY) was the target of a large decline in short interest in December. As of December 15th, there was short interest totalling 411,798 shares, a decline of 21.1% from the November 28th total of 521,953 shares, Stock Ratings Network.com reports. On last trading day Libbey Inc. (NYSEMKT:LBY) increased 1.35% to close at $31.52. Its volatility for the week is 3.10% while volatility for the month is 2.59%. LBY’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.50%. Libbey Inc. (NYSEMKT:LBY) monthly performance is 7.47%.

Healthcare Stocks Recently Upgraded & Downgraded: Omnicare Inc. (NYSE:OCR), NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY), Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE:UHS)

Analysts at Barclays upgraded shares of Omnicare Inc. (NYSE:OCR) from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday. They now have a $83.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $67.00. On Thursday shares of Omnicare Inc. (NYSE:OCR) closed at $75.41. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.00%.

NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA) was upgraded by stock analysts at RBC Capital from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report issued on Thursday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm currently has a $56.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $45.00. RBC Capital’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 15.49% from the stock’s previous close. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) in last trading activity advanced 3.92% to close at $50.39. Company weekly performance is 6.85% while its quarterly performance stands at 39.93%. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) is 2.84% away from its 52 week high.

Jefferies Group upgraded shares of Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm currently has $80.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $75.00. On last trading day Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) advanced 2.37% to close at $70.87. Its volatility for the week is 2.21% while volatility for the month is 2.15%. LLY’s sales growth for past 5 years was 2.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 33.80%. Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) monthly performance is -2.69%.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) was downgraded by research analysts at Barclays from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report released on Thursday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE:UHS) has 0.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 93.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $113.14.