Today’s Watch List: Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AGIO), Bitauto Holdings (NYSE:BITA), Tandy Leather Factory (NASDAQ:TLF), Sunstone Hotel Investors (NYSE:SHO)

On Monday shares of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) closed at $19.92. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 12.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 13.00%. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated their overweight rating on shares of Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) in a research note issued to investors on Sunday.

Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGIO) in last trading activity fell -0.42% to close at $108.50. Company weekly performance is 12.87% while its quarterly performance stands at 2.40%. Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGIO) is -14.01% away from its 52 week high. Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AGIO) on May 07, reported a loss of $5 million in its first quarter.

On last trading day Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) advanced 1.62% to close at $63.20. Its volatility for the week is 6.96% while volatility for the month is 6.03%. BITA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 53.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 89.00%. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) monthly performance is 16.95%. On May 8, Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter 2015 ended March 31, 2015. Revenue in the first quarter of 2015 was RMB701.3 million (US$113.1 million), a 98.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2014. Gross profit in the first quarter of 2015 was RMB477.3 million (US$77.0 million), a 66.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2014.

Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLF) has 4.30% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 67.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $8.80. Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLF) announced that it plans to release financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 after the market opens. A conference call will be conducted by senior management at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on May 12, 2015.

On last trading day Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (NYSE:SHO) fell -2.30% to close at $15.28. Its volatility for the week is 3.47% while volatility for the month is 2.13%. SHO’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 18.80%. Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (NYSE:SHO) monthly performance is -6.32%. On May 4, Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (NYSE:SHO) announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Loss attributable to common stockholders decreased 59.2% to $3.3 million. Loss attributable to common stockholders per diluted share decreased 50.0% to $0.02.

Stocks to Watch: Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR), Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA), Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI), Frontline (NYSE:FRO), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS)

On Wednesday shares of Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE:NBR) closed at $14.21. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 13.10%. On March 24, 2015, in connection with the completion of the Transactions, Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE:NBR) entered into certain ancillary agreements intended to govern certain aspects of its ongoing relationship with Red Lion and C&J following the Transactions. These ancillary agreements including: (i) the Employee Benefits Agreement, dated as of March 24, 2015, by and among Nabors, Red Lion and C&J (the “Employee Benefits Agreement”); (ii) the Tax Matters Agreement, dated as of March 24, 2015, by and between Nabors and Red Lion (the “Tax Matters Agreement”).

Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) in last trading activity advanced 6.27% to close at $54.42. Company weekly performance is 6.96% while its quarterly performance stands at -28.12%. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) is -44.63% away from its 52 week high. On 31 March 2015, Andy Zhang, chief financial officer of Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) told that he had previously met with Uber chief executive officer Travis Kalanick in Beijing to negotiate a possible investment or partnership. The market in China for mobile ride-hailing services has become a swiftly growing venue, but so far Didi and Kuaidi have come to reach a near monopoly position and also last month announced they would join forces in a $6 billion deal.

On last trading day Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI) advanced 0.49% to close at $6.17. Its volatility for the week is 3.07% while volatility for the month is 2.43%. WVVI’s sales growth for past 5 years was -1.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 24.00%. Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI) monthly performance is 4.58%. Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI) representative Liz Green will be at the Canoe Club pouring the Oregon wines with a special dinner prepared by Chef Mark Prunk on Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30.

Frontline Ltd. (NYSE:FRO) has 4.71% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 21.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $2.32. Frontline Ltd. (NYSE:FRO) carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) which confirms its weakness.

On last trading day Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) advanced 1.06% to close at $21.90. Its volatility for the week is 5.48% while volatility for the month is 5.89%. HOS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 10.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 5.10%. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) monthly performance is 14.06%. On April 1, 2015 Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) disclosed that it will release its first quarter 2015 financial results following the market closes on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Hot Stocks: Celator Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CPXX), Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL), Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI), LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS), Bitauto (NYSE:BITA)

On Tuesday shares of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPXX) closed at $2.28. Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPXX), reported business highlights and financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2014 were $32.4 million, compared to $23.6 million as of December 31, 2013. The net increase of $8.8 million was due to the October 2014 public offering, which raised approximately $13.6 million and the May 2014 term loan funding, which provided $9.6 million at closing.

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL) in last trading activity fell -1.63% to close at $15.73. Company weekly performance is -3.62% while its quarterly performance stands at 11.24%. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL) is -5.91% away from its 52 week high. March 12, Microsemi Corporation, and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL) announced a joint reference design for use in G.8262-compliant Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) applications. The solution was designed, built and tested using Microsemi’s ZL3015x family of SyncE network synchronizer chips along with Marvell’s Alaska® 10G/40G Ethernet transceivers.

On last trading day Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) increased 0.51% to close at $3.95. Its volatility for the week is 1.19% while volatility for the month is 1.58%. SIRI’s sales growth for past 5 years was 11.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 20.40%. Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) monthly performance is 3.13%. Andy Cohen Creating His Own Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) Channel. Bravo’s omnipresent producer and latenight host has announced he will executive produce Radio Andy, a SiriusXM channel that features entertainment he has personally curated. Naturally, Cohen will also host a weekly radio show exclusively on the 24/7 channel.

LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) has 5.30% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 62.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $7.79.

On last trading day Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) increased 5.72% to close at $50.10. Its volatility for the week is 6.85% while volatility for the month is 6.13%. BITA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 43.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 11.70%. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) monthly performance is -20.41%. On March 9, Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 was RMB975.2 million (US$157.2 million), a 101.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Revenue in fiscal year 2014 was RMB2.46 billion (US$396.3 million), a 70.8% increase from 2013.

Morning Buzz: Telecom Argentina S.A. (NYSE:TEO), Patriot National (NYSE:PN), International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM), Bitauto Holdings (NYSE:BITA), Safe Bulkers (NYSE:SB)

On 5 March 2015, Telecom Argentina S.A. (NYSE:TEO) has appointed Elisabetta Ripa as the company’s new CEO. Ripa will replace Oscar Cicchetti, who has resigned and will take on an unspecified post at Telecom Italia, which holds a controlling stake in the Argentine company. On Monday shares of Telecom Argentina S.A. (NYSE:TEO) closed at $24.66. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 20.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as -5.80%.

William Blair started coverage on shares of Patriot National (NYSE:PN) in a research note issued on 6 March 2015. The firm set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Patriot National, Inc. (NYSE:PN) in last trading activity advanced 11.86% to close at $12.36. Company weekly performance is 1.64%. Patriot National, Inc. (NYSE:PN) is -13.99% away from its 52 week high.

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM)’s CEO says the company’s plan to revamp its business to shift away from hardware and focus on business analytics, cloud computing, mobile services and security is on track. On Monday shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) closed at $157.08. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 4.51%.

On 9 March 2015, Bitauto Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:BITA) reported fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings of $0.68 per ADS Monday morning, down from $1.81 per ADS last year. Bitauto Holdings traded to the downside until around 1:00PM Monday, but settled into a range for the remainder of the session. Shares finished with a loss of 11.64 at $55.36 on the highest volume of the year. The stock closed testing support, trading at a 1-month low. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) has institutional ownership stands at 47.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $47.39.

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) announced on 11 March 2015, that it has filed its 2014 Annual Report on Form 20-F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). On last trading day Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) moved down -1.52% to close at $3.24. Its volatility for the week is 5.28% while volatility for the month is 5.23%. SB’s sales growth for past 5 years was -1.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -54.40%. Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) monthly performance is -9.75%.

Stocks Getting Hot: Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA), TrovaGene (NASDAQ:TROV), NetSuite Inc. (NYSE:N), Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), Parker Drilling Co. (NYSE:PKD)

Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 was RMB975.2 million (US$157.2 million), a 101.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Revenue in fiscal year 2014 was RMB2.46 billion (US$396.3 million), a 70.8% increase from 2013. On Wednesday shares of Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) closed at $49.95. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 43.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 45.00%.

TrovaGene Inc. (NASDAQ:TROV) is set to report fourth-quarter and full year 2014 results on Mar 12. TrovaGene, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROV) in last trading activity advanced 7.04% to close at $6.23. Company weekly performance is -1.74% while its quarterly performance stands at 30.88%. TrovaGene, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROV) is -12.25% away from its 52 week high.

NetSuite Inc. (NYSE:N)’s recent UK advertising broadside against Sage was “unprofessional” and “not very British”, according to a Sage reseller that recently opted to terminate its relationship with NetSuite. US-based cloud-based ERP vendor NetSuite launched a transatlantic attack on Sage in November, goading its on-premise rival with its “All Sage lines terminate here” newspaper advert On last trading day NetSuite Inc. (NYSE:N) fell -1.72% to close at $90.40. Its volatility for the week is 2.49% while volatility for the month is 2.72%. N’s sales growth for past 5 years was 27.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -28.10%. NetSuite Inc. (NYSE:N) monthly performance is -4.55%.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced recently the grand opening of a new store in Harrisburg, Pa. Located at 4999 Jonestown Road, this is the first net-new store built by the Company since 2010. U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) joined John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO and Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store. On Wednesday shares of Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) closed at $7.31. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 39.71%.

Parker Drilling Company (NYSE:PKD) was upgraded by stock analysts at TheStreet from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Monday. On last trading day Parker Drilling Co. (NYSE:PKD) advanced 5.57% to close at $3.03. Its volatility for the week is 6.20% while volatility for the month is 5.88%. PKD’s sales growth for past 5 years was 5.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 18.90%. Parker Drilling Co. (NYSE:PKD) monthly performance is -17.44%.

Don’t Miss These Stocks: Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Bitauto Holdings (NYSE:BITA), Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), Sabine Royalty Trust (NYSE:SBR), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY)

On February 27, Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) announced that, as part of its ongoing efforts to further focus its portfolio on snacking products, it has reached an agreement to sell its 50 percent interest in Ajinomoto General Foods, Inc. (AGF) to its joint venture partner, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. AGF manufactures and sells instant, ground and liquid coffee products as well as other beverages in Japan under brands mainly licensed by Mondelez International, including Blendy and Maxim. On Friday shares of Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) closed at $35.22. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -2.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 8.80%.

Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) announced the appointment of Mr. Jun Hou as an independent director to its board of directors (“the board”), effective March 5, 2015.Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) in last trading activity decreased -8.79% to close at $67.00. Company weekly performance is 5.59% while its quarterly performance stands at -15.63%. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) is -31.83% away from its 52 week high.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) announced, on Thursday, plans to open its first data center in Silicon Valley, United States, to help expand a less prominent yet growing side of the business – cloud computing, rather than supporting the popular e-commerce business of the company. On Friday shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) closed at $84.40. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 30.46%.

Southwest Bank, as Trustee of the Sabine Royalty Trust (NYSE:SBR) declared a cash distribution to the holders of its units of beneficial interest of $0.44414 per unit, payable on March 30, 2015, to unit holders of record on March 16, 2015. Sabine Royalty Trust (NYSE:SBR) institutional ownership stands at 10.40%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $42.61.

Best Buy Co (NYSE:BBY) had its price objective hosited by Telsey Advisory Group from $41.00 to $43.00 in a report released on Wednesday. Telsey Advisory Group currently has an outperform rating on the stock On last trading day Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) moved up 0.20% to close at $39.71. Its volatility for the week is 2.35% while volatility for the month is 2.15%. BBY’s sales growth for past 5 years was -1.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -3.70%. Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) monthly performance is 9.67%.

Active Movers: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY), Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA), SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ:SKYW), Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT), Avago Technologies (NASDAQ:AVGO)

Bavarian Nordic and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) announced an agreement that provides Bristol-Myers Squibb an exclusive option to license and commercialize PROSTVAC®, Bavarian Nordic`s investigational Phase 3 prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-targeting cancer immunotherapy in development for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).On Thursday shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) closed at $66.05. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -3.30% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.65%.

Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) announced the appointment of Mr. Jun Hou as an independent director to its board of directors (“the board”), effective March 5, 2015. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) in last trading activity moved up 7.65% to close at $73.46. Company weekly performance is 13.08% while its quarterly performance stands at -6.21%. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) is -25.25% away from its 52 week high.

SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), said it has named Robert J. Simmons chief financial officer, effective March 16, 2015. On last trading day SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ:SKYW) moved up 0.78% to close at $15.48. Its volatility for the week is 3.53% while volatility for the month is 4.80%. SKYW’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -18.30%. SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ:SKYW) monthly performance is 25.45%.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT) announced that it participated March 1, 2015 through March 3, 2015 in the 2015 Citi Global Property CEO Conference. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT) has 2.20% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 97.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $35.05.

Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.38 per share, or $1.52 annualized. The dividend will be payable on March 31, 2015, to stockholders of record on March 20, 2015, with an ex-dividend date of March 18, 2015. On last trading day Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) moved up 0.90% to close at $130.57. Its volatility for the week is 2.51% while volatility for the month is 2.32%. AVGO’s sales growth for past 5 years was 23.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 50.80%. Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) monthly performance is 26.52%.

5 Stocks: Cempra (NASDAQ:CEMP), Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCY), Southwest Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:OKSB), Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA), Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE:MLM

Cempra Inc. (NASDAQ:CEMP) reported a loss of $16.9 million in its fourth quarter The Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based company said it had a loss of 46 cents per share. The results met Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 46 cents per share. The drugmaker posted revenue of $2.5 million in the period, which missed Street forecasts. Analysts expected $3.5 million, according to Zacks. On Thursday shares of Cempra, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEMP) closed at $32.05.

On 18 February, Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCY) announced that enrollment has been completed in a randomized Phase II study of REOLYSIN® in patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer (IND 210). Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCY) in last trading activity moved up 14.93% to close at $0.77. Company weekly performance is 10.00% while its quarterly performance stands at 10.00%. Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCY) is -62.80% away from its 52 week high.

Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKSB), announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new stock repurchase program for one year effective as of the earlier of: the date Southwest completes its repurchase of all of the shares of Southwest’s common stock that it is authorized to purchase under its current stock repurchase program that became effective as of August 14, 2014; and August 14, 2015, which is the original expiration date of the current program. On last trading day Southwest Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:OKSB) moved up 0.79% to close at $16.55. Its volatility for the week is 2.11% while volatility for the month is 2.22%. OKSB’s sales growth for past 5 years was -13.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 12.30%. Southwest Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:OKSB) monthly performance is 7.12%.

On 18 February, Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA), announced it successfully closed the transaction, previously announced on January 9, 2015, with JD.com, Inc. and Tencent Holdings Limited. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) institutional ownership stands at 47.20%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $64.96.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM), Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 (forty cents) per share on the Corporation’s common stock. This dividend, which represents a cash dividend of $1.60 per share on an annualized basis, is payable March 31, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 2, 2015. On last trading day Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE:MLM) moved down -0.60% to close at $141.63. Its volatility for the week is 1.90% while volatility for the month is 3.44%. MLM’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 8.30%. Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE:MLM) monthly performance is 26.94%.

Notable Stocks in Focus: Netlist Inc. (NASDAQ:NLST), CollabRx (NASDAQ:CLRX), Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA), Palatin Technologies Inc. (NYSEMKT:PTN), American Tower Corporation (NYSE:AMT)

On 19 February, Netlist Inc. (NASDAQ:NLST) announced it has priced an underwritten public offering of 7,692,308 shares of its common stock at a price to public of $1.30 per share. Additionally, the Company has granted the underwriter the option to purchase up to an additional 1,153,846 shares of its common stock to cover over-allotments, if any, at the price to public. On Friday shares of Netlist Inc. (NASDAQ:NLST) closed at $1.43. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -19.30% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 20.00%.

On 19 February, CollabRx, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX) announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 3,840,000 shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 3,840,000 shares of its common stock at an offering price of $1.25 per common share and $0.0001 per warrant. CollabRx, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX) in last trading activity fell -36.51% to close at $1.20. Company weekly performance is -33.33% while its quarterly performance stands at 57.89%. CollabRx, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX) is -66.67% away from its 52 week high.

On 18 February, Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) announced it successfully closed the transaction, previously announced, with JD.com, Inc, the leading online direct sales company in China and Tencent Holdings Limited. On last trading day Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) fell -0.43% to close at $65.01. Its volatility for the week is 4.40% while volatility for the month is 4.66%. BITA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 43.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 11.20%. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) monthly performance is 2.46%.

Zacks upgraded shares of Palatin Technologies Inc. (NYSEMKT: PTN) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a report released on Monday. Zacks currently has $0.80 price objective on the stock. Palatin Technologies Inc. (NYSEMKT:PTN) has 1.78% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 25.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $0.90.

American Tower Corporation (NYSE:AMT) announced that its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Taiclet, is scheduled to present at the 2015 Citi Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. ET. On last trading day American Tower Corporation (NYSE:AMT) increased 1.33% to close at $96.53. Its volatility for the week is 1.28% while volatility for the month is 1.85%. AMT’s sales growth for past 5 years was 16.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 18.90%. American Tower Corporation (NYSE:AMT) monthly performance is -0.23%.

Morning Alert: Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE:KMG), Standard Pacific Corp. (NYSE:SPF), International Business Machines NYSE:IBM)

Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE: BITA) ON 18 February 2015, announced it successfully closed the transaction, previously announced on January 9, 2015, with JD.com, Inc. (“JD.com”, Nasdaq: JD), the leading online direct sales company in China and Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent”, SEHK: 00700), a leading provider of comprehensive Internet services in China. On Friday shares of Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) closed at $65.01. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 43.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 45.00%.

It was reported on 19 February 2015, that Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) will pay $600 million to Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) to settle a long-running battle related to the 2006 takeover of Guidant Corp. for $27 billion. On Friday shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) closed at $100.26. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 3.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 5.82%.

TheStreet upgraded shares of KMG Chemicals (NYSE:KMG) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on 18 February 2015. On last trading day KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE:KMG) advanced 0.80% to close at $21.35. Its volatility for the week is 2.82% while volatility for the month is 2.66%. KMG’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -16.00%. KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE:KMG) monthly performance is 3.79%.

Standard Pacific Corp. (NYSE:SPF) on 12 February 2015, announced that its annual meeting of stockholders will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. local time at the Company’s corporate office at 15360 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, California 92618. Standard Pacific Corp. (NYSE:SPF) has 0.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 1.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $8.53.

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) recently announced that it will be providing businesses of all sizes with free data and prediction analytics with Watson Analytics. The cloud-based service will be in the public beta with the option to buy more data later on – allowing small business owners to try out the system before they invest. On Friday shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) closed at $163.65. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 4.51%.