Morning Buzz: Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACHN), Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV)

On Thursday shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN) closed at $10.19. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 17.58%. Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN) carries Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

On last trading day Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) moved up 0.08% to close at $12.56. Its volatility for the week is 1.19% while volatility for the month is 1.34%. ERIC’s sales growth for past 5 years was 2.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 25.80%. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) monthly performance is -2.03%. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) believes some of the LTE technology Apple uses in Phones and other devices infringes on its own patents. Apple sued Ericsson in January, saying that the communications technology used in its products doesn’t depend on the Ericsson patents. Ericsson counter-sued just two days later. Now Ericsson has stomped its feet loudly enough to convince the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that it should investigate Apple’s use of its technology.

Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU) has its institutional ownership stands at 4.60%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $3.82. Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU) said it has appointed Ichwan F. Agus (pic) as the new country senior officer for Indonesia, with the appointment effective on April 1, 2015.

On last trading day Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) moved up 0.15% to close at $34.38. Its volatility for the week is 1.49% while volatility for the month is 1.52%. PFE’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 3.10%. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) monthly performance is -0.75%. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) has stopped selling its Prevnar 7 pneumonia vaccine in China after its import license expired, but the U.S. drugmaker still intends to launch the world’s most widely used vaccine, Prevnar 13, in that market.

On last trading day Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) fell -0.04% to close at $23.54. Its volatility for the week is 1.73% while volatility for the month is 2.14%. CSV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.70%. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) monthly performance is -0.55%. Recently released 13F public filings data show 89 institutional investors own Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV). The institutional ownership of the company’s stock in the last quarter is high, at 54.36% of the shares outstanding. Its up 2.71% from Q3 2014. These stock owners increased the total shares they own by 321,593 to 12.20 million this quarter.

Today’s Stocks: Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX), The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), ARC Group Worldwide (NASDAQ:ARCW), Movado Group (NYSE:MOV), Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV)

On Tuesday shares of Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) closed at $17.75. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -2.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 9.87%. Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by equities research analysts at Argus in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) in last trading activity increased 2.01% to close at $20.81. Company weekly performance is 5.53% while its quarterly performance stands at 16.26%. The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is 1.81% away from its 52 week high. The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) announced a multi-faceted response program that will provide support for disaster relief efforts that target the families and communities most affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. The program includes grant funding from The Western Union Foundation and a consumer no-fee* activation initiative, as well as Western Union® employee and retail Agent giving elements.

On last trading day ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARCW) decreased -1.66% to close at $5.34. Its volatility for the week is 6.67% while volatility for the month is 5.04%. ARCW’s sales growth for past 5 years was 62.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 22.00%. ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARCW) monthly performance is -13.87%. ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARCW) announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 3,000,000 shares of its common stock. In addition, ARC intends to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares of common stock.

Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE:MOV) has 4.86% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 89.10%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $28.52. Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE:MOV) announced fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 results for the periods ended January 31, 2015. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $8.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in connection with its reallocation strategy of reducing the presence of ESQ Movado while expanding the Movado brand offering in certain retail doors.

On last trading day Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) decreased -0.95% to close at $23.87. Its volatility for the week is 1.86% while volatility for the month is 2.22%. CSV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.70%. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) monthly performance is 1.83%.CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced it has entered into new clinical affiliations with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona and their accountable care organization, Arizona Connected Care. These affiliations will help enhance access to high-quality, affordable health care services for patients. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating providers through the integration of secured electronic health record (EHR) systems, which will help enhance clinical care for patients served by these affiliates.

Must Watch These 5 Stocks: Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN), RMG Networks (NASDAQ:RMGN), Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV), King Digital Entertainment (NYSE:KING), C&J Energy Services (NYSE:CJES)

Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Notifies Shareholders of Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) of Commencement of CLASS ACTION Investigation in Connection With the Fairness of the SALE OF THE COMPANY TO HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY. A class action has been filed in Delaware state court challenging the fairness of the sale of Aruba Networks to Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) for $24.67 in cash per share. On Wednesday shares of Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) closed at $24.44. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 29.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 18.08%.

RMG Networks Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:RMGN) announced Steve Chang as its new Senior Vice President of Strategy and Solutions. Chang brings more than 30 years of relevant industry experience to RMG Networks. Previously, Chang held senior management roles with leading financial service and management consulting companies including Prophet, McKinsey & Company, CSC Index and Accenture. RMG Networks Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:RMGN) in last trading activity fell -4.52% to close at $1.48. Company weekly performance is 34.55% while its quarterly performance stands at 9.63%. RMG Networks Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:RMGN) is -78.86% away from its 52 week high.

Zacks upgraded shares of Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a report released on Monday. Zacks currently has $24.60 price objective on the stock. On last trading day Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) increased 0.46% to close at $24.06. Its volatility for the week is 2.27% while volatility for the month is 2.04%. CSV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 3.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 49.00%. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) monthly performance is 10.16%.

Scott+Scott, Attorneys at Law, LLP, announces the commencement of an investigation into King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE:KING) related to potential violations of federal securities laws. If you are a King Digital shareholder, you are encouraged to contact Scott+Scott for additional information. King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE:KING) has institutional ownership stands at 22.00%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $14.71.

Announced March 06, a portion of a $1.06 billion loan deal to C&J Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:CJES) is being offered to investors for as little as 88 cents on the dollar, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. The Houston-based provider of hydraulic-fracturing services is selling the debt for its purchase of a unit of Nabors Industries Ltd., after pulling a smaller loan deal in December as the oil-price plunge roiled markets. On last trading day C&J Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:CJES) increased 5.04% to close at $12.50. Its volatility for the week is 4.76% while volatility for the month is 6.42%. CJES’s sales growth for past 5 years was 88.80% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 92.50%. C&J Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:CJES) monthly performance is 0.16%.

What’s Hot: Loxo Oncology (NASDAQ:LOXO), Altisource Asset Management Corporation (NYSEMKT:AAMC), Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:WAVX), Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV), HMS Holdings (NASDAQ:HMSY)

Loxo Oncology (Nasdaq: LOXO) provided updated 2015 program guidance and unveiled molecular targets for three of its active preclinical programs. The three targets disclosed are Rearranged during Transfection (RET), Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor (FGFR), and FMS-Like Tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3). In addition to these three programs, Loxo possesses well-vetted candidates for two other programs, not yet disclosed by target name, that are ready for IND-enabling work. On Monday shares of Loxo Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOXO) closed at $13.60.

Altisource Asset Management (NYSE: AAMC) announced the appointment of George G. Ellison as Chief Executive Officer of AAMC. Mr. Ellison succeeds AAMC’s current CEO, Ashish Pandey, who has served in that role since the Company’s spin-off in December 2012 and has been AAMC’s Chairman since January 16, 2015. Altisource Asset Management Corporation (NYSEMKT:AAMC) in last trading activity moved up 9.01% to close at $193.00. Company weekly performance is -10.23% while its quarterly performance stands at -65.19%. Altisource Asset Management Corporation (NYSEMKT:AAMC) is -83.53% away from its 52 week high.

On 26 February 2015, Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: WAVX) announced the appointment of Will Stefan Roth as Vice President, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) Sales. On last trading day Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:WAVX) fell -3.57% to close at $0.81. Its volatility for the week is 9.45% while volatility for the month is 8.29%. WAVX’s sales growth for past 5 years was 22.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.00%. Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:WAVX) monthly performance is 24.62%.

Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE: CSV) on 25 February 2015, announced record results for the year ending December 31, 2014. Mel Payne, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our 2014 full year performance was an earning power milestone record with Adjusted Net Income of $24.8 million equal to Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.34 and Adjusted Net Income Margin of 11.0% on record revenues of $226.1 million, made possible by an extraordinarily strong fourth quarter finish of Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.38 on record revenues of $59.4 million. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) has 9.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 65.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $23.44.

HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) on 27 February 2015, announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $2.4 million or ($0.03) per diluted share, compared to net income of $7.0 million or $0.08 per diluted share in the third quarter and $11.1 million or $0.13 per diluted share in the prior year fourth quarter. On last trading day HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) fell -1.71% to close at $17.24. Its volatility for the week is 4.73% while volatility for the month is 3.50%. HMSY’s sales growth for past 5 years was 21.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 10.80%. HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) monthly performance is -15.03%.

Watch 5 Stocks: LiveDeal (NASDAQ:LIVE), the Rubicon Project (NYSE:RUBI), Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV), INSYS Therapeutics (NASDAQ:INSY), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

LiveDeal Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVE) announced that the company is working with search engines to provide real-time deal content. The company has been in discussions with several leading search engines to provide them with access to restaurant deals using the company’s recently completed application-programming interface (API). On Thursday shares of LiveDeal, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVE) closed at $3.45. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -11.40%.

the Rubicon Project, Inc. (NYSE:RUBI) will announce its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014 after the market close on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. the Rubicon Project, Inc. (NYSE:RUBI) in last trading activity advanced 8.62% to close at $16.00. Company weekly performance is 3.76% while its quarterly performance stands at 26.98%. the Rubicon Project, Inc. (NYSE:RUBI) is -31.03% away from its 52 week high.

Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV) announced that its Board of Directors on January 27, 2015 declared the quarterly dividend of 2.5 cents per share payable on March 2, 2015 to common share record holders as of February 13, 2015. On last trading day Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) advanced 0.87% to close at $22.07. Its volatility for the week is 2.57% while volatility for the month is 3.15%. CSV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 3.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 49.00%. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) monthly performance is 8.72%.

Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:INSY) had its price objective raised by Jefferies Group from $51.00 to $63.00 in a research report released on Monday morning. Jefferies Group currently has a buy rating on the stock. INSYS Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSY) has 0.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 41.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $52.16.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) expanded its line of workload-focused configurations delivered in a standardized solution for HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to simplify and boost users’ shift to the cloud. The portfolio now boasts of seven pre-priced and pre-configured Infrastructure as a Service offerings built to enhance the utilization and cost of IT resources. Based on extensive expertise in working on a wide range of cloud deployments, the solutions from HP Enterprise Services are designed to meet diverse enterprise workload requirements. On Thursday shares of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) closed at $38.37. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.50% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 4.89%.

Stocks Gaining Momentum: Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA), Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP), AeroCentury Corp. (NYSEMKT:ACY), Vascular Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC), Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV)

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) announced that it will present at the Leerink Global Healthcare Conference being held in New York City. Harvey J. Berger, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer, will provide an overview of the Company’s business on Thursday, February 12, at 3:30 p.m. (ET). On Tuesday shares of Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) closed at $6.80. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 45.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 41.40%.

In the fourth quarter, Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP) posted adjusted earnings of 55 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 67 cents by 17.9%. The results declined 21.4% from the prior-year earnings of 70 cents per share. Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP) in last trading activity decreased -4.10% to close at $73.21. Company weekly performance is -5.95% while its quarterly performance stands at -4.67%. Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP) is -7.24% away from its 52 week high.

AeroCentury Corp. (NYSE MKT: ACY), announced the addition of David P. Wilson to its Board of Directors. On last trading day AeroCentury Corp. (NYSEMKT:ACY) decreased -0.49% to close at $8.16. Its volatility for the week is 3.27% while volatility for the month is 2.65%. ACY’s sales growth for past 5 years was -2.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -0.50%. AeroCentury Corp. (NYSEMKT:ACY) monthly performance is 0.99%.

On 3 February, Vascular Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC) reported Fourth quarter net income was $4.2 million, an increase of 18% from $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Vascular Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC) has 5.50% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 62.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $27.01.

Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE: CSV) announced that its Board of Directors on January 27, 2015 declared the quarterly dividend of 2.5 cents per share payable on March 2, 2015 to common share record holders as of February 13, 2015. On last trading day Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) decreased -0.41% to close at $21.75. Its volatility for the week is 2.50% while volatility for the month is 3.23%. CSV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 3.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 49.00%. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) monthly performance is 6.41%.

Mix Sector Stocks: Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW), National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV), Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE:GIL), Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV), SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS)

Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) on Tuesday appointed Daniel P. Huttenlocher, vice provost and dean at Cornell University, to Corning’s board of directors. Huttenlocher will serve on the board’s finance and audit committees. He will hold office until Corning’s annual meeting of shareholders in April, at which time he will stand for election to a one-year term. His appointment brings the number of Corning directors to 14. On Wednesday shares of Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) closed at $24.27. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 5.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 10.85%.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) reported its 2014 fourth quarter earnings information, highlighted by a net income of $595 million, a 17.5 percent decrease from $699 million a year ago. Excluding $163 million in pre-tax other items, including asset impairment costs and a loss associated with a divestiture, net income was $721 million. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) in last trading activity moved down -3.24% to close at $52.33. Company weekly performance is -2.24% while its quarterly performance stands at -25.49%. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) is -38.77% away from its 52 week high.

Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE:GIL) announced that it has signed a celebrity endorsement partnership with Blake Shelton, “Five-time and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year” and coach of NBC’s reality competition series, The Voice. Mr. Shelton will support and promote Gildan® branded products through different consumer initiatives. On last trading day Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE:GIL) moved down -1.40% to close at $58.32. Its volatility for the week is 2.56% while volatility for the month is 2.33%. GIL’s sales growth for past 5 years was 17.80% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 29.90%. Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE:GIL) monthly performance is 7.07%.

Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV) announced that its Board of Directors on January 27, 2015 declared the quarterly dividend of 2.5 cents per share payable on March 2, 2015 to common share record holders as of February 13, 2015. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) has 9.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 64.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $22.33.

SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS) insider Mark Ewing Tuttle sold 12,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Monday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $1.35, for a total value of $16,200.00. On last trading day SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS) moved down -6.98% to close at $1.20. Its volatility for the week is 5.87% while volatility for the month is 9.66%. LEDS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -44.10%. SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS) monthly performance is 3.45%.

Investors Are Eying: Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE:WWW), Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV), The Clorox (NYSE:CLX)

Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) said that it will hold its quarterly earnings conference call on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT). Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) in last trading activity moved down -0.05% to close at $108.03. Company weekly performance is -4.67% while its quarterly performance stands at -7.67%. Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) is -18.61% away from its 52 week high.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) Director Susan E. Engel sold 1,964 shares of Wells Fargo & Co. stock on the open market in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.27, for a total transaction of $106,586.28. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 9,843 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $534,180. On last trading day Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) moved down -2.09% to close at $52.09. Its volatility for the week is 1.90% while volatility for the month is 1.54%. WFC’s sales growth for past 5 years was 6.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 40.90%. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) monthly performance is -4.42%.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE:WWW) announced a quarterly dividend. Investors of record on Friday, January 2nd will be paid a dividend of 0.06 per share on Monday, February 2nd. This represents a $0.24 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.83%. On last trading day Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE:WWW) moved down -2.40% to close at $28.06. Its volatility for the week is 2.62% while volatility for the month is 2.41%. WWW’s sales growth for past 5 years was 17.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 0.80%. Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE:WWW) monthly performance is -6.68%.

Carriage Services Inc (NYSE:CSV) CAO Viki K. Blinderman sold 2,204 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.93, for a total value of $46,129.72. Following the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 1,667 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $34,890. On Tuesday shares of Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) closed at $20.16. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 3.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 19.00%.

The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) announced that it will host a live audio webcast of a discussion with the investment community about the company’s second-quarter fiscal year 2015 results on Wednesday, Feb. 4. On last trading day The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) advanced 0.42% to close at $104.33. Its volatility for the week is 1.40% while volatility for the month is 1.37%. CLX’s sales growth for past 5 years was 1.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 5.10%. The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) monthly performance is 4.74%.

Hot Stock List: The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE:INN), Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV), Bitauto (NYSE:BITA)

On 21 November The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) announced they would expand their strategic relationship to include television content development, movie co-production, content distribution, and co-operation on marketing. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) in last trading activity moved up 1.18% to close at $91.65. Company weekly performance is 1.52% while its quarterly performance stands at 1.42%. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is -0.38% away from its 52 week high.

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) announced a quarterly dividend. Investors of record on Monday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.45 per share on Thursday, January 8th. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.04%. On last trading day Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) moved up 0.15% to close at $59.34. Its volatility for the week is 1.08% while volatility for the month is 1.57%. MRK’s sales growth for past 5 years was 13.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -16.50%. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) monthly performance is 5.12%.

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INN) announced a cash dividend. Payment of $0.1175 per share is scheduled to be paid on November 28, 2014. Shareholders who purchased INN stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 4.44% increase over the same period a year ago. At the current stock price of $11.74, the dividend yield is 4%. On last trading day Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INN) fell -0.35% to close at $11.48. Its volatility for the week is 1.37% while volatility for the month is 1.55%. INN’s sales growth for past 5 years was 17.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -15.60%.

Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) declared a quarterly dividend. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 13th will be given a dividend of 0.025 per share on Monday, December 1st. This represents a $0.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 10th. Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) has 9.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 64.40%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $19.60.

On 14 November Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) reported third quarter non-GAAP profit per ADS attributable to shareholders of RMB3.13. Revenues climbed 60.7% to RMB607.95 million from RMB378.21 million a year ago. On last trading day Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) fell -0.42% to close at $87.14. Its volatility for the week is 5.03% while volatility for the month is 5.56%. BITA’s sales growth for past 5 years was 43.20% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 11.30%. Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) monthly performance is 11.93%.

Big Movers: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LXRX), GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK), IF Bancorp (NASDAQ:IROQ), Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV), VirnetX Holding Corp (NYSEMKT:VHC)

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX) on Nov. 19 announced that it commenced an offering to sell, subject to market and other conditions, $75,000,000 aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2021 (the “Convertible Notes”) in a private offering within the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Lexicon also expects to grant to the initial purchaser an option to purchase up to an additional $11,250,000 aggregate principal amount of the Convertible Notes on the same terms and conditions, solely to cover over-allotments. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX) in last trading activity moved up 4.21% to close at $0.99. Company weekly performance is -21.43% while its quarterly performance stands at -35.29%. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX) is -59.59% away from its 52 week high.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc (NYSE:GSK) has announced it will ask shareholders to vote at a meeting on 18 December on the proposed deal with Novartis, which could see the two pharmaceutical giants trade more than $20 billion (£12.76 billion) in assets. On last trading day GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK) decreased -0.28% to close at $46.27. Its volatility for the week is 0.77% while volatility for the month is 0.79%. GSK’s sales growth for past 5 years was 1.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 4.70%. GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK) monthly performance is 2.44%.

IF Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:IROQ) on 10 November reported Net income increased $29,000 to $771,000 net income for the three months ended September 30, 2014 from $742,000 net income for the three months ended September 30, 2013. The increase was primarily due to an increase in interest income, a decrease in noninterest expense, and a decrease in the provision for loan losses, partially offset by an increase in interest expense and a decrease in noninterest income. On last trading day IF Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:IROQ) remains unchanged to close at $16.85. Its volatility for the week is 0.30% while volatility for the month is 0.30%. IROQ’s sales growth for past 5 years was 1.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 10.90%. IF Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:IROQ) monthly performance is -0.41%.

Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, October 27th, Stock Ratings News reports. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 13th will be given a dividend of 0.025 per share on Monday, December 1st. This represents a $0.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.52%.Carriage Services Inc. (NYSE:CSV) has 9.70% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 64.40%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $19.52.

VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEMKT:VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, announced on 20 November that it has submitted updates to its licensing declarations to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) regarding specifications of the 3GPP LTE, SAE project. The updated declarations include an additional developing specification, 3GPP TS 26.237, “IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based Packet Switch Streaming (PSS) and Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS) User Service; Protocols,” Release 12 or Prior Release, to which VirnetX’s patents and patent applications are or may become essential. The updated declarations also identify current Releases (12 or 13) of previously-identified specifications. On Monday shares of VirnetX Holding Corp (NYSEMKT:VHC) closed at $5.57. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 85.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.00%.