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.

5 Active Stocks: Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS), Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), FXCM Inc. (NYSE:FXCM), Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE)

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) announced that on February 6, 2015, the Company amended and restated its existing $300 million revolving credit facility to extend the maturity date and modify certain covenants to provide greater financial flexibility to the Company. All eight of the Company’s existing lenders renewed their prior commitments under the facility, with the majority expressing an interest in increasing their allocation had the Company wanted to increase the size of the borrowing base above $300 million. On Thursday shares of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) closed at $18.93. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 4.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 20.00%.

Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), announced that Robert Peglar has been named as vice president of Advanced Storage Solutions. On Thursday shares of Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) closed at $31.94. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 27.80% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.00%.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has unveiled three new research platforms focused on “redefining healthcare”, looking at disease prevention and interception, plus the role of the microbiome. The new teams will collaborate with J&J unit Janssen’s five therapeutic areas as well as external partners “to underpin ongoing research and propel scientific knowledge in these areas of significant potential to change the way diseases are managed”. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) in last trading activity moved down -1.93% to close at $98.44. Company weekly performance is -3.92% while its quarterly performance stands at -9.03%. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is -9.68% away from its 52 week high.

FXCM, Inc. (NYSE:FXCM) announced certain key operating metrics for January 2015 for its retail and institutional foreign exchange business. Retail customer trading volume(1) of $450 billion in January 2015, 3% higher than December 2014 and 32% higher than January 2014. Average retail customer trading volume(1) per day of $21.4 billion in January 2015, 2% higher than December 2014 and 38% higher than January 2014. An average of 662,080 retail client trades per day in January 2015, 11% higher than December 2014 and 61% higher than January 2014. Tradeable accounts(2) of 223,079 as of January 31, 2015, a decrease of 7,500, or 3% from December 31, 2014, and an increase of 33,469 or 18%, from January, 2014. FXCM Inc. (NYSE:FXCM) has 0.40% insider ownership. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $2.22.

On February 6, Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) said that it is on the prowl for acquisitions that would generate more predictable earnings that aren’t subject to the volatility of the corn-based biofuel. Chief executive, Todd Becker, said that the company has hired a new executive in charge of finding complementary businesses to go with ethanol and corn oil production, grain elevator and feedlot operation, and the sale of corn-based cattle feed left over from ethanol production. On last trading day Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) increased 3.66% to close at $26.06. Its volatility for the week is 5.99% while volatility for the month is 6.21%. GPRE’s sales growth for past 5 years was 19.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 38.00%. Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) monthly performance is 17.18%.

Moving Stocks: Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (NYSE:PBR), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS), Arthur J Gallagher (NYSE:AJG), Cosan (NYSE:CZZ)

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced that 24 RediClinics are now open inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia markets. On Wednesday shares of Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) closed at $7.28. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 39.71%.

Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) and BP PLC have discovered a new oil prospect in the Campos Basin off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, the Brazilian partner said on Wednesday. Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) in last trading activity decreased -0.41% to close at $7.26. Company weekly performance is 10.67% while its quarterly performance stands at -35.52%. Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) is -65.33% away from its 52 week high.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) announced that it will release its fourth quarter 2014 financial results after the market closes on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. On last trading day Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) decreased -5.19% to close at $23.02. Its volatility for the week is 7.00% while volatility for the month is 6.43%. HOS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -16.40%. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) monthly performance is 1.37%.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG) has reported profits for its broking division of $263.8m (£173.9m) for 2014, up 29% from the $204.8m achieved in 2013. The results came as the group’s brokerage segment achieved revenues of $2.91bn (2013: $2.14bn), an increase of 36%. Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG) has 0.50% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 82.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $46.32.

Standpoint Research upgraded shares of Cosan Limited (NYSE:CZZ) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Wednesday morning, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. Standpoint Research currently has $12.00 price objective on the stock. On last trading day Cosan Ltd. (NYSE:CZZ) decreased -0.97% to close at $7.12. Its volatility for the week is 3.46% while volatility for the month is 4.10%. CZZ’s sales growth for past 5 years was 18.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 21.30%. Cosan Ltd. (NYSE:CZZ) monthly performance is -1.39%.

Stocks to Watch: Glori Energy (NASDAQ:GLRI), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS), Preferred Apartment Communities (NYSEMKT:APTS), Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX)

On January 16, Glori Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:GLRI) an energy technology and oil production company that utilizes its patented AEROTM System to unlock residual oil from mature conventional fields at a low cost, provided an update on its operations. The Coke field performed slightly above our expectations in the fourth quarter. Our total production for the quarter was 525 net barrels of oil equivalent per day (“BOE/D”), up from 502 net BOE/D in the third quarter of 2014. This increase is the result of investments we made in well maintenance projects that were completed during the third quarter. On Wednesday shares of Glori Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLRI) closed at $3.28.

Semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) released their fourth quarter and 2014 fiscal year earnings report on Jan. 20, which was tainted with many losses. AMD’s Q4 report posted revenue of $1.24 billion, a 13% sequential decrease and a 22% year-over-year decrease. The company had an operating loss of $330 million and a net loss of $364 million, compared to an operating income of $63 million and a net income of $17 million in the same quarter of last year. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) in last trading activity advanced 9.38% to close at $2.45. Company weekly performance is -7.89% while its quarterly performance stands at -8.24%. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is -48.96% away from its 52 week high.

Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) announced that it will release its fourth quarter 2014 financial results after the market closes on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. In conjunction with the release, the Company has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet, on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern (9:00 a.m. Central). On last trading day Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) advanced 5.38% to close at $22.31. Its volatility for the week is 6.82% while volatility for the month is 5.81%. HOS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -16.40%. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) monthly performance is -1.20%.

On January 15, Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSEMKT:APTS) has acquired two multifamily communities near Houston, totaling 520 units, for approximately $76 million, exclusive of acquisition- and financing-related transaction costs. The two communities are the Avenues at Northpointe in Tomball, Texas, with 280 units, and the Avenues at Cypress in Cypress, Texas, with 240 units. Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSEMKT:APTS) has 1.40% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 36.50%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $9.66.

The short interest in Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX) has declined from 1,504,921 on December 15,2014 to 1,403,166 on December 31,2014. The change was measured at 101,755 shares or 6.8%. The leftover shorts were 3.1% of the floated shares. The days to cover are 5, given the average daily volume of 274,411 shares. On last trading day Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE:ALEX) advanced 1.16% to close at $38.22. Its volatility for the week is 3.00% while volatility for the month is 2.64%. ALEX’s sales growth for past 5 years was -2.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 0.60%. Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE:ALEX) monthly performance is -0.52%.

Stocks Gaining Momentum: Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK), Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL), Safe Bulkers (NYSE:SB), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS)

Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) has been given an “AA-” credit rating by analysts at Morningstar. The investment research firm’s “AA-” rating indicates that the company is a very-low default risk. They also gave their stock a two star rating. On Friday shares of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) closed at $23.47. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 12.60% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 12.77%.

Nokia Lumia 635 is now available for Sprint Wireless in the United States. Sprint is the third major carrier in the country to offer the budget-friendly smartphone after AT&T and T-Mobile. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) in last trading activity moved up 1.75% to close at $7.56. Company weekly performance is 0.13% while its quarterly performance stands at -3.08%. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is -13.40% away from its 52 week high.

On 13 January Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) said that it signed a deal with renewable energy developer SunEdison to acquire enough solar-generated electricity to offset virtually every watt of electricity used in its Minnesota business operations. On last trading day Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) moved up 1.52% to close at $102.21. Its volatility for the week is 1.75% while volatility for the month is 1.61%. ECL’s sales growth for past 5 years was 16.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 11.90%. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) monthly performance is 0.65%.

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) declared that dividend will be paid on January 30, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of January 23, 2015 of the Series B Preferred Shares of the Series C Preferred Shares and of the Series D Preferred Shares, respectively. Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) in last trading activity moved up 5.93% to close at $3.75. Company weekly performance is -0.53% while its quarterly performance stands at -30.56%. Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) is -66.60% away from its 52 week high.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) announced that it will release its fourth quarter 2014 financial results after the market closes on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. On last trading day Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) moved up 5.76% to close at $21.84. Its volatility for the week is 6.74% while volatility for the month is 6.35%. HOS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -16.40%. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) monthly performance is 8.87%.

Stocks Buzz: Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS), Agree Realty Corp. (NYSE:ADC), Blount International Inc. (NYSE:BLT), Unitil Corp. (NYSE:UTL)

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) has bought back another $180 million of its own stock, adding to the money it has returned to shareholders. On Wednesday shares of Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) closed at $18.21. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -6.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 0.71%.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) announced that it will release its fourth quarter 2014 financial results after the market closes on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. In conjunction with the release, the Company has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet, on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern (9:00 a.m. Central). Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) in last trading activity moved up 6.62% to close at $21.75. Company weekly performance is 3.77% while its quarterly performance stands at -15.17%. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) is -54.16% away from its 52 week high.

Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC) announced on 7 January that Jerome R. Rossi, Senior Executive Vice President and Group President of The TJX Companies, has joined the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Rossi replaces Michael Rotchford who is resigning after over 20 years as a Director of the Company. On last trading day Agree Realty Corp. (NYSE:ADC) moved up 1.96% to close at $32.81. Its volatility for the week is 2.23% while volatility for the month is 1.87%. ADC’s sales growth for past 5 years was 5.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -3.70%. Agree Realty Corp. (NYSE:ADC) monthly performance is 7.61%.

Blount International (NYSE:BLT) VP Mark V. Allred sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, December 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.50, for a total value of $70,000.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 11,877 shares in the company, valued at approximately $207,848. Blount International Inc. (NYSE:BLT) has 0.10% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 91.80%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $16.16.

RBC Capital cut shares of Unitil (NYSE:UTL) from a sector perform rating to an underperform rating in a research report sent to investors on Friday morning, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm currently has $35.00 price target on the stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. On last trading day Unitil Corp. (NYSE:UTL) moved up 1.51% to close at $36.34. Its volatility for the week is 2.35% while volatility for the month is 2.02%. UTL’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -1.00%. Unitil Corp. (NYSE:UTL) monthly performance is 2.77%.

Hot Watch List: Vimicro International Corp. (NASDAQ:VIMC), Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACHN), Cape Bancorp (NASDAQ:CBNJ), Vince Holding (NYSE:VNCE), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS)

Vimicro International Corporation (NASDAQ:VIMC) a leading video surveillance technology and solution provider in China, announced that the Company will participate in the Guosen Securities 2015 Annual Investment Strategy Forum fromJanuary 13-14, 2015. On Friday shares of Vimicro International Corp. (NASDAQ:VIMC) closed at $8.51. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -2.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.00%.

Robert W. Baird downgraded shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACHN) from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note released on Friday morning.Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN) in last trading activity advanced 7.37% to close at $14.56. Company weekly performance is 9.23% while its quarterly performance stands at 43.03%. Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN) is -13.69% away from its 52 week high.

Skeels Althea, Director of Cape Bancorp Inc, (NASDAQ:CBNJ) executed a transaction worth $9,350 on December 12, 2014. A total of 1,000 shares were purchased at an average price of $9.35. On last trading day Cape Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBNJ) decreased -0.54% to close at $9.23. Its volatility for the week is 1.25% while volatility for the month is 1.74%. CBNJ’s sales growth for past 5 years was -6.70% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 16.30%. Cape Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBNJ) monthly performance is -1.49%.

Vince Holding Corp. (NYSE:VNCE), a leading contemporary fashion brand announced that it plans to report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results on Thursday, March 19, 2015 before the market opens. Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE) has 5.06% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 31.90%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $24.30.

Zacks lowered shares of Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS) from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a report released on Friday. Zacks currently has $23.70 price objective on the stock. On last trading day Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) decreased -2.21% to close at $20.76. Its volatility for the week is 6.66% while volatility for the month is 6.31%. HOS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 4.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -16.40%. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) monthly performance is -5.81%.

Mix Sector Stocks: Hertz Global (NYSE:HTZ), American Realty Capital Properties (NASDAQ:ARCP), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS), Orchids Paper Products (NYSEMKT:TIS), Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC)

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTZ), major shareholder Carl C. Icahn bought 2,633,163 shares of Hertz Global Holdings stock on the open market in a transaction dated Monday, December 15th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $21.36 per share, for a total transaction of $56,244,361.68. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ) in last trading activity fell -5.80% to close at $23.57. Company weekly performance is -4.26% while its quarterly performance stands at -1.63%. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ) is -25.43% away from its 52 week high.

American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (NASDAQ:ARCP) raised nearly $1.6 billion in a secondary offering of common stock based on material misrepresentations, a federal class action alleges. The City of Tampa General Employees Retirement Fund filed the complaint Monday against ARCP, which it describes as a Maryland-based real estate investment trust with offices in New York. On last trading day American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARCP) fell -1.62% to close at $9.12. Its volatility for the week is 3.05% while volatility for the month is 4.26%. American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARCP) monthly performance is -0.98%.

Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS) was downgraded by Zacks
from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report released on Friday. They currently have a $23.70 price objective on the stock. Zacks‘s price target would indicate a potential downside of 5.09% from the company’s current price. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) has 1.70% insider ownership. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $22.71.

Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSEMKT:TIS) Director Mark H. Ravich sold 3,000 shares of Orchids Paper Products Company stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.15, for a total transaction of $87,450.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 17,996 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $524,583. On Monday shares of Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSEMKT:TIS) closed at $28.51. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 5.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 17.00%.

Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) an independent commercial bank focusing on the diversified California market, reported that the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share payable on January 20, 2015 to holders of record on January 6, 2015. On last trading day Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) fell -1.12% to close at $26.41. Its volatility for the week is 3.20% while volatility for the month is 2.83%. PFBC’s sales growth for past 5 years was -4.10% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 20.60%. Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) monthly performance is 4.88%.

Top Stocks: MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), Alpha Natural Resources, (NYSE:ANR), Main Street Capital (NYSE:MAIN), The First of Long Island (NASDAQ:FLIC), HOS

On 10 December MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) said that PR News has named Jenn Michaels, Senior Vice President of Public Relations for MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), to its first-ever list of Top Women in PR. MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) in last trading activity moved up 1.64% to close at $21.11. Company weekly performance is 8.81% while its quarterly performance stands at -6.55%. MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) is -26.57% away from its 52 week high.

On 19 December Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) announced the settlement of three selenium discharge suits brought by four environmental organizations. On last trading day Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) remains unchanged to close at $1.60. Its volatility for the week is 7.07% while volatility for the month is 8.54%. ANR’s sales growth for past 5 years was 14.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -30.50%. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) monthly performance is -28.25%.

Main Street Capital (NASDAQ:MAIN) Director John Earl Jackson purchased 2,500 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 16th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $28.36 per share, with a total value of $70,900.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 11,003 shares in the company, valued at approximately $312,045. On last trading day Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE:MAIN) moved down -0.80% to close at $29.89. Its volatility for the week is 1.43% while volatility for the month is 2.04%. MAIN’s sales growth for past 5 years was 46.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.20%. Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE:MAIN) monthly performance is -7.60%.

The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) announced the declaration of a fourth quarter cash dividend in the amount of $.19 per share. This represents a 9.6% increase over the split-adjusted dividend declared in the same quarter last year. The dividend will be paid on January 16, 2015 to shareholders of record on January 7, 2015. The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) has 2.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 39.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $28.70.

Shares of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc (NYSE:HOS) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the sixteen brokerages that are presently covering the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $45.99. On Friday shares of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) closed at $24.98. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 4.90% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 20.00%.

Trader’s Buzz: Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE), Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ:PRMW), Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)

A Merck & Co Inc (NYSE:MRK) subsidiary, has transferred its consumer care business to Bayer Pharmaceuticals Private Ltd. Bayer AG has globally acquired the consumer care business from Merck & Co. As part of the global transaction, the consumer care products like Alaspan, Polaramine, Tinaderm marketed by Fulford (India) have been transferred to Bayer Pharmaceuticals Private Ltd, Fulford India said in a filing to the BSE. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) in last trading activity advanced 0.56% to close at $57.78. Company weekly performance is -2.03% while its quarterly performance stands at -1.97%. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) is -6.41% away from its 52 week high.

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) recently announced that it has secured a $75 million investment from JPM Capital Corporation for its $175 million solar energy development fund. Post the announcement, shares of SunEdison closed 1.40% higher in yesterday’s trading session. On last trading day SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) advanced 2.51% to close at $19.99. Its volatility for the week is 2.93% while volatility for the month is 4.46%. SUNE’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -28.10%. SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) monthly performance is -11.82%.

Barrington Research initiated coverage on shares of Primo Water (NASDAQ:PRMW) in a research report released on Monday, 15 December 2014 morning. The firm issued an outperform rating and a $6.50 price objective on the stock. On last trading day Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ:PRMW) moved down -0.23% to close at $4.42. Its volatility for the week is 2.17% while volatility for the month is 2.52%. PRMW’s sales growth for past 5 years was 21.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 26.80%. Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ:PRMW) monthly performance is 3.27%.

Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are presently covering the company. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) has 1.70% insider ownership. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $24.98.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is gearing up to land China with a bang in 2015 and expectations are high that social media behemoth will set new trends in the problematic markets of China. In an article on CNBC, it was reported that a tech reporter, Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of The Information has claimed that something big is coming from Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) in China in the year 2015. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) in last trading activity moved up 0.01% to close at $80.78. Company weekly performance is 3.03% while its quarterly performance stands at 2.52%. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is -1.70% away from its 52 week high.