Top News: Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB), Ventas (NYSE:VTR), Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD), Sophiris Bio (NASDAQ:SPHS), ICF International Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI)

On 13 January 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 Friday shares of Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) closed at $18.30. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -6.70% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 0.71%.

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) and American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCT) (“HCT”) announced that Ventas has completed its previously announced acquisition of HCT. Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) in last trading activity advanced 0.37% to close at $78.00. Company weekly performance is 2.55% while its quarterly performance stands at 19.19%. Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) is -0.15% away from its 52 week high.

US pharma company Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) will soon file an appeal against the patent office decision rejecting key patents on life-saving hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). On last trading day Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) advanced 3.40% to close at $100.71. Its volatility for the week is 4.26% while volatility for the month is 3.71%. GILD’s sales growth for past 5 years was 16.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 11.90%. Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) monthly performance is 0.25%.

Sophiris Bio (NASDAQ:SPHS) major shareholder Boxer Capital, Llc sold 881,479 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $0.61, for a total transaction of $537,702.19. Sophiris Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPHS) has 0.10% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 58.40%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $0.49.

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, on 8 January has released its ICForecast Energy Outlook for the first quarter of 2015. This study highlights the near-, mid- and long-term future impacts of proposed U.S. federal environment regulations, including up-to-date analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules and regulation activities; gas, coal and power market prices and coal production; and renewable energy development. On last trading day ICF International Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI) advanced 0.49% to close at $39.00. Its volatility for the week is 2.05% while volatility for the month is 2.31%. ICFI’s sales growth for past 5 years was 6.40% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 0.70%. ICF International Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI) monthly performance is -2.45%.

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