Traders Are Gambling on: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Lumenis (NASDAQ:LMNS), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP), Eagle Rock Energy Partners (NASDAQ:EROC)


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday reported a fall in its quarterly profit that was in line with Wall Street forecasts, as sluggish personal computer sales dampened demand for Windows software and the company struggled with the impact of the strong US dollar. Microsoft reported profit of $5,86 billion or 71 cents per share for the latest quarter, compared with $6,56 billion, or 78 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. On Monday shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) closed at $47.01. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 8.20% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 6.55%.

A rise of 1,658 shares or 6.4% was seen in the short interest of Lumenis Ltd (NASDAQ:LMNS). Even as the interest increased from 26,059 shares on December 15,2014 to 27,717 shares on December 31,2014, the days to cover came in at 1. The updated interest stood at 0.2% of the stocks floats. The counter has an average daily volume of 42,221 shares. Lumenis Ltd. (NASDAQ:LMNS) in last trading activity increased 9.89% to close at $10.56. Company weekly performance is 10.46% while its quarterly performance stands at 20.00%. Lumenis Ltd. (NASDAQ:LMNS) is -21.08% away from its 52 week high.

On January 23, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) declared that they are partnering to invigorate chemistry education and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the nation’s schools. On Monday shares of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) closed at $44.56. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -0.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 12.42%.

BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP) struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary.“They were very prepared,” said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative. BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP) in last trading activity increased 2.62% to close at $39.92. Company weekly performance is 5.44% while its quarterly performance stands at -3.95%. BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP) is -23.34% away from its 52 week high.

Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (Nasdaq:EROC) declared that the Board of Directors approved a cash distribution for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 of $0.07 per common unit (including eligible restricted common units), equivalent to $0.28 per unit on an annualized basis. On last trading day Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EROC) increased 6.91% to close at $2.32. Its volatility for the week is 7.08% while volatility for the month is 10.40%. EROC’s sales growth for past 5 years was -3.60% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -38.60%. Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EROC) monthly performance is 7.91%.


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