Why Investors Are Watching: The Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW), Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG), Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE:GIL), DineEquity (NYSE:DIN), Protective Life (NYSE:PL)

Shares of The Charles Schwab Corporation (NASDAQ:SCHW) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven analysts that are covering the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $29.17. On Friday shares of The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) closed at $28.45. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 0.40% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 22.06%.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular dividend of two cents($0.02) per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be paid February 13, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business January 30, 2015. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) in last trading activity increased 4.12% to close at $30.05. Company weekly performance is -0.17% while its quarterly performance stands at 0.77%. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) is -27.95% away from its 52 week high.

Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE:GIL) announced a cash dividend. Payment of $0.13 per share is scheduled to be paid on January 12, 2015. Shareholders who purchased GIL stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 20.37% increase over the prior quarter. At the current stock price of $56.42, the dividend yield is .92%. On last trading day Gildan Activewear Inc. (NYSE:GIL) moved down -1.58% to close at $55.52. Its volatility for the week is 2.47% while volatility for the month is 2.21%. 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 3.24%.

DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:DIN) CEO Julia A. Stewart sold 92,791 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.71, for a total value of $9,530,563.61. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 43,901 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,509,072. DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:DIN) has 0.60% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 77.30%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $105.96.

On 9 January Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian was promoted to president of product development at the software maker. On last trading day Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) moved down -0.05% to close at $43.39. Its volatility for the week is 1.74% while volatility for the month is 1.92%. ORCL’s sales growth for past 5 years was 10.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 16.90%. Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) monthly performance is 3.90%.

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