Why These Are Hot: Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD), The Goldman Sachs Group, (NYSE:GS), Echo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ECTE), Global Eagle Entertainment (NASDAQ:ENT), Questar (NYSE:STR)

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) announced that it has entered into an agreement with privately held, Germany-based company, Phenex Pharmaceuticals. As per the terms of the agreement, Gilead will acquire Phenex’s farnesoid X receptor (FXR) program comprising small molecule FXR agonists for the treatment of liver diseases including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) in last trading activity moved up 1.87% to close at $99.48. Company weekly performance is 4.39% while its quarterly performance stands at -4.61%. Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) is -14.85% away from its 52 week high.

The research arm of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) recently published a report arguing that breaking up JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM would provide more value to its shareholders than the bank currently does. On last trading day The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) moved up 1.49% to close at $187.28. Its volatility for the week is 2.08% while volatility for the month is 1.72%. GS’s sales growth for past 5 years was 103.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 56.20%. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) monthly performance is -4.18%.

Echo Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ECTE) announced that Alan W. Schoenbart, CPA, a senior executive with more than thirty years of financial management experience, joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer effective December 29, 2014. Echo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTE) has 0.10% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 30.40%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $1.71.

Global Eagle Entertainment (NASDAQ:GEE) will provide In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and content services for the entire fleet of Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) aircraft. GEE will equip HKA’s fleet with an array of regional and international content including movies, TV programming and audio for their seat-back and wireless Audio/Video On-Demand (AVOD) systems. GEE will also provide a catalog of regional and international digital publications for the airline’s digital wireless e-reader. On Wednesday shares of Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ:ENT) closed at $13.76. Company’s EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 15.00%.

The VP, IT & Administration, of Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR), Maxfield Kelly B had unloaded 15,000 shares at $25.04 per share in a transaction on December 23, 2014. The total value of transaction was $375,600. The Insider information was revealed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in a Form 4 filing. On last trading day Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR) moved up 0.93% to close at $24.90. Its volatility for the week is 2.02% while volatility for the month is 2.67%. STR’s sales growth for past 5 years was 0.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was -1.30%. Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR) monthly performance is 0.16%.

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