March 18 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Monday:
U.S. stocks fell on Monday as a divisive bailout plan for Cyprus knocked bank stocks lower on the view that the plan’s tax on bank deposits could spread and threaten stability in the euro zone.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.76 points, or 0.37 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 10.44 points, or 0.67 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 21.43 points, or 0.66 percent.
** CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC, $95.87, up 6.5 pct (1306 ET)
** LIBERTY MEDIA CORP, $109.15, down 1.1 pct (1309 ET)
Liberty Media, controlled by cable pioneer and billionaire John Malone, is nearing a deal to buy 25 percent of the cable company for about $2.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, quoting sources.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, $12.38, down 1.5 pct (0941 ET)
** CITIGROUP INC, $46.14, down 2.2 pct (0941 ET)
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, $49.14, down 1.8 pct (0941 ET)
** MORGAN STANLEY, 22.92, down 3 pct (0942 ET)
** WELLS FARGO & CO, $37.80, down 1 pct (0942 ET)
** ING GROEP NV, $7.93, down 5 pct (0954 ET)
U.S. bank stocks fell on Monday after an unusual bank bailout proposal for Cyprus threatened to trigger fresh turmoil in the euro zone. News that Cyprus would have to tax depositors as part of the bailout plan sparked fears of a run on some banks in the region, driving down the euro and other riskier assets such as Asian shares and base metals.
** J.C. PENNEY CO INC, $16.94, up 9 percent (1213 ET)
A research note from Oppenheimer & Co flagged promising early customer response to the department store chain’s weekend launch of Joe Fresh shops within its stores. Penney is transforming 700 of its stores into collections of branded boutiques, including Joe Fresh, a popular Canadian apparel brand and retailer owned by Loblaw Cos Ltd.
** YAMANA GOLD INC, $14.79, up 1.8 pct (1026 ET)
** SILVERCORP METALS INC, $3.82, up 4.4 pct (1013 ET)
** KINROSS GOLD CORP, $8.00, up 1 pct (1011 ET)
** IAMGOLD CORP, $7.07, up 2 pct (1011 ET)
Gold rose above $1,600 for the first time in more than two weeks on Monday as a radical bailout package for Cyprus threatened to trigger fresh turmoil in the euro zone, driving investors to seek safety in gold.
Spot gold rose to a fresh high since Feb 27 at $1,609.41 per ounce and was last seen at $1,608.46 at 1334 GMT, up 1 percent. Spot silver rose to $28.99 per ounce.
** INCYTE CORP, $22.60, down 9 pct (1037 ET)
The company said it was informed of a case of PML, a rare neurological disorder, in a 75 year old male patient from the United Kingdom who was treated with its drug ruxolitinib.
Incyte said it has not been determined whether the development of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) was related to the use of ruxolitinib. Incyte sells the drug as Jakafi in the United States and Novartis markets it as Jakavi outside the United States.
** PERNIX THERAPEUTICS HOLDINGS INC $5.60, down 10 pct (1209 ET)
The pharmaceutical company reported quarterly results that missed Wall Street estimates as total costs went up about 28 percent.
** COFFEE HOLDING CO INC, $7.05, down 9 pct (0939 ET)
The wholesale coffee dealer reported a 45 percent fall in first-quarter sales, hurt by lower coffee prices and reduced volumes of wholesale green coffee sales.
** ADVENT SOFTWARE INC, $26.51, down 8 pct (0956 ET)
The acccounting software maker said it decided to continue as an independent company after a strategic review.
** EDAC TECHNOLOGIES CORP, $17.68, up 8 pct (1129 ET)
The maker of precision components for aerospace and industrial applications said it would sell itself to GB Aero Engine LLC for $104.1 million. The $17.75 per share offer represents a premium of 8 percent to EDAC’s Friday close of $16.44.
** DEX ONE CORP, $1.96, down 7 pct (0935 ET)
** SUPERMEDIA INC, $4.04, down 8 pct (0935 ET)
The directories publishers have filed for bankruptcy after failing to win the full support of senior secured lenders for a change to a credit agreement that was needed to complete their planned merger.
** SALEM COMMUNICATIONS CORP, $6.98, up 4 pct (1056 ET)
The radio broadcaster raised its quarterly cash distribution to 5 cents per share from 3.5 cents per share.
** VALUECLICK INC, $29.75, up 7 pct (1020 ET)
Jefferies & Co raised its rating on the online marketing services provider’s stock to ”buy“ from hold”, citing the company’s shift towards a more customer-centric model that would help it gain market share in the online advertising market. It also raised the price target on the stock to $35 from $23.
BMO Capital Markets also raised its target on the stock by $4 to $28. “ValueClick’s new strategy is focused on becoming a more full-service marketing services partner, rather than a vendor to fill out an online media plan,” BMO analyst Daniel Salmon said in a note.
** PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES INC, $13.29, up 6 pct (0940 ET)
** CYNOSURE INC, $28.59, up 05 pct (0940 ET)
Cynosure Inc said it would buy Palomar Medical Technologies Inc, which makes lasers for cosmetic procedures, for about $294 million in cash and stock. Palomar shareholders will get the equivalent of $13.65 per share, a premium of 8 percent to the stock’s closing price on Friday.
** ENTROPIC COMMUNICATIONS INC, $4.39, down 6 pct (0939 ET)
The company which designs chipsets for video and broadband multimedia applications, cut its outlook for the first quarter. Entropic said revenue would be hurt by a change in deployment plans for some set top boxes by a U.S. pay-TV service provider.
** GLU MOBILE INC, $3.53, up 6 pct (0938 ET)
Northland Capital Markets raised its rating on the mobile games maker’s stock to “outperform” from “market perform”, saying the company has substantially improved its hit rate for new games.
** S&W SEED COMPANY, $11.19, up 5 percent (1007 ET)
The company, which sells seed to agribusiness firms and farmers worldwide, said on Sunday it would acquire Seed Genetics International Pty Ltd for about $16 million to extend its reach in Argentina.
** INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC, $477.91, up 4 pct (1128 ET)
Canaccord Genuity upgraded the company’s stock to “buy” from “hold,” saying Intuitive has done a masterful job of convincing hospitals to adopt its surgical robots system, da Vinci.
** HELMERICH & PAYNE INC, $63.50, down 4 pct (1020 ET)
The contract driller said in a presentation on its website that rates for its U.S. land rigs were under downward pressure, though they remained strong. The company also said competitors were aggressively pricing rigs to recapture market share in the United States.
** MAGNACHIP SEMICONDUCTOR CORP, $16.21, down 4 pct (1022 ET)
Vice President John McFarland sold 7,000 shares in the company for $119,000, he said in a filing. The transaction implies a value of $17 per share.
** HEWLETT-PACKARD, $22.76, up 2.6 pct (1030 ET)
Morgan Stanley raised its rating on the stock to “overweight”, saying the company is expected to benefit from $2.2 billion in cost savings by October 2014, paving the way for better free cash flow and profit.
** GALENA BIOPHARMA, $1.98, up 3 pct (1014 ET)
The company entered into an agreement with Sweden-based Orexo AB to acquire pain drug Abstral tablets for an upfront payment of $10 million, and expects to launch it in the United States in the fourth quarter of this year. The drug aims to treat bouts of cancer pain in opioid tolerant patients.
** CARNIVAL CORP, $34.01, down 3 pct (0938 ET)
The cruise operator, grappling with a series of recent headline-grabbing mishaps involving its ships, said on Friday it returned to profitability in the latest quarter but cut its revenue and profit forecast for the year.
Carnival cited weakness in Europe and pricing promotions aimed at attracting customers for the lowered forecast
** MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC, $9.07, down 3 pct (0937 ET)
Susquehanna downgraded the chipmaker’s stock to “negative” from “neutral” and cut its price target on the stock by $1 to $8. The brokerage said the company’s second-quarter results would likely beat analysts’ estimates, but the expectation has already been priced into its stock.
** CONSTELLATION BRANDS INC, $47.15, up 3.2 pct (0937 ET)
The U.S. Justice Department and beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, embroiled in a battle over whether AB InBev can expand its stake in Mexico’s Grupo Modelo, asked a court on Friday to extend a delay in the court fight as they hold settlement talks.
Constellation Brands is slated to buy Modelo’s U.S. distributor, Crown Imports, under the same deal.
** STMICROELECTRONICS NV, $7.88, up 3 pct (0936 ET)
** ERICSSON, $12.94, down 2.4 pct (0936 ET)
STMicroelectronics and Ericsson will close their loss-making mobile chip joint venture ST-Ericsson by dividing parts of the business between them and shutting the rest with the loss of about 1,600 jobs.
The announcement ends months of speculation about the future of ST-Ericsson, which has been hit by a big drop in orders from top customer Nokia as the phone maker lost market share to Apple and Samsung.
** OFFICE DEPOT INC, $4.10, up 2 pct (0959 ET)
Starboard Value LP, the largest shareholder in Office Depot, nominated six candidates for the board of the office products retailer on Monday. Starboard said it believes the company’s board must be “significantly reconstituted now,” whether Office Depot’s merger with OfficeMax Inc goes through or not. (Compiled by Pallavi Ail in Bangalore; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal)