November 1, 2013 / 2:03 PM / in 4 years

MARKET PULSE-Container Store, Digirad, Body Central, Barrick

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Nov 1 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose slightly at the open on Friday after two days of losses spurred by concerns over Federal Reserve policy. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.22 percent at 15,579.82, the S&P 500 was up 0.16 percent at 1,759.43 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.32 percent at 3,932.231.

Some stocks on the move:

** CHEVRON CORP, $117.86, down 1.8 pct (9:44 a.m. ET)

The second-largest U.S. oil company reported a decline in quarterly profit due to the impact of lower refining margins, while oil and gas production increased but remained short of its target.

** CONTAINER STORE GROUP INC, $35.20, up 95.5 pct (9:55 a.m. ET)

The retailer of storage products, which sells a range of items from laundry baskets to luggage, raised $225 million after pricing its initial public offering at the top end of its increased price range. The Coppell, Texas-based specialty retailer, which sells a range of storage products from laundry baskets to luggage, sold 12.5 million shares at $18 each.

** AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC, $48.82, down 5.5 pct (9:50 a.m. ET)

The company reported earnings nearly in line with expectations on Thursday, but the stock fell after hours as analysts still saw room for improvement in the insurer, which almost went under during the financial crisis.

** ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION INC, $2.29, up 6 pct (9:44 a.m. ET)

The company on Friday responded to activist fund manager Meson Capital Partners allegations and said its existing public disclosures are accurate in all material respects.

San Francisco-based Meson Capital on Thursday published a report questioning the company’s new offshore subsidiaries. Odyssey Marine’s shares closed down nearly 24 percent on the news.

** DIGIRAD CORP, $3.96, up 19 pct (9:45 a.m. ET)

The diagnostic imaging systems maker reported its first quarterly profit in two years, helped by strong sales of its nuclear and ultrasound imaging services and lower operating expenses.

** BRUKER CORP, $18.61, down 9 percent (9:45 a.m. ET)

The scientific instruments maker’s third-quarter results missed analysts’ estimates, partly due to weak demand for its products from industrial markets. The company also lowered its full-year earnings forecast to 72-76 cents per share from the 80-83 cents it earlier estimated.

The company also expects 2013 revenue to be flat or fall by 1 percent, compared with its earlier estimate of 2-3 percent revenue growth.

** AMN Healthcare Services Inc, $12.72, up 2.5 pct (9:45 a.m. ET)

The company, which provides healthcare staffing and clinical workforce management services, reported better-than-expected third-quarter results, helped by A strong performance in its Locum Tenens Billing and physician permanent placement businesses.

** STARWOOD PROPERTY TRUST INC, $26.52, up 3 pct (9:46 a.m. ET)

The real estate investment trust (REIT), said its board has approved a spin-off of its single-family residential business to its stockholders. The newly formed REIT will be called Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and will apply to list on the New York Stock Exchange and trade under the ticker symbol “SWAY,” the company said.

** SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HOLDINGS INC, $37.63, down 4.5 pct (9:48 a.m. ET)

The company, which makes software for financial service providers, forecast fourth-quarter revenue largely below analysts’ estimates on Thursday saying closing deals was taking longer as it pursued bigger clients.

** ARIAD PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $2.42, up 10.5 pct (9:48 a.m. ET)

The company has suspended sales of its leukemia drug Iclusig after an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that a significant number of patients developed life-threatening blood clots or narrowing of the veins.

** BRUKER CORP, $18.83, down 7.7 pct (9:48 a.m. ET)

The scientific instruments maker’s third-quarter results missed analysts’ estimates, partly due to weak demand for its products from industrial markets. The company also lowered its full-year earnings forecast to 72-76 cents per share from the 80-83 cents it earlier estimated. The company said it expects 2013 revenue to be flat or fall by 1 percent, compared with its earlier estimate of 2-3 percent revenue growth.

** CBOE HOLDINGS INC, $49.01, up 1.3 pct (9:51 a.m. ET)

The company, which operates the biggest U.S. stock-options market, reporter higher-than-expected quarterly profit on increased trading of exclusively listed contracts tied to stock-market indexes and volatility.

** BOTTOMLINE TECHNOLOGIES, $36.15, up 15 pct (9:52 a.m. ET)

The company, which provides payment, invoice and document automation products, reported better-than-expected results on Thursday helped by strong subscription and transaction revenue, and raised its forecast for the year ending June 2014. Needham raised its price target on the stock by a dollar to $36.

** FLUOR CORP, $76.72, up 3.4 pct (9:52 a.m. ET)

The largest publicly traded U.S. engineering company posted a higher quarterly profit on Thursday, but its engineering project backlog shrank as the oil and gas division could not make up for lost mining work and its 2014 outlook fell short of what analysts expected.

** SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS HOLDINGS INC, $28.43, up 6.5 pct (9:53 a.m. ET)

The maker of fuselages and wings for Boeing Co and Airbus, reported a 10 percent rise in quarterly revenue due to strong demand for large commercial aircraft.

** NETFLIX INC, $332.69, up 3.2 pct (9:53 a.m. ET)

Brokerage Robert W Baird and Co Inc raised its rating on the company’s stock to “outperform” from “neutral,” according to Theflyonthewall.com.

** GREEN DOT CORP, $25, up 16.5 pct (9:54 a.m. ET)

The prepaid card company’s third-quarter results beat analysts’ estimates as card revenues rose, and raised its outlook for the year. Green Dot said it expects full-year adjusted earnings of between $$1.10 and $1.20 per share.

J.P. Morgan Securities raised its rating on the stock to “overweight” from “neutral,” according to Theflyonthewall.com.

** ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC, $58.91, down 1.6 pct (9:54 a.m. ET)

The investment management firm priced its offering of 4.8 million shares at $56 per share, a discount of about 6 percent to its Thursday’s closing price.

** FIRST SOLAR INC, $58.05, up 15 pct (9:54 a.m. ET)

The U.S. solar company reported quarterly results that blew past estimates and raised its earnings outlook for the year as it began recognizing revenue from a major project in California, sending shares higher.

** MOHAWK INDUSTRIES INC, $139.83, up 5.6 pct (9:56 a.m. ET)

The maker of floor covering products late on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings in line with analysts estimates as new residential construction and remodeling drove up sales. The company forecast fourth-quarter earnings to be higher than Wall Street expectations.

** BARRICK GOLD CORP, $18.24, down 5.9 pct (9:56 a.m. ET)

The world’s largest gold producer said on Thursday that it will issue more than $3 billion in stock as it looks to improve its liquidity position by paying down its large debt load.

** CANADIAN SOLAR INC, $25.43, up 10.5 pct (9:57 a.m. ET)

The Chinese solar products maker said it had been awarded a contract to supply 100 megawatt photovoltaic modules for a solar power project in Guazhou County in China.

** AUDIENCE INC, $11.55, up 1.1 pct (9:57 a.m. ET)

The audio-chipmaker forecast fourth-quarter results largely below analysts’ estimates, hurt by weak demand from its biggest customer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

J.P. Morgan Securities lowered its price target on the company’s stock following results.

** ELLIE MAE INC, $23.15, down 19.9 pct (9:57 a.m. ET)

The company, whose software is used by mortgage professionals, reported a lower-than-expected third-quarter profit, hurt by lower mortgage volumes and higher R&D spending.

** TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LTD, $33.20, up 16 pct (9:58 a.m. ET)

The navigation software maker reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings and forecast a strong fourth quarter, helped by robust sales in the transport and logistics sectors.

** BODY CENTRAL CORP, $4.25, down 25 pct (9:58 a.m. ET)

The women’s apparel retailer reported a larger-than-expected quarterly loss as it struggled to attract customers. Chief Executive Brian Woolf attributed the disappointing third-quarter results to a decline in U.S. mall traffic and the overall weakness in the women’s apparel sector.

Brokerage Jefferies and Co Inc lowered its price target on the company’s stock following results. (Compiled by Sampad Patnaik; Editing by Joyjeet Das)

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