(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stocks dipped on Thursday, with the Nasdaq underperforming other major indexes, as investors once again rotated into defensive names and sold momentum-driven stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.50 percent at 16,355.2, the S&P 500 was down 0.90 percent at 1,855.33 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 1.93 percent at 4,103.271.
** IMPERVA INC, $29.055, -41.57 pct
** FIREEYE INC, $51.67, -8.37 pct
Brokerage Oppenheimer & Co cut its rating on data security company Imperva’s shares to “perform” from “outperform” after the firm cut its first-quarter revenue forecast. The company cut its revenue guidance to $31-$31.5 million from $36-$37 million.
Two other brokerages cut their price target on the stock of the company, which also forecast a bigger adjusted per-share loss of 40-44 cents, compared with 33-37 cents it had forecast earlier.
Shares of rival FireEye also fell on the news.
** BOX SHIPS INC, $1.87, -21.43 pct
The shipping company said on Wednesday it had commenced an underwritten offering of its units, comprising common shares and warrants. It will use proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes such as repayment of debt and acquisition of vessels.
** RENTECH INC, $2.075, +14.64 pct
The company, which processes wood fibre, said Blackstone Group LP’s credit arm would invest $150 million in the company in return for two board seats.
** RITE AID CORP, $7.05, +10.16 pct
The drug retailer forecast 2015 earnings above analysts’ estimate, after reporting a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to strong pharmacy same-store sales.
** RUBY TUESDAY INC, $6.72, +12.75 pct
The restaurant operator on Wednesday reported higher-than-expected third-quarter revenue, helped by better same-store sales.
Wunderlich Securities raised its target price on the company’s stock to $7 from $6.
** BAXANO SURGICAL INC, $1.1307, +9.82 pct
The medical device maker said it received marketing approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration for its spinal surgery device, Avance MIS Pedicle Screw System.
The company said the device will be launched fully in the fourth quarter.
** TITAN MACHINERY INC, $17.65, +11.71 pct
The heavy equipment retailer said it would cut about 12 percent jobs in its construction unit and the company posted a 10 percent drop in quarterly revenue.
** CELLADON CORP, $11.9, +11.74 pct
The biotechnology company said its lead drug received a breakthrough therapy designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for reducing hospitalizations in heart-failure patients.
The designation is intended to speed-up the development and review of drugs to treat serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions.
** SIGMA DESIGNS INC, $4.39, -8.54 pct
The chipmaker for internet protocol television (IPTV) set-top boxes said late on Wednesday that its revenue for the fourth quarter fell about 13 percent from a year earlier, as customers made inventory adjustments.
** BED BATH & BEYOND INC, $63.68, -6.23 pct
The home furnishings retailer reported a 5.8 percent decline in fourth-quarter net sales, hurt by severe weather, and the company gave a first-quarter earnings outlook that came in below analysts’ average estimate, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
At least three brokerages cut their price target on the company’s stock.
** ORAMED PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $13.39, +7.55 pct
The company said its technology for oral administration of insulin was granted a patent in Hong Kong.
** IGATE CORP, $37.09, +11.72 pct
The outsourcing company reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter, helped by customer additions and contract wins.
** CASH AMERICA INTERNATIONAL INC, $42.18, +9.56 pct
The payday lender said its board was reviewing a tax-free spinoff of its online lending business and other strategic alternatives. -6.23
** EBAY INC, $54.38, -2.70 pct
EBay and Carl Icahn have ended their proxy fight, with the activist investor dropping his proposal that the e-commerce company split off its PayPal payments unit and withdrawing his two nominees for the eBay board.
** ALLY FINANCIAL INC, $24.35, -2.60 pct
Shares of the auto-lender fell as much as 3 percent in their market debut on Thursday, taking the shine off the biggest U.S. IPO so far this year as investor appetite for big stock offerings shows signs of waning.
** NORTHWEST BIOTHERAPEUTICS, $6.77, -5.58 pct
The biotechnology company will offer up to $32 million worth of shares to a single institutional investor, which will help it further expand its manufacturing operations in Europe.
The agreement provides for the sale of an initial $15 million of the company’s common stock at $6.60 per share, a discount of about 8 percent to its Wednesday close.
** CABOT OIL & GAS CORP, $32.66, -4.19 pct
Stifel analysts cut their rating on the oil and gas producer’s stock to “hold” from “buy”, saying they expect the company’s 2014 cash flow per share to come in below analysts’ average estimate. Analysts led by Amir Arif also lowered their 2014 and 2015 production estimate for the company.
** ACURA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $1.32, -3.65 pct
The specialty pharmaceutical company said its partner Pfizer Inc returned the rights to Acura’s technology for developing abuse-resistant drugs. Acura will make a one-time payment of $2 million to Pfizer.
The news comes nearly seven months after a mid-stage trial testing a painkiller made with the same technology failed to meet study goals.
** BLACKBERRY LTD, $7.78, -2.26 pct
BlackBerry would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday, as the technology company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships.
** APOGEE ENTERPRISES INC, $31.35, -3.45 pct
The company, which makes glass used in commercial buildings and picture frames, reported a lower-than-expected profit for the fourth quarter, partly hurt by a slowdown in construction activity due to a severe winter.
** GOLDCORP INC, $24.77, -3.17 pct
The world’s second-biggest gold miner by market value said on Thursday that it raised its offer to buy Osisko Mining Corp to about C$3.6 billion ($3.30 billion).
** HEWLETT-PACKARD CORP, $33.54, +2.51 pct
Deutsche Bank started its coverage of the printer and server maker’s stock with a “buy” rating and a $40 price target, citing “ample room” for margin expansion.
Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the stock to $36 from $34 due to margin recovery in the company’s enterprise services.
** NEW MOUNTAIN FINANCE CORP, $14.22, -2.40 pct
The company priced its offering of 3.5 million shares at $14.57 per share - the stock’s closing price on Wednesday - to raise about $51 million in proceeds.[ID: nBw4WfqsYa]
** GOGO, $19.8, +2.27 pct
The provider of in-flight wireless internet and digital entertainment services said it and Boeing Co agreed to a technical services deal to evaluate Gogo’s suite of technology solutions on Boeing aircraft. (Compiled by Abhirup Roy; Edited by Maju Samuel)