February 29, 2016 / 3:12 PM / 2 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-United Natural Foods, Taser, Signet Jewelers

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U.S. stock indexes were little changed on Monday as cautious investors assessed China’s move to boost its slowing economy and an increase in oil prices raised hopes that the market had bottomed out. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.12 percent at 16,620.66, the S&P 500 was down 0.12 percent at 1,945.64 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.05 percent at 4,592.73.

** FEDERAL-MOGUL HOLDINGS CORP, $7.62, +53.01 pct

Billionaire Carl Icahn’s investment company offered to buy the 18 percent of the auto parts maker that it does not already own for about $213 million. The offer values the company at about $1.2 billion, based on its shares outstanding as on Sept. 30.

** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, $73.64, -8.69 pct

The Canadian drugmaker said on Sunday that Chief Executive Michael Pearson would return from medical leave effective immediately, and it postponed the release of fourth-quarter results planned for Monday.

** CONSOL ENERGY INC, $8.24, +5.10 pct

The coal and natural gas producer said it would sell some of its coal assets for about $420 million and that it planned to suspend its quarterly dividend once the sale closes.

** TASER INTERNATIONAL INC, $19.75, +12.99 pct

The stun gun and wearable camera maker reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by an about 15 pct rise in its sales at its weapons division. The company also authorized a $50 million buyback program.

** LUMBER LIQUIDATORS HOLDINGS INC, $10.28, -7.47 pct

The beleaguered hardwood flooring retailer reported a bigger-than-expected drop in quarterly sales as it struggles to cope with falling demand after reports that some of its laminates contained excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde. The company also named Dennis Knowles, a former executive of home improvement chain Lowe’s Cos Inc as its chief operating officer.

** UNITED NATURAL FOODS INC, $31.25, -20.38 pct

The natural and organic food distributor estimated second-quarter revenue and adjusted profit below analysts’ expectations, citing “rapidly changing near term industry dynamics.” United Natural cut its 2016 sales and adjusted profit forecasts, based partly on its performance to date and excluding the deal to buy Haddon House Food Products Inc for about $217.5 million in cash.

** SIGNET JEWELERS LTD, $110.21, +11.18 pct

The jeweler’s estimated fourth-quarter profit above analysts’ expectations, driven by “solid” demand in the holiday quarter. Signet also approved an 18 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to 26 cents per share and authorized a new share repurchase program of $750 million in addition to the $135 million remaining on existing authorization.

** QEP RESOURCES INC, $9.82, -8.74 pct

The oil and gas producer said it would offer 30 million shares, about 17 percent of the total outstanding shares. QEP said it would use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including repaying debt, acquiring properties and funding a portion of its E&P activities and working capital.

** KEYW HOLDING CORP, $6.375, -1.47 pct

RBC Capital Markets analysts downgraded the cyber security software and hardware maker’s stock to “sector perform” from “outperform” and cut their price target to $7 from $11, after the company said last week it was “actively exploring” strategic alternatives for its Hexis Cyber Solutions unit as part of a strategic plan.

** ASTRAZENECA PLC, $28.66, -2.42 pct

The British drugmaker said on Monday it had sold the rights to two ageing heart drugs to China Medical System Holdings for $500 million, marking the latest step in an ongoing program of divestments for non-core assets.

** LATTICE SEMICONDUCTOR CORP, $6.375, +4.51 pct

The maker of programmable chips for mobile phones and tablets is exploring a sale that has attracted interest from a prospective Chinese buyer, according to people familiar with the matter. (Compiled by Ramkumar Iyer in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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