(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 were modestly lower on Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.09 percent at 16,558.58, the S&P 500 was down 0.11 percent at 1,888.88 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.4 percent at 4259.17.
** LIBERTY MEDIA CORP, $133.09, -0.14 pct
** BARNES & NOBLE INC, $19.5, -11.80 pct
Liberty Media Corp said it would reduce its stake in Barnes & Noble Inc but retain a 10 percent share of its initial investment in the largest U.S. bookstore chain.
** PANDORA MEDIA, $31.7, +0.83 pct
The streaming radio service provider said listener hours rose 14 percent to 1.71 billion in March. The company also said active listeners rose 8 percent to 75.3 million and the share of total U.S. radio listening for Pandora rose to 9.11 percent from 8.05 percent a year earlier.
** SGOCO GROUP LTD, $2.94, -26.13 pct
The Chinese flat-panel display maker reported a 63 percent fall in fourth-quarter profit and a 30 percent fall in revenue. The company said the significant growth in revenue a year earlier led to tough comparisons with the latest quarter.
** AMYRIS INC, $4.6101, +14.39 pct
The renewable chemicals and fuels company said it would partner with German chemicals group BASF on a strain development program. Amyris will use its strain engineering technology to develop a microorganism capable of producing a target molecule.
** BG MEDICINE INC, $1.56, -18.75 pct
The diagnostic test maker said it will offer about 6.5 million shares at $1.55 each, at a discount of about 19.3 percent to its Wednesday close. The company expects to raise about $8.9 million in net proceeds to fund clinical development and for working capital.
** VENAXIS INC, $2.415, -10.89 pct
The diagnostic test maker’s offering of about 8.3 million shares was priced at $2.40 each, a discount of about 11 percent to the stock’s Wednesday close.
The company expects to raise net proceeds of about $18.4 million for working capital and to fund clinical development.
** CYTRX CORP, $4.2, +10.24 pct
The company said its experimental cancer drug raised the rate of survival two and a half times in mice suffering from glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumors, a common form of a malignant brain tumor.
** LIQUIDITY SERVICES INC, $18.07, -13.37 pct
The scrap goods auctioneer said it had withdrawn from bidding for a contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) calling the determined bidding level as “economically unsustainable”.
The company said on Wednesday it was the apparent high bidder for the contract where it was to purchase, manage and sell non-rolling stock surplus assets of the U.S. Department of Defense.
** CATALYST PHARMACEUTICAL PARTNERS INC, $2.39, +8.14 pct
The drugmaker’s offering of about 11.3 million shares was priced at $2.21 apiece, the same as the stock’s close on Wednesday. The company expects net proceeds of $23.3 million to fund drug development and for general purposes.
** RPM INTERNATIONAL INC, $44.21, +4.84 pct
The specialty chemicals maker posted a profit in third quarter compared with a year-ago loss, helped by higher sales of its industrial chemical products.
The company also raised its full-year profit forecast to $2.10 to $2.15 per share from $2.05 to $2.10.
** VIVUS INC, $5.695, -7.85 pct
Piper Jaffray cut its rating on the drugmaker’s stock to “underweight” from “neutral”, according to Theflyonthewall.com.
** RITE AID CORP, $6.545, +2.91 pct
** WALGREEN CO, $66.82, +0.71 pct
Rite Aid, a drugstore chain operator, reported a 0.7 percent rise in March same-store sales and a 3.5 percent rise in pharmacy same-store sales. Total drugstore sales rose 0.4 percent.
Walgreen reported an 8.9 percent increase in March pharmacy sales and 8 percent rise in comparable-store pharmacy sales.
** PLUG POWER INC, $7.5953, +1.54 pct
** BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC, $4.62, -5.13 pct
** HYDROGENICS CORP, $26.75, -2.37 pct
** FUELCELL ENERGY INC, $2.5699, +0.39 pct
Plug Power said it bought fuel-cell stack maker ReliOn Inc for about $4 million in stock, as the company looks to diversify its supplier base.
Canada’s Ballard Power was Plug Power’s exclusive supplier of fuel-cell stacks in North America and some European countries before Plug Power’s purchase of ReliOn.
** EXACT SCIENCES CORP, $13.49, -5.33 pct
The molecular diagnostics company said it will sell $125 million worth of shares to raise proceeds to fund clinical development and for working capital.
** CACI INTERNATIONAL INC, $71.38, -4.27 pct
The U.S. contractor lowered its revenue and profit forecast for 2014 due to reduced government spending and delays in contract awards for new business.
** BROADWIND ENERGY INC, $12.35, -8.25 pct
Two shareholders of the wind turbine towers maker sold 103,752 shares at a 4 percent discount to the stock’s Wednesday’s close of $13.46.
** PACIFIC ETHANOL INC, $16.26, -5.74 pct
The renewable fuel producer said it started an offering of 1.8 million shares at $16 per share, a discount of 7 percent to the stock’s close on Wednesday. The company expects to use the proceeds of $28 million for interest payments.
** CTRIP.COM INTERNATIONAL LTD, $53.71, +2.95 pct
The China-based travel services provider said its board authorized a new share repurchase program to buy American depositary shares of up to $600 million.
** KINDRED BIOSCIENCES INC, $19.15, -4.06 pct
The company, which makes drugs for pets, said it would offer 30 million shares at $18 each, a discount of 9.8 percent to the stock’s closing on Wednesday. The company expects to raise $54 million for potential acquisitions and research and development.
** BEAZER HOMES USA INC, $20.75, -0.24 pct
The homebuilder estimated net orders to be down 9 percent for the quarter ended March 31 as severe weather conditions hurt some new orders and closings in its east segment.
** SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES INC, $28.92, +2.92 pct
The steel maker reported a better-than-expected adjusted profit in the second quarter, boosted by higher selling prices and cost cuts. Excluding items, it earned 13 cents per share, almost double the 7 cents analysts on average were expecting, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
** VERSO PAPER CORP, $2.87, -4.97 pct
The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the coated paper maker for additional information regarding its proposed acquisition of NewPage Holdings Inc. (r.reuters.com/qyw28v)
** QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC, $2.81, -0.71 pct
The oil and gas company’s Chief Financial Officer Regan John and Vice President Rushford David together sold more than 21,400 shares of the company at a 7 percent discount to the stock’s closing price on Wednesday.
** INVESCO LTD, $36.5, -3.13 pct
Investment group St James’s Place (SJP) is transferring management of 7.7 billion pounds ($12.81 billion) of its assets from Invesco Perpetual. The changes do not affect Invesco’s assets under management, though it will lose millions of pounds in annual management fees.
Neil Woodford, who will leave Invesco Perpetual to join Oakley Capital Management in May, will be allocated nearly half of the transfer. He has managed SJP funds since 2001.
** JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO LTD, $31.4, -1.88 pct
The Chinese solar company said it received a loan of about $39 million from China Development Bank to finance two solar projects in the Xinjiang and Gansu provinces. (Compiled by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D‘Souza)