June 10, 2013 / 10:49 PM / in 4 years

CORRECTED-MARKET PULSE-Pandora, Whirlpool, Cracker Barrel, AMD, housing stocks (June 3)

(Corrects Cracker Barrel item in June 3 story to remove reference to the company owning Steak ‘n Shake and Western Sizzlin. Biglari Holdings Inc owns the restaurants. The error appeared in earlier versions also)

June 3 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Monday:

S&P DIPS AFTER DATA BUT MERCK LIFTS DOW

U.S. stocks were mostly lower in choppy trade on Monday as the latest data on manufacturing continued to paint a mixed picture on the strength of the economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.36 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 0.19 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index declined 0.77 percent.

** APPLE INC, $445.60, down 0.8 pct (1300 ET)

Fidelity Investments’ Contrafund, the largest active shareholder in Apple, cut its stake in the iPad and iPhone maker by a further 9 percent in April after expressing concern about heightened competition from rivals.

Apple also heads to trial on Monday in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the U.S. government accusing it of conspiring to fix prices in the ebooks market.

** PANDORA MEDIA INC, $15.20, down 10.7 pct (1252 ET)

Apple is pushing ahead with licensing deals with music companies so it can introduce its free streaming music and radio service at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, the New York Times said on Sunday. (link.reuters.com/few58t)

** YELP INC, $27.62, down 7 pct (1213 ET)

The consumer review aggregator, which analysts say could face intense competition from Facebook Inc’s “graph search”, is open to partnering with the social networking website’s latest offering, Yelp’s Chief Financial Officer Rob Krolik told Reuters on Friday.

Jefferies analyst Brian Fitzgerald believes people could be deducing that Yelp’s willingness to partner with Facebook could mean that a possible buyout is off the table.

** INFINITY PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $20.11, down 25 pct (1310 ET)

The company on Sunday presented data from an early stage trial of its drug IPI-145 in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a form of blood cancer.

Morgan Stanley analyst Yigal Nochomovitz said the drug had a 21 percent infection rate related to serious adverse events, compared with a 19 percent infection rate of rival Gilead Sciences Inc’s cancer drug idelalisib.

Nochomovitz told Reuters that shares were down because of the infection rate that led to treatment discontinuations, which was not expected, but foreseeable in the patient population.

Results from the early-stage trial were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

** LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORP $16.42, down 6.5 pct (1219 ET)

** CANFOR CORP C$18.10, up 4 pct (1220 ET)

The building materials maker said it had completed the purchase of Canfor Corp’s 50 percent share in the Peace Valley Oriented Strand Board JV on Friday for about C$77 million ($74.43 million).

** TRIPADVISOR INC $61.50, down 4.5 pct (1254 ET)

Brokerage Stifel Nicolaus downgraded the travel website to “hold” from “buy” on valuation.

** ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, $3.85, down 4 pct (1251 ET)

Some laptops, which were announced by PC makers at the annual Computex trade fair in Taipei, were below the expectations of investors, Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang told Reuters. He said investors were particularly disappointed with Acer Inc’s Aspire V5 laptop series, which uses Advanced Micro Devices’ chips.

** D.R. HORTON INC, $23.53, down 3.4 pct (1201 ET)

** PULTEGROUP INC, $21.01, down 3 pct (1201 ET)

** TOLL BROTHERS INC, $33.05, down 3 pct (1201 ET)

** LENNAR CORP, $38.52, down 2 pct (1201 ET)

** KB HOME, $21.23, down 4 pct (1201 ET)

** UNITED RENTALS INC, $54.21, down 4.5 pct (1256 ET)

** APOGEE ENTERPRISES INC $25.00, down 6 pct (1314 ET)

** HEADWATERS INC $10.09, down 5 pct (1315 ET)

** MASCO CORP $20.32, down 3 pct (1315 ET)

Construction spending in April rose 0.4 percent to an annual rate of $861 billion - a smaller-than-expected gain - supporting the view that government austerity is holding back economic growth this year, Commerce Department data showed on Monday.

** DISH NETWORK CORP, $37.71, down 2 PCT (1227 ET)

** CLEARWIRE CORP, $4.38, down 2 pct (1254 ET)

Sprint Nextel Corp on Monday attacked Dish Network’s competing bid for Clearwire Corp <CLWR.O, saying it violates previous agreements and contains some illegal provisions.

** WHIRLPOOL CORP, $123.70, down 3.2 pct (1256 ET)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down an appeals court ruling that favored consumers who bought Sears Roebuck and Co front-loading washing machines.

The lawsuit claimed Kenmore-brand high-efficiency washers, manufactured for the Sears Holding Co subsidiary by Whirlpool, were defective because they emitted unpleasant odors and would sometimes unexpectedly stop during use.

** PIXELWORKS INC, $3.48, up 15.6 pct (1302 ET)

The company, which makes chips for digital display, said it was bringing its video display processor technology to tablets and ultrabooks. At Computex Taipei, Pixelworks will demonstrate its technology on Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 Tablets and Ultrabooks based on Intel Corp’s 4th generation Core processors.

The stock, trading more than two times its average 10-day volume, was one of the top percentage gainers on the Nasdaq.

** QUALITY DISTRIBUTION INC, $9.49, up 4.2 pct (1302 ET)

The logistics and transportation provider reported first-quarter results that beat market estimates, boosted by higher sales at its energy logistics business.

** SODASTREAM INTERNATIONAL LTD, $68.00, up 7 pct (1303 ET)

Barclays Capital raised its price target on the Israel-based company’s stock to $100 from $55, citing the growing strength of its business model and its increasing penetration rates in the U.S. market. Sodastream sells machines and mixes for making carbonated drinks at home.

Barclays also said Sodastream’s marketing and cost advantages all played into its long-term growth story, Barclays said.

** CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE INC, $93.42, up 4.4 pct (1303 ET)

The company reported third-quarter results that beat market estimates as more customers visited its stores and restaurants.

Cracker Barrel also raised its full-year 2013 profit and revenue forecasts.

** PEREGRINE PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $1.80, up 9.4 pct (1304 ET)

The company said its experimental drug, bavituximab along with gemcitabine, improved overall survival in pancreatic cancer patients, according to results from a mid-stage study.

Roth Capital analyst Joseph Pantginis raised his price target on the stock to $7 from $4.

** AMERICAN SAFETY INSURANCE HOLDINGS LTD, $28.93, up 20.7 pct (1315 ET)

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd said it has agreed to acquire American Safety for about $306 million, in a move aimed at expanding its insurance operations in certain specialty lines.

** MERCK & CO, $48.81, up 4.5 pct (1316 ET)

A Merck drug designed to unmask tumor cells and mobilize the immune system into fighting cancer helped shrink tumors in 38 percent of patients with advanced melanoma in an early-stage study, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.

Atleast two brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Monday.

** KOPPERS HOLDINGS INC, $39.83, down 3.2 pct (1316 ET)

Analysts at Jefferies downgraded the carbon-compounds producer’s rating to “hold” from “buy”, saying the company requires a stronger earnings cycle to outperform, which may not occur till 2014.

Koppers’s carbon materials and chemicals unit is likely to face headwinds as weakness in Europe may affect supply and demand balance in other regions, particularly in North America, said analyst Laurence Alexander.

** STRATASYS LTD, $77.45, down 7.8 pct (1318 ET)

About 14 million shares of the 3-D printer maker will be released from lock up on June 4. After Stratasys and Israel’s Objet merged on Dec. 3 in a $1.4 billion deal, Objet shareholders received over 40 percent of Stratasys shares. Over 90 percent of those shares will be released on Tuesday.

** INFOSYS LTD, $43.46, up 4 pct (1318 ET)

India’s No. 2 IT services firm Infosys, grappling with disappointing results and loss of market share, has recalled founder and former chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy to act as executive chairman for five years.

** ENTRAVISION COMMUNICATIONS CORP, $4.81, up 3.8 pct (1318 ET)

Brokerage Noble Financial Capital raised its price target on the Spanish-language media company’s stock to $6.50 from $5.00 after the company entered into a new secured bank credit facility on Friday.

The company’s stock has risen more than 200 percent in the last six months.

** FLAMEL TECHNOLOGIES, $5.60, up 16.2 pct (1319 ET)

The maker of drug delivery products said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its drug Bloxiverz, which aims to reverse the effects of neuromuscular blocking agents. Flamel said it expected to launch the drug in July.

** COLONIAL PROPERTIES TRUST, $23.16, up 4.7 pct (1319 ET)

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc said it would buy Colonial Properties Trust in an all-stock merger to create a Sunbelt-focused, publicly traded, multifamily real estate investment trust with a total market value of $8.6 billion.

** MATTSON TECHNOLOGY INC, $2.14, up 8.6 pct (1320 ET)

Smith Kenneth, director of the chipmaker, purchased 14,000 shares in the company at $2.09 on Friday for a total price of $29,204.

** CANADIAN SOLAR INC, $8.36, up 1.7 pct (1320 ET)

The solar panel producer said it had signed an RMB 270 million ($44.1 million) loan agreement with China Development Bank Corp to fund the construction of its 30 megawatt solar project and its ancillary facility in China.

** F5 NETWORKS INC, $77.51, down 6.8 pct (1321 ET)

Brokerage Morgan Stanley downgraded the network gear maker to “equal weight” from “overweight”, according to Theflyonthewall.com.

** BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB, $48.85, up 6.3 pct (1322 ET)

The pharmaceutical giant said on Friday that an experimental drug, named nivolumab, shrank tumors in 31 percent of patients with advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer in an early-stage trial.

“We are raising our forecasts for nivolumab and now forecast risk-adjusted 2020 sales of $3 billion,” JP Morgan analyst Chris Schott said in a note.

** INTEL CORP, $25.17, up 3.6 pct (1322 ET)

Samsung Electronics Co said on Monday it will use Intel processors to power a new version of one of its top-tier Android tablets.

FBR raised its rating on the stock to outperform from market perform, according to theflyonthewall.com. (Compiled by Sruthi Ramakrishnan)

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