February 26, 2014 / 4:49 PM / in 4 years

MARKET PULSE-Anika, Forest Oil, La Jolla, UTI Worldwide, Prana

(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. stock indexes were mostly flat on Wednesday as, for a third straight session, equities were unable to hold onto gains that took the S&P 500 near record levels. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.32 percent at 16,230.81, the S&P 500 was up 0.32 percent at 1,850.98 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.63 percent at 4314.67.

** ANIKA THERAPEUTICS INC, $51.52, +49.46 pct

The drug maker said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its drug to treat pain and improve joint mobility in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, more than four years after it first filed for approval.

** FOREST OIL CORP, $2.045, -36.69 pct

The oil and gas producer reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as costs rose and said it expected less-lucrative gas to make up a larger percentage of output in 2014. Oil would make up 21 percent of total production, lower than the 32 percent it had forecast in December, the company said.

At least two brokerages cut their price targets on the stock.

** LA JOLLA PHARMACEUTICAL CO, $9.14, +20.26 pct

Wedbush Pacgrow Lifesciences analyst Liana Moussatos initiated coverage of the company’s stock with an “outperform” rating, expecting positive results from the mid-stage trial testing the company’s lead drug for use in chronic kidney disease. “We project gross peak annual worldwide sales of (the drug) could reach about $1 billion,” she wrote in a note.

** NEWFIELD EXPLORATION CO, $27.86, +8.57 pct

The oil and gas producer reported a better-than-expected profit in the fourth quarter, helped by lower costs, strong oil production and higher prices for natural gas and natural gas liquids.

** TESLA MOTORS INC, $258.33, +4.17 pct

Panasonic Corp is considering investing in a U.S. car battery plant planned by Tesla Motors, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday, with total investment estimated by one source around 100 billion yen ($979 million). The facility, expected to go on-stream in 2017, is part of Tesla’s blueprint for a more affordable electric vehicle and would be the first major, integrated U.S. facility producing battery cells for electric cars.

** UTI WORLDWIDE INC, $11.54, -24.38 pct

The logistics company said it had breached some debt covenants and would report a loss for the fourth quarter due to a weak air freight market.

** EXAMWORKS GROUP INC, $35.74, +16.80 pct

The independent medical examinations provider reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and forecast first-quarter revenue above analyst estimates.

Needham raised its price target on ExamWorks’ stock to $39 from $33, citing strong execution and potential for faster revenue growth. Credit Suisse raised its price target to $37 from $32.

** DYNAMIC MATERIALS CORP, $20.555, -13.85 pct

The supplier of explosives and other equipment to the energy industry reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter results late on Tuesday due to a decline in sales in its oilfield products business. The company also forecast first quarter and FY 2014 revenue below analysts’ estimates.

** CLEAN HARBORS INC, $46, -14.72 pct

The environmental clean-up company reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit due to adverse weather conditions. The company’s oil re-refining and recycling unit was hit by slowed purchases and the oil and gas field services unit was affected by program cancellations in the quarter ended Dec. 31. The company also lowered its full-year revenue outlook for 2014.

** BARNES & NOBLE INC, $18.59, +4.91 pct

The largest U.S. bookstore chain reported a profit for the holiday quarter, despite a drop in revenue, as it lowered its Nook digital business costs. The bookseller said revenue fell 10.3 percent to $2 billion in the third quarter ended Jan. 25 as sales of Nook digital books and devices dropped by more than half.

** JAKKS PACIFIC INC, $7.14, +21.02 pct

The retailer reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by strong sales of toys such as Disney Princess dolls, Sofia the First role play toys and Disney Fairies dolls.

** PRANA BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD, $11.3536, +21.30 pct

H.C. Wainwright & Co raised its price target on the company’s shares to $33 from $20.50, based on positive data from a mid-stage trial of Prana’s Huntington’s disease drug.

The experimental drug, PBT2, improved cognitive function in patients with Huntington’s disease in a mid-stage trial, the company reported earlier this month.

Huntington’s disease is characterized by a loss in coordination and cognitive decline due to a degeneration of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain.

** DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG INC, $30.582, -13.12 pct

The Hollywood studio’s fourth-quarter revenue fell a steeper-than-expected 23 percent due to the continued poor performance of animated movie “Turbo” and the lack of a major movie released in the United States in the period.

** ENDURANCE INTERNATIONAL GROUP HOLDINGS INC, $14.9, +7.43 pct

The internet domain names provider reported a 17 percent rise in quarterly revenue as the company added more subscribers.

** FIRST SOLAR INC, $51.584, -11.11 pct

The U.S. solar company reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and forecast weak first-quarter earnings, hurt by irregular revenue from its solar projects.

** PLUG POWER INC, $4.48, +14.87 pct

The fuel cells systems maker said it received a purchase order from Wal-Mart Stores Inc to power its electric lift truck fleets at six North American distribution centers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

** SEACHANGE INTERNATIONAL LTD, $10.37, -14.23 pct

The company, which sells software to cable operators, said its profit and revenue would miss its own estimates in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31. The company, whose software enables video services on multiple screens, estimates adjusted fourth-quarter profit of 1-2 cents on revenue of $34.5 million-$35.5 million. It had earlier forecast 15-20 cents per share on revenue of $40 million-$45 million. Analysts were expecting a profit of 19 cents per share on revenue of $43.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Brokerage Brean Capital cut its price target on Seachange’s stock to $14 from $18 after the company said fourth-quarter revenue came in below its forecast as orders were delayed from customers in the Americas.

** CORELOGIC INC, $32.6, -4.96 pct

The real estate data analytics company reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by lower revenue from its technology and processing businesses, and forecast full-year earnings below analyst’ estimates. The company forecast full-year adjusted earnings of $1.55-$1.70 per share, below analyst’ estimates of $1.88, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

** PHOENIX NEW MEDIA LTD, $11.95, +5.29 pct

The Chinese digital content provider said revenue jumped 32 percent in the fourth quarter, helped by higher advertising and service revenue.

** CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP, $25.08, -6.90 pct

The No.2 U.S. natural gas producer said it planned to cut drilling and well-completion costs by nearly $900 million in 2014 after reporting quarterly results that missed analysts’ estimates.

** ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO, $39.51, +9.78 pct

The teen apparel retailer said it would reduce prices this year to deal with intense competition, after the company reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue mainly due to discounting.

** LOWE‘S COS INC, $50.57, +5.11 pct

** HOME DEPOT INC, $82.55, +1.94 pct

The No. 2 U.S. home improvement retailer reported strong sales growth in the fourth quarter, showing that it was closing in on market leader Home Depot.

** QUESTCOR PHARMACEUTICALS, $76.745, -2.42 pct

The drugmaker reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue due to weak demand for its flagship drug Acthar to treat multiple sclerosis and infantile spasms.

** CERUS CORP, $6.69, -15.85 pct

The blood safety products maker forecast full-year revenue below analyst estimates, saying it expected a temporary sales impact during the first half due to planned changes to certain distributor relationships. Cerus forecast revenue of $38-40 million for the full year, below analysts’ estimate of $45.9 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

** ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT INC, $11.205, +3.08 pct

The mortgage real estate investment trust reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as it earned higher net interest income. Net interest income rose 11 percent to $633.9 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.

** JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC, $166.92, -4.61 pct

The specialty pharmaceutical company reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.72 per share on revenue of $235.8 million, below analysts’ average estimate of $1.78 per share on revenue of $238.1 million.

Jazz also said chief financial officer Kathryn Falberg had resigned, and would be replaced by Matthew Young.

** OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES INC, $15.715, +2.91 pct

The chipmaker, which pioneered imaging sensors that use both sides of a chip to deliver better quality in a smaller-sized camera, said on Tuesday it collaborated with Google Inc’s advanced technology and projects (ATAP)team to develop vision based mobile devices.

** ZAGG INC, $4.46, +4.69 pct

The company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, helped by higher sales of its tablet keyboard accessories and iFrogz audio products, and forecast full-year revenue of $218-$228 million, above analysts’ average estimate of $211.2 million.

** DYAX CORP, $10.78, +6.31 pct

The company said its experimental drug to prevent hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks was found safe and was well tolerated in an early-stage trial. The treatment will be tested in another early-stage study in mid-2014, the company said on Tuesday.

Hereditary angioedema is a disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of severe swelling, most often in the individual’s limbs, face, intestinal tract, and airway.

At least four brokerages raised their price targets on the stock.

** RR DONNELLEY & SONS CO, $20.291, +8.05 pct

The printing services company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results on Tuesday as demand from financial services, insurance and the telecommunication industries continued.

** CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORP, $17.345, +4.36 pct

The company lost 18,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter but reported an increase in cash flow and revenue from a year earlier, when it dealt with Superstorm Sandy. Revenue rose 4.5 percent to $1.58 billion.

** BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS INC, $14.81, -6.74 pct

The sports good retailer forecast a sharp drop in same-store sales in the first quarter, citing weak sales of firearms and a drop in customer traffic due to the severe winter in the United States. The company said it expects comparable-store sales to fall in the high-single digit range in the current quarter. [ID: nGNXUZXIFa]

** ZYNGA INC, $5.22, +2.76 pct

The online gaming company has won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which shareholders accused the company of fraudulently misleading them about its financial and business prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering.

** IMRIS INC, $2.77, +2.59 pct

The company said it received marketing approval for its intra-operative CT scan machine, VISIUS iCT, in Australia. The machine received U.S. approval in July 2013.

** YANDEX, $38.3, +5.80 pct

Russia’s largest search engine said it has entered into a partnership with Google Inc that will allow their clients to tap into each others’ advertising inventory.

** WEATHERFORD INTERNATIONAL LTD, $15.99, +2.63 pct

The oilfield services provider said it would divest five businesses, exit another and lay off 6192 employees as it struggles with weak demand in North America.

** ENCANA CORP, $18.83, -1.41 pct

** CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP, $25.08, -6.90 pct

The two energy companies are negotiating civil settlements with the state of Michigan to try to end its criminal investigation into whether they colluded to keep oil and gas lease prices artificially low in the state.

** SEARS HOLDINGS CORP, $39.34, +0.90 pct

The Sears Holdings-controlled struggling department store operator Sears Canada Inc posted a fall in quarterly sales, citing severe winter weather and power outages in the holiday shopping season. (Compiled by Shailaja Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)

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