September 15, 2014 / 3:43 PM / 3 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-Alere, Bankrate, eBay, Avanir Pharma

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U.S. stocks fell on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.05 percent at 16,996.68, the S&P 500 was down 0.22 percent at 1,981.14 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 1.07 percent at 4,518.536.

** APPLE INC, $102.31, +0.64 pct

The company said it received a record 4 million first-day pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for their new phones.

** YAHOO INC, $42.9362, +0.13 pct

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd IPO-BABA.N plans to increase the size of its U.S. initial public offering because of “overwhelming” investor demand, people familiar with the deal said on Monday. Yahoo’s 23 percent stake in Alibaba could be worth more if the price is increased

Yahoo’s stock was the most traded share on the Nasdaq on Monday.

** SYMANTEC CORP, $24.02, -2.08 pct

RBC Capital Markets cut its rating on the company’s stock to “sector perform” from “outperform,” saying it should take steps to streamline operations and increase margins.

** RADIOSHACK CORP, $1.04, +14.29 pct

The electronics retailer, teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, said John Feray resigned as chief financial officer on Friday, less than eight months after taking up the post. RadioShack said on Monday its interim CFO would be Holly Etlin, a managing director of turnaround firm AlixPartners LLP, which has been helping the company since July 2013.

** BANKRATE INC, $11.65, -15.70 pct

The company, which runs financial information websites, said U.S. regulators were investigating its financial reporting during 2012 and that its chief financial officer of eight years had resigned. The operator of websites such as Bankrate.com and CreditCards.com, where consumers can compare personal finance packages, said the Securities and Exchange Commission was examining the improper accounting of more than $1.5 million of accruals and expenses.

The company’s stock was among the biggest percentage losers on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

** MOLSON COORS BREWING CO, $77, +7.24 pct

The company may buy SABMiller Plc’s stake in MillerCoors LLC if Anheuser-Busch InBev’s potential acquisition of SABMiller leads to anti-trust issues, Stifel Nicolaus analysts said in a note. MillerCoors is a joint venture between Molson Coors and SABMiller.

Stifel analysts raised their price target on Molson Coors’ stock to $94 from $90.

** CREE INC, $40.9364, -4.07 pct

Goldman Sachs cut its rating on the company’s stock to “neutral” from “buy” and slashed price target to $48 from $60. “We cut volumes for LED chips owing to slowing growth and checks which suggest share loss in high-power - Cree’s core product,” Goldman analysts wrote in note.

** AVANIR PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $11.13, +65.13 pct

The company said its drug was more effective in reducing agitation associated with Alzheimer‘s, compared with a placebo.

Avanir’s stock rose as much as 69 percent to an eight-year high of $11.38 on Monday.

** REWALK ROBOTICS LTD, $36.3399, +41.95 pct

The medical device maker’s shares extended gains on Monday, after more than doubling in their debut on Friday, valuing the company at about $346 million. The company raised about $36 million from its IPO.

** ALERE INC, $41.205, +12.55 pct

The diagnostic company’s former chief executive Ron Zwanziger said he planned to take it private in a deal that valued it at $3.82 billion.

** EBAY INC, $50.8832, -2.50 pct

** GOOGLE INC, $577.33, -1.29 pct

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says he believes speculation that Google is taking 40 pct stake in eBay is “largely unsubstantiated” and it is “unlikely” Google will buy eBay.

** MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC, $28.6, -5.20 pct

The utility company cut its 2014 profit forecast to $1.40-$1.50 per share from $1.50-$1.65, citing challenges in oil production in the Paradox Basin in Utah.

** TEREX CORP, $32.685, -5.81 pct

The heavy equipment maker cut its 2014 adjusted earnings forecast to $2.35-$2.50 per share from $2.50-$2.80. The company also forecast third-quarter adjusted earnings of 55-65 cents per share, below the average analyst estimate of 79 cents per share. Terex cited weakness in cranes business for the downward revision.

** MILLER ENERGY RESOURCES INC, $4.83, +11.03 pct

The oil and gas producer named Carl Giesler, who was previously Harbinger Group Inc’s managing director of investments, as its new CEO. The company also said it was to buy Alaskan operating assets of Buccaneer Energy for about $40 million to $50 million. The deal is expected to add to both credit and cash flow per share.

** AMAZON.COM INC, $322.66, -2.58 pct

Writers published by Hachette Book Group and their allies are planning to appeal directly to the board of the online retailer to find a way out of the impasse over e-book prices, the New York Times reported. The writers have been at the receiving end of a dispute, which has seen Amazon delay deliveries and cut discounts on some books published by Hachette.

** RACKSPACE HOSTING INC, $36.85, -4.36 pct

J.P.Morgan cut its rating on the stock to “neutral” from “overweight” after shares rose 3.5 percent in the past week, likely due to a Bloomberg report that CenturyLink may be interested in acquiring the company. The brokerage said it was skeptical of a deal happening since CenturyLink prefers acquisitions that add to its free cash flow from the second year of the deal’s closure and buying Rackspace would not meet that criteria.

** PARKER DRILLING CO, $5.85, -5.03 pct

Brokerage Stephens cut its rating on the stock to “equal-weight” from “overweight”. Geopolitical instability in the Middle East may hurt the company’s rental tools business in international markets, offsetting domestic successes in the near term, analysts said.

** TURQUOISE HILL RESOURCES LTD, $3.995, +1.14 pct

The Mongolian government and Turquoise Hill, a unit of Rio Tinto Plc, resolved a tax dispute threatening to delay the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine.

** GILEAD SCIENCES INC, $101.36, -2.22 pct

The next generation version of the biotech company’s $84,000 hepatitis C drug, already under fire for its record-breaking costs, is going to be even more expensive. Gregg Alton, Gilead’s executive vice president of corporate and medical affairs, declined to give an exact price for the new medicine, the first all-oral treatment for the virus which is expected to launch next month.

Separately, the drugmaker agreed on Monday to license its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to seven India-based drugmakers to sell cheaper versions of the $1,000-a-pill medicine in 91 developing nations.

** INSYS THERAPEUTICS INC, $31.4901, -2.87 pct

The drugmaker received subpoena from the U.S. attorney’s office for the district of Massachusetts regarding its cancer pain drug, Subsys, seeking documents regarding sales and marketing practices.

** TRW AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS CORP, $103, -0.82 pct

The U.S. auto parts maker said it would bought by German peer ZF Friedrichshafen for $13.5 billion, including debt, creating a global automotive supply powerhouse. (Compiled by Amrutha Penumudi in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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