(Corrects item on Alliance Data Systems to show that the company’s net income rose 27 pct, not 21 pct)
Jan 31 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Thursday:
U.S. stocks were poised for a modestly lower open as economic data continued to paint a mixed picture of the economy and as investors sifted through a host of corporate earnings reports. S&P 500 futures up 0.02 percent and were slightly below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures up 0.01 percent, and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.19 percent.
** CELSION CORP, $1.66, down 79 pct (0946 ET)
The company said a late-stage study of its experimental liver cancer treatment ThermoDox did not meet the main goal of increasing patients’ survival without their cancer worsening.
** RESEARCH IN MOTION LTD , $12.73, down 7 pct (0958 ET)
The BlackBerry maker’s glitzy unveiling of the long-delayed line of new smartphones on Wednesday and a new corporate name failed to impress Wall Street analysts, with at least three downgrading the company’s stock.
** MASTERCARD INC, $527.49, up 2.2 pct (0947 ET)
** VISA INC, $158.75, up 2.5 pct (0948 ET)
The world’s second-largest credit and debit card network company’s quarterly results topped Wall Street estimates and revenue growth accelerated as more people chose card payments over cash.
Rival Visa’s stock was also up.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, $32.88, down 5 pct (0948 ET)
The largest chlorine producer in the world posted lower-than-expected adjusted profit on Thursday, as demand withered for specialty plastics and chlorine in China and Europe.
** FACEBOOK INC, $29.35, down 6 pct (0949 ET)
The social networking company said on Wednesday that it doubled its quarterly mobile advertising revenue. But the growth trailed some of Wall Street’s most aggressive estimates. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company plans to spend heavily to recruit talent At least three analysts cut their ratings on the stock.
** LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES INC, $23.66, up 5.6 pct (0945 ET)
The mortgage service provider said it will pay $127 million to settle inquiries related to some of its signing and notarization practices.
** ONLINE RESOURCES CORP, $3.81, up 82 pct (0959 ET)
** ACI WORLDWIDE INC, $47.47, up 1 pct (1002 ET)
Electronic payment services provider ACI Worldwide Inc said it will buy peer Online Resources in an all-cash deal with an equity value of about $126.6 million to expand its footprint in the online banking and bill payment sectors.
** AVIAT NETWORKS INC, $3.37, down 10 pct (1005 ET)
The company, which makes equipment to link and manage fixed and wireless networks, forecast third-quarter results largely below estimates. The company also said it expects a possible decline in cash from operating activities in the third quarter.
** TOWERSTREAM CORP, $2.91, down 9 pct (1013 ET) The broadband service provider said its offering of 10 million shares was priced at $3 per share, a discount to Wednesday’s close of $3.17.
** ENERGY XXI (BERMUDA) LTD, $32.05, down 6 percent (1020 ET)
The oil and gas producer reported a lower-than-expected profit on Wednesday as production fell due to operational downtime issues such as rig moves and infrastructure maintenance. Raymond James analysts said the production also came in “gassier” than they had estimated and cut their price target on the stock to $38 from $40.
** WMS INDUSTRIES INC, $25.16, up 54 pct (0949 ET)
** SCIENTIFIC GAMES CORP, $10.79, up 21 pct (0950 ET)
Scientific Games, which makes tickets and software for lotteries, said it will acquire rival WMS for about $1.42 billion to beef up its gaming machines business.
** LIQUIDITY SERVICES INC, $30.00, down 26 pct (0951 ET)
The online auctioneer cut its full-year earnings outlook as it expects economic uncertainties to hurt retail and industrial supply chains.
** HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES INC, $42.23, down 14.3 pct (0951 ET)
The audio systems maker slashed its full-year outlook and said it would cut up to 9 percent of its workforce after second-quarter profit missed Street estimates due to lower sales to European carmakers.
** PITNEY BOWES INC, $14.14, up 18 pct (0952 ET) The postage meters maker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results as its software business improved, and forecast 2013 revenue ahead of analysts’ estimates.
** DIGIRAD CORP, $1.89, up about 3.3 percent (0952 ET)
The diagnostic imaging products provider won U.S. health regulators’ approval to sell its ergo Imaging System, which helps with diagnosis in nuclear medicine, surgery and women’s health.
** MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION CO, $76.80, up 13 pct (0953 ET)
The maker of Enfamil baby formula reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, citing a rise in sales, the timing of a pension settlement expense and a lower tax rate.
** ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT INC, $14.98, up 0.2 pct (0953 ET)
** CREXUS INVESTMENT CORP, $13.27, up 6.2 pct (0954 ET)
Mortgage-backed REIT Annaly will gain control of CreXus after raising its offer for the remaining 88 percent stake in the commercial mortgage investor.
** MEDIA GENERAL INC, $4.31, up 4.6 pct (0954 ET)
The broadcaster posted a 40 percent jump in fourth-quarter revenue on an increase in political advertising.
** UNDER ARMOUR INC, $50.91, up 5.7 pct (0955 ET)
The athletic apparel and footwear maker reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit for the ninth time in a row as its water-resistant apparel and additions to its footwear range attracted more customers during the holiday season.
** WHIRLPOOL CORP, $111.58, up 2.6 pct premarket
The maker of Maytag and KitchenAid appliances reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as price increases and cost cuts helped the world’s largest appliance maker counter lackluster demand in Europe and North America.
** SPECTRUM PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $12.62, up 5.8 pct (0955 ET)
** ALLERGAN INC, $105.56, down 0.03 pct (0956 ET)
Spectrum said it bought back rights for its late-stage bladder cancer drug from co-developer Allergan and it would conduct an additional trial on the drug after a meeting with U.S. health regulators last month.
** OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP, $86.96, up 2 pct (0957 ET)
The company’s fourth-quarter profit beat Street estimates as the fourth-largest U.S. oil company was able to rein in costs in its pricier oil basins.
** FUSION-IO INC, $17.57, down 12.5 pct (0957 ET)
The storage drive maker slashed its fiscal 2013 revenue forecast as key customers Facebook Inc and Apple Inc delayed orders.
** FORTINET INC, $23.22, up 20 pct (0957 ET)
The company posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped mainly by increased demand for its network security software from large U.S. enterprises.
** JDS UNIPHASE CORP, $14.82, up 20 pct (0958 ET)
** FINISAR CORP, $15.61, up 10 pct (1008 ET)
** CIENA CORP, $15.54, up 6 pct (1012 ET)
JDS reported on Wednesday a quarterly profit on higher demand for its products used in broadband networks in the Americas.
** SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS INC, $24.37, up 13 pct (0959 ET)
The supplier to Apple Inc forecast better-than-expected revenue for the traditionally slow second quarter. It also reported higher-than-expected quarterly results on improved demand for its chips used to connect cellphones to networks.
** CITRIX SYSTEMS INC, $74.05, up 10.5 pct (0959 ET)
The business software maker reported on Wednesday higher-than-expected quarterly results, helped by strong adoption of its desktop products among healthcare customers and the U.S. government.
** ALIGN TECHNOLOGY INC, $31.75, up 8.5 pct (1000 ET)
The dental products maker’s quarterly results beat market estimates on strong sales of its teeth aligner product, Invisalign.
** SERVICENOW INC, $29.93, up 3.3 pct (1000 ET)
The cloud computing firm reported better-than-expected quarterly results, prompting brokerage Evercore Partners to raise its target price on the company’s stock to $33 from $30.
** VANDA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $3.92, down 9.7 pct (1000 ET)
The company said it will stop developing its experimental drug for major depressive disorder after it failed to meet the main goal of improving symptoms in patients in a clinical trial.
** LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP, $54.60, up 6 pct (1001 ET)
The casino operator owned by billionaire Sheldon Adelson on Wednesday posted quarterly revenue above estimates and boosted its quarterly dividend by 40 percent to 35 cents per share.
** QUALCOMM INC, $67.23, up 5.8 pct (1001 ET)
The San Diego-based company beat Wall Street expectations for its first-quarter earnings and revenue and raised its financial targets for 2013 on Wednesday due to growing demand for smartphones and high-speed wireless services.
** VANGUARD NATURAL RESOURCES LLC, 27.66, down 4.4 pct (1002 ET)
The oil and gas producer said on Wednesday that it will offer 8 million common shares. It also granted a 30-day option to the underwriters to purchase an additional 1.2 million shares.
** TIME WARNER CABLE INC, $93.87, down 6.9 pct (1002 ET)
The second-largest U.S. cable operator reported quarterly profit above analysts’ estimates, helped by robust demand for high-speed data services.
** NASDAQ OMX GROUP, $27.43, down 1.9 pct (1005 ET)
The stock exchange operator reported higher fourth-quarter profit, as revenue growth in its corporate solutions, U.S. options, and U.S. proprietary data products businesses helped outweigh soft equity trading volumes.
** CORINTHIAN COLLEGES INC, $2.52, down 3.8 pct (1006 ET)
The for-profit education provider reported a quarterly loss and said new student enrollments dipped.
** ELIZABETH ARDEN INC, $37.14, down 19 pct (1007 ET)
The cosmetics maker reported lower-than-expected second-quarter results due to weak sales at department stores and at a key retailer during the holiday season.
** ALLIANCE DATA SYSTEMS CORP, $157.62, up 2.7 pct (1007 ET)
The company’s quarterly profit rose 27 percent, helped by higher sales in its private label credit card services business.
** AETNA INC, $47.71, down 2.5 pct (1008 ET)
The health insurer said quarterly earnings fell sharply as costs rose in parts of its employer-based insurance business and it took charges for settling litigation involving its payment practices for out-of-network care.
** DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP INC, $36.67, up 2.5 pct (1008 ET)
The Canton, Massachusetts-based company posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit after operating costs fell and sales at established Dunkin’ Donuts cafes in the United States came in above analysts’ estimates.
** OWENS ILLINOIS INC, $23.79, up 4.5 pct (1008 ET)
The glass container maker posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit as price increases outpaced the impact of rising costs, and said it expects modest volume growth in 2013.
** NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP, $65.59, down 1.1 pct (1011 ET)
The U.S. weapons maker reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday but said sales and earnings would fall sharply in 2013, given the mounting pressure on the U.S. defense budget.
** ENDO HEALTH SOLUTIONS INC, $32.50, up 2.6 pct (1011 ET)
The maker of pain relief medication has held talks in recent weeks with drugmakers potentially interested in buying the company, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
** TRACTOR SUPPLY, $102.06, up 8 pct (1012 ET)
The farm and ranch products retailer reported a quarterly profit that trumped Wall Street expectations, helped by cost cuts that also helped margin growth. Gross margins rose to 33 percent from 32.5 percent in the quarter. The company also forecast strong same-store sales for the full year after reporting a 4.7 percent rise in same store sales in the fourth quarter.
** SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $26.87, down 1 pct (1014 ET)
The company was the second one in as many days to see its shares plunge as a result of a Twitter hoax on Wednesday after a user posed as an influential short-seller and alleged improprieties at the biopharmaceutical company.
** CARDINAL HEALTH INC, $43.68, down 2.2 pct (1014 ET)
The drug wholesaler said it would sell its procedure kits manufacturing facility in Waukegan, Illinois and its sterilization processes operations in El Paso, Texas as part of a restructuring of its medical business.
** FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR LTD, $14.69, up 3.2 pct (1014 ET)
The chipmaker gave an upbeat revenue forecast and said it will seek to extend the maturity of $2.7 billion of its debt.
** APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC, $21.30, up 1.7 pct (1015 ET)
Hostess Brands Inc said private equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co have set a baseline offer of $410 million to buy the company’s snack cake brands including Hostess Twinkies and Dolly Madison.
** AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES INC, $130.67, down 3.7 pct (1016 ET)
The apartment landlord reported a 15 percent rise in a key earnings performance measure in the fourth quarter but warned that costs from the acquisition of some Archstone buildings would hurt its 2013 results.
** FLEETMATICS GROUP PLC, $24.77, down 5 pct (10:18 ET)
The software maker announced the pricing of 7.7 million shares at $25 apiece in a follow-on offering.
** CONOCOPHILLIP, $58.03, down 5 pct (1021 ET)
The U.S. oil and natural gas company issued a production forecast on Wednesday that fell short of some Wall Street expectations.
** PULTEGROUP INC, $20.23, down 3.9 pct (1009 ET)
RBC Capital Markets analyst Robert Wetenhall said investors were concerned that the homebuilder was at the risk of having to buy back bad mortgages it originated during the subprime lending boom, when underwriting standards for many were lax or non-existent. (Compiled by Neha Dimri in Bangalore)