August 18, 2014 / 6:38 PM / 4 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-Housing stocks, Neophotonics, airline stocks

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U.S. stocks surged on Monday, with the Dow up roughly 1 percent and the Nasdaq at a 14-year high as increasing homebuilder confidence and hopes for receding tensions between Russia and Ukraine brightened investors’ view of the outlook for equities. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.99 percent at 16,828.4, the S&P 500 was up 0.75 percent at 1,969.81 and the Nasdaq Composite added 39.67 points, or 0.89 percent, to 4,504.60.

** DOLLAR GENERAL CORP, $63.75, +10.95 pct

** FAMILY DOLLAR STORES INC, $79.9, +5.05 pct

** DOLLAR TREE INC, $54.4953, -2.00 pct

Dollar General offered to buy Family Dollar Stores for $8.95 billion, trumping an offer by Dollar Tree, to strengthen its position as the No. 1 U.S. discount retailer.

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** FABRINET, $14.55, -18.03 pct

The electronics manufacturing services company postponed reporting its fourth-quarter and full-year results, citing accounting issues discovered by the management. The company said the audit committee would investigate whether accounting policies were violated.

** MITEK SYSTEMS INC, $2.54, -16.72 pct

The mobile imaging software maker’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Strange left after two years in office to pursue other opportunities, the company said in a regulatory filing on Friday

** SKY-MOBI LTD, $8.43, +25.63 pct

The Chinese mobile application store operator reported a 32.4 percent jump in second-quarter revenue on Friday, boosted by strong demand for single-player mobile games. Revenue from single-player mobile games rose 63.3 percent from a year-ago.

** DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG INC, $22.485, +9.10 pct

The Hollywood studio appointed Fazal Merchant as chief financial officer, effective Sept. 15. Most recently, Merchant was CFO at DirecTV Latin America.

** NEOPHOTONICS CORP, $3.12, +15.99 pct

Three executives of the company, which makes components used in optical networking circuits, bought 68,500 shares, or 0.21 pct of outstanding shares, at an average price of about $2.72 per share last week.

** HMS HOLDINGS CORP, $21.28, +10.49 pct

Brokerage First Analysis Corp upgraded the healthcare-benefits company’s stock to “overweight” from “equal weight”, according to

** TEKMIRA PHARMACEUTICALS CORP, $20.3105, +12.34 pct

Brokerage Leerink Swann LLC started covering the drug developer’s stock with “outperform” rating and a $25 price target. “We believe Tekmira’s (lipid-nanoparticle nucleic acid) platform represents a best-in-class technology that has been clinically validated,” analyst Michael Schmidt wrote in note.

** LANNETT COMPANY INC, $40.59, +7.10 pct

The generic drugmaker forecast fourth-quarter profit and revenue above analysts’ average estimates. The company said it expected net income attributable to Lannett of between 60-64 cents per share on revenue of about $81 million. Analysts on average were expecting 41 cents per share on revenue of $71.2 million.

** AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC, $40.34, +2.93 pct


** SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, $30.66, +3.02 pct

** DELTA AIRLINES, $39.32, +2.05 pct

** ALASKA AIR GROUP, $46.64, +2.60 pct

** SPIRIT AIRLINES, $70.98, +2.48 pct

** JETBLUE AIRWAYS, $12.2, +2.43 pct

Airline stocks rose after Brent crude oil prices fell to the lowest in more than a year. Brent shed more than $2 per barrel as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies.

** INTERSECT ENT, $16, +6.31 pct

At least four brokerages, including J.P. Morgan Securities, started coverage of the medical device maker’s stock with their top ratings. “Company’s pipeline addresses an estimated $3.5 billion annual U.S. market opportunity,” Wedbush analysts said.

** MAVENIR SYSTEMS INC, $11.82, +6.58 pct

BofA Merrill Lynch resumes coverage on stock of the networking software maker with “buy” rating and $19 price target, according to Analyst Tal Liani says rollout of voice over long-term evolution by U.S. carriers to benefit Mavenir, according to The stock has a median price target of $18.50. Out of 6 analysts covering stock, 4 have “buy” rating and 2 have “strong buy”.

** TRI POINTE HOMES, $14.24, +3.64 pct

The homebuilder said it acquired 649 lots for seven new communities to expand in California, Nevada, Washington state and Virginia. Out of the 649 lots, 371 were in California, one of its high-growth markets.

** YAHOO INC, $37.39, +2.52 pct

Shareholder Eric Jackson tells CNBC that the web-search and advertising company’s stock is undervalued and could double in near term if CEO Marissa Mayer buys back stock. Jackson, founder of investment management firm Ironfire Capital, said Mayer should buy stock worth 10 pct of the $155 million she made in her first year as CEO.

** FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS INC, $10.17, -3.88 pct

The fuel components maker cuts 2014 revenue forecast to $335 million-$355 million from $340 million-$360 million. The company

also reports a 21 percent fall in Q2 revenue, partly due to loss of certain contracts and customers.

** PULTEGROUP INC, $18.67, +2.19 pct

** D.R. HORTON INC, $21.025, +0.89 pct

** TOLL BROTHERS INC, $34.53, +1.59 pct

** LENNAR CORP, $37.48, +1.46 pct

** KB HOME, $17.2, +2.93 pct

** BEAZER HOMES USA INC, $17.95, +3.70 pct

U.S. homebuilder sentiment rose in August to its highest level since January, according the National Association of Home Builders data. NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market index rose to 55 in August from 53 in July, recording its third straight monthly gain, and topping the mean estimate of analysts polled by Reuters for a reading of 53.

** MERCURY GENERAL CORP, $50.32, -4.08 pct

Keefe Bruyette & Woods downgraded the insurer’s stock to “underperform” from “market perform”, saying it exceeds its target price. The stock has a median price target on the stock of $44. Out of the four brokerages covering the stock, three has rated the stock “underperform” while one has rated it “neutral”.


The sensors and electrical controls maker said it would buy Schrader group of companies for an enterprise value of $1 billion to benefit from a growing market for tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS).

** BLACKBERRY LTD, $9.77, +1.88 pct

The Canadian smartphone maker’s US-listed shares gain after the company creates new unit to house what many consider to be among its most promising assets - cryptographic applications, its QNX embedded software and Project Ion platform for connecting devices.


The drugmaker said an experimental hepatitis C drug showed promise in a mid-stage trial and that all patients treated with the drug, ACH-3102, showed no detectable levels of the virus after four weeks.

** INGERSOLL-RAND PLC, $62.1, +2.56 pct

** CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORP, $72.28, -0.48 pct

Ingersoll-Rand, a maker of heating and air conditioning systems, said it would buy Cameron International’s centrifugal compression unit for $850 million.

** SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC, $19.06, +2.14 pct

Credit Suisse initiated coverage of the theme park operator’s stock with “outperform” rating, according to Out of 11 analysts covering Seaworld, five have a “hold” rating, while six have “buy” or “strong buy”, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Compiled by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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