(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) The Dow industrials hit a record high on Friday as stocks rallied on Wall Street after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program, just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its own package of U.S. economic incentives. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 1.09 percent at 17,383.64, the S&P 500 was up 1.05 percent at 2,015.61 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 1.35 percent at 4,627.752.
** ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORP, $8.375, +4.56 pct
The power management chip maker said it was noticing a recovery in orders for shipment in the first half of 2015.
Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the stock to $8 from $7.50
“While business weakened at the end of September and into October, (ON Semiconductor) is encouraged by a recent uptick in orders,” Morgan Stanley analysts wrote in note.
The company reported lower-than-expected third-quarter profit and revenue, and forecast fourth-quarter revenue below the average analyst estimate, hurt by slowdown in orders this year.
** MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY, $44.31, +3.35 pct
Three brokerages raised their price targets on the chipmaker’s stock by up to $4 to as high as $51. The median price target on the stock is $47.50.
The company, which three weeks ago forecast a broad downturn in semiconductor demand, said on Thursday that the worst was over and the dip would be minor.
“Semiconductor revenue is poised to eclipse $300bn for the first time in history,” Credit Suisse analysts said.
Microchip’s third-quarter earnings forecast matched the average analyst expectation.
** MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CO, $74.75, +0.90 pct
The owner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue, helped by a 128 percent jump in revenue in its entertainment business.
The company said it was continuing to explore the idea of splitting itself in two.
** LINKEDIN CORP, $226.87, +11.81 pct
The corporate networking website company reported better-than-expected third-quarter profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff.
At least 11 brokerages raised their price targets on the stock by as much as $24. The highest price target is Jefferies’ $315, while the lowest is FBR’s $180.
“We are encouraged by LinkedIn’s success ... as revenue per customer per month growth remained high (4.9 pct year-over-year),” JP Morgan analysts wrote in a note.
** TEMPUR SEALY INTERNATIONAL INC, $51.56, -12.18 pct
The mattress maker cut its 2014 adjusted profit forecast, saying it expects costs to continue to squeeze margins in its international and Sealy businesses.
The company cut the top end of its forecast to $2.70 per share from $2.85, with the low end unchanged at $2.60.
At least three brokerages cut their price targets on the stock, by as much as $9 to as low as $56.
** STAAR SURGICAL CO, $9.535, -13.63 pct
The implantable contact lens maker posted a loss in the third-quarter, compared with a profit a year earlier.
The company said refractive surgeries fell more than 50 percent in South Korea during the quarter, and the refractive market was yet to rebound in Japan.
William Blair and Canaccord Genuity cut their price targets on the stock.
** SUNPOWER CORP, $31.85, +7.60 pct
The solar panel maker signed an agreement to a form a joint venture to develop at least 3 gigawatt of photovoltaic solar power plants in China. The company said it would invest up to $20 million for a 4.6 percent stake in joint venture, its second in China.
** AEGERION PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $21, -38.61 pct
The drugmaker cut its full-year sales forecast for the third time since January, blaming higher patient dropout rates and lower U.S. prescription growth rates.
“We do not trust the ability of management to accurately forecast sales,” Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in note, adding that “management provided no updates as to what will be done differently aside from revising forecasts”.
At least four brokerages cut their ratings on the stock to “hold”, while BofA Merrill Lynch cut to “underperform”.
** BARRICK GOLD CORP, $11.79, -4.07 pct
** ELDORADO GOLD CORP,$5.68, -6.27 pct
** YAMANA GOLD INC, $3.99, -10.54 pct
** ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP, $3, -4.76 pct
** ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD,$8.35, -1.42 pct
Gold and silver slumped to their lowest since 2010 as the dollar and stock markets soared following a new round of quantitative easing by the Bank of Japan and U.S. data showing a robust economy.
Spot gold down 2.5 pct at $1,168.66 an ounce.
Spot silver fell nearly 3 pct to $15.94 an ounce.
** GROUPON INC, $7.15, +19.37 pct
The online discount coupon provider posted higher-than-expected third-quarter profit and revenue as billings grew, mainly due to the acquisition of South Korean e-commerce company, Ticket Monster.
RBC raised its price target on the stock to $7 from $6 and Credit Suisse to $6.50 from $6.29.
Revenue and gross profit growth, robust billings growth, overall improving metrics and continued share buybacks are the reasons for the price target raise, RBC analysts wrote in note.
** SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $16.33, +3.81 pct
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration responded to members of the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) community regarding its guidance on Sarepta’s marketing application for its experimental DMD drug.
Earlier this week, the regulator requested additional data to support the marketing application for Sarepta’s drug, eteplirsen, due to concerns about the methods used to measure a key biomarker, dystrophin, for DMD.
** BOYD GAMING CORP, $11.78, +6.80 pct
The gaming company reported third-quarter revenue above the average analyst estimate due to higher revenue from its Las Vegas operations.
** OSHKOSH CORP, $45.3, +0.85 pct
The industrial equipment maker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue as higher demand from commercial customers for its access equipment offset lower U.S. military spending. The company also raised its quarterly dividend to 17 cents per share from 15 cents.
** WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS INC, $14.22, +21.43 pct
The asset manager said it would buy up to $100 million of its common stock over three years.
** IMPERVA INC, $39.72, +22.29 pct
At least five brokerages raised their price targets on the data security provider’s stock by as much as $15 to as high as $44. The median price target is $40, according to Thomson Reuters data.
The company reported higher-than-expected third-quarter revenue and a smaller-than-expected loss on Thursday and raised its full-year revenue forecast, helped by growth in subscription revenue.
Imperva also forecast full-year revenue above analysts’ average estimate and said it expected smaller loss than analysts were expecting.
Brokerage firm Piper Jaffray raised its rating on the stock to “overweight” from “neutral”.
** MYLAN INC, $54.18, +3.46 pct
The drugmaker’s third-quarter adjusted profit and revenue beat analysts’ average estimate. Mylan also raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $3.54-$3.60 per share from $3.44-$3.54.
“We remain confident in MYL’s growth outlook based on a strong base business,” Goldman Sachs said.
** AVIV REIT INC, $34.62, +15.02 pct
** OMEGA HEALTHCARE INVESTORS INC, $38.99, +0.36 pct
Omega Healthcare said it would buy Aviv for $3 billion or $34.97 per share. Aviv owns skilled nursing facilities and healthcare properties. The stock has an intrinsic value of $33.77, according to Thomson Reuters StarMine.
** STARBUCKS CORP, $75.56, -2.28 pct
The world’s biggest coffee chain’s shares fell after it reported lower-than-expected same-store sales in the Americas region. Chief executive Howard Schultz blamed the rise of online and mobile shopping for fewer visits to malls and other retail areas. JP Morgan analysts said the chief executive’s reason was “not an illogical one”. The brokerage firm also cut its price target on the stock to $82 from $85.
** SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS HOLDINGS INC, $39.86, +2.05 pct
The company, which makes parts for Boeing Co and Airbus Group NV, reported a 79 percent rise in quarterly profit and raised its full-year profit forecast.
** GOPRO INC, $76.6705, +12.34 pct
The wearable camera maker forecast better-than-expected holiday-quarter sales and reported third-quarter results above analysts estimates.
“The company is executing well, the addressable market continues to expand with the evolution of the overall platform,” JP Morgan Securities wrote in a note titled “GoGo for GoPro.”
At least two brokerages raised their price targets on the stock to as much as $80.
** EXPEDIA INC, $84.68, +4.89 pct
The online travel company reported robust third-quarter earnings on Thursday and topped analyst estimates, as strong hotel bookings boosted its profit by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter.
** MONEYGRAM INTERNATIONAL INC, $8.92, -29.43 pct
The world’s second-largest money transfer company said it would cut prices for transfers within the United States due to rising competition, and withdrew its forecast for the year.
The company slashed its forecast for the year in April due to impending competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s new money transfer service.
** MERCADOLIBRE INC, $136.73, +18.69 pct
The Latin American online retail company reported better-than-expected third-quarter profit and revenue. Items sold on its platform jumped 22.3 percent to 26.9 million.
** NEWMONT MINING CORP, $18.7, -8.02 pct
The largest U.S.-based gold miner reported lower third-quarter earnings on Thursday but beat market expectations and also reduced its forecast for gold production costs this year.
** WESTERN UNION CO, $17.18, +2.87 pct
The world’s largest money-transfer company, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it benefited from its digital money transfer services. (Compiled by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings)