October 12, 2012 / 2:42 PM / in 5 years

MARKET PULSE-Workday, AMD, Liquidity Services, Lexicon, Travelzoo

Oct 12 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Friday:

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WALL ST OPENS FLAT, FOCUS ON BANK RESULTS

U.S. stocks opened flat as investors digested results from a pair of major banks and data showed inflation pressure remained in check.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 17.07 points, or 0.13 percent, at 13,343.46. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 0.30 points, or 0.02 percent, at 1,432.54. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 0.09 points, or 0.00 percent, at 3,049.32.

** WORKDAY INC, $47.35, up 68.7 pct (1028 ET)

Shares of the company soared 72 percent in their market debut on Friday, as the market for enterprise software continues to hold strong.

The Pleasanton, California-based company, considered a leader in the cloud computing sector, opened New York Stock Exchange trading at $48.05 after pricing shares above the expected range at $28.00. It sold 22.75 million shares, raising $637 million.

** AETERNA ZENTARIS INC , $2.45, down 22 pct (0958 ET)

The drug development company said it started an offering 6.6 million shares and warrants to purchase shares at $2.50 per each.

** CELGENE CORP, $79.51, up 2.3 pct (1025 ET) U.S. health regulators widened the approved use of Celgene’s breast cancer drug Abraxane to include treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of lung cancer.

** LIQUIDITY SERVICES INC, $39.11, down 10.3 pct (1031 ET)

BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded the online auctioneer to “neutral”, Streetinsider.com reported.

** FOREST OIL CORP, $8.93, up 1.13 pct (1030 ET)

The natural gas and oil company said it will sell all of its non-core South Louisiana properties for about $220 million and use the proceeds to repay debts. Forest Oil will continue to focus on selling other non-core assets to cut debt load, it said in a statement.

** LEXICON PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $2.55, up 7 pct (0959 ET)

The biopharmaceutical company said its experimental bowel disorder drug met the main goal of reducing bowel movements in patients with gastrointestinal cancer in a mid-stage study.

** ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC, $2.90, down 9.5 pct (1000 ET)

The chipmaker said on Thursday its third-quarter revenue likely fell 10 percent from the previous quarter as a weak global economy and growing preference for tablets slams the PC industry.

Several brokerages including UBS Investment Research, BMO Capital Markets, Jefferies & Co cut its price target on the company’s stock.

** TRAVELZOO INC, $20.22, down 13.9 pct (1018 ET)

The online travel-deals company estimated third-quarter results that came in below analysts’ forecast, sending its shares down as much as 17 percent in early morning trade.

** STMICROELECTRONICS , $6.19, up 9.7 pct (1013 ET)

The Europe’s top semiconductor maker on Friday responded to a report that it was mulling a corporate breakup by denying that it had any plans to undo the group’s “unity”.

** APPLE INC, $632.02, up 0.7 pct (1010 ET)

The company is expected to take the wraps off its highly anticipated mini iPad at an Oct. 23 invitation-only event, reported tech blog AllThingsD on Friday, citing sources familiar with the company.

** LAREDO PETROLEUM HOLDINGS, $21.14, up 1.5 pct (1019 ET)

The gas-focused exploration and production company said it would offer 12.5 million shares in a secondary offering at $20.25 per share.

The company, whose initial public offering in Dec last year failed to spark enough investor interest, said all of the proceeds from the sale will go to existing stockholders who are selling the shares.

** NPS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $10.38 , up 13.7 pct (1001 ET)

U.S. drug reviewers found three serious concerns related to the company’s experimental drug for short bowel syndrome, but said they did not think it needed to be restricted for safety reasons, according to documents posted by the Food and Drug Administration on its website Friday.

** IGATE CORP, $17.84, up 0.1 pct (1001 ET)

The outsourcing company posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as margins increased but said delays in contract renewals slowed revenue growth.

** INFOSYS LTD , $43.47, down 10 pct (1002 ET)

The Indian software services provider again disappointed investors hoping for a more robust growth outlook, undermining its standing as the country’s information technology bellwether.

** ECOLAB INC, $64.77, up 1.7 pct (1003 ET)

The cleaning services company will buy privately held oilfield specialty chemicals maker Champion Technologies Inc for about $2.2 billion to tap into rising demand for products used in oil and natural gas drilling.

** DOLLAR TREE INC, $41.9, down 3.1 pct (1004 ET)

Jefferies & Co downgraded the discount retailer to “hold” from “buy” after it said it would report third-quarter sales at the low end of its earlier forecast.

** IMPAX LABORATORIES INC, $ 26.16, up 0.4 pct (1004 ET)

The generic drug company said the U.S. health regulator extended the review date for its experimental drug to treat Parkinson’s disease to Jan. 21 from Oct. 21.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had not requested any additional trials or studies, the pharmaceutical company said in a statement.

** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, $41.94, down 0.3 pct (1005 ET)

The company posted a record quarterly profit - up 34 percent from a year earlier - as low interest rates and a recovering housing market brought big increases in mortgage lending.

The results signal the largest U.S. bank is recovering from the so-called “London whale” trades that resulted in losses of nearly $6 billion in the first half of the year but only a “modest loss” in the latest quarter.

** WELLS FARGO & CO, $34.00, down 3.3 pct (1006 ET)

The fourth biggest U.S. bank recorded lower net interest income and net interest margin for the third quarter, compared with second quarter.

** WAL-MART STORES INC, $75.78, up 1 pct (1006 ET)

Wal-Mart is offering its U.S. employees and their families free heart and spine surgeries at six major health centers at no cost to the retailer’s workers, as it tries to find better ways to cover costly, complicated procedures.

** CVS CAREMARK CORP, $47.25, down 0.7 pct (1007 ET)

The U.S. government is investigating allegations that the company refilled prescriptions and submitted insurance claims to Medicare without getting approval from patients, the Los Angeles Times reported.

** KINDER MORGAN INC, $34.47, down 1.6 percent (1007 ET)

The company said some stockholders are starting a public offering of 69.3 million shares of Class P common stock.

** DEAN FOODS CO, $15.09, up 3 pct (1008 ET)

Stifel Nicolaus upgraded the dairy company to “buy” from “hold,” expecting benefits from the initial public offering of the WhiteWave unit later this year and the proposed sale of the Morningstar division.

** AMAZON.COM INC, $244.30, up 0.08 pct (1009 ET)

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos confirmed on Thursday that the online retailer sells its Kindle e-reader “at cost”, with profit coming instead from sales of online content.

** J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES INC, $58.79, up 7.2 pct (1009 ET)

The surface transport and delivery company posted a quarterly profit that narrowly missed estimates but revenue beat on strong growth in the intermodal segment.

** EMAGIN CORP, $4.16, up 8.6 pct (1010 ET)

Piper Jaffray & Co started coverage on the stock with an “overweight” rating.

** MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC, $5.72, down 0.5 pct (1010 ET)

The memory chipmaker will hold analyst day in San Francisco. The company reported a loss for the fourth quarter late in September and investors will be looking for more color about falling PC sales and the dropping demand for DRAM chips.

** J.C. PENNEY CO INC, $25.90, down 1.3 pct (1011 ET)

Chief Executive Ron Johnson who tried to wean the retailer from a heavy dependence on price discounts and coupons has a somewhat surprising offer for customers: a coupon.

** BOEING CO, $71.89, up 1.5 pct (1011 ET)

The European Union accused the United States on Thursday of ignoring a World Trade Organization ruling to stop subsidies to the planemaker and asked the Geneva-based body to investigate, prolonging the world’s largest trade dispute.

** KRAFT FOODS GROUP INC, $46.51, up 0.03 pct (1012 ET)

The company plans to sell Maxwell House and Gevalia single-serve coffee pods compatible with Keurig brewing systems, in another blow to Keurig parent Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.

** BRIGHTPOINT INC, $8.98, up 0.22 pct (1013 ET)

** INGRAM MICRO INC, $14.82, down 0.33 pct (1014 ET)

EU competition regulators on Friday cleared the acquisition of U.S. technology distributor BrightPoint by its bigger rival Ingram Micro.

** LINN ENERGY LLC, $40.42, up 1.02 pct (1014)

LinnCo LLC, an affiliate of oil and gas company Linn Energy LLC, priced its initial public offering at $36.50 each, raising about $1.10 billion, an underwriter said. (Compiled by Aditi Shrivastava in Bangalore) (aditi.shrivastava@thomsonreuters.com, within U.S. +1 646 223 8780, outside U.S. +91 80 4135 5783, Reuters messaging: aditi.shrivastava.reuters.com@reuters.net)

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