Wall Street rose on Thursday, with the S&P 500 climbingmore than 1 percent, buoyed by data showing the U.S. economygrew as expected in the fourth quarter. U.S. stock indexes xxxon Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.55percent at 15,825.12, the S&P 500 was up 1.09 percent at1,793.48 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 1.85 percent at4,126.217.
** 3M CO, $127.92, -1.79 pct
The diversified manufacturer posted an 11 percent rise infourth-quarter net income on Thursday, helped by higher earningsacross most of its business lines, but sales missed WallStreet's target.
** MASTERCARD, $79.19, +1.92 pct
** AMERICAN EXPRESS CO, $86.51, +1.12 pct
The world's largest credit and debit card company reporteda better-than-expected 9 percent rise in quarterly profit asmore people used cards instead of cash to make payments.
** EXXON MOBIL CORP, $93.99, -1.18 pct
The world's largest publicly traded oil company by marketvalue posted lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday asit failed to offset declining production with fresh reserves.
** DICERNA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $40.53, +170.20 pct
The biopharmaceutical company's stock more than doubled inits debut. The company had priced its offering of 6 millionshares at $15 each, raising $90 million. Dicerna develops drugsfor rare inherited diseases of liver and cancer. At a high of$34.83, the company is valued at about $580 million.
** LINKEDIN CORP, $212.05, +3.88 pct
The world's largest social networking company's resoundingrevenue growth underscored CEO Mark Zuckerberg's success inselling ad space on the social network's mobile app.
At least 30 brokerages raised their price targets onFacebook's shares. The stock, which has never before tradedhigher than $60 during market hours, was at $63.28 before thebell on Thursday.
Microblogging site Twitter and job portal LinkedIn's shareswere also up on the news.
Lenovo Group (Berlin: LHL.BE - news) said on Wednesday it agreed to buyGoogle's Motorola handset division for $2.91 billion, in what isChina's largest-ever tech deal as Lenovo buys its way into aheavily competitive U.S. handset market dominated by Apple Inc (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) . It is Lenovo's second major deal on U.S. soil in aweek as the Chinese electronics company angles to get a footholdin major global computing markets. Lenovo last week said itwould buy IBM (NYSE: IBM - news) 's low-end server business for $2.3 billion.
The internet giant is scheduled to report quarterly resultsafter markets close.
** ALLEGIANT TRAVEL CO, $90.4, -9.24 pct
At least two brokerages lowered their price target on theairline's stock after the company indicated that its marginscould be under pressure in the first quarter. Allegiant gaveweak outlook for the first quarter citing higher costs andlower-than-expected unit revenues.
"...1Q14 will likely be the highest non-fuel costs thecompany sees in 2014", Cowen & Co analyst Helene Becker wrote ina note to clients. Allegiant forecast non-fuel unit costs togrow 13 to 15 percent in the first quarter, due to trainingcosts and higher maintenance costs.
** FLUIDIGM CORP, $43.805, +9.62 pct
Cantor Fitzgerald raised its price target on the company aday after it announced its deal to buy privately held DVSSciences Inc, saying the deal would further strengthen anddiversify Fluidigm (Frankfurt: FLB.F - news) 's highly differentiated capabilities insingle-cell genomics.
Cantor's Sung Ji Nam raised the price target to $47 from $28and maintained the "buy" rating on the stock.
The back-up storage provider forecast first-quarter revenuebelow expectations.
Brokerage Canaccord Genuity lowered its rating onCarbonite's stock to "hold" from "buy," citing slowdown in thegrowth of its back-up software business for small and mediumsized companies. Carbonite has of late signaled a shift in itsbusiness from consumers to SMBs, the brokerage said.
The golfing equipment maker reported deeper-than-expectedquarterly loss, hurt by a late start to the golf season in theAmericas and Europe due to the bad weather. The company reportedfourth-quarter loss of 65 cents per share, deeper than averageanalysts' estimates of loss of 32 cents per share, according toThomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The undergarment maker on Wednesday reportedhigher-than-expected fourth-quarter results and increased its2014 earnings outlook as it expects higher profit contributionfrom its buyout of Maidenform.
The maker of Hanes, Champion, and Wonderbra brand ofapparels said it expects 2014 adjusted earnings to be$4.60-$4.80 per share, while analysts were expecting $4.69.Buckingham Research raised its price target on HanesBrands'sstock to $83 from $80.
** GERON CORP, $5.49, +26.79 pct
The biopharmaceutical company said its common stock offeringof 22.5 million shares is priced at $4.00 each, fetching about$90 million in gross proceeds. The price represents a 8 percentdiscount to the stock's closing price on Wednesday. Geron (Frankfurt: GON.F - news)intends to use a part of the net proceeds for the plannedmid-stage trial of its experimental drug blood cancer drugImetelstat.
Dassault Systemes (Other OTC: DASTF - news) agreed to buy U.S. scientificsoftware firm Accelrys in an all-cash deal valuing the San-Diegocompany at about $750 million, as it seeks to expand its productportfolio, the software company said.
The company said it would stop developing asthma drug KB003after it failed to bring about a clinically meaningfulimprovement in the pulmonary function of patients with severeasthma when tested against a placebo in 160 patients in amid-stage study.
Needham & Co downgraded the stock while at least onebrokerage cut its price target.
** INFINERA CORP, $9.07, +28.47 pct
The company, which makes chips used in telecom networks,reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results onWednesday helped by new customer wins.
MKM Partners raised its price target on the stock.
The company said it expected revenue from its blood disorderdrug, Soliris, to hit the $2 billion mark in 2014, sending itsshares up 27 percent to a life-high.
** SPECTRUM BRAND HOLDINGS INC, $74.52, +8.79 pct
The consumer products maker reported better-than-expectedquarterly results, helped by growth in its hardware and homeimprovement business.
The industrial toolmaker cut its full-year organic salesgrowth and earnings forecast, citing slower-than-anticipatedrebound in the its oil and gas markets and weak conditions inunderground mining in the United States and China.
** YOU ON DEMAND HOLDINGS INC, $3, +16.73 pct
The Chinese video-on demand provider said it expanded itsrelationship with the Walt Disney Co to offer movies ondemand via mobile devices in China.
The stock, trading nearly ten times its average 10-dayvolume, was one of the top percentage gainers on the Nasdaq.
** CELLADON CORP, $8.82, +10.25 pct
The biotechnology company's stock began trading on theNasdaq, following its initial public offering of 5.5 millionshares priced at $8 each.
** B/E AEROSPACE INC, $77.78, -5.93 pct
The aircraft parts supplier reported fourth-quarter earningsbelow analysts' estimates due to higher costs.
The Florida-based bank said it will buy First SouthernBancorp for about $190 million in cash and stock.
The software company reported a 10 percent decline inquarterly revenue as sales from services fell about 15 percent.
The industrial distributor reported second-quarter earningsabove analysts' estimates due to lower costs.
The network equipment maker reported third-quarter resultsthat beat analysts' estimates on Wednesday, helped by loweroperating expenses.
The oilfield services provider reported a quarterly profitthat beat analysts' average estimate, helped by an increase inproppant sales volumes in North America. The company also saidit expects first-quarter ceramic proppant volumes to increasefrom the previous quarter.
The cloud-based software services provider announcedpreliminary fourth-quarter results above Wall Streetexpectations. The company said on Wednesday it expects adjustedearnings from continuing operations of 20 cents per share on netrevenue of $134.5 million to $135 million for the currentquarter.
** MECOX LANE LTD, $4.6724, +6.92 pct
The Chinese multibrand retailer said Nanjing-basedCnshangquan E-Commerce Co Ltd bought a 63.7 percent stake in thecompany through a definitive share purchase agreement withcertain shareholders. Mecox Lane said Cnshangquan E-Commercepaid $39 million for 290,564,842 of its ordinary shares.
** MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD, $37, -6.33 pct
The chipmaker reported fourth-quarter revenue way below WallStreet expectations and posted a net loss, compared with a netprofit, a year earlier, due to higher expenses.
Brokerage Stifel Nicolaus cut its price target on the stock.
The medical device company posted a smaller-than-expectedquarterly loss as doctors continued to adopt its Stealth 360device for treating accumulation of plaque in peripheralarteries.
At least two brokerages raised their price target on thestock on Thursday.
** INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE GROUP INC, $78.8,+14.72 pct
The telecom software maker reported fourth-quarter resultsway above Wall Street expectations as sales from cloud-basedorders rose 61 percent.
The analog chipmaker's third-quarter adjusted profit laggedexpectations, as supply chain inventory exceeded networkingmarket demand.
At least two brokerages cut their price target on thecompany's stock.
The company reported better-than-expected quarterly profitas demand for its products increased. Revenue from its productsjumped 65 percent in the quarter.
MKS Instruments makes instruments and subsystems thatmeasure and monitor parameters used in manufacturing processes.
** MEN'S WEARHOUSE INC, $47.62, +3.30 pct
** JOS. A. BANK CLOTHIERS INC, $55.67, +1.48 pct
Men's Wearhouse said it was open to sweetening its buyoutoffer for Jos. A. Bank, under certain conditions, and called onindependent directors of its smaller rival to reconsider itsbid.
** HARLEY-DAVIDSON INC, $63.03, -1.58 pct
The motorbike maker reported a higher quarterly profit,lifted by growing global motorcycle sales, while its preliminary2014 shipment forecast suggested its efforts to reachnon-traditional riders will continue to gain traction.
** HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES INC, $102.12,+17.14 pct
The audio equipment maker reported a stronger-than-expected53 percent jump in quarterly profit and raised its full-yearforecast, fueled by strong sales of its infotainment systems toluxury car makers.
The U.S. arms maker reported higher-than-expected earningsin the fourth quarter, although revenues fell short of estimateswith U.S. military spending in decline.
The company, which makes specialty packaging for the foodand beverage industry, reported fourth-quarter earnings aboveanalysts' estimates, partly due to strong sales of specialtycans in the Americas.
The casino and resort operator on Wednesday reportedfourth-quarter revenue of $3.66 billion that missed analysts'average estimate of $3.71 billion.
Susquehanna Financial Group cut its target price on thecasino and resort operator's stock to $92 from $93 with apositive rating.
The company, which provides web-based travel and expensemanagement solutions, reported better-than-expected results andforecast current quarter and 2014 profit above expectations onWednesday.
At least seven brokerages raised their price targets on thestock.
** SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO, $181.88, -3.83 pct
The coatings maker forecast first-quarter earnings belowanalysts' estimates as it expects a recent acquisition to biteinto profit.
** TRACTOR SUPPLY CO, $67.51, -2.15 pct
J.P. Morgan Securities cut its price target on the stock to$74 from $78 after the retailer gave a weaker-than-expected 2014earnings forecast. The operator of farm and ranch retail storessaid it expects 2014 earnings to be $2.54-$2.62 per share, lowerthan analysts' average expectation of $2.64 per share.
** JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP, $9.01, +11.10 pct
The airline said it acquired 12 slot pairs at Ronald ReaganWashington National Airport.
Hhgregg's third-quarter profit fell about 70 percent andmissed Wall Street estimates, hurt by declining demand fortelevisions and tablets, prompting the appliance and electronicsretailer to slash its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook.
The company said it now expects to earn 30 to 40 cents pershare in 2014, compared with its previous forecast of 75 to 90cents.
The construction management services reported a 2 percentfall in first-quarter revenue.
** ADT CORP, $31.1, -17.75 pct
The security services provider posted first-quarter resultsbelow analysts' estimates, as costs rose. "Customer growth didnot meet our expectations this quarter and we have implementedactions, including improvements in our dealer channel and leadgeneration process, to regain subscriber traction in thefuture," Chief Executive Naren Gursahaney said in a statement.
** HILLSHIRE BRANDS CO, $35.7, +6.60 pct
The company topped analysts' expectations in the secondquarter as the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hotdogs raised prices to offset higher commodity costs.
The oilfield services company said it would cut 7,000 jobsand warned that its fourth-quarter profit would miss itsforecast, hurt by severe winter in North America and operationaldisruptions in the Middle East.
** ELI LILLY AND CO, $53.14, -1.43 pct
The drugmaker's quarterly revenue fell far less thanexpected, as plunging sales of its Cymbalta depression treatmentwere largely offset by higher sales for most of its otherprescription drugs.
** BLACKSTONE GROUP LP, $32.178, +4.03 pct
The world's largest publicly listed alternative assetmanager said its fourth-quarter profit surged 130 percent to capa record earnings year, boosted particularly by strength in itsreal estate business.
** BARRICK GOLD CORP, $19.28, -1.23 pct
** NEWMONT MINING CORP, $24.28, -2.37 pct
** HARMONY GOLD MINING CO, $2.85, -3.06 pct
** RANDGOLD RESOURCES LTD, $68.67, -2.65 pct
Gold fell around 1 percent on Thursday as the dollarrose after the U.S. Federal Reserve pushed ahead with reducingits monetary stimulus and investors took profits made theprevious session.
The pharmaceutical distributor reported abetter-than-expected quarterly profit helped by strong growth ofits home health and hospital network businesses.
The company also raised its full-year adjusted earningsforecast to $3.75-$3.85 per share, from its prior view of$3.62-$3.72.
** METHANEX CORP, $61.92, +9.23 pct
The methanol supplier posted a better-than-expectedquarterly profit, helped by high prices and robust demand.
The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company posted afourth-quarter adjusted profit of $1.72 per share, beatinganalysts' average estimates of $1.55 per share, according toThomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The coal miner posted a steeper-than-expected 14 percentfall in quarterly revenue due to weak prices of metallurgical,or steelmaking, coal and a labor stoppage at two of itsAustralian mines.
The company which oversees the PowerShares line ofexchange-traded funds said its fourth-quarter profit jumped 81percent, helped by strong markets and sales of alternative andequity products.
The company reported a quarterly profit and gave a full-yearrevenue forecast that beat analysts' estimates, driven byincreased sales of its athletic apparel, footwear andaccessories.
The Israeli mobile chip designer reported higher quarterlynet profit and revenue that beat analysts' expectations as thecompany broadened its portfolio of products and secured newcustomers.
** POTASH CORP OF SASKATCHEWAN, $31.4, -1.35 pct
The world's biggest fertilizer company reported asharply lower quarterly profit and produced 2014 forecasts thatwere below Wall Street expectations. The company's disappointingoutlook shows that the global potash market has far to go torecover from a slide in prices, due to years of soft demand,burgeoning supplies and last summer's breakup of rivalBelarusian Potash Company.
The company which makes specialty steel and ball bearings,reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by weakdemand from the mining industry.
The world's No.3 staffing company said it expected revenueto be flat to up 2 percent in the current quarter, even afterits quarterly profit doubled as hiring picked up inEurope.
The Israeli developer of oral drug delivery systems said amid-stage trial for its oral insulin capsule for the treatmentof type 2 diabetes met all primary and secondary endpoints.
The contract electronics maker forecast current-quarterrevenue largely above Wall Street estimates and said it plannedto reduce its workforce and undertake other cost cuts. China'sLenovo Group Ltd, which is also a Flextronicscustomer, said on Wednesday it would acquire Google Inc's Motorola Mobility smartphone business.
The company's quarterly profit jumped 48 percent due tostrong sales gains in North and South America, and Whirlpool (Frankfurt: WHR.F - news)indicated its 2014 earnings would be broadly in line withanalysts' forecasts.
The second-largest U.S. cable operator which recentlyrejected a takeover offer from Charter Communications Inc (NasdaqGS: CHTR - news) , posted better-than-expected quarterly results as itshigh-speed data subscribers opted for expensive plans.
The world's largest laboratory equipment maker reported abetter-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose across itsbusinesses.
The company reported lower-than-expected revenue for thefirst quarter as its studio Paramount Pictures released fewermovies and the home entertainment business reported lower sales. +1.65
** AVEO ONCOLOGY, $1.6684, -5.74 pct
The company said it would end a mid-stage trial testing itslead drug as a treatment for breast cancer, as the company didnot have enough patients enrolled in the study. Aveo, which wasdeveloping the drug with Japan's Astellas Pharma Inc (Other OTC: ALPMF - news) ,said enrollment in the study had been slower than expected anddid not improve despite efforts to recruit more patients.
** QUALCOMM INC, $73.2999, +3.07 pct
The mobile chipmaker reported higher fiscal first-quarterrevenue that slightly missed estimates as smartphone growthshifted to China, but it bumped up its full-year earningsoutlook and said 2014 was playing out as expected. Qualcomm (TLO: QC-U.TI - news)expects demand to grow later this year as leading mobile carrierChina Mobile (Berlin: CTM.BE - news) rolls out cellphone services using the advanced LTEtechnology Qualcomm dominates.
At least two brokerages raised their price targets on thestock to $86.
The world's biggest distilled drinks company, reported a slowdown in sales growth in the last six months afterdemand in China and some other important emerging marketsdropped sharply.
** NEUSTAR INC, $35, -20.00 pct
The company which routes phone calls and manages databasesused by North American telecom carriers, forecast a full-yearadjusted profit below estimates.
** SYMANTEC CORP, $22.05, -8.70 pct
The maker of Norton anti-virus software reported a 5 percentfall in quarterly revenue as a decline in sales of personalcomputers hurt demand for its security software.
The cloud-computing software maker forecast current-quarterand 2014 earnings far below analysts' estimates, citing "uneven"closure of some contracts, and said its long-time CEO wouldretire next year.
At least five brokerages downgraded the stock while a fewothers cut their price targets.
The software company focused on IT infrastructure reported a67 percent rise in fourth-quarter revenue as it added morecustomers.
** AMAZON, $401.42, +4.48 pct
The online bookseller that transformed itself into one ofthe most dominant and diverse technology powerhouses in under adecade, will offer signals about consumer and technology trendswhen it releases holiday-quarter results after markets close onThursday.
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