Drugmaker Merck said on Oct 01, that it completed the sale of its consumer care business, which makes products including Claritin allergy medication and Coppertone sun-care line, to German health care company Bayer for $14.2 billion. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) belongs to Healthcare sector. Its net profit margin is 12.90% and weekly performance is 0.86%. On last trading day company shares ended up $59.90. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is 2.02%.
On Sep 30, Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT) announced favorable safety results from the single ascending dose portion of a Phase I study of AVI-7100, the company’s lead candidate for the treatment of influenza virus, in healthy volunteers. The clinical trial is being conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through a collaboration between the company and the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. AVI-7100 uses Sarepta’s advanced and proprietary PMOplus™ chemistry, which is also the basis of the company’s clinical-stage Ebola and Marburg drug candidates. Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT) shares increased 7.72% in last trading session and ended the day at $23.30. SRPT return on assets is -37.40%. Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT) quarterly performance is -15.88%.
On Sep 30, American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC), released leasing information for the 2014-2015 academic year on Form 8-K. On 03 October, American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) shares increased 0.36% and was closed at $36.42. ACC EPS growth in last 5 year was 27.10%. American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) year to date (YTD) performance is 15.44%.
On Oct 01, Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE:KOS) provided an operational and financial update in advance of releasing its third quarter 2014 results. As a result of the continued strong production from the Jubilee field, gross production has averaged approximately 103,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) for the first nine months of 2014. Accordingly, the company completed its seventh lifting of crude oil for the year on October 1, 2014. Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE:KOS) ended the last trading day at $9.85. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 3.26% and price to cash ratio as 6.13. Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE:KOS) showed a weekly performance of -3.43%.
New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ) was upgraded by Zacks from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday. The firm currently has a $6.60 price target on the stock. Zacks‘s price target would suggest a potential upside of 12.05% from the stock’s previous close. New Residential Investment Corp. (NYSE:NRZ) shares increased 1.21% in last trading session and ended the day at $5.86. NRZ Gross Margin is 74.60% and its return on assets is 5.50%. New Residential Investment Corp. (NYSE:NRZ) quarterly performance is -4.40%.