Top Stocks: Cempra, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEMP), Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL), Culp, Inc. (NYSE:CFI), Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX)

Cempra Inc. (NASDAQ:CEMP) announced positive topline results from a global, pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of solithromycin oral capsules or Solitaire-Oral in the treatment of patients with community acquired bacterial pneumonia or CABP. Cempra, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEMP) belongs to Healthcare sector. Its weekly performance is 10.79%. On last trading day company shares ended up $22.89. Cempra, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEMP) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is 45.47%.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) has received an “AA-” credit rating from analysts at Morningstar. The research firm’s “AA-” rating suggests that the company is a very-low default risk. They also gave their stock a two star rating. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) shares moved up 0.16% in last trading session and ended the day at $24.96. AMAT Gross Margin is 42.40% and its return on assets is 8.40%. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) quarterly performance is 22.11%.

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) begin trading ex-dividend on December 23, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.3 per share is scheduled to be paid on January 20, 2015. Shareholders who purchased XEL stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. On 02 January, Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) shares moved up 0.56% and was closed at $36.12. XEL EPS growth in last 5 year was 5.50%. Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) year to date (YTD) performance is 0.56%.

Culp (NYSE:CFI) major shareholder Robert G. Culp III sold 21,609 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.70, for a total value of $447,306.30. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 114,738 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,375,077. Culp, Inc. (NYSE:CFI) ended the last trading day at $21.76. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 2.25% and price to cash ratio as 7.53. Culp, Inc. (NYSE:CFI) showed a weekly performance of 2.98%.

On Dec. 18, Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) announced that its Kintex® UltraScale™ KU040 FPGAs are now the industry’s first 20nm device to move into volume production. Customers can benefit from an estimated one year time to market advantage relative to its competition. Built on the industry’s only ASIC-class architecture, the mid-range Kintex UltraScale devices provide optimal price/performance/watt for a broad set of applications that include 100G OTN, packet processing and traffic management, 8X8 Mixed Mode LTE and WCDMA Radio, 8K/4K displays, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Data Center and more. Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) shares moved up 0.72% in last trading session and ended the day at $43.60. XLNX Gross Margin is 69.50% and its return on assets is 13.50%. Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) quarterly performance is 5.95%.