Trending Stocks – Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN) , Ariad Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARIA) , Hi-Crush Partners (NYSE:HCLP) , Rackspace (NYSE:RAX) , SMFG)

Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) Director Jeffery H. Boyd sold 3,000 shares of Priceline Group stock on the open market in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $1,228.00, for a total transaction of $3,684,000.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 194,125 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $238,385,500. Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) stock performance was 0.95% in last session and finished the day at $1,212.78. Traded volume was 795,526.00million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 786.34K shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.82. Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) insider ownership is 0.70%.

Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) on July 14 announced that the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has provided the Company with a request for limited additional information regarding Iclusig (ponatinib) as part of its ongoing review under the Article 20 referral procedure. The PRAC has requested further information regarding proposed dose modifications after achievement of a response and patient monitoring and details concerning a risk management plan. Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) rose 3.79 percent to $5.20 Friday on volume of 6.78million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $5.00 to $5.27. Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) has a market capitalization of $971.35million.

Hi-Crush Partners (NASDAQ:HCLP) announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, July 16th, reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 1st will be paid a dividend of 0.575 per share on Friday, August 15th. This represents a $2.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.67%. Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP)’s stock on July 18, 2014 reported a increase of 0.96% to the closing price of $64.97. Its fifty two weeks range is $20.26 -$67.01. The total market capitalization recorded $2.40billion. The overall volume in the last trading session was 453,431.00million shares. In its share capital, HCLP has 33.13million outstanding shares.

Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX) was upgraded by equities researchers at Davidson to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued on Monday. On Friday, shares of Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX) advanced 1.05% to close the day at $31.62. Company return on investment (ROI) is 8.00% and its monthly performance is recorded as -14.17%. Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX) quarterly revenue growth is 0.41%.

One of Japan’s largest banks, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:SMFG), clearly saw the benefits of the buy back as they have sold over half of their JGB holdings. As of March 2013, SMFG’s portfolio of JGBs was valued at Y21.5tn (approx. US$210bn). By December 2013 the portfolio had diminished to Y9.6tn (approx. US$93.96bn) and the group’s loan balance had risen by approximately 4 per cent to Y68tn (approx. US$665.59bn).Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:SMFG) stock performance was 0.49% in last session and finished the day at $8.17. Traded volume was 1.13million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 1.16million shares. The beta of the stock remained 0.63.