Whats Hot Today : Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX), First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC), Parker Drilling Co. (NYSE:PKD), Conversant, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNVR),

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s stock fell on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) belongs to Consumer Goods sector. Its net profit margin is 21.60% and weekly performance is -3.85%. On last trading day company shares ended up $97.87. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is -0.80%.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) SVP Paul M. Silva sold 25,408 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $99.85, for a total transaction of $2,536,988.80. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 17,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,697,450. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) shares moved down -1.52% in last trading session and ended the day at $110.28. VRTX Gross Margin is 93.80% and its return on assets is -20.50%. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) quarterly performance is 18.36%.

Morgan Stanley reiterated their overweight rating on shares of First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning. The firm currently has a $55.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $51.00. On 25 September, First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) shares moved down -0.04% and was closed at $48.14. FRC EPS growth in last 5 year was 107.80%. First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) year to date (YTD) performance is -7.81%.

Parker Drilling Company (NYSE:PKD) was downgraded by analysts at Stephens from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. Parker Drilling Co. (NYSE:PKD) ended the last trading day at $5.03. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 3.62% and price to cash ratio as 7.09. Parker Drilling Co. (NYSE:PKD) showed a weekly performance of -9.21%.

Credit card processor Alliance Data Systems Corp (ADS.N) said it will buy Conversant, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNVR) for about $2.3 billion in cash and stock to boost its digital marketing business. Conversant, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNVR) shares moved down -0.38% in last trading session and ended the day at $34.12. CNVR Gross Margin is 67.40% and its return on assets is 17.50%. Conversant, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNVR) quarterly performance is 35.18%.