Front Runners: Radian Group Inc. (RDN), Clean Diesel Technologies (CDTI), Visa Inc. (V), Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO)

Shares of Radian Group Inc. (RDN) are up nearly 6% in early trading, after the company reported fiscal Q3 revenue and earnings that beat Wall Street expectations. Revs in the three months ended in September rose 26.4%, year/year, to $309.25 million versus the $268.17 million consensus, yielding EPS of $0.67 per share, $0.34 better than the estimates of $0.33. Radian said the total number of primary delinquent loans decreased by 4% in Q3 from Q2 of FY 2014, and by 28% from the third quarter of FY 2013.

RDN shares recently gained $0.84 to $16.33. The stock is up more than 3.61% year-over-year and has gained roughly 9.78% year-to-date. In the past 52 weeks, shares of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based private mortgage insurer have traded between a low of $12.18 and a high of $16.24.

Radian Group Inc. closed Wednesday at $15.49. The company has a total market cap of $2.96B.

Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. (CDTI) shares are printing a large uptick this morning, gaining 38% from the previous close after the company announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded it two new patents covering CDTI’s new technology that replaces costly platinum group and rare earth metals in catalytic converters. These patents represent the first of a family of patents for CDTI’s Spinel technology, a clean emissions exhaust technology that promises to dramatically reduce the cost of attaining more stringent clean air standards.

Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. shares have a t-12 price/ales ratio of 0.38 and EPS of ($0.85). Ticker has a median Wall Street price target of $3.75 with a high target of $3.75.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of Oxnard, California-based company have traded between a low of $1.33 and a high of $7.39 and are now at $2.59. CDTI currently prints a one year return of about 14.29%% and a year-to-date return of around 12%.

Analysts at FBR Capital upgraded their rating on the shares of Visa Inc. (V) to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’ in a research note issued on Thursday. The target price has been set to $260 from $250. FBR’s price objective suggests a potential upside of about 12% from the stock’s current price.

Visa Inc., currently valued at $146.67B, has a median Wall Street price target of $250.00 with a high target of $281.00. Approximately 1,074,937 shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 2,522,360.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of the retail electronic payments network have traded between a low of $194.26 and a high of $235.50 with the 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $211.42 and $211.97 levels, respectively. Additionally, shares of V trade at a P/E ratio of 1.40 and have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) and MACD indicator of 56.24 and +5.94, respectively.

Visa currently prints a one year return of about 5.91% and a year-to-date loss of around 3.06%.

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) had its rating hiked to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ by analysts at Brean Capital on Thursday. The firm set the name’s PT at $27, implying 10% expected return.

Take-Two Interactive Software is currently printing a higher than average trading volume with the issue trading 1.6M shares, compared to the average volume of 1,542,350. The stock began trading this morning at $24.50 and is now up 8.84% from the prior days close of $22.80. On an intraday basis it has gotten as low as $23.73 and as high as $24.50.

TTWO shares are priced at 7.01x this year’s forecasted earnings, compared to the industry’s 4.51x earnings multiple. The company’s current year and next year EPS growth estimates are at (75.40%) and 31.40% compared to the industry growth rates of 11.30% and 23.60%, respectively. TTWO has a t-12 price/sales ratio of 0.78. EPS for the same period registers at $3.49.

TTWO’s shares have declined 1.17% in the last 4 weeks and advanced 1.88% in the past three months. Over the past 5 trading sessions the stock has gained 3.59%.

The New York-based company, which is currently valued at $1.94B, has a median Wall Street price target of $23.00 with a high target of $28.00. TTWO is up 27.02% year-over-year, and 31.26% year-to-date.

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