Front Runners: Gain Capital (GCAP), You On Demand Holdings (YOD), Groupon (GRPN), Scientific Games (SGMS), Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF)

Shares of GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (GCAP) climbed over 22% Friday, after the company announced an agreement to acquire City Index Limited, an online trading firm specializing in contracts-for-difference, forex and UK spread betting for $118 million, and announced record preliminary third quarter results.

GAIN Capital Holdings gained $1.55 to $8.60 in mid-day trading today. Approximately 501,547 shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 188,094 shares.

Shares are currently priced at 41.73x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them expensive compared to the industry’s 14.74x earnings multiple. GAIN has a forward P/E of 12.87 and t-12 price-to-sales ratio of 0.98. EPS for the same period is $0.21.

Shares of GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc have a median consensus analyst price target of $8.00 with a high target of $9.00, and a 52-week trading range of $5.89 to $12.30. Shares are down 35.79% year-over-year and 4.34% year-to-date.

YOU On Demand (YOD) has been a solid gainer in mid-day trading, up more than 33% to $2.34 from Thursday’s close of $1.75. The gains have been aided by the company’s narrower net loss and an increase in revenue in its 2Q 2014 results.

YOU On Demand Holdings said revenue for the quarter ended June 30, increased to $183K up from $51K in the year-ago Q2. Gross loss for the quarter declined to $674K, down from $739K in the comparable 2013 period, while EPS loss narrowed to $0.05 from $0.22 in the year-ago Q2.

YOU On Demand is currently valued at $55.66M. Approximately 1,374,031 shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 182,231.

In the past 12 months, shares of the Chinese streaming video service have traded between a low of $1.61 and a high of $7.35 with the 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $1.87 and $2.54 levels, respectively. Additionally, shares of YOD have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) and MACD indicator of 70.57 and +0.08, respectively.

YOD currently prints a one year return of about 0.57%, and a year-to-date loss of around 22.57%.

Groupon Inc (GRPN) shares soared 23% Friday after the online daily deal marketplace said its Q3 revenue rose 27% to $757.1M, $8.1M above what Wall Street had forecast. The Chicago-based firm posted EPS ex items profit of 3 cents per diluted share outpacing analysts’ expectations by 2 cents.

Groupon, Inc., currently valued at $4.95B, has a median Wall Street price target of $7.00 with a high target of $12.00. Approximately 62.6M shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 15.18M.

Groupon Inc recently traded at $7.48, up $1.48.

Shares of Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) are higher by nearly 20% to $11.48 on heavy volume in midday trading on Friday. Not seeing any news or rumors to account for the move. Scientific Games Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $69.8 million/$0.82 p/sh in its 3Q.

Scientific Games Corporation is currently valued at $970.08M. Ticker has a median Wall Street price target of $12.00 with a high target of $18.00. Approximately 2.88M SGMS shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 1.93M.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of the New York-based company have traded between a low of $6.97 and a high of $19.48 with the 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $10.67 and $10.24 levels, respectively. Additionally, shares of SGMS have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) and MACD indicator of 62.48 and +0.69, respectively.

SGMS currently prints a one year loss of about 48%, and a year-to-date loss of around 43%.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) are up almost 8% to $11.41 in late trading Friday. The surge is attributed to a WSJ story that Nucor corporation (NUE) is in discussions to invest in CLF’s Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Canada.

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