Stocks in News – PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH), Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM), MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA)

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) reported $0.83 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $12.62 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $12.43 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.77 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .3% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that PepsiCo will post $4.54 EPS for the current fiscal year. PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) net profit margin is 10.30% and weekly performance is 0.68%. On last trading day company shares ended up $90.34. Analysts mean target price for the company is $93.17. PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is 3.19%.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) said that shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) were the target of a large increase in short interest in June. As of June 30th, there was short interest totalling 12,004,304 shares, an increase of 15.3% from the June 13th total of 10,413,570 shares. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) shares fell -0.88% in last trading session and ended the day on $49.51. CTSH Gross Margin is 43.70% and its return on assets is 16.70%. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) quarterly performance is 2.12%.

On 25 JUNE Talisman Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE:TLM) said it plans to sell its stakes in two oilfields in the Timor Sea off the coast of Australia as Canada’s No.5 independent oil producer continues to restructure its global petroleum properties. Talisman Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE:TLM) shares moved down -1.49% in last trading session and was closed at $9.89, while trading in range of $9.84 – $10.06. Talisman Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE:TLM) year to date (YTD) performance is -13.93%.

MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) said that it will begin trading ex-dividend. A cash dividend payment of $0.2 per share is scheduled to be paid on July 31, 2014. Shareholders who purchased MFA stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that MFA has paid the same dividend. MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) ended the last trading day at $8.33. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 0.95% and price to cash ratio as 11.12. MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) showed a positive weekly performance of 1.83%.

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