Movers and Shakers of the Last Trading Day of 2012: DUF, LXRX, ALJ, QIHU, LCC

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Duff & Phelps Corporation (NYSE:DUF): The company has agreed to be taken private by a consortium led by Carlyle Group. The entire deal is worth $665.5 million and the company stock is valued at $15.55 per share. It is currently trading at $15.77, up 20.84 percent.

It is also trading higher than its 20 days moving average price of $15.64 and 50 days moving average price of $15.59. Duff & Phelps commands market capitalization of $669.28 million. The stock’s beta is 1.15 and its Price Earnings ratio is 22.90. Duff & Phelps was also being pursued by Navigant Consulting and FTI Consulting. The company offers investment banking advisory and financial services. It also deals in tax advisory and portfolio valuation. Duff & Phelps is based out of New York and it was formed in 1932.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX): The stock is trading 12.57 percent higher, at $2.15. Earlier this month, the company’s drug candidate for irritable bowel syndrome was granted Fast Track status. The company is a biopharmaceutical outfit and it is involved in the business of discovering and developing therapies for various ailments. The company currently has various drug candidates including LX 2931 and LX1032. It also has various collaborations with major drug companies like Genentech Inc. and Bristol Myers Squibb Company. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals commands market capitalization of $1.11 billion and its stock has traded in the range of $1.13 and $3.28 in the past 52 weeks. The company stock’s beta is 2.13. It had reported its latest Earnings per Share at -$0.27. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals was formed in 1995 and it is based out of Texas.

Alon USA Energy Inc. (NYSE:ALJ): The stock has received initial Buy rating from Goldman Sachs.  Alon USA Energy is a petroleum refining and marketing company and is operational in central and western USA. Its stock traded in the range of $15.38 and $16.91 in the current trading session and at this point is at $16.71 percent, up 10.36 percent.  It is trading below its 20 days moving average price of $16.74. Alon USA Energy divides its business into three main categories i.e. Asphalt, Refining and Unbranded Marketing, Retail and Branded Marketing. The company is based out of Texas and it acts as a subsidiary of Alon Israel Oil Company. The stock’s highest price point of 52 weeks stands at $15.88 while its lowest price point is at $7.52. Alon USA Energy stock is trading at Price Earnings ratio of 24.13 and its beta is 1.79. The company’s dividend yield stands at 1.10 percent.

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE:QIHU): The company offers internet and mobile security products. The company is operational on the People’s Republic of China. It offers a wide range of products including 360 Safe Guard and 360 Anti Virus. Qihoo 360 Technology stock is currently trading at $28.80, up 5.38 percent. The stock oscillated in the range of $27.27 and $29.59 in the current trading session. In the past 52 weeks, the stock’s price range has been $13.71 and $29.59.  Qihoo 360 Technology was earlier known as Qihoo Technology Company Limited and it changed its name in 2010. The company was formed in 2005. The stock is rated Outperform by Macquarie and its price target is set at $27. Maxim Group also has Buy rating for the stock, with the price target of $28. Qihoo 360 Technology reported its latest EPS at $6.77. The company stock’s Price Earnings ratio stands at 4.29. Qihoo 360 Technology commands the market capitalization of $3.40 billion.

US Airways Group Inc. (NYSE:LCC): The stock is trading at $13.49, 5.47 percent higher than its previous close. It has traded in the range of $12.85 and $13.68 in the current trading session.  US Airways Group commands market capitalization of $2.21 billion. It has traded 3.133 million shares so far, in comparison to its daily average trading volume of 5.581 million shares. US Airways Group offers air transportation services for cargo and passengers. The company offers about 3,100 flights a day and serves various destinations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. US Airways Group is based out of Tempe in Arizona. The company stock trades at Price Earnings ratio of 4.11 and its beta is at 0.36. The stock has traded in the range of $4.97 and $14.51 in the past 52 weeks.

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