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Stocks to watch this quarter

|May 21|magazine6 min read

 

The LinkedIn IPO is just a couple days old and market analysts have offered a helpful guide to the stocks to watch. It seems that Barnes & Noble and Gap are the ones to watch. Thanks to The Street for these stock market tips.

Bookseller Barnes & Noble (BKS) surged 31.6 percent to $18.57 in premarket trading Friday after saying it received an acquisition proposal from Liberty Media that values its shares at $17 each in cash.

Shares of retail store chain Gap (GPS) were falling 18 percent to $19.10 after the company slashed its earnings outlook for 20100 due to higher product costs.

Drug company Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) was soaring 17.9% to $31.50 after the company announced that the European Medicine Agency has recommended approval of the marketing of the Fampyra treatment for multiple sclerosis patients who are having trouble walking.

Drug company Human Genome Sciences (HGSI) was adding 10.1% to $30.80 after it and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said that the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products has issued a positive opinion for Benlysta as an add-on therapy in adult patients with active auto antibody-positive systemic lupus erythematosus. GlaxoSmithKline shares were falling 0.9% to $43.22.

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Cloud computing app provider Salesforce.com (CRM) increased 7.6 percent to $146.19 after reporting first quarter profit of 28 cents a share.

Communications services company Aruba Networks (ARUN) reported third-quarter profit of 16 cents a share, beating estimates by a penny. Shares were falling 5.2% to $30.98 as investors took profits.

Oil giant BP (BP) as rising 2.3% to $44.89 after saying Friday it will be paid $1.065 billion by Moex Offshore 2007 LLC, which had a 10% interest in the blown out Macondo well, to settle all claims between the companies related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.

Professional networking site LinkedIn (LNKD) was rising 1.6% to $95.80 in pre-market trading Friday after a strong debut the day before. The problem is the company's impressive debut is an impossible act to follow, and there could be a hangover for the broad market to deal with after the stock closed up more than 100%.

Private-brand food products distributor Ralcorp (RAH) wants to sell its Post cereals unit for about $2 billion to fend off a hostile bid from ConAgra Foods (CAG), according to reports.