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Empire Resorts Inc. (NYNY) announced Monday morning that it submitted the $1 million application fee to the New York State Gaming Commission for a destination gaming resort license in the Catskills. Empire Resorts rose during the first hour of trade Monday and took out the session highs going into...

athenahealth Inc. (ATHN) reported first quarter adjusted EPS of $0.12 after the bell Thursday, compared to $0.38 a year ago. Analysts expected EPS of $0.17. athenahealth gapped open lower Monday and declined during the first hour of trade, before settling into a range. The stock closed down by 9.99...

Select Comfort Corp. (SCSS) reported first quarter EPS of $0.31 after the bell Thursday, down from $0.42 in the prior year period. Analysts expected EPS of $0.32. Net sales increased 7% to $276.41 million from $258.24 million a year ago. The consensus estimate was for revenues of $274.27 million. Select...

Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (SRPT) announced Monday morning that it plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, by the end of 2014. Sarepta Therapeutics gapped open dramatically higher Monday, but retreated until...

Halliburton Co. (HAL) reported first quarter income from continuing operations of $0.73 per share Monday morning, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $0.01 per share last year. Analysts expected EPS of $0.71. Halliburton gapped up slightly Monday and rose sharply during the first half...

The U.K.'s Sunday Times reported this weekend that Pfizer (PFE) has proposed a $101 billion takeover of AstraZeneca PLC (AZN). AstraZeneca gapped open sharply higher Monday and climbed for the majority of the afternoon. The stock closed up by 5.61 at $69.10 on the highest volume of the year. AstraZeneca...

Hub Group Inc. (HUBG) reported first quarter EPS of $0.33 after the bell Thursday, down from $0.42 in the prior year period. The consensus estimate was for EPS of $0.36. Revenues grew 10 percent to $848.45 million from $768.98 million last year. Analysts had a consensus revenue estimate of $839.01 million. Hub...

Cbeyond Inc. (CBEY) announced Monday morning that it agreed to be acquired by Birch Communications Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $323 million. Cbeyond gapped open dramatically higher Monday, but moved in a narrow range throughout the session. The stock finished with a gain...

Hamburger chain McDonald's Corp. (MCD) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the markets open. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company is expected to post earnings of $1.24 per share, down from the $1.26 per share reported last year, whereas revenues are anticipated to rise to $6.73 billion...

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced Thursday morning that it will launch a new store-to-store money transfer service late this morning. The news has had a negative impact on shares of both Moneygram International Inc. (MGI) and Western Union (WU). Moneygram International gapped open sharply lower Thursday,...

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) reported first quarter EPS of $2.64 Thursday morning, up from $2.45 in the previous year. Analysts expected EPS of $2.86. Revenue increased to $904.16 million from $726.75 million. Analysts expected revenue of $873.83 million. Chipotle Mexican Grill gapped up at the open...

IBM Corp. (IBM) reported first quarter adjusted EPS of $2.54 after the close Wednesday, down from $3.00 in the previous year. Analysts had expected EPS of $2.54. Total revenues fell 4% to $22.48 billion from $23.41 billion last year. The consensus estimate was for revenues of $22.91 billion. IBM...

SanDisk Corp. (SNDK) reported first quarter adjusted EPS of $1.44 after the bell Wednesday, up from $0.84 last year. The consensus estimate was for EPS of $1.25. SanDisk gapped open sharply higher Thursday morning, but was range-bound throughout the session. The stock finished with a gain of 7.14...

Plexus Corp. (PLXS) reported second quarter adjusted EPS of $0.60 after the bell Wednesday, which was in line with analysts' expectations. The company expects to report third quarter adjusted EPS of $0.69 to $0.74. The consensus estimate is for EPS of $0.67. Plexus gapped open sharply higher Thursday,...

Snap-on Inc. (SNA) reported first quarter EPS of $1.62 Thursday morning, up from $1.40 in the previous year. Analysts expected EPS of $1.54. Snap-on gapped up Thursday and posted gains in the first half hour of trade, before settling into a range. The stock closed up by 3.38 at $115.94 on above average...