The Palo Alto, California-based company, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) plans to buy Autonomy Corp., the U.K.’s second-largest software maker, for about $10 billion. HP’s stock jumped ~14% in reaction to the news. Autonomy Corp. customers include Coca-Cola Co. (KO), Nestle SA (NESN) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In the quarter ended Jan. 31, H-P’s...

Sanderson Farms (SAFM) a poultry processing company reported a quarterly loss, a net loss of $16.3 million, or 74 cents a share, compared with a profit of $35.1 million, or $1.62 a share, Net sales at the company fell about 2 percent to $479.3 million. “The results for our second quarter of fiscal 2011 reflect current market conditions and the overall economic environment,”...

Suburban Propane Partners (SPH) is trading at a price of $52.90, a dramatic change of -0.49 with % change of -0.92 from its previous day’s close. Currently, the company has a Market capitalization (total value of a company in the stock market) of approximately 1.87B. TTM Gross Margin- 19.9%, TTM Operating Margin- 12.7%, TTM Net Margin- 9.7%. Direct competitors- AmeriGas...

NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA), provider of visual computing technologies and the inventor of the graphics processing unit, is down 6.3% premarket to $19.22, relative to a 52-week range of $8.65-$26.17. Penson Worldwide (PNSN), provider of a range of critical securities and futures processing infrastructure products and services to the global financial services industry, is...

Fiat SpA (F), an Italy-based company active in the automobile sector, said it isn’t planning to raise its stake in Chrysler Group LLC beyond 51%, despite options available that could boost its stake to 70%. Ally Financial Inc. is in talks to buy ING Groep NV‘s (INE) online bank, ING Direct USA. Helen of Troy Ltd.’s (HELE), a global designer, developer,...

AK Steel Holding Corporation Co (AKS)- AK Steel Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless, and electrical steels, and tubular products primarily in the United States and internationally. Apollo Group, Inc. (APOL)- Apollo Group, Inc. provides educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels....

3M Company [[MMM]] upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein… ABB Ltd [[ABB]] upgraded to Buy at Deutsche Bank… Abercrombie & Fitch [[ANF]] upgraded to Outperform from Perform, $46 target, at Oppenheimer… Boston Scientific [[BSX]] downgraded to Hold from Buy, $8.50 target, at Deutsche Bank… Cablevision Systems [[CVC]] upgraded...