10 Unusual Stocks Attracting Huge Interest This Morning

Sniper

U.S. stock futures are higher this morning ahead of the employment report.

The report is expected to show a gain of 185,000 jobs for March. Follow the release at Money Game >

The big news of day so far is Nasdaq’s $11.3 billion hostile bid for NYSE. The Japanese government is planning on acquiring a 50% stake in TEPCO to help out the company in the wake of the Fukushima crisis.

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square bought an 8.6% stake in Alexander & Baldwin which sent its shares surging.

There was a ton of earnings news out though most of the companies’ reports came in below analyst expectations and were way down in after-hours trading. Here is a roundup of earnings:

  • Krispy Kremes fell below expectations
  • Medifast missed analyst estimates
  • GNC Holdings will start publicly trading today

STAKEHOLDER DEAL: Bill Ackman's Pershing Square bought an 8.6% stake in Alexander & Baldwin for $148 million. Shares were up over 9% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $45.65

Read about it here >

EARNINGS MISS: Xyratex fell below expectations with earnings of $0.15 a share for Q1. Shares were down 6% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $11.16

Read about it here >

FAILED SURGERY TREATMENT: Omeros Corp. shares plunged 38% in after-hours trading after its knee surgery treatment study failed to meet its goals.

Closing price: $8.00

Read about it here >

EARNINGS MISS: Krispy Kreme failed to meet expectations with earnings of $0.02 per share. Shares were down 9% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $7.04

Read about it here >

EARNINGS MISS: DemandTec missed analyst expectations with its earnings of $0.09 per share. Shares were down over 5% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $13.16

Read about it here >

RIVAL BID: NASDAQ and ICE bid $11.3 billion for the NYSE.

IPO: GNC Holdings will begin public trading today. Its offering of 22.5 million Class A shares priced at $16 each.

EARNINGS MISS: Medifast Inc. missed street predictions with earnings of $0.23 per share for the fourth quarter.

Closing price: $19.75

Read about it here >

EARNINGS MISS: Cascade Corp. missed expectations with earnings of $0.33 per share.

Closing price: $44.58

Read about it here >

ANALYST DOWNGRADE: Goldman Sachs downgraded Allstate to neutral from buy.

Closing price: $31.78

Read about it here >

But what are the biggest macro issues right now?

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.