Hot Watch List – Brinker International (NYSE:EAT), Speed Commerce (NASDAQ:SPDC) , Cincinnati Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CINF) , Howard Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:HBMD)

Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) was upgraded by equities researchers at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report issued on Monday, reports. Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT) stock performance was 0.70% in last session and finished the day at $46.31. Traded volume was 3.63million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 768.95K shares. The beta of the stock remained 0.85. Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT) insider ownership is 0.50%.

Speed Commerce Inc. (NASDAQ:SPDC) has appointed Alex Constantinople and Scott Guilfoyle to the Richardson-based e-commerce firm’s board of directors. The appointments expand the board to eleven members, eight of whom are independent. Guilfoyle and Constantinople will serve as members until the company’s 2014 annual shareholders’ meeting, at which time they will stand for election by the shareholders.  Speed Commerce Inc (NASDAQ:SPDC) rose 1.31 percent to $3.09 Monday on volume of 149,081.00million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $2.99 to $3.10. Speed Commerce Inc (NASDAQ:SPDC) has a market capitalization of $201.52million.

The most recent short interest data has been released by the NASDAQ for the 06/30/2014 settlement date, which shows a 796,965 share decrease in total short interest for Cincinnati Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CINF), to 2,949,986, a decrease of 21.27% since 06/13/2014. Total short interest is just one way to look at short data; another metric that we here at Dividend Channel find particularly useful is the “days to cover” metric because it considers both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares traded. The number of shares short is then compared to the average daily volume, in order to calculate the total number of trading days (at the average volume) it would take to close out all of the open short positions if every share traded represented a short position being closed. Cincinnati Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CINF)’s stock on July 14, 2014 reported a increase of 1.01% to the closing price of $48.12. Its fifty two weeks range is $43.62 -$53.74. The total market capitalization recorded $7.87billion. The overall volume in the last trading session was 405,093.00million shares. In its share capital, CINF has 163.52million outstanding shares.

On May 28, 2014 the Board of Directors of Howard Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBMD) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Howard Bank, appointed John J. Keenan as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and Howard Bank effective immediately. Mr. Keenan will be a member of the Audit Committee of the Company and Howard Bank, and will receive the same compensation as currently paid to our other Board members. Like all non-employee directors, Mr. Keenan will be eligible to may make an election to have his director compensation paid in the form of cash or shares of common stock of the Company. On Monday, shares of Howard Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:HBMD) advanced 0.19% to close the day at $9.67. Company return on investment (ROI) is 26.50% and its monthly performance is recorded as -0.21%. Howard Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:HBMD) quarterly revenue growth is -9.63%.

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