Stocks Gaining Momentum: Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR), Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR), Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

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Kuwait’s sovereign investment fund and a pair of investment management firms sued Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) in New Jersey federal court Friday, accusing the company of misleading investors over now-withdrawn arthritis treatment Vioxx, after the plaintiffs previously dropped out of a related multidistrict litigation. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) belongs to Healthcare sector. Its net profit margin is 12.50% and weekly performance is -0.08%. On last trading day company shares ended up $62.56. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is 4.63%.

On Jan. 23, Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) announced the tax treatment of its 2014 distributions for common stock and preferred stock. The 2014 taxable dividend of $3.172470 per share includes a portion (23%) of one quarterly distribution declared in 2013 and paid in January 2014, three quarterly distributions declared and paid in 2014, and a portion (61%) of one quarterly distribution declared in 2014 and paid in January 2015. Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR) shares moved down -0.04% in last trading session and ended the day at $74.02. DLR Gross Margin is 63.30% and its return on assets is 2.30%. Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR) quarterly performance is 13.01%.

David (Dave) R. Dunning, 62, Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR)’s executive vice president of Business Development & Strategy, has elected to retire from Fluor Corporation effective June 1, 2015. On 27 January, Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR) shares moved down -1.74% and was closed at $54.16. FLR EPS growth in last 5 year was 0.90%. Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR) year to date (YTD) performance is -10.67%.

Industrial products maker Crane Co. (NYSE:CR) reported Monday a profit for the fourth quarter that grew from last year, reflecting lower charges, improved operating margins, and sales growth. Results for the latest quarter include net special items of $0.18 per share, while the year-ago quarter included net special items of $0.20 per share. Crane Co. (NYSE:CR) belongs to Industrial Goods sector. Its net profit margin is 6.50% and weekly performance is 7.95%. On last trading day company shares ended up $58.82. Crane Co. (NYSE:CR) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is 1.41%.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) will release its January 2015 U.S. sales results at approximately 9:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, February 3, 2015. At 10:00 a.m. ET, Erich Merkle, Ford U.S. sales analyst, will host a conference call for the investment community and news media to discuss the results and related market trends. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) shares moved down -1.53% in last trading session and ended the day at $14.85. F Gross Margin is 12.00% and its return on assets is 3.00%. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) quarterly performance is 8.71%.

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