Top Stories : SouFun Holdings (NYSE:SFUN), Intrexon (NYSE:XON), DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV), Protective Life (NYSE:PL), Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY)

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SouFun Holdings (NASDAQ:SFUN) was the target of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Investors acquired 8,543 put options on the stock, American Banking News.com reports. This is an increase of 156% compared to the typical volume of 3,343 put options. Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at T.H. Capital cut their price target on shares of SouFun Holdings to $14.00 in a research note on Monday. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at Macquarie initiated coverage on shares of SouFun Holdings in a research note on Friday, July 11th. SouFun Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:SFUN) belongs to Technology sector. Its net profit margin is 46.70% and weekly performance is 0.78%. On last trading day company shares ended up $11.56. SouFun Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:SFUN) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is 9.50%.

Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON), a leader in synthetic biology, on 04 Aug 2014 announced that Robert Walsh, Senior Vice President of Intrexon’s Energy Sector, will present at the Jefferies 2014 Global Industrials Conference in New York City on Monday, August 11(th) at 2:30PM ET. Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON) shares advanced 2.50% in last trading session and ended the day at $22.54. XON Gross Margin is value missing and its return on assets is -12.00%. Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON) quarterly performance is 47.32%.

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) became the last major hurdle for the SEC Network to clear before it launches next week, and the powers that be at the negotiating table managed to get a deal done with some time to spare. Standing on the sideline wondering where the same will to negotiate can be found is Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. On 07 August, DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) shares decreased -1.14% and was closed at $83.55. DTV EPS growth in last 5 year was 30.60%. DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) year to date (YTD) performance is 20.98%.

Birmingham-based insurance agency Protective Life Corporation (NYSE:PL) reported second quarter results today, reporting net income of $108.0 million or $1.33 per diluted share. This was up slightly from the second quarter of 2013, when net income stood at $103.2 million or $1.27 per diluted share. Protective Life Corporation (NYSE:PL) ended the last trading day at $69.38. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 0.13%and price to cash ratio as 13.42. Protective Life Corporation (NYSE:PL) showed a weekly performance of 0.00%.

Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) had its price objective hosited by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods from $9.50 to $10.00 in a report released on Friday. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a market perform rating on the stock. Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) shares decreased -0.41% in last trading session and ended the day on $9.76. VLY Gross Margin is value missing and its return on assets is 0.80%. Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) quarterly performance is 4.05%.

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