Traders Are Watching: Altera Corp. (NASDAQ:ALTR), InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE:INVN), AmeriGas Partners LP (NYSE:APU), Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD), Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ:AFAM)

Technology Stocks News 17

Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) SVP Jeffrey Waters sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Thursday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.58, for a total transaction of $335,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,503 shares in the company, valued at approximately $251,951. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Altera Corp. (NASDAQ:ALTR) belongs to Technology sector. Its net profit margin is 24.90% and weekly performance is 3.63%. On last trading day company shares ended up $34.87. Altera Corp. (NASDAQ:ALTR) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is 2.26%.

InvenSense (NASDAQ:INVN) CFO Alan Krock sold 1,666 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.70, for a total transaction of $41,150.20. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 5,424 shares in the company, valued at approximately $133,973. InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE:INVN) shares advanced 2.05% in last trading session and ended the day at $25.84. INVN Gross Margin is 49.40% and its return on assets is 7.40%. InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE:INVN) quarterly performance is 37.89%.

AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (APU) begin trading ex-dividend on August 07, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.88 per share is scheduled to be paid on August 18, 2014. Shareholders who purchased APU stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 4.76% increase over the same period a year ago. At the current stock price of $45, the dividend yield is 7.82%. On 21 August, AmeriGas Partners LP (NYSE:APU) shares advanced 0.04% and was closed at $45.51. APU EPS growth in last 5 year was -4.80%. AmeriGas Partners LP (NYSE:APU) year to date (YTD) performance is 8.28%.

Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD)‘s stock had its “neutral” rating restated by Zacks in a research note issued to investors on Friday. Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD) ended the last trading day at $38.06. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 2.60%and price to cash ratio as 8.72. Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD) showed a weekly performance of 0.50%.

Jefferies Group upgraded shares of Almost Family (NASDAQ:AFAM) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Tuesday. Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ:AFAM) shares decreased -0.15% in last trading session and ended the day on $27.50. AFAM Gross Margin is 46.40% and its return on assets is 2.30%. Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ:AFAM) quarterly performance is 30.39%.

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