Traders Should Watch: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Green Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNBC), Astoria Financial (NYSE:AF), Qihoo 360 Technology (NYSE:QIHU)

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Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF) said that during the fourth quarter of 2014 and the beginning of January 2015, it has reduced its net debt balance by more than $400 million. The company said it achieved the accelerated debt reduction through the repayment of short-term debt as well as the repurchase of more than $200 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes in the open market at an average discount of 34 percent to par, capturing a total discount of about $70 million. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF) belongs to Basic Materials sector. Its weekly performance is -18.88%. On last trading day company shares ended up $7.22. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is -9.29%.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday reported a fall in its quarterly profit that was in line with Wall Street forecasts, as sluggish personal computer sales dampened demand for Windows software and the company struggled with the impact of the strong U.S. dollar. Microsoft reported profit of $5.86 billion, or 71 cents per share for the latest quarter, compared with $6.56 billion, or 78 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares fell -0.36% in last trading session and ended the day at $47.01. MSFT Gross Margin is 67.10% and its return on assets is 13.10%. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) quarterly performance is 5.07%.

On Jan. 21, Green Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNBC) announced that the Company will release its fourth quarter 2014 results after the market close on Thursday, January 29, 2015 to be followed by a conference call at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Green Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNBC) shares fell -5.20% in last trading session and ended the day at $10.21. GNBC return on assets is 1.40%. Green Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNBC) quarterly performance is -39.76%.

On Jan. 14, Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE:AF) announced that it expects to report fourth quarter and full year 2014 earnings on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). On 26 January, Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE:AF) shares advanced 0.63% and was closed at $12.84. AF EPS growth in last 5 year was -6.10%. Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE:AF) year to date (YTD) performance is -3.89%.

TheStreet lowered shares of Qihoo 360 Technology Co (NASDAQ:QIHU) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Friday morning. Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE:QIHU) ended the last trading day at $60.94. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 3.18% and price to cash ratio as 4.50. Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE:QIHU) showed a weekly performance of 8.61%.

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