Top stock gainer No.1: Aware Inc. (AWRE)
Aware, founded in 198, is a leading provider of software and technology and engaged into business areas covering biotechnology, telecommunications and health care primarily in the United States and Germany. The company announced on Friday that it will sell a portion of the patents and patent applications to Intel at the price of $75 million. Aware said in a statement that these patents include WiFi, LTE and family wired networking technologies. In addition, Aware also announced to pay a special cash dividend of $1.15 per share, or aggregately $24 million from May 25. Promoted by the good news, AWRE stock price shot up 64.44%, or $2.41, to settle at $6.15 per share, leading today’s top stock gainers.
Top stock gainer No.2: China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NPD)
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore is a Chinese retail drugstore chain operator. The company sells various drugs, nutritional supplements personal and family care products. As of September 30, 2011, the company had owned 2,458 stores in 74 cities in China.
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore announced that the board of directors has approved a $0.6 / ADS special dividend to shareholders. The date of registration is as of the market close on May 7th, 2012 and the special dividend will be paid out around June 7th. Boosted by the news, NPD stock price surged 29.44%, or $0.73, to close at $3.21 per share today. NPD stock price has gained 112.58% this year to date.
Top stock gainer No.3: Cray Inc. (CRAY)
Cray is a Seattle-based global leading company focusing on the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and service of high-performance computing (HPC) systems, known as supercomputers.
Cray reported a profit of $5 million, or 13 cents per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with a loss of $1.5 million, or 4 cents in the same period last year. The company grew revenue by double to $112 million. The company forecasted the 2012 full year revenue will reach $430 million to $450 million, which tops the average consensus estimate of $404 million.
Following its impressive first quarter statement, CRAY stock price saw a 27.87%, or $2.48 rise in Friday’s regular trading, to close at $11.38. Trading volume was magnified to 4.03 million shares from an average daily volume of 292,944 shares.