Morning Buzz: United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL), Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HSGX), ARI Network Services Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIS), Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL) announced that Oscar Munoz, the company’s president and CEO, underwent a heart transplant operation early today and is in recovery. A transplant was considered the preferred treatment and was not the result of a setback in his recovery. The United team wishes Oscar well during his recovery, and expects him to return to United at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL) belongs to Services sector. Its net profit margin is 17.20% and weekly performance is -6.91%. On last trading day company shares ended up at $55.20. United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is -5.75%.

Histogenics Corporation (Histogenics) (NASDAQ:HSGX), announced that Adam Gridley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Histogenics, will present at the 8th Annual Biotech Showcase™ Conference on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM PST at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HSGX) shares advanced 8.10% in last trading session and ended the day at $3.47. HSGX return on assets is -12.40%. Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HSGX) quarterly performance is -21.14%.

ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIS) announced it has signed an agreement with The Toro Company (TTC), a global leader in the outdoor power equipment industry, to build and host Toro-branded websites for its network of residential and landscape contractor equipment dealers throughout North America.

On 06 January, ARI Network Services Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIS) shares fell -1.55% and was closed at $4.45. ARIS EPS growth in last 5 year was -14.10%. ARI Network Services Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIS) year to date (YTD) performance is -1.11%.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) will open its first store in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The store, which opens at 8 a.m., is located at 9210 Rodney Parham Road.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) ended the last trading day at $20.08. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 2.66% and price to cash ratio as 155.79. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) showed a weekly performance of -3.88%.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is lower again this morning and is testing the $100 psychological support level as potential layoffs at a key supplier essentially confirm yesterday’s reports that the company is cutting its iPhone 6S/6S+ build plans for the March quarter. In addition to company specific news, markets in Asia are weak and U.S. stock futures are indicated sharply lower in part on news that North Korea said it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares fell -1.96% in last trading session and ended the day at $100.70. AAPL Gross Margin is 40.10% and its return on assets is 19.70%. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) quarterly performance is -9.14%.

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