Today's Market Focus: Vale SA, J.C. Penney, Acme Packet, First Solar, Applied Materials, and Arch Coal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- has issued insider trading reports and Equity Research for the following companies: Vale SA (NYSE:VALE), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT), First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR), Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), and Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI).

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Report Highlights:

Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE): The Brazil-based metals and mining company Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE) ended lower by 2.78% to US$16.10 on over 31.19 million shares, compared to its average volume of 17.87 million shares. The stock made a new 52-week low of US$15.80 earlier in the session. Share prices of Vale have traded as high as US$28.41 per share and as low as US$15.80 in the past 52 weeks. Its price, as of the latest close, was up 1.9% compared with the 52-week low and was 76.5% below the 52-week high. Did Vale insiders like CEOs, CFOs, and Directors sell their shareholdings before the stock price dropped? Since Vale insiders have better access to company non-public information, thinks that investors would be wise to pay close attention to their stock trading behaviors. See this insider trade report for VALE here.

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J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP): found Market Purchase made by company Independent Director -- Geraldine B. Laybourne on August 21, at stock price US$24.39. Disclose date: August 22. In the last three months, company insiders have purchased a total of US$172,730 in shares, which ranged in price from US$23.28 to US$24.39 each, according to insider trading report. J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) shares began the trading session with a price of US$25.59 and throughout the session advanced to a high of US$26.90. When day-trade ended, the stock jumped 3.68% to US$26.23. J.C. Penney was traded above average volume with 13.95 million shares traded, 3.47 million shares more than its daily average. Is J.C. Penney a Good Buy Right Now? Do you want to know when J.C. Penney insiders like CEOs, CFOs, and Directors will purchase their shares? See insider trade report for JCP here.

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Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT): Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT), a global leader in session delivery networks, recently announced it had been selected by IBBS to perform its voice service infrastructure upgrade. Acme's Net-Net Session Director will help IBBS boost security, availability and scalability of its wholesale residential division by seamlessly integrating with existing voice infrastructure technologies. "Service agility and reliability are paramount in the wholesale voice services market," said Mark Hayes, Vice President of CLEC operations at IBBS. James Hourihan, Senior Vice President of corporate strategy, recently exercised his market option for 60,000 shares valued at US$0.52 each, then sold those shares for US$15.95 for a total of US$318,970. This, however, was countered by director David Elsbree, who purchased 9,500 shares for US$16.90 each. In the last trading session, Acme trades have gone up 10.41% to US$19.73 with heavy volume traded, which was 2.4 times more than usual. Do you want to spend less time on picking stocks? Want to trace the activities of Acme insiders from now on? Check out the insider trade report here.

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Today also observed abnormal trade volume for the following companies; insiders may involve trading in these companies. It will take some time for insiders to report their trades. Read these reports and add these companies into your Insider Trade Radar.

First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR):
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Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT):
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Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE:ACI):
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Insider Filing Source Reference: All observations, analysis and reports are based on public information released by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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