Non-tech companies such as Walmart, Allstate, Unilever and General Motors spearheaded the acquisitions of some of the tech universe's most valuable private companies in 2016.
Stocks with insider trader activity include SQI, ACLS and PNM
Here are Friday's top research calls, including a downgrade of Norfolk Southern and upgrade of Under Armour.
Investors considering a purchase of SciQuest Inc shares, but cautious about paying the going market price of $14.67/share, might benefit from considering selling puts among the alternative strategies at their disposal. One interesting put contract in particular, is the May 2015 put at the $12.50 strike, which has a bid at the time of this writing of 60 cents.