Companies whose shares are expected to trade actively in today’s session are Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O), Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI), Newport Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFSB), AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) (NASDAQ:DISCB) (NASDAQ:DISCK) and Homeowners Choice Inc. (NYSE:HCI).

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Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O): The real estate investment trust announced that the 15 million shares it is offering will be priced at a 1.5 percent discount over its closing price on Tuesday. Realty Income will use the proceeds to pay off debts. As of February 1, the company had 178.9 million outstanding shares. Shares slid 2.27 percent to $45.56 in the early session.

Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI): The commercial-mortgage, REIT firm has commenced an offering of 8 million shares. Apollo plans to use the proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes and to purchase target assets. The company had 28 million outstanding shares as of February 28th. Shares dipped 2.67 percent to $17.12 in early trading.

Newport Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFSB): In an attempt to expand its presence in the U.S. northeast, SI Financial Group Inc. has announced to acquire Newport Bancorp for $61.3 million in cash and stock. The offer values Newport at $17.55, about 11 percent premium to its Tuesday closing price. Shares jumped 8.43 percent to $17.10 in early market trading.

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV): The technology solutions company’s third quarter earnings plunged 33 percent amid weaker sales across both the business segments. Results missed Wall Street estimates, and the company also gave a pessimistic guidance for 2013. The company blamed delays in government procurement activities for poor 2013 forecast. Shares skidded 27.85 percent to $15.65.

Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) (NASDAQ:DISCB) (NASDAQ:DISCK): The media company announced its plans to offer 7.7 million shares of Series C stock held by FTI Ventures LLC. The company said the total number of Series C common stock outstanding shares won’t change due to the offering. Discovery had 93.6 million Series C shares as of February 7. Series C shares slipped 2.1 percent to $66.65.

Homeowners Choice Inc. (NYSE:HCI): The insurance holding company’s fourth quarter profits soared 65 percent, as the company benefited from policy growth. Earnings significantly topped Wall Street estimates. Shares soared 17.62 percent to $24.43 in the early session.