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March 19, 2013
09:14 EDTSTSI, BX, NKE, WAG, HNR, DELL, SKUL, ABC, DSW, AFFY, EA, CAHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: AmerisourceBergen (ABC), up 6.6% after signing long-term supply pact with Walgreen (WAG). The deal also grants Walgreen the right to buy a stake in AmerisourceBergen. Walgreen shares up 1.8% after deal and its own earnings report... Skullcandy (SKUL), up 7.1% after naming a new CEO who was a former Nike (NKE) executive... Dell (DELL), up 1.2% after Bloomberg says Blackstone (BX) considering bid to rival Silver Lake's LBO... Electronic Arts (EA), up 1.1% after CEO departs, Brean Capital calls departure a positive, Stifel raises price target to $21 from $17... LOWER: Cardinal Health (CAH), down 8.3% after losing its contract with Walgreen to AmerisourceBergen... Affymax (AFFY), down 58% after company to cut 75% of it workforce, explore strategic alternatives including possible bankruptcy... Harvest Natural (HNR), down 47% after disclosing accounting problems, says loss likely for 2012, auditors recommend "going concern" qualification... Star Scientific (STSI), down 10.6% after disclosing subpoenas received in late January, February... lululemon (LULU), down 5.2%, company lowers Q1 revenue view, stock downgraded at Sterne Agee... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: DSW (DSW), down 8.3%.
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September 24, 2015
18:00 EDTNKENike says expects greater productivity going forward
Says seeing "incredible brand strength" across Europe. Says seeing "tremendous success" globally with Jordan brand. Expects to expand Jordan brand into training. Says Q1 North American SSS rose low-single digits. Says Women's business growing faster than Men's and the overall company business. Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
17:38 EDTNKENike says inventory levels should normalize by end of Q3
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17:37 EDTNKENike sees FY16 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $32.49B
Sees FY16 gross margin expanding 50 bps. Sees FY16 tax rate 22%. Guidance from Q1 earnings conference call.
17:36 EDTNKENike sees Q2 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $7.69B
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16:19 EDTNKENike CEO says FY16 'off to a great start'
"Fiscal 2016 is off to a great start," said Mark Parker, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. "Our relentless pace of growth is driven by our proven strategy of putting the consumer first, obsessing innovation in everything we do and leveraging our powerful portfolio. We're well-positioned to continue to deliver long-term growth that is both sustainable and profitable."
16:18 EDTNKENike repurchased 5.5M shares in Q1
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16:17 EDTNKENike up about 5% following Q1 results
16:17 EDTNKENike trades to fresh life high after results
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16:17 EDTNKENike reports Q1 inventories $4.4B, up 10% YoY
Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $4.4B, up 10% from August 31, 2014, driven primarily by an 8 percent increase in NIKE Brand wholesale unit inventories. Increases in average product cost per unit, as well as higher inventories associated with growth in DTC, were largely offset by changes in foreign currency rates.
16:16 EDTNKENike reports Q1 gross margin expanded 90 basis points to 47.5%
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16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q1 worldwide futures orders up 9%, up 17% ex-currency changes
Inventories as of August 31, 2015 up 10%.
16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q1 EPS $1.34, consensus $1.19
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15:00 EDTNKENotable companies reporting after market close
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13:27 EDTNKENike September 114 weekly straddle priced for 4.2% movement into Q1
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12:32 EDTNKEEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on Nike ahead of Q1 earnings report
Nike (NKE) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, September 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Nike sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.19 on revenue of $8.22B. The consensus range is $1.14-$1.26 for EPS and $8.13B-$8.33B for revenue. In its last earnings report, Nike forecast Q1 revenue growth in the low single digits. LAST QUARTER: The company reported fourth quarter EPS of 98c and revenue of $7.8B, beating the consensus expectation of 83c and $7.69B, respectively. Nike reported a Q4 gross margin of 46.2%, which was up 60 basis points. The company also reported worldwide futures orders up 2% including currency changes and up 13% excluding currency changes. Looking ahead, Nike forecast fiscal year 2016 revenue growth in the mid-single digits, and said it expected Q1 and FY16 gross margin to increase by 50bps. On its last earnings conference call, Nike said it was confident that it would be able to keep "moving margins forward." The company said it plans to deliver mid-teens EPS growth over time. NEWS: Phil Knight announced plans to step down as the company's chairman on June 30, and recommended president and Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker take over the role. Knight said he would transfer most of his stock to a limited liability company named Swoosh LLC, to be managed by himself, Parker and other Nike executives. The move that will help "maintain Nike's corporate governance," the company said. Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reported in July. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Nike's price target was raised at Piper Jaffray, Nomura, Macquarie, Goldman, Deustche Bank and Baird. On July 28, Jefferies raised its price target for Nike to $128 to reflect greater likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership becoming law, which could benefit Nike's margins over time. In August, Telsey Advisory upgraded Nike to Outperform from Market Perform and Susquehanna upgraded shares to Positive from Neutral. Stifel said on August 27 that Nike "continues to dominate" in all areas of footwear and predicted that Nike's revenue could increase by low single digits in FY16. Ahead of this afternoon's earnings report, Deutsche Bank, Susquehanna and UBS raised their price targets on Nike. Deutsche Bank expects Nike to post "modest" Q1 upside today. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Nike shares are up about 7.15%. Ahead of this afternoon's report, shares are down 1.2% to $114.16.
September 23, 2015
16:34 EDTBXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
10:24 EDTBXBioMed Realty surges after report of exploring sale
Shares of BioMed Realty Trust (BMR) are surging in morning trading following a Bloomberg report that said the company is in talks to sell itself. WHAT'S NEW: BioMed Realty Trust, a San Diego-based real estate investment trust with a market value of $3.9B, is exploring a sale, Bloomberg reported last night. According to sources, the company, which went public in 2004, has hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to explore a potential deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bloomberg reported that BioMed Realty has attracted interest from firms including Blackstone Group (BX), explaining that buying REITs is a way for buyers like the private equity firm to put large amounts of cash to work. One source notes that talks remain ongoing and there is no guarantee a deal will be finalized. In July, Blackstone finalized an agreement to acquire shopping center REIT Excel Trust (EXL). ANALYST TAKE: Canaccord upgraded BioMed Realty to Buy from Hold following the Bloomberg report and raised its price target to $23 from $21. Analyst Paul Morgan said the M&A report highlights BioMed's "discounted" valuation to peers, reducing the emphasis on near-term earnings issues of asset sales and lease terminations. Morgan said the firm's preliminary $25 takeout valuation "could prove conservative" in case the M&A process is "competitive." Blackstone and other private equity players, Morgan said, have the "capacity" to look beyond short-term earnings challenges to extract value from REITs. PRICE ACTION: BioMed Realty Trust is up 11.7% to $21.42 in morning trading.
07:34 EDTNKENike shares have room for further upside, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Dave Weiner says that despite the 20% year-to-date rally, shares of Nike have room for further upside. Nike's business in China is accelerating and operating margin strength should continue, Weiner tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects Nike to post "modest" Q1 upside when reporting results tomorrow after the close. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $125 price target.
06:23 EDTBXBioMed Realty Trust in talks to sell itself, Bloomberg reports
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05:56 EDTEAReviews solid for EA's FIFA 16, says Piper Jaffray
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