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July 25, 2014
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ameris Bancorp (ABCB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cabela's (CAB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Edison International (EIX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Flowserve (FLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Gildan Activewear (GIL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Integrated Silicon (ISSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Northern Trust (NTRS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... (OSTK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded at CLSA... Petrobras (PBR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Popular (BPOP) upgraded at Guggenheim... VeriSign (VRSN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup.
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November 23, 2015
05:41 EDTVRSNVeriSign shares pricing in a lot of good news, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says shares of VeriSign are pricing in a lot of good news after rallying 28% quarter-to-date. The recent surge in .com/.net names being registered is likely coming from domain name investors in China, which is not a consistent long-term source of growth, Auty tells investors in a research note titled ".Com Growth May Not Be Sustainable." He upped his price target for VeriSign shares to $84 from $74 and keeps an Underweight rating on the name.
November 20, 2015
16:20 EDTCABOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply higher, saw their highs in morning trading, and then slowly bled lower throughout much of the session. The averages still held on to gains, giving them their fourth winning session out of five this week and putting the finishing touch on one of the strongest weekly advances for stocks this year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, China's Securities Regulatory Commission has restarted initial public offerings for five companies to list on the Shanghai stock exchange and five in Shenzhen, ending a five-month freeze on IPOs. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike (NKE) advanced $6.84, or 5.44%, to $132.62 after the footwear and sports apparel giant announced a two-for-one stock split, a $12B stock repurchase program and plans to boost its dividend... Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) dropped sharply after the Center for Disease Control announced that three additional states have reported people infected within the E. coli outbreak linked to the company's restaurants. 45 people infected with the outbreak strain have now been reported from a total of six states - two in California, two in Minnesota, one in New York, one in Ohio, 13 in Oregon, and 26 in Washington - the CDC said. Chipotle shares closed down $76.52, or 12.5%, to $534.99 after the update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cabela's (CAB), which gained $4.34, or 10.4%, to $46.10 after Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that the sporting goods retailer is receiving takeover interest and considering whether to commence a sales process. Also higher was Sarepta (SRPT), which jumped $7.29, or about 28%, to $33.36 after the FDA posted briefing materials ahead of next week's advisory committee meeting to review the New Drug Application for Kyndrisa, a Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment under development from competitor BioMarin (BMRN). The committee review scheduled for Sarepta's rival drug, eteplirsen, is scheduled for January. BioMarin shares fell $6.11, or 5.9%, to $97.00 after the documents, which Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said take a "very harsh view" of the drug, were made public. Also lower were shares of Nimble Storage (NMBL), which plunged $10.34, or 50.7%, to $10.05 and was downgraded by at least eleven research firms following the company's significantly weaker than expected Q3 results and outlook. Peer Pure Storage (PSTG), which is scheduled to conduct its first earnings call as a public company in early December, also slid 15.3% to $14.74. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,823.81, the Nasdaq gained 31.28, or 0.62%, to 5,104.92, and the S&P 500 advanced 7.93, or 0.38%, to 2,089.17.
13:26 EDTCABOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher and have remained there since the open. The move higher has come despite a barren economic calendar and amid headlines coming out of Mali regarding a new terrorist event that took place there. The equity market is working on its fourth higher close in the past five sessions, while oil prices continue struggling to stay above $40 per barrel. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike (NKE) advanced nearly 5% after the Dow member announced a two-for-one stock split, a $12B stock repurchase program and plans to boost its dividend... BioMarin (BMRN) shares were down 4% near noon, but that was well off their worst levels of the day, after the FDA posted briefing materials ahead of next weeks advisory committee meeting to review the New Drug Application for Kyndrisa for the potential treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy amendable to exon 51 skipping. Sarepta (SRPT), which is at work on a competing drug, eteplirsen, that has its own committee review scheduled for January, rose 31% and another player in the DMD space, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), fell 7.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which rallied 21% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Cabela's (CAB), which gained 10% after Bloomberg reported that the company was receiving takeover interest. In addition, Foot Locker (FL) was up 5% after reporting Q3 earnings and guiding for Q4. Among the noteworthy losers was Nimble Storage (NMBL), which fell 50% after its stock was downgraded by no fewer than 11 analysts following its quarterly report. Also lower was Mentor Graphics (MENT), which lost 32% after its shares were downgraded by no fewer than five analysts. INDEXES: In early afternoon trading, the Dow was up 101.65, or 0.57%, to 17,834.40, the Nasdaq was up 32.02, or 0.63%, to 5,105.66, and the S&P 500 was up 10.09, or 0.48%, to 2,091.33.
11:45 EDTIMAXBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
08:01 EDTISSIIntegrated Silicon announces intent to delist from Nasdaq
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07:02 begins Black Friday early's Black Friday holiday sales event begins Friday, November 20, a full week before the annual shopping holiday. The shopping website will offer new deals during the week leading up to Black Friday, with thousands of products discounted as part of the sales event. The holiday sale includes diverse products designed to help customers find presents for everyone on their shopping lists.
November 19, 2015
19:19 EDTCABOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intuit (INTU), up 8.1%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 8.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Cabela's (CAB), up 7.5% after Bloomberg reported that the company is receiving takeover interest... Nike (NKE), up 3.4% after announcing a $12B repurchase program, a two-for-one stock split, and that it will raise its dividend... Centene (CNC), up 2.4% after reiterating its fiscal 2015 earnings per share guidance... Universal Insurance (UVE), up 2.7% after announcing a new $10M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nimble Storage (NMBL), down 36.9%... Mentor Graphics (MENT), down 26.2%... Workday (WDAY), down 5.5%... Wesco Aircraft (WAIR), down 1.4%... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), down 3.7%... Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES), down 3.6%... Momo (MOMO), down 3.3%... Autodesk (ADSK), down 1%... Gap (GPS), down marginally.
16:58 EDTCABCabela's receiving takeover interest, weighs sales process, Bloomberg reports
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16:52 EDTCABCabela's receiving takeover interest, weighs sales process, Bloomberg reports
After receiving pressure from activist investor Elliot Associates, Cabela's is receiving takeover interest and considering whether to commence a sales process, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
07:30 EDTFLSUBS to hold a conference
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November 18, 2015
10:02 EDTEIXHigh option volume stocks: CIT TDC MAR JNK EIX TIF NBG DSX FCS ARG
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November 17, 2015
19:56 EDTEIXSouthern California Edison releases outage investigation reports
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11:16 EDTPTENPatterson-UTI management to meet with Jefferies
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10:01 EDTCABUnder Armour, Nike slide after Dick's outlook misses expectations
Shares of Under Armour (UA) and Nike (NKE) slipped after Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) provided guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 that both missed consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Dick's Sporting Goods reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 45c on revenue of $1.64B, mostly in-line with analyst estimates of 47c on revenues of $1.64B. The company guided for Q4 EPS of $1.10-$1.25, short of the consensus estimate of $1.43. Dick's also said it anticipates FY15 adjusted EPS of $2.85-$3.00, lower than current analyst expectations of $3.19. STREET RESEARCH: Following the report, Baird analyst Justin Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods is the "strongest player" in its segment, which should enable the company to grow its sector-leading 10% market share at the expense of smaller competitors. The analyst added that profitability for the company should improve as volumes increase and as the company leverages its store base to fulfill further orders. Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods' e-commerce business will be more profitable than its brick-and-mortar business by 2017. The analyst maintained a Neutral rating and $48 price target on Dick's Sporting Goods' stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Dick's Sporting Goods dropped 17.5% to $33.67, while supplier Under Armour fell 5.6% to $84.95 and Nike was down 2% to $121.08. Dick's peers fell as well, with Finish Line (FINL) dropping 1%, Foot Locker (FL) slid 1.3% and Cabela's (CAB) dipping marginally in morning trading.
November 13, 2015
10:02 EDTIMAXIMAX added to Focus List at B. Riley
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November 12, 2015
07:11 EDTGILGildan Activewear lowers FY15 EPS view to $1.46-$1.48 from about $1.50
Consensus $1.50. Lowers FY15 revenue guidance to close to $2.55B from close to $2.6B, consensus $2.58B.
07:09 EDTGILGildan Activewear sees Q4 EPS 28c-30c, consensus 33c
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07:08 EDTGILGildan Activewear reports Q3 EPS 50c, consensus 52c
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November 11, 2015
08:15 EDTNTRSExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a discussion
The Executives' Club of Chicago holds their Business Technology Leadership Forum entitled, "Safeguarding Your Business: The Impact of Growing Cyber Threats" with Kevin Novak, CISO of Northern Trust, Tom Corn, SVP of VMware, Richard Rushing, CIO of Motorola Mobility and Kevin Richards, Managing Director of Accenture in Chicago on November 11 at 7 pm.
November 10, 2015
11:06 EDTOSTKBattleground: Wayfair pits noted short sellers against Wall Street analysts
Shares of Wayfair (W), which describes itself as "one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and decor," are sharply lower following its report last night of its third quarter results. The company posted a loss that was not as bad as forecast, reported better than expected revenues and guided to higher than expected sales in its upcoming quarter, but its stock is falling as bears and bulls debate its prospects for future profitability. BEARS: Whitney Tilson of Kase Capital Management, who previously accused Lumber Liquidators (LL) of selling wood with dangerous levels of formaldehyde, is making the same claims against Ark Floors, a California importer that has sold its products via Wayfair and through (WMT), reported The New York Times. Jane Carpenter, a spokeswoman for Wayfair, said the company had previously removed all of Ark's laminate from its website and said it had sold just 10 orders for Ark products since December 2014, including one order through, the report noted. According to a letter that Tilson sent to investors last night, published on Seeking Alpha, he stated that Wayfair is currently his largest short position "by far." Tilson noted that Wayfair competes head-to-head versus Amazon (AMZN), Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT), and Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and he believes the company's chances of "ever reaching breakeven, much less earning a profit, much less earning enough of a profit to justify a $4B market cap are close to zero," he wrote. Tilson predicts the stock will be below $10 within a year. Short-selling blog Citron Research, which has also previously disclosed a short position in Wayfair, linked to a Wall Street Journal article in an October 20 tweet, saying UPS (UPS) "destroys" Wayfair's core model of free shipping on oversized items. The Journal article detailed the shipping giant's plans to charge websites that share "generous shipping discounts with vendors." BULLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga raised her price target for Wayfair to $73 from $60 this morning, saying the company posted "exceptional" growth in Q3 amid an otherwise "lackluster" retail environment. After the New York Times article citing Wayfair's association with a vendor viewed as at-risk given a short-seller's testing of laminate flooring, Tamminga points out that all laminate flooring accounts for 0.2% of the company's sales. She continues to recommend Wayfair as a top pick for 2015. Analysts at Wells Fargo previously said in September that reports on Wayfair by short sellers included many inaccuracies. For example, Wells said that shorts' view that Wayfair loses money on every transaction relies on a "flawed view" of the company's customer acquisition costs and payback. Shorts compare Wayfair with Overstock (OSTK), but Wayfair is growing much more quickly that the latter company, Wells stated. According to the firm, which kept an Outperform rating on the shares, Wayfair has by far the highest organic revenue growth rate among U.S. consumer companies. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Wayfair fell $5.08, or 11.2%, to $40.50 per share.
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