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December 7, 2012
09:08 EDTAMRN, BAGL, HWD, AET, ABMD, SWHCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 3.9%... ALSO HIGHER: Einstein Noah (BAGL), up 8.9% after declaring $4.00 special dividend... Aetna (AET), up 1.2% after JPMorgan upgrades to Overweight... LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: Harry Winston (HWD), down 2.9%... ALSO LOWER: Amarin (AMRN), down 19.1% after announcing non-equity financing, saying continues to assess strategic alternatives... ABIOMED (ABMD), down 5.8% after an FDA panel voted to retain Class III status for certain pumps, including its Impella.
News For AET;BAGL;SWHC;HWD;AMRN;ABMD From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTSWHCMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
10:02 EDTSWHCOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:17 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty
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January 20, 2015
16:23 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
14:06 EDTBAGLCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:53 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson mentioned cautiously at KeyBanc
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13:08 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:53 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson rallies after raising FY15 EPS view, levels to watch
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09:11 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:13 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises FY15 EPS ex-items view to 74c-78c, consensus 63c
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08:11 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises Q3 EPS ex-items view to 15c-16c, consensus 6c
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07:26 EDTBAGLJefferies to hold a summit
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January 18, 2015
17:40 EDTAETAetna customers can switch coverage after mistake, Bloomberg says
Aetna is being investigated by the U.S. for misleading elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result. Raymond Thorn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Aetna may be fined or prohibited from enrolling new Medicare customers if the agency determines it intentionally misled Medicare patients, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
14:54 EDTAETGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTAETAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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10:47 EDTAETBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
January 13, 2015
07:58 EDTAETAetna sees 2014 total medical membership exceeding 23.4M member view
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini will meet with investors and analysts before and after a presentation at the 2015 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and report that the company projects that its year-end 2014 total medical membership will exceed its previously disclosed projection of approximately 23.4M members, Aetna disclosed. Bertolini will also report that, based on results of the Medicare Annual Election Period and the Individual Public Health Insurance Exchange open enrollment period to date, Aetna projects that its 1Q15 Medicare Advantage and Individual Public Exchange membership will exceed its previous projections.
07:55 EDTAETAetna backs FY15 operating EPS view of at least $6.90, consensus $7.15
Aetna backs FY15 operating revenue projection of at least $62B, consensus $62.55B.
07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS at high-end of $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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06:36 EDTAETAetna to increase wages for lowest-paid workers, WSJ reports
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