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April 4, 2013
10:09 EDTLEN, WDR, TMH, PNRA, BRO, PANL, VNO, RYL, ULTA, TAHO, LSCC, EAT, FNSR, SQNM, KBH, TCBI, NKA, CTL, ALU, PPOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Brown & Brown (BRO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... CenturyLink (CTL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Niska Gas (NKA) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Team Health (TMH) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at FBN Securities... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at FBN Securities... Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at FBN Securities... CenturyLink (CTL) upgraded to Overweight with $38 target at JPMorgan... Sequenom (SQNM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Polypore (PPO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Vornado (VNO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Finisar (FNSR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital... Universal Display (PANL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
News For ALU;EAT;BRO;CTL;LSCC;PNRA;NKA;TAHO;TMH;TCBI;ULTA;WDR;KBH;RYL;LEN;SQNM;VNO;PPO;FNSR;PANL From The Last 14 Days
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December 4, 2014
18:34 EDTFNSR, ULTAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:13 EDTFNSRFinisar down 3% after earnings, guidance miss estimates
16:09 EDTULTAUlta Salon FY14 EPS growth view in the low 20s% range, consensus $3.83
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16:06 EDTULTAUlta Salon sees Q4 EPS $1.21-$1.26, consensus $1.27
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16:04 EDTULTAUlta Salon reports Q3 EPS 91c, consensus 84c
Reports Q3 revenue $745.7M, consensus $734.03M. Reports comparable sales increased 9.5% compared to an increase of 6.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The 9.5% same store sales increase was driven by 5.4% growth in transactions and 4.1% growth in average ticket.
16:04 EDTFNSRFinisar sees Q3 EPS 23c-27c, consensus 28c
Sees Q3 revenues $297M-$312M, consensus $323.85M. Sees Q3 non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 31%. "The second quarter was challenging. During the quarter, we experienced decreased demand for telecom products compared to the prior fiscal quarter, due to sluggish carrier capital expenditures. In addition, sales of transceivers for wireless applications were soft as were sales to several datacom customers with lumpy order patterns," said Jerry Rawls, Finisar's executive Chairman. "We remain confident in our industry leading market position and the long term growth potential for the industry. We expect revenue to grow sequentially in the third fiscal quarter, primarily driven by growth in the demand for 40 gigabit and 100 gigabit transceivers for datacom applications as well as transceivers for wireless applications," said CEO Eitan Gertel.
16:02 EDTFNSRFinisar reports Q2 EPS 23c, consensus 25c
Reports Q2 revenue $297.0M, consensus $315.25M. Non-GAAP gross margin decreased to 31.1% from 32.0% in the preceding quarter.
15:56 EDTBROBrown & Brown COO Linda Downs to step down, effective December 31
On December 3, Linda S. Downs, COO of Brown & Brown, advised the company of her desire to step down from the position of COO of the company effective December 31, and the company and Downs agreed that she will cease service as COO of the company effective that date. Downs will continue to serve thereafter as an Executive Vice President of the company and as a member of the companyís Executive Leadership Team. The company has no current plans to appoint a replacement COO.
15:18 EDTULTA, FNSRNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cooper Companies (COO), consensus $2.03; ULTA Salon (ULTA), consensus 84c; American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), consensus 22c; Five Below (FIVE), consensus 6c; Ambarella (AMBA), consensus 54c; Finisar (FNSR), consensus 25c; Smith & Wesson (SWHC), consensus 7c.
15:15 EDTULTAUlta Salon volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Ulta Salon December call option implied volatility is at 65, January is at 44, March is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today after the market close.
10:08 EDTPPOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:49 EDTPPOPolypore initiated with an Outperform at Northland
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December 3, 2014
16:30 EDTSQNMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened quietly and trading remained muted through another session. Despite a host of economic data, including the Fedís Beige book report, the market moved in a narrow range, albeit toward record levels. The Fedís report confirmed the economy continues to improve, but at a slow pace. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Automatic Data Processing reported private payrolls increased 208k in November, versus expectations for 222K. Q3 nonfarm productivity grew 2.3%, versus expectations for an increase of 2.4%. Markit's final services PMI for November dropped to 56.2, which was below the 56.3 November flash print and down from October's 57.1 reading. The Institute for Supply Management's composite non-manufacturing index jumped to 59.3 in November from 57.1 in October, beating expectations for it to remain unchanged. The Federal Reserve Beige Book stated that the country's economy continued to expand in October and November. Consumer spending rose in most areas and the employment situation improved in many areas, while demand for nonfinancial services rebounded and lending held steady or increased, districts reported to the central bank. COMPANY NEWS: Carbonite (CARB) jumped $2.68, or 22.79%, to $14.44 after J2 Global (JCOM) offered to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $15.00 per share in cash. Carbonite's board will carefully "review and consider the offer," the company announced following its receipt of the unsolicited takeover bid. Investors reacted favorably to J2 Global's offer, sending its shares up $3.36, or 5.9%, to $60.33 as well. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sequenom (SQNM), which rose 72c, or 23.61%, to $3.77 after the company and a unit of Illumina (ILMN) agreed to settle all their pending infringement claims. Also higher was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which jumped $2.34, or 20.28%, to $13.88 after Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter, reported that the company could reach an agreement to sell itself to Denmark-based DSV A/S as soon as this month. Among the noteworthy losers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), which sunk $27.33, or 12.15%, to $197.67 after the company delayed the filing for neratinib from the first half of 2015 to Q1 of 2016. Also lower were Class B shares of Brown-Forman (BF.B), which fell $3.75, or 3.91%, to $92.25 after the maker of Jack Danielís and other spirits reported lower than expected earnings and lowered its FY15 EPS view. INDEXES: The Dow rose 33.07, or 0.18%, to 17,912.62, the Nasdaq gained 18.66, or 0.39%, to 4,774.47, and the S&P 500 added 7.78, or 0.38%, to 2,074.33.
12:39 EDTSQNMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:47 EDTSQNMSequenom settlement positive but reflected in stock price, says Ladenburg
Ladenburg views the settlement reached between Sequenom (SQNM) and Illumina (ILMN) as a near-term positive for Sequenom that gives more clarity on the competitive landscape, lowers its legal expenses and brings in needed capital. However, the firm believes the near-term financial benefit is reflected in the stock's valuation and maintains its Neutral rating on Sequenom shares.
09:35 EDTSQNMActive equity options trading
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09:23 EDTSQNMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTALUHP, Alcatel-Lucent announce expansion of global alliance
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07:09 EDTSQNMPiper Jaffray to hold a conference
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06:07 EDTSQNMIllumina and Sequenom end patent dispute with partnership in prenatal testing
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