|June 23, 2014|
|10:02 EDT||SPWR, OC, NGHC, KOG, HP, BEAV, AMD, NGLS, PER, NUE, NVDA, JOY, COH, ATML, TDC, SM, JWN, KR, HERO, CWST, ALSMY||On The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AMD (AMD) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Alstom (ALSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Feltl... BE Aerospace (BEAV) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Casella Waste (CWST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Coach (COH) downgraded at Wedbush... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Hercules Offshore (HERO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Joy Global (JOY) downgraded at Longbow... Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... Kroger (KR) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... NVIDIA (NVDA) downgraded at Pacific Crest... National General (NGHC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nucor (NUE) downgraded at Macquarie... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded at Longbow... SM Energy (SM) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... SandRidge Permian Trust (PER) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SunPower (SPWR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Teradata (TDC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities.
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|November 12, 2015|
|06:04 EDT||HP||Helmerich & Payne says short-term outlook for industry remains uncertain|
CEO John Lindsay commented, "After delivering record-breaking results in 2014, we began fiscal 2015 with high expectations. Unfortunately, these past 12 months have brought very low and volatile oil prices and the industry rig count in the U.S. has fallen to levels below those experienced during the recession in 2009. Drilling activity and service pricing levels continue to decline, and for many the major theme across the industry is survival, and has led to sharp reductions in personnel, expenses, and investments across the board. No company is immune to these conditions and fortunately a cornerstone of our strategy has always been fiscal conservatism, which continues to serve us well. Additionally, we believe our advanced rig fleet, long-term contract backlog, strong customer base, and best-in-class reputation for customer service and value creation position us very well in this difficult environment. In the midst of this very challenging market, our efforts remain focused on adding value to shareholders by prudently allocating capital, providing innovative solutions and helping our customers reduce their total cost per well. The short-term outlook for the industry remains uncertain, but we do expect better days ahead and believe the Company is well positioned to grow market share."
|06:04 EDT||HP||Helmerich & Payne reports Q4 EPS (20c), may not be comparable to consensus 5c|
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|November 11, 2015|
|16:26 EDT||ATML||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day lower following a range-bound session marked by lighter than normal volume due to the Veteran's Day holiday. The lower participation allowed the market to digest the latest round of earnings with the reporting season beginning to wind down. Oil remained under pressure and closed near three week lows, as production has not really declined despite lower pricing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major data reported. U.S. bond markets were closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Alibaba Group (BABA) trading in New York fell $1.62, or 1.98%, to $79.81 despite its report of blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast... Macy's (M) shares fell 14% to $40.41 after the department store operator cut its fiscal year sales and profit forecasts and said it would not follow an activist investor's suggestion to form a real estate investment trust. A number of its peers fell as well, including J.C. Penney (JCP), which dipped 1.9% despite previewing that its own quarterly results should be better than its prior expectations. Penney, which pre-announced stronger than expected same-store sales growth of 6.4% for Q3, is set to report full quarterly results on Friday morning... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner following today's announcements, rising 4.4% to $92.19. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rose 33c, or 4.39%, to $7.85 after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) issued a statement saying it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire the company. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained $14.18, or 2.15%, to $673.86 after research firm Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the name to $800 from $750 on the growing opportunity of Amazon Web Services. Separately, Wayfair (W) rallied 5.4% to $41.57 after Cowen analysts raised their target on the shares to $61 from $56 and reiterated an Outperform rating, calling Tuesday's selloff misguided. Among the noteworthy losers were Horizon Pharma (HZNP) and Insys (INSY), which declined a respective 19.6% and 8.7% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with Linden Care, a specialty pharmacy used by both companies. Also lower was PayPal (PYPL), which fell 67c, or 1.81%, to $36.33 shortly before the close after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform. Additionally, Intercept (ICPT) lost $24.02, or 11.66%, to $181.95 after FBR Capital cut its price target on the stock to $192 from $273, saying the market opportunity for Intercept's obeticholic acid liver disease candidate appears smaller than initially thought. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 55.99, or 0.32%, to 17,702.22, the Nasdaq slid 16.22, or 0.32%, to 5,067.02, and the S&P 500 declined 6.72, or 0.32%, to 2,075.00.
|16:08 EDT||ATML||Elliott International increases stake in Dialog Semiconductor to 3.6% |
Elliott International issued a letter to shareholders of Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) informing them that they increased its interest in the company to 3.6% and urges shareholders to vote AGAINST the company's agreement to acquire Atmel (ATML).
|15:00 EDT||SPWR||SunPower to host analyst day|
Analyst Day to be held on November 12 at 9 am. Webcast Link
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|12:17 EDT||ATML||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday following a morning of lackluster trading, which may be due to lower volume on account of the observance of Veteran's Day. There were four initial public offerings that priced and each opened above their offering; a better reflection of the syndicate market than several weeks ago when deals could not be completed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major announcements. U.S. bond markets are closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: In another sign of China's transition from a purely industrial economy to one driven more by consumption, Alibaba Group (BABA)reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B, but shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant trading in New York slid 2%... Shares of Macy's (M) plunged over 13.5% and its peers followed it lower after the department store operator cut its outlook for fiscal year 2015 after reporting third quarter revenue that missed analysts' estimates. Macy's also said it will not be pursuing the formation of a real estate investment trust. Conversely, J.C. Penney (JCP) reported stronger than expected same-store sale growth and previewed that its soon-to-be reported earnings and gross margin performance in the third quarter exceeded its expectations, but the stock was caught in Macy's downdraft, falling about 2.5%... The boards of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a combination deal worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) entered into a definitive agreement to purchase SABMiller's (SBMRY) 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a transaction valued at $12B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rallied 4% after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) said that it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire Atmel. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained 2% after an analyst at Morgan Stanley raised his price target on the company's stock to $800 from $750M, citing the growing AWS opportunity. Among the noteworthy losers was Horizon Pharma (HZNP), which fell over 16% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with specialty pharmacy Linden Care, which is used by Horizon and Insys Therapeutics (INSY), which also dropped 9%. Also lower was SunEdison (SUNE), which lost another 14.5%, adding more losses to yesterday's post-earnings slide after UBS cut its price target on the company's shares to $6 from $9. In addition, Anadarko (APC) and Apache (APA) fell about 3.5% and 6%, respectively, after Anadarko confirmed that it sent a takeover proposal to Apache, which it later withdrew. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 3.87, or 0.02%, to 17,762.08, the Nasdaq was up 14.42, or 0.28%, to 5,097.66, and the S&P 500 was up 0.78, or 0.04%, to 2,082.50.
|11:56 EDT||KR||Roundy's surges after agreeing to be acquired by Kroger for $3.60 per share|
Shares of Midwest supermarket chain Roundy's (RNDY) are surging after the company agreed to be acquired by Kroger (KR) for $3.60 per share in cash. WHAT'S NEW: Kroger this morning said it will buy Roundy's for $3.60 per share in cash. The terms of the agreement were unanimously approved by the boards of both companies. Kroger said it expects the merger to be slightly accretive to earnings in the first full year after closing, excluding merger-related expenses, and said the transaction won't impact its long-term net earnings per diluted share growth rate of 8%-11%, plus a growing dividend. Kroger said it plans to finance the transaction with debt, and refinance Roundy's existing debt of $646M based on market conditions. Kroger said Roundy's will be run as a subsidiary of Kroger, headed by "key members of Roundy's senior management team." No store closings are expected. In a statement, Robert Mariano, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Roundy's, said, "We are excited about becoming part of The Kroger Co. This is a great win for our customers, communities, employees and our shareholders." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Roundy's also reported third quarter results that missed analysts' expectations. The company said Q3 adjusted earnings per share was (13c) on revenue of $979.91M, missing consensus estimates of (9c) and $979.91M, respectively. Same-store sales fell 3.4% in the quarter year-over-year. The company forecast fourth quarter adjusted EPS of (2c)-4c on revenue of $995M-$1.01B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of 2c and $1.02B, respectively. SSS are seen falling 2.5%-3.5% in Q4. Roundy's lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to (12c)-(18c) from (6c)-(17c), below the consensus of (11c), and narrowed its revenue view for the year to $3.95B-$3.96B from $3.95B-$3.99B, short of analysts' consensus estimates of $3.98B. The company sees FY15 SSS down 2.9%-3.1%. Mariano commented that Q3 sales and EBITDA "did not meet our expectations," noting that the sales miss was primarily due to continued competitive store openings in our Wisconsin markets. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Roundy's rose $1.39, or about 64%, to $3.58 on nearly twenty times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 8.7% over the past 12 months. Shares of Kroger are down 0.3% to $37.17. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other supermarket chains include Supervalu (SVU), down 1.5% and Weis Markets (WMK), down 0.9%.
|11:31 EDT||SPWR||SunEdison sinks after UBS cuts price target to $6|
Shares of SunEdison (SUNE) are selling off for a second straight day after UBS cut its price target on the stock to $6. The seller of photovoltaic energy solutions declined yesterday after reporting a larger than expected quarterly loss. UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith attributed the post-earnings share selloff to "five key factors," including lower than expected margins on retained projects, management's confidence on the pending Vivint Solar (VSLR) acquisition while a renegotiation of the deal would be perceived positively, and LAP Holdings seeking no less than $150M in damages after SunEdison cancelled its acquisition of the Latin America hydropower and wind development maintenance company. Dumoulin-Smith cut his price target for SunEdison this morning to $6 from $9 and kept a Neutral rating on the name. SunEdison is down 15%, or 88c, to $4.89 in late morning trading. Following the stock lower are peers SolarCity (SCTY), SunPower (SPWR) and First Solar (FSLR).
|11:11 EDT||JWN||Macy's tanks after 'disappointing' Q3 report, drags down retail peers|
Shares of Macy's (M) and its department store peers are plunging this morning after the retailer cut its outlook for fiscal year 2015 after reporting third quarter revenue that missed analysts' estimates. Macy's also said it will not be pursuing the formation of a real estate investment trust. TEPID SPENDING AT MACY'S: This morning, Macy's reported Q3 earnings per share of 56c excluding items, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 54c, on revenue of $5.87B, missing estimates of $6.09B. Including asset impairment charges primarily related to the previously-announced plans to close 35 to 40 stores in early 2016, EPS for the quarter was 36c. Comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis were down by 3.6% in the quarter, with SSS down 3.9% on an owned basis. Terry Lundgren, Macy's chairman and chief executive officer, said the company is "disappointed" that the pace of sales did not improve as expected in Q3, noting that spending by U.S. customers was "tepid." Looking ahead, the company forecast fourth quarter EPS of $2.54-$2.64, well below analysts' consensus estimates of $2.90, and forecast SSS on an owned plus licensed basis down 2%-3%. Macy's also cut its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 excluding charges from $4.70-$4.80, also well below estimates calling for $4.65, with total sales down 2.7%-3.1%, compared to previous guidance of down about 1%. Macy's now sees FY15 SSS on an owned plus licensed basis down by 1.8% to 2.2%, compared with previous guidance of approximately flat. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Macy's said in its earnings release that it has decided not to pursue the formation of a REIT at this time, but will consider redeveloping some of its flagship properties through joint ventures or other deals. Macy's said it has engaged Tishman Speyer to advise the company's senior management in identifying and advancing potential store redevelopment projects in the U.S. Activist investor Starboard Value had urged Macy's earlier this year to consider spinning off its real estate assets. Macy's said on its earnings conference call that it studied the formation of a REIT, but ultimately said there was "not enough value" to be created from the establishment of one. Macy's also announced this morning that it will reduce capital spending to less than $1B in 2016 from the $1.2B it expects to spend in 2015. Further, Macy's said it will roll out 50 free-standing Macy's Backstage stores in off-mall locations and, in spring 2016, will add Backstage stores within up to 10 existing Macy's stores. Macy's also plans to open about 40 more Bluemercury self-standing beauty specialty stores. The company also said it had signed an agreement with Luxottica Group (LUX) to open licensed LensCrafters shops in as many as 500 Macy's stores over the next three years. PENNEY: J.C. Penney reported stronger than expected SSS growth of 6.4% for Q3. Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison said that the company's Q3 EPS and gross margin performance "exceeded our expectations." J.C. Penney is set to report quarterly results on Friday morning. Separately, the retailer also announced the settlement of a class action lawsuit alleging false advertising. The company will make $50M in cash available for claims under the terms of the settlement. PRICE ACTION: Macy's is sliding 13% to $40.82 and J.C. Penney is down about 3% to $8.43. OTHERS TO WATCH: Kohl's (KSS), which will report quarterly earnings tomorrow morning, is down 6.5% and Nordstrom (JWN) is down 4.4%.
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|08:44 EDT||KR||Kroger to hold a conference call|
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|08:40 EDT||KR||Roundy's agrees to be acquired by Kroger for $3.60 per share|
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|08:39 EDT||KR||Kroger to purchase all shares of Roundy's for $3.60 per share|
Kroger (KR) and Roundy's (RNDY) announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Roundy's for $3.60 per share in cash. The transaction price represents a premium of approximately 65% to the Roundy's closing share price on November 10, 2015. The terms of the agreement were unanimously approved by the boards of both companies. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Kroger will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Roundy's common stock. Any shares of Roundy's common stock not acquired in the tender offer will be acquired by Kroger in a subsequent merger. The transaction is subject to Roundy's stockholders tendering at least a majority of the outstanding shares of Roundy's common stock in the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. Kroger plans to finance the transaction with debt, and refinance Roundy's existing debt of $646 million based on market conditions. Consistent with the company's long-term commitment to returning cash to shareholders, Kroger intends to continue its quarterly dividend and share repurchase program while managing free cash flow to reduce the leverage taken on from this merger. Although the company's net debt to EBITDA ratio will increase at the time the merger closes, Kroger expects the ratio to remain in the 2.00 - 2.20 range upon closing of the merger. Kroger is committed to maintaining its current investment grade credit rating. Kroger expects the merger to be slightly accretive to earnings in the first full year after closing, excluding merger-related expenses. The transaction will have no effect on Kroger's current long-term net earnings per diluted share growth rate of 8 - 11%, plus a growing dividend. While Kroger expects to realize cost savings of approximately $40 million over time, the company plans to reinvest those cost savings to grow the business. Kroger has a strong history of achieving synergy goals. Being patient in achieving those goals reduces the risk of the transaction and sets the stage for sustainable growth.
|08:33 EDT||KR||Kroger to purchase all shares of Roundy's for $3.60 per share in cash|
|08:03 EDT||SPWR||Turlock Irrigation and SunPower announce 20-year power purchase agreement|
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|07:36 EDT||SM||Jefferies to hold a conference|
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|06:04 EDT||ATML||Dialog Semiconductor continues to support Atmel transaction|
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|06:00 EDT||JWN||Nordstrom implied volatility of 43 at upper end of index mean range|
|03:52 EDT||JWN||On The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary|
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Amyris (AMRS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Corporate Executive Board (CEB) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... FactSet (FDS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Freshpet (FRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Gartner (IT) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Horace Mann (HMN) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... IHS Inc. (IHS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Ignyta (RXDX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... MSCI (MSCI) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Moody's (MCO) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Nordstrom (JWN) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Strongbridge Biopharma (SBBP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... The Advisory Board (ABCO) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Verisk Analytics (VRSK) initiated with a Buy at Cantor.