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July 16, 2014
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August 26, 2014
09:04 EDTFTNTFortinet plans to establish R&D center in Singapore
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August 25, 2014
14:51 EDTFOXAGray Television renews all Fox affiliation agreements
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07:59 EDTHCASome healthcare providers offer compelling opportunities, says Jefferies
Jefferies believes that the following healthcare providers reported good Q2 results which have not been adequately reflected by their stocks: Acadia Healthcare (ACHC), Almost Family (AFAM), Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), Catamaran (CTRX), Community Health (CYH), Envision Healthcare (EVHC), and HCA Holdings (HCA). The firm expects the sector as a whole to continue to improve in 2H14 amid continued tailwinds from healthcare reform.
August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTBKEGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
August 21, 2014
08:39 EDTAMSCAMSC receives $15M follow on order from Inox Wind
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07:02 EDTBKEThe Buckle reports Q2 EPS 51c, consensus 53c
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August 20, 2014
11:35 EDTLCILannett expects to launch Estradiol tablets within the next several months
Lannett Company announced that it has agreed to purchase ANDAs for Estradiol Tablets, USP, 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 2 mg, and Selegiline Hydrochloride Capsules 5 mg, upon the completion of a successful technical transfer. The company did not disclose the name of the seller nor the financial terms of the transaction. Lannett expects to launch Estradiol Tablets within the next several months and Selegiline Hydrochloride Capsules sometime thereafter. According to IMS, for the full year 2013 total sales of Estradiol Tablets, USP, 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 2 mg, and Selegiline Hydrochloride Capsules 5 mg at Average Wholesale Price were approximately $31M and $8.5M, respectively. The reference listed drug manufacturer for Estradiol Tablets is Barr Laboratories; Selegiline Hydrochloride Capsules 5 mg is the generic equivalent of Somerset Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Eldepryl. “We are pleased to add Estradiol Tablets and Selegiline Hydrochloride Capsules to our offering,” said Arthur Bedrosian, president and chief executive officer of Lannett. “The acquisition of these two important medications further expands and diversifies our product portfolio and complements our internal research and development efforts.”
10:08 EDTLCILannett does not expect study to significantly impact Digoxin sales
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07:56 EDTLCILannett digoxen use in clinics unlikely to change, says Canaccord
Canaccord said the use of Lannett's digoxen drug was only prescribed to critically ill Afib patients so the mortality risk cited in a retrospective study by Turakhia is not surprising. Given the risk of thrombotic events from Afib progression far outweighing the mortality risk the firm sees little change to clinical practice. Shares of Lannett are Buy rated with a $55 price target.
August 19, 2014
12:26 EDTLCILannett downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum
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09:47 EDTLCILannett could see decreased digoxin sales, says Craig-Hallum
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August 18, 2014
16:52 EDTLCIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:18 EDTLCIThe Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in positive territory following news that Russia and Ukraine were working on a potential ceasefire. The market had faltered on Friday following reports that the Ukraine army had attacked a Russian military vehicle after it crossed into Ukraine territory. The market opened sharply higher and then received an additional boost when the NAHB Housing market Index came in above expectations. The averages quickly moved to session highs, lifting the S&P to its highest level ever and putting August on track for the best monthly performance since February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose 2 points to 55 in August. The index had climbed 4 points to 53 in July. This is the highest level since January's 56. The single family sales index edged up to 58 from 56 (revised from 57). The future index was 65 from 63 (revised from 64). The index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 42 from 39 (revised from 39). Data was better than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG) were higher by about 10% after the company announced a proposal to acquire rival Family Dollar (FDO) for $78.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $9.7B. Shares of Family Dollar rose approximately 5% on the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sensata Technologies (ST), which rose 5.6% after after agreeing to buy privately held Schrader International for $1B. Also higher was Lannett (LCI), which gained 9.3% after the company said fourth quarter and full-year 2014 earnings per share and revenue would exceed analysts' consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell about 4% after research firm Jefferies downgraded the shares to Hold from Buy saying the valuation looks full following its recent rally. Also lower was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which dropped 2.3% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the company to Sell from Neutral, and downgraded the semiconductor sector to Cautious from Neutral. The firm expects consensus estimates to move lower due to cyclical headwinds, increased Q4 and Q1 seasonality, and a RF correction. Goldman lowered their price target on the shares to $54 from $58. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 168.13, or 1.01%, to 16,831.04, the Nasdaq rose 44.11, or 0.99%, to 4,508.87, and the S&P 500 was higher by 16.79, or 0.86%, to 1,971.88.
11:31 EDTTSEMTower Semiconductor initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research
Target $18.
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10:06 EDTLCILannett surges after upbeat Q4, FY14 outlook
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09:03 EDTLCIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:30 EDTLCILannett sees FY14 adjusted EPS $1.94-$1.98, consensus $1.75
Sees FY14 revenue $274M, consensus $264.32M.
07:28 EDTLCILannett sees FY14 results 'far exceeding' prior year
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07:28 EDTLCILannett sees Q4 EPS 60c-64c, consensus 41c
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