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October 3, 2012
10:22 EDTING, AMRN, MOS, LEAP, TXN, EXPR, DFS, POT, ERJ, ANNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ann Inc. (ANN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Embraer (ERJ) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Cowen... Express (EXPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital ... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Amarin (AMRN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperfrom at Wedbush... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Leap Wireless (LEAP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ING Group (ING) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.
News For ANN;ERJ;EXPR;MOS;POT;TXN;AMRN;DFS;LEAP;ING From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
12:47 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:01 EDTEXPRAbercrombie & Fitch surges after posting surprise Q2 profit
Abercrombie & Fitch spiked in early trading after the clothing retailer posted second quarter profit and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Abercrombie & Fitch reported Q2 earnings per share of 12c, excluding items, on revenue of $817.8M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of a loss per share of (4c) and $811.46M, respectively. Including items, EPS was (1c). Abercrombie said the quarter included a comparable sales decrease of 4% and an adverse impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates of about 5%. For the quarter, SSS declined 7% at the Abercrombie brand and 1% at Hollister. Executive Chairman Arthur Martinez commented that the quarterly results exceeded what the retailer signaled on its first quarter earnings call and said he is confident "that we are on the right track, although we recognize that we still have much to achieve." Looking ahead, Abercrombie & Fitch sees SSS trends improving in the second half of 2015, skewed towards the fourth quarter. The company expects continued headwinds from foreign currency exchange rates, a gross margin rate approximately flat to last year and flat operating expense compared to last year. Additionally, Abercrombie said it plans to open 15 full-price stores this fiscal year, in markets including China and Japan, and will close about 60 stores in the U.S. during the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Abercrombie is in the midst of a massive turnaround and announced the creation of six new positions as it restructures the management of its Abercrombie brand. The move is part of an effort to organize executives by brand rather than product after announcing last year that it would move away from logos. On its earnings conference call this morning, Abercrombie executives said that the company is "not naive" about the challenges it faces, but believes it is "on the right track" to restoring the business to health. Abercrombie said a new chief executive officer will be appointed "in due time." OTHERS TO WATCH: Abercrombie & Fitch peers include Urban Outfitters (URBN), American Eagle (AEO) and Express (EXPR). PRICE ACTION: Abercrombie & Fitch is up 11.75% in morning trading to $19.30.
09:25 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
08:45 EDTTXNSemiconductor stock risk/reward positive, says Citi
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07:04 EDTEXPRExpress sees FY15 adjusted EPS $1.30-$1.37, consensus $1.21
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07:03 EDTEXPRExpress sees Q3 EPS 26c-29c, consensus 25c
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07:02 EDTEXPRExpress reports Q2 EPS 25c, consensus 16c
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August 25, 2015
15:00 EDTEXPRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Chico's (CHS), consensus 22c... Express (EXPR), consensus 16c... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), consensus (4c).
August 24, 2015
15:17 EDTEXPRExpress volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 21, 2015
12:17 EDTPOT, MOSDeere slides after Q3 results and outlook impacted by deteriorating farm economy
Despite reporting third quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations, shares of farm equipment maker Deere (DE) are falling after the company said it sees farm equipment sales for the year lower than previously thought, as the downturn in the agricultural economy continues. WHAT'S NEW: Deere reported Q3 EPS of $1.53, down from $2.33 in the year-ago quarter, and revenue of $7.6B, down 20% from last year's Q3. Analysts' consensus estimates for Q3 were for EPS of $1.44 on revenue of $7.17B. John Deere's Chief Executive Officer Samuel Allen said, "John Deere's third quarter results reflected the continuing impact of the downturn in the farm economy as well as lower demand for construction equipment." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the farm equipment maker forecast full year 2015 world-wide sales of its farm equipment to be lower by about 25% for the year compared to the 24% it forecast in May with its Q2 report. On its Q3 earnings conference call, the company said crop prices are stabilizing near the long-term average and the dairy sector remains under pressure. Beef prices remain solid while pork prices remain at low levels, Deere added. In China, the company sees continued slowdown in economic growth, lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy, and mechanizing trends and ongoing subsidies supportive of agriculture. In India, the company sees positive consumer and investor sentiment supporting economic growth, and two consecutive below normal monsoon seasons impacting farm incomes. In the Commonwealth of Independent States, the company sees a continued deterioration of economic growth and credit conditions remaining challenged. Deere sees crop value of agricultural production in Brazil to decrease 11% in 2015. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Deere are down $6.04, or 6.6%, to $84.61 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that are leveraged to agriculture include AGCO (AGCO),Potash (POT), Mosaic(MOS), Agrium (AGU), Syngenta (SYT), CF Industries (CF), and DuPont (DD).
10:46 EDTANNAscena Retail completes acquisition of Ann Inc.
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August 20, 2015
09:31 EDTDFSDiscover announces strategic network service agreement with Elo
Discover Financial Services and Elo, a Brazilian credit card brand, announced a strategic agreement that will allow acceptance of Elo Global Cards for international purchases and cash access outside of Brazil on the Discover Global Network, which includes Discover Network, Diners Club International and the PULSE network. The agreement will focus initially on enabling Elo Global Cards to have acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories via the Discover Global Network. Elo and Discover also will collaborate on the integration of Discover's EMV solution, D-PAS, to help ensure safe international transactions and continue to work together on new emerging payment products in the future. Elo will continue to use its own proprietary application for domestic transactions.
August 19, 2015
17:42 EDTANNS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 600 indices
S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Sovran Self Storage (SSS) will replace Ann Inc. (ANN) in the S&P MidCap 400, and ePlus (PLUS) will replace Sovran Self Storage in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, August 21. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) is acquiring Ann in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date.
17:20 EDTANNSovran Self Storage to replace Ann Inc. in S&P 400 as of 8/21 close
August 18, 2015
18:30 EDTTXNChip makers advance after Analog Devices reports Q3 financial results
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10:00 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
09:34 EDTANNAnn Inc. to host special shareholder meeting
Special Shareholder Meeting to vote on the acquisition of Ann by Ascena Retail Group whereby Ann will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascena will be held in New York on August 19 at 8 am.
August 17, 2015
17:05 EDTEXPRExpress initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research
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08:26 EDTDFSDiscover reports July net charge-offs 1.43% vs. 1.60% last month
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August 16, 2015
12:33 EDTPOTPotash shares could rally 30% by late 2016, Barron's says
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