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February 11, 2013
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Astronics (ATRO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... H.B. Fuller (FUL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Heartland Express (HTLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Marten Transport (MRTN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Questar (STR) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Swift Transportation (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Novo Nordisk (NVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Tesoro (TSO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Buckeye Partners (BPL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Kroger (KR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Teleflex (TFX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel Nicolaus... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus.
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September 24, 2015
13:27 EDTNKENike September 114 weekly straddle priced for 4.2% movement into Q1
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12:32 EDTNKEEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on Nike ahead of Q1 earnings report
Nike (NKE) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, September 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Nike sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.19 on revenue of $8.22B. The consensus range is $1.14-$1.26 for EPS and $8.13B-$8.33B for revenue. In its last earnings report, Nike forecast Q1 revenue growth in the low single digits. LAST QUARTER: The company reported fourth quarter EPS of 98c and revenue of $7.8B, beating the consensus expectation of 83c and $7.69B, respectively. Nike reported a Q4 gross margin of 46.2%, which was up 60 basis points. The company also reported worldwide futures orders up 2% including currency changes and up 13% excluding currency changes. Looking ahead, Nike forecast fiscal year 2016 revenue growth in the mid-single digits, and said it expected Q1 and FY16 gross margin to increase by 50bps. On its last earnings conference call, Nike said it was confident that it would be able to keep "moving margins forward." The company said it plans to deliver mid-teens EPS growth over time. NEWS: Phil Knight announced plans to step down as the company's chairman on June 30, and recommended president and Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker take over the role. Knight said he would transfer most of his stock to a limited liability company named Swoosh LLC, to be managed by himself, Parker and other Nike executives. The move that will help "maintain Nike's corporate governance," the company said. Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reported in July. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Nike's price target was raised at Piper Jaffray, Nomura, Macquarie, Goldman, Deustche Bank and Baird. On July 28, Jefferies raised its price target for Nike to $128 to reflect greater likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership becoming law, which could benefit Nike's margins over time. In August, Telsey Advisory upgraded Nike to Outperform from Market Perform and Susquehanna upgraded shares to Positive from Neutral. Stifel said on August 27 that Nike "continues to dominate" in all areas of footwear and predicted that Nike's revenue could increase by low single digits in FY16. Ahead of this afternoon's earnings report, Deutsche Bank, Susquehanna and UBS raised their price targets on Nike. Deutsche Bank expects Nike to post "modest" Q1 upside today. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Nike shares are up about 7.15%. Ahead of this afternoon's report, shares are down 1.2% to $114.16.
10:30 EDTSTRAmerican Gas Association to hold a forum
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07:34 EDTATROAstronics selloff overdone, says Canaccord
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07:10 EDTUSB, WFCBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
September 23, 2015
17:10 EDTFULH.B. Fuller sees Q4 impact from Americas operating segment
H.B. Fuller stated in its Q3 earnings release, "The primary driver of the lower than expected [Q3] earnings was lower than expected revenue in the Americas operating segment... primarily due to generally weak end market conditions and some residual negative effects of the Project ONE implementation in North America last year. In addition, our forecast for our full-year core tax rate increased slightly and this reduced our EPS in the quarter relative to our forecast. Because both of these factors are expected to persist into Q4, we have also adjusted our EPS expectations."
17:05 EDTFULH.B. Fuller cuts FY15 adjusted EPS to $2.23 from $2.45, consensus $2.41
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17:03 EDTFULH.B. Fuller sees Q4 adjusted EPS 70c, consensus 80c
Sees Q4 revenue $540M, consensus $567.62M.
17:02 EDTFULH.B. Fuller reports Q3 adjusted EPS 61c, consensus 70c
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15:02 EDTFULNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include H.B. Fuller (FUL), consensus 70c.
13:30 EDTTSOTesoro options active on speculation of a conference cancellation
Tesoro October 98 and 100 calls are active on total call volume of 6K contracts (4K puts) following speculation of a conference cancellation. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 42, October is 36; compared to its 52-week range of 26 to 56. Active options volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
10:26 EDTVMWEMC standstill agreement with activist expired on Sept. 1, Re/code reports
The standstill agreement between EMC (EMC) and activist investor Elliott Management expired on September 1, Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code reports, citing people familiar with the terms. EMC may have asked Elliott for an informal extension of the agreement as its board weighs its options since Elliott has yet to resume its public campaign of pushing for a breakup, Hesseldahl adds. Reference Link
07:34 EDTNKENike shares have room for further upside, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Dave Weiner says that despite the 20% year-to-date rally, shares of Nike have room for further upside. Nike's business in China is accelerating and operating margin strength should continue, Weiner tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects Nike to post "modest" Q1 upside when reporting results tomorrow after the close. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $125 price target.
September 22, 2015
17:22 EDTWFCOakland accusses Wells Fargo of mortgage discrimination, Reuters says
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16:17 EDTSTRWexpro subsidiary enters into joint venture with Piceance Energy
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08:08 EDTVMWVMware expands relationship with SAP
VMware (VMW) announced the expansion of its relationship with SAP (SAP). SAP and VMware plan to integrate the ACE approach to enable secure, instant deployment and login of SuccessFactors and Concur mobile applications on iOS and Android devices. The ACE community also announced today 21 new members, growing more than seven-fold since its inception in March 2015.
08:08 EDTVMWVMware extends Samsung partnership to include AirWatch
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06:43 EDTNKENike September weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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September 21, 2015
07:42 EDTNKENike price target raised to $128 from $122 at UBS
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06:36 EDTWFCFormer Wells Fargo CEO: BofA shareholders should back off Moynihan, Reuters says
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