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March 22, 2013
10:04 EDTDSW, SPRD, PROV, MPR, FDO, ADTN, NXPI, R, IRG, APEI, MSG, PANW, TCBIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Public (APEI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... DSW (DSW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Met-Pro (MPR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Ryder (R) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Provident Financial (PROV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley Caris... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at JNK Securities... Spreadtrum (SPRD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Adtran (ADTN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James.
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09:33 EDTIRGIgnite Restaurant initiated with a Strong Buy at CL King
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07:29 EDTPANWNetwork security Q1 survey shows 'respectable' demand, says Jefferies
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April 10, 2014
16:09 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
Target $85.
13:14 EDTFDOFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
11:15 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility: YONG STZ BBBY FDO EPB
10:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says continues to be opportunistic with share repurchases
10:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says search for president, COO is 'under way'
Says last few quarters have been "challenging." Says holiday season was challenged by a more promotional environment and a more financially constrained consumer. Sees opportunities to improve execution, increase relevance. Plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY15. The company says it is on track to open approximately 525 stores this year, 350-400 stores next year. Says 18 storms resulted in 60 days negatively impacted by winter weather in Q2. Sees gross margin for Q3 to be similar to Q2. Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Sees SG&A expense to be develeraged in Q3. Sees gross margin to decline in FY14. Expects SG&A will deleverage for FY14. Expects tax rate for FY14 to be 36%-36.5%.
10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says recently cut about 10% of corporate workforce
Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
10:00 EDTPROVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
10:00 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto completes acquisition of Cyvera for $200M
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08:57 EDTPANWImperva should be bought after negative preannouncement, says Pacific Crest
After Impreva preannounced lower than expected Q1 revenue, Pacific Crest blamed the miss on a lack of sales execution and lengthening sales cycles. However, the firm is still upbeat on Imperva's outlook, as it expects demand for security products to increase. Pacific Crest reduced its price target on Imperva to $48 from $62. It recommends buying other IT security names, including Palo Alto (PANW) and Proofpoint (PFPT), on weakness in the wake of Imperva's guidance. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on all the stocks named.
08:45 EDTPANWPalo Alto upgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities upgraded Palo Alto (PANW) to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm expects the company to benefit from the strength of its Advanced Persistent Threat service and strong demand for next generation firewall technology. JMP Securities also believes that the company's sales are tracking at least in-line with expectations this quarter, and is more confident that it will prevail in its court battle with Juniper (JNPR). Target $80.
07:25 EDTPROVProvident Financial initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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07:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says winter weather had at least 5c negative impact to Q2 EPS
Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine said, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations. The 2013 holiday season was challenged by a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer. In addition, like many retailers, our second quarter results were significantly impacted by severe winter weather, which resulted in numerous store closings, disrupted merchandise deliveries and higher than expected utility and store maintenance expenses. Notwithstanding the macro-economic pressure, competitive environment and severe weather, we are not satisfied with our results, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we have initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to strengthen our value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve financial performance.” The company estimates that the negative financial impact in Q2 from the adverse winter weather was at least 5c of earnings per diluted share.
07:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS ex-items $3.05-$3.25, consensus $3.38
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07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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06:03 EDTPANWPalo Alto upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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