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December 18, 2012
12:28 EDTGALE, NLSN, RGR, ARB, GTAT, SWHCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were markedly higher at midday as optimism surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations continues to spur buying. Investors have been paying less attention to recent economic reports to focus instead on the fiscal cliff, as demonstrated by the NAHB Housing Market index prompting little reaction, despite its highest reading since April 2006. The averages moved to session highs following comments from both sides of Washington's negotiating table that they hope a deal can still be reached... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders index of builder confidence increased to 47, as was forecast. Also, the current-account deficit in the U.S. narrowed in the third quarter to $107.5B from a $118.1B shortfall in the prior quarter. Economists expected the deficit would narrow to about $103B... COMPANY NEWS: Gunmakers Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR) continued their recent weakness as a Wall Street Journal cover story highlighted some of the ways American companies are distancing themselves from guns and their makers amid a public outcry in the aftermath of last week's tragedy in Connecticut. Among the recent developments underscored was the decision from private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management to put gunmaker Freedom Group up for sale... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arbitron (ARB), up over 23% after agreeing to be bought by Nielsen (NLSN) for $48 per share in cash. Shares of acquirer Nielsen also rose about 3%. Among the noteworthy losers was Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 17% after it sold common stock and warrants to purchase additional shares in a public offering. Also lower was GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), which was downgraded at Raymond James and Stifel Nicolaus and saw its shares slide more than 12% after issuing guidance well below Street expectations... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 83.20, or 0.63%, to 13,318.59; the Nasdaq was up 33.89, or 1.13%, to 3,044.49; and the S&P 500 was up 11.60, or 0.81%, to 1,441.96.
News For ARB;NLSN;SWHC;RGR;GALE;GTAT From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTSWHCMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
10:02 EDTSWHCOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:17 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty
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January 20, 2015
16:23 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
13:53 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson mentioned cautiously at KeyBanc
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13:08 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:53 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson rallies after raising FY15 EPS view, levels to watch
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09:11 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:13 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises FY15 EPS ex-items view to 74c-78c, consensus 63c
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08:11 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises Q3 EPS ex-items view to 15c-16c, consensus 6c
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07:25 EDTGALENoble Financial to hold a conference
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January 16, 2015
11:16 EDTNLSNCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.

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