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December 18, 2012
12:28 EDTARB, NLSN, SWHC, RGR, GALE, GTATOn 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.
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August 26, 2014
16:08 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson sees FY15 EPS 89c-94c, consensus $1.36
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16:07 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson sees Q2 EPS 4c-8c, consensus 28c
Sees Q2 revenue $100M-$110M, consensus $136.82M.
16:05 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson reports Q1 EPS 26c, consensus 25c
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16:00 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson trading halted, pending news
15:25 EDTSWHCNotable companies reporting after market close
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09:51 EDTGTATOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Cray (CRAY) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Enphase Energy (ENPH) initiated with a Buy at Needham... FCB Financial (FCB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... FCB Financial initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Goldman Sachs (GS) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... HealthEquity (HQY) initiated with a Neutral at RW Bair... Mobileye (MBLY) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Mobileye initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Mobileye initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Mobileye initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... RAIT Financial (RAS) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... SunEdison (SUNE) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Mobileye initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Transocean Partners (RIG) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... GT Advanced (GTAT) coverage resumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... CSC (CSC) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
06:43 EDTGTATGT Advanced coverage resumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Target $23.
August 25, 2014
11:39 EDTGTATStocks with call strike movement; GTAT FEYE
GT Advanced (GTAT) December 20 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 65, FireEye (FEYE) December 34 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 63 according to IVolatility.
August 22, 2014
10:25 EDTGTATStocks with call strike movement; JRJC GTAT
China Finance Online (JRJC) January 11 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 114, BlackBerry (BBRY) December 22 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 66 according to IVolatility.
07:29 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:09 EDTGTATGT Advanced to supply up to 1.35M-2.25M iPhone covers in 2014, DigiTimes says
GT Advanced is estimated to supply 1.35M-2.25M 5.5-inch iPhone sapphire covers by the end of 2014, reports DigiTimes Research. GTAT started sapphire production in August 2014 and expects revenue contributions from sapphire to begin in the fourth quarter. GTAT is likely to ship sapphire at a large volume beginning the first quarter of 2015. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
07:15 EDTGALEGalena announces resignation of CEO Mark Ahn
Galena Biopharma announced that Mark Schwartz, Ph.D., has been appointed as President and CEO, effective immediately. Dr. Schwartz was previously Galena's COO. He replaces Mark Ahn, Ph.D. who has resigned as the President and CEO and as a director of the company to pursue "other long held personal and professional goals." It is expected that Dr. Schwartz will also be appointed to Galena's board.
05:32 EDTGALEGalena fired CEO over stock promotion scandal, Feuerstein says
Galena fired its CEO Mark Ahn following a stock promotion scandal, The Street's Adam Feuerstein reported last night, citing a source close to the company. A public announcement is coming today, Feuerstein added.
August 20, 2014
11:15 EDTGTATGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
10:04 EDTGTATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IDEXX (IDXX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Prestige Brands (PBH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Real Goods Solar (RGSE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson Capital.
09:38 EDTGTAT, GTATGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:10 EDTGTAT, GTATGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
August 19, 2014
05:52 EDTGTATStocks with implied volatility movement; GTAT ZNGA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; GT Advanced (GTAT) 76, Zynga (ZNGA) 52 according to iVolatility.
August 18, 2014
11:50 EDTGTATStocks with call strike movement; VRNG GTAT
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08:30 EDTGTATApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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