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February 14, 2014
10:07 EDTATK, TSCO, HWAY, CNMD, CHGG, CCE, AVGO, GNC, MAT, TRGP, MANU, FWLT, ARO, AEM, CADX, PRSS, CVE, CBA, DISH, EQM, SMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Aeropostale (ARO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Cadence (CADX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... CafePress (PRSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... ClearBridge American (CBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... DISH (DISH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Foster Wheeler (FWLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Manchester United (MANU) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Tractor Supply (TSCO) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... CONMED (CNMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Healthways (HWAY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Chegg (CHGG) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Avago (AVGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Mattel (MAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Sims Metal (SMS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
News For ATK;ARO;AEM;CADX;PRSS;CVE;CBA;DISH;EQM;FWLT;MANU;TRGP;TSCO;HWAY;CNMD;CHGG;CCE;AVGO;GNC;MAT;SMS From The Last 14 Days
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August 21, 2014
15:15 EDTARONotable companies reporting after market close
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09:00 EDTAVGOSeveral semi companies have positive read through from deal, says Sterne Agee
After Infineon (IFNNY) bought International Rectifier (IRF), Sterne Agee thinks the deal indicates that the shares ofother players in the sector - including Spansion (CODE), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and Avago (AVGO) - can rise further. The firm keeps Buy ratings on the latter three stocks.
07:34 EDTPRSSCafePress announces settlement in Tiki Shark Art copyright infringement suit
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August 20, 2014
08:51 EDTGNCGNC purchase of shares by chairman a vote of confidence, says Sterne Agee
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07:31 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler awarded contract for heat recovery steam generator in Mexico
Foster Wheeler AG announced that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract by Iberdrola, for the design and supply of a heat recovery steam generator. The unit will be installed at a cogeneration plant that Iberdrola is building at the Kimberly Clark de Mexico Ramos Arizpe Facility in Coahuila, Mexico. Foster Wheeler has received a full notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the contract value will be included in the company’s third-quarter 2014 bookings. Foster Wheeler will design and supply the HRSG and provide advisory services for erection and start-up of the unit, which will incorporate a dual pressure level design with the capability to produce steam with or without combustion turbine operation. The HRSG will be coupled to a GE LM6000PH combustion gas turbine. Commercial operation of the HRSG is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2016.
August 19, 2014
13:21 EDTTSCOEarnings Preview: Lowe's trading higher ahead of Q2 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its second quarter before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.02 on revenue of $16.55B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 96c-$1.06 on revenue of $16.16B-$16.79B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 61c, beating analyst's estimates of 60c, on revenue of $13.4B against estimates for $13.86B. The company also reported Q1 same-store sales rose 0.9%. Lowe's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to approximately $2.63 from $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.62 and said it expects revenue up 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 10 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY14 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company expects to repurchase $3.4B of stock this fiscal year. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's named Paul Ramsay as Chief Information Officer. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 27.8% to 23c per share. STREET RESEARCH: Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot (HD) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Morgan Stanley initiated Lowe's with an Equal Weight rating and $50 target in June. Canaccord downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold due to slowing housing momentum, management changes, and difficult competition. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up almost 14%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is up nearly 3% to $51.89.
11:53 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:29 EDTAVGOMorgan Stanley remains a buyer of Avago
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August 18, 2014
18:21 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:04 EDTAROAeropostale up 7% after CEO change, Q2 guidance
16:36 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 adjusted EPS (45c)-(42c), consensus (58c)
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16:32 EDTAROAeropostale announces Julian Geiger to rejoin company as CEO
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11:25 EDTTSCOEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
10:29 EDTAVGOGoldman cuts sector view on semiconductors to Cautious
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08:04 EDTAVGOSemiconductors sector downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Semiconductors sector to Cautious given signs the cycle is turning based on expectations for a slowdown in semiconductor revenue growth, above trend semi unit shipments that should normalize, and stretching lead times. As a result, the analyst sees risk to Q4 estimates and sees further downside of 10%-25% for the SOX (SOX) and downgraded NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to Sell from Neutral, InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral from Buy, and removed Maxim Integrated (MXIM) from the Conviction Buy List.
07:04 EDTCNMDCONMED urges holders to vote the GOLD proxy card
CONMED announced that it will mail a letter to shareholders in connection with the company's September 10 Annual Meeting. CONMED's board unanimously recommends that shareholders vote for all CONMED's eight director nominees as well as the other proposals contained in the definitive proxy materials on the GOLD proxy card.
06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
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