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February 7, 2013
15:16 EDTCFN, HAS, MCHP, RGS, XL, ATVICompanies reporting After the Market Close on Thursday, February 7
Notable companies reporting after the closing bell on Thursday include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), CareFusion (CFN), Hasbro (HAS), Microchip Technology (MCHP), Republic Services (RSG), and XL Group (XL).
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September 15, 2014
10:35 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard breaks uptrend, levels to watch
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September 12, 2014
10:40 EDTRGSUlta rallies following better than expected results, increased FY14 outlook
Shares of beauty products retailer Ulta Salon (ULTA) are rising after the company's second quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates.The company's outlook also exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: For the second quarter, Ulta Salon reported earnings per share of 94c on revenue of $734.2M, surpassing analysts' consensus estimates of 83c and $713.01M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter increased 9.6%. Ulta expects Q3 EPS to be in the range of 79c-84c, which is in-line with analysts' 83c consensus. The company said performance in the quarter was driven by a significant improvement in traffic, e-commerce growth and successful new brand and product launches. Looking ahead, the company expects third quarter revenue of $724M-$736M, which is higher than analysts' $717.46M consensus. SSS for Q3 are expected to rise 6%-8%. Ulta Salon also increased its fiscal year 2014 EPS growth view to 20% from a mid-teens percentage range and increased its FY14 sales growth view to 20% from a mid-teens percentage range. Analysts' are expecting FY14 EPS of $3.69 and revenue of $3.15B. Ulta Salon also increased its FY14 SSS growth view to approximately 7%-8% from 4%-6%. FY14 capital expenditures are forecast at $265M and the company plans to open 100 new stores, generating free cash flow in excess of $100M. Ulta also announced plans to institute a new $300M share repurchase plan to replace its existing program. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In addition to its earnings report and share repurchase announcement, the company announced five-year financial goals. Ulta anticipates delivering EPS growth in the low 20% range, excluding supply chain investments, which are expected to reduce 2015 and 2016 earnings growth rates. The estimated impact on the percentage growth rate is in the mid-single digit range. Ulta is aiming to deliver annual comparable sales growth 5%-7%, open approximately 100 stores per year and grow e-commerce to represent 10% of sales. It hopes to maintain stable operating margin in the near term before progressing towards the company’s long-term mid-teens target. The company said it will not provide specific 2015 guidance until March 2015 when it typically provides annual guidance. ANALYST REACTION: Jefferies analyst Randal Konik raised his price target to $110 from $92 and said that he feels the company gave "strong" Q2 earnings results and increased FY14 guidance. He believes that the company is positioned well to deliver on its growth plans. Konik maintains a Hold rating on the stock. Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen increased his price target on Ulta Salon to $130 from $118 and said that he feels "encouraged" by the company's "healthy" Q2 SSS and earlier than expected announcement of its five-year financial goals. He said that he will continue to like Ulta Salon as it maintains strength in a competitive and tough economic environment. He thinks that the company's new product introductions will continue to boost strong traffic. Chen keeps a Buy rating on Ulta. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Ulta Salon rose $20.14, or about 20.66%, to $117.42. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the beauty industry include Sally Beauty Holdings (SBH), Regis Corporation (RGS), and L Brands (LB).
07:31 EDTXLAda Investments announces strategic investment by XL Group
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07:19 EDTATVIConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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05:36 EDTATVIAugust NPD video game software sales fell 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says August NPD video game software sales fell 21% year-over-year. The firm continues to expect growth beginning in late 2014 and recommends using any weakness in shares of GameStop (GME), Electronic Arts (EA), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Take-Two (TTWO) as a buying opportunity.
September 10, 2014
11:41 EDTATVIActivision view looks conservative after Destiny launch, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said the strong launch of Destiny gives the firm confidence in its estimates for the game and the company's results and that Activision Blizzard's fiscal year guidance is looking "increasingly conservative." The firm reiterates its Overweight rating and $27 price target on Activision, which is down about 1% to $23.47 near midday.
11:38 EDTATVIGameStop achieved high share of Destiny sales, says BofA/Merrill
Activision (ATVI) announced that it sold more than $500M of Destiny on its first day, making it the biggest new video game franchise launch in history. BofA/Merrill believes GameStop (GME) had a very high share of Destiny sales and expects further clarity in the coming months. The analyst continues to believe GameStop is leveraged to momentum in the console cycle and believes competitive threats from full game downloads id overblown. Shares of GameStop are Buy rated with a $56 price target.
10:14 EDTATVIActivision early sales of Destiny above expectations, says RW Baird
RW Baird said Activision Blizzard's initial Destiny wholesale shipments of over $500M exceeded expectations and the firm added that its checks suggest "very healthy" pre-orders to date for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The firm believes there is upside potential for Activision in Q3 and Q4 and reiterate its Outperform rating on the stock.
09:01 EDTATVIActivision says sells over $500M of Destiny worldwide as of day one
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that the company sold more than $500M of Destiny into retail stores and first parties worldwide as of day one, making the game the biggest new video game franchise launch in history.
September 4, 2014
13:54 EDTMCHPCSR hires Goldman after Microchip offer, Betaville reports
CSR (CSRE) hired Goldman Sachs (GS) to serve as a financial advisor alongside JP Morgan (JPM) after rejecting a takeover bid Microchip Technology (MCHP), Betaville blog reports, citing sources. Reference Link
07:17 EDTCFNCareFusion management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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September 3, 2014
08:14 EDTMCHPMicrochip Technology volatility at low end of historic range
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07:24 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard best positioned for second half upside, say Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes Activision Blizzard is best positioned for second half upside, citing strong industry fundamentals, revenue upside from new front-line releases, and the potential for margin expansion. Shares of Activision Blizzard are Buy rated with a $26 price target.

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