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June 19, 2014
12:32 EDTPIR, COH, TEL, KR, BBRY, MEAS, RHTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday after drifting in a narrow range throughout the morning. The S&P 500 did manage to hit a new all-time high again early in the session following a mixed bag of domestic economic data, but the major averages had all moved back into negative ground, but only narrowly, near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 6K to 312K last week, which was nearly in-line with expectations. The Philly Fed manufacturing index rose 2.4 points to 17.8 in June, which was better than expected. The leading economic indicator index for May rose 0.5%, which was slightly below the consensus forecast for it to have grown 0.6%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) climbed more than 11% after the company reported stronger than expected first quarter results and said that it had recognized revenue on more handsets in Q1 than in the previous quarter. BlackBerry reported a loss per share, excluding certain items, of (11c), versus analysts' consensus estimate of a (26c) per share loss and the company's revenue came in slightly higher than expected. Moreover, it said that it was close to reaching the breakeven point on hardware sales and added that it expects its subscriber numbers to be steady going forward. BlackBerry should be profitable sometime in fiscal 2016, the company's CEO, John Chen, stated. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Measurement Specialties (MEAS), which advanced 10.5% after announcing last night that it has agreed to be acquired by TE Connectivity (TEL) for $86 cash per share, or a total transaction value of approximately $1.7B including the assumption of debt. Shares of TE Connectivity trading in New York were also up 1% following the news. Also higher following their earnings reports were supermarket operator Kroger (KR), which rose nearly 6%, and open source software provider Red Hat (RHT), which gained about 3%. Among the noteworthy losers was luxury handbag maker Coach (COH), which dropped more than 9% after stating at its investor day meeting that it expects to sees revenue decline by a "low double digit" percentage in FY15. Also lower was home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR), which dropped 13% and hit a fresh 52-week low after the company's first quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates and it cut its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 23.15, or 0.14%, to 16,883.47, the Nasdaq was down 7.99, or 0.18%, to 4,354.84, and the S&P 500 was down 1.12, or 0.06%, to 1,955.86.
News For BBRY;COH;RHT;KR;PIR;MEAS;TEL From The Last 14 Days
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February 25, 2015
14:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says working with Google to enable BES12
BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) announced that it is working with Google (GOOG) to enable BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications. BES12 will provide organizations with the most secure and flexible way to manage Android for Work. Android for Work smartphones and tablets will be natively managed within the BES12 environment.
09:48 EDTBBRYIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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07:31 EDTCOHCoach longer term outlook positive, says Stifel
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February 24, 2015
10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:14 EDTTELTE Connectivity management to meet with UBS
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06:28 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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05:59 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY AAPL
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February 23, 2015
09:02 EDTBBRYVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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February 20, 2015
07:14 EDTCOHOppenheimer to hold a tour
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February 19, 2015
13:56 EDTBBRYT-Mobile in talks to resume selling BlackBerry devices, CrackBerry says
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09:59 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Altisource Residential (RESI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... British Land (BTLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Monster Worldwide (MWW) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Werner (WERN) upgraded on improving freight fundamentals at RBC Capital... diaDexus (DDXS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg,
09:32 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces roll out of 10 OS 10.3.1
BlackBerry announced that BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 will begin rolling out globally today for in-market BlackBerry 10 devices, including the BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, and Q5.
06:30 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
Topeka upgraded Coach to Buy and raised its price target to $44 from $40 following yesterday's Fall 2015 fashion week. The analyst is impressed how quickly Coach has changed its assortments under new design director Stuart Vevers. Topeka said there are more opening price points in handbags and improved cohesion between collection and core, creating a brand halo effect. Additionally, the firm's recent mall checks indicate a pickup in Coach store traffic.
05:34 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EXPE BBRY
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February 18, 2015
08:52 EDTTELTE Connectivity to acquire AdvancedCath for $190M
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07:59 EDTBBRYBlackBerry files copyright lawsuit against Typo Products, AP says
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February 13, 2015
16:35 EDTPIRS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Swedenís Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
09:35 EDTBBRYBlackBerry mentioned positively at Cleveland Research
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