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March 1, 2013
12:31 EDTBBY, DECK, CRM, SHS, AT, FWLT, MDROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were up at midday despite "the Sequestor" taking effect at home and disappointing manufacturing data from abroad. The averages dipped right at the opening bell but were not down for long, almost immediately beginning to climb off their opening lows. The recovery was attributed by some to a rumor that an agreement had been reached on averting the Sequester. However, when the rumor went unfounded and President Obama held a press conference to discuss the challenging road ahead toward replacing the cuts, the averages weakened again, before gathering and resuming their upward momentum... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., reports showed that personal income fell 3.6% during the month of January, versus expectations of a decline of 2.4%, though personal spending rose 0.2%, which was in line with forecasts. The final Markit PMI reading for February was revised down to 54.3 from a 55.2 prior figure. The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading was 77.6, versus the expected reading of 76.3. Construction spending fell 2.1% in the month of January, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. The ISM Manufacturing reading was 54.2, versus the expected 52.5, and prices paid reading was 61.5, versus the expected 57.0. In Europe, Markit's final Eurozone manufacturing PMI for February came in at 47.9, with downturns seen in all member nations aside from Germany and Ireland. Also, the unemployment rate in the 17-member single-currency region rose to a record 11.9% in January from 11.8% in December. In China, the official Purchasing Managers’ Index was 50.1 in February, the weakest in five months and down from 50.4 in January. A separate gauge from HSBC dropped to a four-month low of 50.4 from 52.3 in the prior month... COMPANY NEWS: The deadline for Best Buy's (BBY) founder, Richard Schulze, to make an offer to take the company private passed without a bid being made, but the company's stock managed to rise modestly following its report of better than expected sales and adjusted profit during the holiday quarter. Schulze stated in a regulatory filing that he facilitated various offers that would have resulted in private equity investments into the company but the proposals were rejected and that the company now "deserves a chance to implement its own plan." Best Buy shares jumped at the open, but moved lower during the morning, and were up about 1% near midday... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Deckers Outdoor (DECK), up 14%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up over 7%. Also higher were shares of Sauer-Danfoss (SHS), which rose 8.5% after it announced that Danfoss would acquire the 24.4% of the common shares it does not already own for $58.50 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Atlantic Power (AT), down 29%, after its quarterly report disappointed and the company cut its dividend. Also lower after earnings reports were Foster Wheeler (FWLT), down 16%, and McDermott (MDR), down over 13%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 12.57, or 0.09%, to 14,067.06; the Nasdaq was up 2.49, or 0.08%, to 3,162.68; and the S&P 500 was up 1.55, or 0.10%, to 1,516.23.
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July 22, 2014
15:07 EDTCRMEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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July 21, 2014
10:45 EDTBBYAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
08:12 EDTMDRMcDermott unit awarded contract from Walter Oil & Gas
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July 17, 2014
07:32 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler-led JV awarded contract by Nafusah Oil Operations
Foster Wheeler announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, in joint venture with Taknia Libya Engineering, has been awarded a front-end engineering design contract by Nafusah Oil Operations Libyan Branch for an onshore oilfield development, known as the Area 47 Development Project in Libya. Area 47 is located in the Hamada region, approximately 200 km south of Tripoli, in the Ghadames Basin. The Foster Wheeler contract value was not disclosed and will be included in the company’s 2Q14 bookings.
July 16, 2014
18:03 EDTCRMCoca-Cola Enterprises may diversify into IT applications, WSJ says
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is planning on selling information products that it has developed for its internal use, says the Wall Street Journal. Coca-Cola Enterprises is developing an application on a Salesforce.com (CRM) platform that it may begin selling this year or next, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
12:22 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on speculation of an activist investor stake
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10:24 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on speculation of an activist investor stake
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10:00 EDTMDROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
09:07 EDTMDRMcDermott initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial
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July 15, 2014
07:27 EDTDECKJefferies 'starting to kick tires again' on Deckers Outdoor
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July 11, 2014
09:37 EDTCRMSalesforce.com agrees to acquire RelateIQ
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06:16 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $31 at Citigroup
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