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January 9, 2013
10:21 EDTSAPE, DNKN, RRGB, KEY, CTXS, DISH, V, URBN, RL, HCSG, EAT, MAT, CSC, ROST, PCG, FMER, BGSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Citrix Systems (CTXS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FirstMerit (FMER) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Healthcare Services (HCSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Red Robin (RRGB) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... CSC (CSC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Sapient (SAPE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Visa (V) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... DISH (DISH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich.
News For BGS;EAT;CTXS;FMER;HCSG;KEY;PCG;RL;RRGB;ROST;URBN;DNKN;CSC;V;SAPE;MAT;DISH From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
07:41 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters remains one of best positioned retailers, says Baird
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06:11 EDTDISHFCC: Dish can't apply $3.3B in credits in airwaves auction, AP reports
The FCC said that Dish Network may not apply $3.3B in small-business credits towards buying airwaves it acquired in a government auction, the Associated Press reports. Reference Link
06:03 EDTVVisa and QIWI implement contactless payment technology
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05:48 EDTURBNStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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August 17, 2015
20:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters shares fall after reporting mixed Q2 results
After the close, Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported second quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Outfitters reported Q2 earnings per share of 52c, above consensus estimates of 49c, and Q2 revenue of $867.46M, below analyst expectations of $881.16M. Urban Outfitters reported comparable retail segment net sales up 4%. Broken down by segment, comparable retail sales at Anthropologie increased 2%, Urban Outfitters increased 4%, Free People increased 14%, and wholesale segment net sales increases 21%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the earning conference call, CFO Frank Conforti said that during the third quarter, the gross margin rate could increase, driven by improvements in the Urban Outfitters brand. Conforti also said that the opportunity exists to increase gross margins for the fiscal year, though the magnitude of the increase depends on Q3 and Q4. Conforti also reaffirmed the company's fiscal 2016 capital expenditures guidance of $140M-$150M. ANALYST REACTION: On August 17, Wolfe Research initiated coverage of the stock with a Peer Perform and set a price target of $34.00. The firm said it believes that Urban Outfitters could see improving SSS trends in the second half of fiscal 2015 and said that the Urban Outfitters brand has showed "considerable improvement" and the firm estimates that the brand's gross margins could be in the high 20% range. After Urban Outfitters earnings were released, Nomura released a note indicating that the magnitude of the gross margin decline was "not as bad as expected" with Urban's Q2 gross margin of 36.7% vs. Nomura's estimate of 36.2%, and that shares have been discounting an additional cut to annual gross margins. The firm has a Neutral rating on the stock and a price target of $35.00. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Urban Outfitters are lower by 2.26% to $31.50 in after-hours trading.
19:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fabrinet (FN), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 10.6% after announcing that it is on track to initiate ETC-1002 Phase 3 program by the end of 2015... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), up 3.3% after announcing FDA approval of Adcetris for HL treatment. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: MasTec (MTZ), down 7.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 1% after announcing a $500M perpetual convertible preferred stock offering.
17:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Target $34.
16:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 Anthropologie SSS up 2%
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16:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 EPS 52c, consensus 49c
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14:52 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August 32 straddle priced for 9.8% movement into Q2
14:48 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent (A), consensus 41c... Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c... MasTec (MTZ), consensus 15c... Fabrinet (FN), consensus 39c.
14:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:21 EDTCSCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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August 16, 2015
18:56 EDTDNKNU.S. food chains see opportunity in a weakened Brazil, WSJ says
North American food chains including McDonald's (MCD), Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Papa John's (PZZA), and Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) are expanding into Brazil in hopes to capture market share while local restaurants pull back amid the country's economic uncertainty, reports the Wall Street Journal. Brazilian economic troubles "make it more challenging, but it's also an opportunity... The Brazilian economy will improve, and we'll be in a position to take advantage of that," commented Patrick Murtha, president of the international arm of Bloomin' Brands. Reference Link
14:24 EDTDISHDISH, Sinclair reach short term contract extension, ask for stay on FCC action
DISH Network (DISH) and Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) announced they have agreed to a short term contract extension as they continue to negotiate a new retransmission agreement. The current agreement was set to expire Saturday night. "The extension preserves DISH customer access to 153 local channels in 79 markets nationwide," said DISH. DISH is asking the Federal Communications Commission to stay action on its verified retransmission complaint and request for preliminary injunctive relief as the two parties continue to negotiate.
14:19 EDTDISHDISH files FCC complaint against Sinclair ahead of potential channel blackout
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August 14, 2015
05:09 EDTPCGPG&E pays $300M fine to CPUC
PG&E announced that it has paid a $300M fine levied by the California Public Utilities Commission, or CPUC, in association with the 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CA. When the CPUC announced its decision on April 9, PG&E chose to move forward without an appeal. The payment to the state's General Fund is due Oct. 6. The company recently completed the sale of additional stock necessary to fund the payment. In addition to the $300M fine to be paid to the state, the CPUC penalty requires that PG&E shareholders refund $400M to gas customers and pay $850M for gas system safety improvements. The $400M refund, which will be based on usage, will be returned to customers in early 2016 per the CPUC's direction. In addition to the payment to the General Fund, the company has settled claims amounting to more than $500M with all of the victims and families of the San Bruno accident, established a $50M trust for the City of San Bruno for costs related to recovery and contributed $70M to support the city's and community's recovery efforts.
August 13, 2015
08:43 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:45 EDTDISHFCC proposes review of 'totality of circumstances test' for retransmission talks
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