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April 3, 2014
12:10 EDTLQDT, LMCA, RPM, AMRS, BKS, VVUS, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, with the Dow notching a new all-time high, but had slid into negative ground at midday. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, as it is down more than 0.6%, while the Dow and Nasdaq are just slightly below the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 326K in the week ended March 29, versus the expected 319K claims. The trade deficit widened to $42.3B in February from a revised $39.3B deficit in January. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.1 in March, though that was a bit below the 53.5 forecast of economists. In Europe, the ECB maintained its current rates despite the ongoing debate over disinflationary forces posing an increasing risk. In Asia, China's State Council announced a stimulus package for new railways and subways, low-income housing and tax breaks for small business, but most of the measures were part of the government's previously communicated annual economic work plan. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) are declining after Liberty Media (LMCA) announced a deal to reduce its stake in the bookseller. Liberty said it has sold the majority of its shares to institutional buyers and will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment, which has been reported to equate to a roughly 2% stake in Barnes & Noble. B&N Chairman Leonard Riggio said that Liberty’s reduced ownership gives the company greater flexibility to pursue various strategic options, but shares of B&N slid 13% following the announcement... Citigroup (C) shares fell almost 2% after The New York Times said the federal government has started a criminal investigation into alleged fraud involving Citi's Banamex unit in Mexico. Also of note, research firm Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to Neutral, citing the Fed's refusal to approve the bank's capital plan, along with its slowing earnings growth and lack of catalysts, as reasons for the downgrade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amyris (AMRS), which rose 8% after announcing that it is entering into a strain engineering research and development agreement with chemical giant BASF (BASFY). Also higher was chemical, paint, and coating maker RPM (RPM), which gained 4% and hit a fresh 52-week high earlier in the session after the company raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which slid another 12% after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. Also lower were shares of weight-loss drug maker VIVUS (VVUS), which fell nearly 8% following a downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 16.31, or 0.1%, to 16,556.69, the Nasdaq was down 26.65, or 0.62%, to 4,249.81, and the S&P 500 was down 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,887.42.
News For BKS;LMCA;C;AMRS;LQDT;VVUS;RPM From The Last 14 Days
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June 25, 2015
10:29 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says relationship with Samsung 'excellent'
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10:26 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY16 retail comparable store sales 'approximately flat'
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10:24 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says separation proceeding 'at full pace'
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10:11 EDTCBrooks Brothers, Citi announce exclusive credit card relationship
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08:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees separation complete by end of August
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08:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to name CEO Huseby as Execuve Chairman of B&N Education
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08:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY16 retail core comparable bookstore sales up approx. 1%
For fiscal year 2016, the company expects Retail core comparable bookstore sales, which exclude sales of NOOK products, to increase approximately 1%, while College comparable store sales are also expected to increase approximately 1%. The company also expects full fiscal year EBITDA losses in the NOOK segment to decline versus the prior year.
08:31 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble reports Q4 EPS (37c), consensus (39c)
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07:13 EDTCFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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05:35 EDTCCiti apppointed depository bank for Celyad ADR program
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June 24, 2015
15:27 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble July 26 straddle priced for 7.8% movement into Q4
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14:03 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble July volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Barnes & Noble July call option implied volatility is at 40, August is at 35, October is at 36; compared to its 52-range-week of 29 to 54, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on June 25.
10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
07:16 EDTRPMCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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06:37 EDTCDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
06:27 EDTCCiti downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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June 23, 2015
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:25 EDTCBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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June 19, 2015
07:25 EDTCCiti moving European retail bank HQ to Ireland from England, Reuters reports
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June 18, 2015
16:47 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble appoints two new independent directors
Barnes & Noble announced the appointment of two new independent directors to its board, ahead of the Company’s previously announced separation of its Retail and College businesses. The new board members are Ann-Marie Campbell, President, Southern Division, The Home Depot, and Paul B. Guenther, former President of PaineWebber Group, the parent company of Paine Webber.
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