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June 3, 2014
06:06 EDTRGR, SPWH, SWHC, CAB, DKSFirearms background checks improved in May, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says adjusted firearms background checks for the month of May improved to down 10% year-over-year, versus the down 17% decrease in April, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Background checks decreased down 11%, better than the historical decrease of down 13%, Wells added. The firm sees the improvement as positive for Cabela's (CAB), Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and to a lesser extent, Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS). Gun makers include Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR).
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April 23, 2015
16:54 EDTSWHCPoint72 Asset Management reports 5% passive stake in Smith & Wesson
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09:31 EDTRGRSturm, Ruger upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty
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08:08 EDTCABCabela's reaffirms FY15 outlook
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08:07 EDTCABCabela's reports Q1 adjusted EPS 38c, consensus 36c
Reports Q1 revenue $827.1M, consensus $804.1M. Retail store revenue increased 18.9% to $524.4 million; Direct revenue decreased 3.3% to $173.5 million; and Financial Services revenue increased 24.7% to $122.9 million. During the period, consolidated comparable store sales decreased 1.3%.
April 22, 2015
15:50 EDTCABNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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April 20, 2015
10:00 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 58.com (WUBA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Aduro Biotech (ADRO) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Baidu (BIDU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Callaway Golf (ELY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Changyou.com (CYOU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Ctrip.com (CTRP) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... FMC Corporation (FMC) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Granite Construction (GVA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Hershey (HSY) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... McEwen Mining (MUX) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Natural Gas Services (NGS) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Qihoo 360 (QIHU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Qunar (QUNR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... SINA (SINA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sohu.com (SOHU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team Health (TMH) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... Tuniu (TOUR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vipshop (VIPS) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... YY Inc. (YY) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Youku Tudou (YOKU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Zhaopin (ZPIN) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research.
06:23 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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April 15, 2015
12:30 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
08:36 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises FY15 non-GAAP EPS to 96c-98c from 87c-89c, consensus 77c
Raises FY15 revenue to $546M-$555M from $532M-$536M, consensus $535.53M. The company indicated that orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter have been stronger than originally anticipated and it is therefore increasing its guidance.
08:35 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises Q4 non-GAAP EPS to 29c-31c from 39c-41c, consensus 26c
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08:09 EDTDKSDick's Sporting realistic long-term targets positive, says UBS
UBS said the new realistic long-term targets set by Dick's Sporting are a positive, as they set the foundation for a favorable earnings revision cycle. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $67 price target on Dick's Sporting shares.
April 14, 2015
07:37 EDTDKSDick's Sporting backs FY15 EPS $3.10-$3.20, consensus $3.20
The company's earnings per share guidance includes the expectation of approximately $100M-200M of share repurchases in 2015. Consolidated SSS are currently expected to increase 1 to 3% in fiscal 2015.
07:36 EDTDKSDick's Sporting backs Q1 EPS 49c-53c, consensus 53c
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07:36 EDTDKSDick's Sporting expects to invest $850M in net CapEx over next three years
DICK'S Sporting Goods also reaffirmed its capital allocation strategy to provide returns to shareholders through investing in the business, repurchasing shares and paying dividends. To drive the growth of the business the company expects to invest approximately $850M in net capital expenditures over the next three years, primarily in new stores, store remodels and eCommerce. With its $1B 5-year share repurchase authorization, the company targets share repurchases of $100 to 200 million annually. The company is also committed to quarterly dividends.
07:35 EDTDKSDick's Sporting expects to open 9 Specialty Concept stores in 2015
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07:34 EDTDKSDick's Sporting plans to have ecommerce site on own platform in January 2017
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07:34 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees significant opportunity to increase market share in US
The company sees significant opportunity to increase market share in the U.S. through growing its DICK'S Sporting Goods store base in new and underpenetrated markets and increasing its eCommerce sales. Stores continue to be a very profitable growth vehicle that deliver strong new store productivity, accelerate eCommerce growth, build brand equity and customer loyalty, and reinforce the strength of the Company's vendor partnerships. The company is taking a measured approach to growing its store count and anticipates growing its DICK'S Sporting Goods store base to approximately 735 to 750 stores by the end of fiscal 2017, an increase of approximately 135 to 150 stores from the 603 stores at the end of fiscal 2014. The company plans to grow eCommerce sales to approximately $1B-1.2B in fiscal 2017, from $628 million in fiscal 2014.
07:32 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY17 revenue $8.7B-$9B, 3-year EPS CAGR of 12%-16%
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April 13, 2015
08:32 EDTDKSUnder Armour rises after Spieth brings attention to golf gear
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08:15 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson positioned for solid recovery, says Cowen
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