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January 4, 2013
10:24 EDTESE, HRL, PLL, URBN, TXRH, ZQK, ILMN, C, ARUN, TOWR, UA, TGT, MAT, FRC, CAH, FST, TXT, USB, STI, JNJOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cardinal Health (CAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... ESCO Technologies (ESE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... First Republic Bank (FRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Illumina (ILMN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Quiksilver (ZQK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Textron (TXT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Tower International (TOWR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Pall Corp. (PLL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Forest Oil (FST) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Hormel Foods (HRL) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA.
News For CAH;C;ESE;FRC;ILMN;JNJ;MAT;ZQK;STI;TGT;TXRH;USB;UA;URBN;TXT;TOWR;PLL;FST;ARUN;HRL 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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05:48 EDTURBNStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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05:25 EDTILMNIllumina, Warburg Pincus, Sutter Hill form Helix, announce collaborations
Illumina (ILMN), Warburg Pincus and Sutter Hill Ventures announced that they have formed a company to empower consumers to discover insights into their own genomes through a vibrant ecosystem of high-quality content partners. The company, called Helix, is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and received financing commitments in excess of $100M. Jay Flatley, CEO of Illumina, will serve as chairman. Helix will enable individuals to acquire an unprecedented amount of genetic information by providing affordable sequencing and database services for consumer samples brought through third party partners, driving the creation of an ecosystem of consumer applications. Helix also announced two collaborations today with major partners. First, the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic is collaborating with Helix to develop applications initially focused on consumer education and health-related queries. As part of the collaboration, Mayo Clinic also made a strategic investment in Helix. Second, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LH) will develop and offer innovative analysis and interpretation services, initially focused on medically actionable genetic conditions, to consumers through Helix's platform. Helix expects that other partners will develop applications focused on areas such as genealogy, fitness or wellness, and inherited traits to enable insights related to an individual's genetics.
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.
14:24 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
Reports July delinquencies 1.46% vs. 1.42% last month.
14:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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13:30 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
13:08 EDTHRLHormel Foods August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:27 EDTTGTTarget promotes Mulligan to COO, names Smith to CFO role
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10:39 EDTCCitigroup affiliates to pay $180M in SEC settlement
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08:48 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
Target Corporation (TGT) promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO, effective Sept. 1. Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target's chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell. Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company's CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer's interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX).
08:47 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
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08:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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06:56 EDTCDOJ probes Citi dealings with Carlos Hank Rhon companies, Bloomberg says
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