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June 18, 2014
04:55 EDTCHEF, CHEF, POOL, POOL, SSI, SSI, WMT, WMT, JAH, JAH, VOXX, VOXX, CVS, CVS, JACK, JACK, VSI, VSI, HT, HT, SPLS, SPLSJefferies to hold a conference
2014 Global Consumer Conference to be held in Nantucket, MA on June 18-19.
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April 23, 2015
07:11 EDTPOOLPool Corp. reports Q1 EPS 19c, consensus 14c
Reports Q1 revenue $450.4M, consensus $436.59M.
07:00 EDTSPLSStaples acquires iOS application Makr
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April 22, 2015
16:44 EDTVSIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, but turned negative shortly after the open. The downside move failed to gain momentum and the averages remained near the flat line for most of the morning. The market moved to session highs by mid-afternoon and drifted higher into the close, as investors prepared for another round of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) rose $2.66, or 4.07%, to $68.01 and MasterCard (MA) advanced $3.43, or 3.91%, to $91.20 after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. Goldman Sachs said the overall rule is broader and simpler than expected, raising the possibility that Visa and MasterCard could operate more freely in China than the firm had previously expected... Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced $2.97, or 3.13%, to $97.84 after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Organovo (ONVO), which surged 67c, or 14.99%, to $5.14 after disclosing the company entered into a multi-year research collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK) that gives the drugmaker access to Organovo’s commercial exVive3D Human Liver Tissue service. Also higher was Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which gained $5.54, or 14.22%, to $44.50 after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped $1.38, or 19.94%, to $5.54 after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower were shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which fell $51.29, or 7.41%, to $641.23 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter comparable sales growth of 10.4%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 88.68, or 0.49%, to 18,038.27, the Nasdaq gained 21.07, or 0.42%, to 5,035.17, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.67, or 0.51%, to 2,107.96.
15:50 EDTJAHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:44 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe jumps after Carlson discloses 5% stake
The shares of Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) are climbing after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. WHAT'S NEW: Carlson disclosed its stake in the company in an SEC filing and said that it had held talks with the company's board about a number of matters, including the company’s business, management and strategic alternatives and direction. Carlson said it would continue to hold talks with the company, and others, about these issues. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Vitamin Shoppe reported last October that it had spoken to investment banks about retaining a financial adviser, Reuters reported at the time. The retailer had come under pressure to consider selling the company, added the news service. In February, New York's attorney general accused a Vitamin Shoppe competitor, GNC (GNC) of selling products whose content did not match their labels. Vitamin Shoppe's CEO said that, despite the fact that it was not targeted by the attorney general, it saw a slight impact on its sales from the news, according to trade website NUTRA ingredients-usa.com. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Vitamin Shoppe jumped 10.7% to $43.12, while GNC gained 2.8% to $47.25.
12:18 EDTVSICarlson Capital reports 5.34% stake in Vitamin Shoppe, says plans more talks
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11:08 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CZR FMSA PSEC CSX AEO CRM BBY SPLS HPQ DTV
10:28 EDTCVSCVS Health April weekly call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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April 21, 2015
09:03 EDTSPLSMartha Stewart, Staples announce multi-year strategic collaboration
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) and Staples (SPLS) announced a new, multi-year strategic direct retail collaboration for the manufacture and distribution of Martha Stewart Home Office products. The assortment will be available at more than 1100 Staples retail stores and online, and will include a wide array of home organizing and home office products across multiple categories, including: stationery and paper products, office essentials and tools, personal technology accessories, and storage and organization products. The new Martha Stewart Home Office products will be available exclusively at Staples’ stores nationwide, Staples.com and Quill.com beginning November 2015.
06:18 EDTWMTUS merchants struggle to meet deadline for accepting chip cards, WSJ reports
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April 20, 2015
12:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart workers claim store closings are retaliatory, Fortune says
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11:01 EDTSPLSStaples to acquire Accolade Promotion Group, terms not disclosed
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April 17, 2015
15:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart to slash layer of in-store management, Bloomberg reports
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April 16, 2015
10:00 EDTJACKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:15 EDTHTEvercore ISI to hold a tour
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06:05 EDTWMTFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
17:24 EDTJACKJack in the Box initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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10:00 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:00 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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April 14, 2015
18:32 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart can reject shareholder proposal on gun sales, WSJ says
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