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March 19, 2013
16:22 EDTCHTR, LMCA, LULU, WAG, ABC, EA, CAHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed as the ongoing fears over the situation in Cyprus weighed on the S&P, though the Dow was able to eke out a modest gain. Data released before the open showed housing permits rose to multi-year highs, but headlines out of Europe kept the averages under pressure for much of the afternoon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts climbed 0.8% from the prior month to a 917K rate in February. Building permits rose by 4.6% to a 946K rate, which was significantly ahead of the consensus forecast. In Europe, ongoing fears about how the situation in Cyprus will play out, including renewed worries that the nation will default or be forced to leave the euro zone, sent the euro currency lower against the U.S. dollar. Cyprus' parliament defeated the bank levy bill and afternoon headlines from Bloomberg said the ECB will provide liquidity to that nation, though only within its existing rules... COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Media (LMCA) announced an agreement to pay $2.617B for a 27.3% stake in Charter Communications (CHTR). Charter shares, which gained nearly 10% yesterday as media reports of the Liberty investment circulated, advanced another $2.34, or 2.39%, to $100.38, while Liberty shares closed down 32c, or 0.29%, to $110.34... lululemon (LULU) lost $1.82, or 2.76%, to $64.08 after issuing a recall of its Black Luon pants, citing a sheerness problem. lululemon cut its Q1 revenue and same-store-sales guidance as a result of the recall, and shares were downgraded at Sterne Agee... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Walgreen (WAG), up $2.31, or 5.44%, to $44.74 after reporting earnings and announcing it agreed to a long-term pharmaceutical distribution agreement with AmerisourceBergen (ABC). AmerisourceBergen shares rose $1.76, or 3.64%, to $50.06 after the agreement, which grants Walgreen the right to buy a stake in AmerisourceBergen. Among the noteworthy losers was Electronic Arts (EA), down $1.56, or 8.34%, to $17.15 after its CEO resigned and the company warned it will likely come in below or near the bottom of its prior guidance. Also lower was Cardinal Health (CAH), down $3.78, or 8.19%, to $42.35 after the company announced its agreement with Walgreen will end in August and the company provided a FY14 EPS view below consensus... INDICES: The Dow was up 3.76, or 0.03%, to 14,455.82; the Nasdaq was down 8.49, or 0.26%, to 3,229.10; and the S&P 500 was down 3.76, or 0.24%, to 1,548.34.
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October 21, 2014
10:15 EDTWAGRumor: Walgreen moves up on activist investor speculation
Shares of Walgreen are moving higher amid speculation Carl Icahn has taken a stake in the company.
10:00 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:03 EDTWAGCVS offering drug plan with higher co-pay at stores selling tobacco, WSJ says
CVS Health (CVS), which stopped selling tobacco products last month, is now offering a prescription-drug plan via its pharmacy benefits unit Caremark that charges patients copayments that are up to $15 higher on prescriptions filled where tobacco is sold, which includes at rival pharmacies operated by Walgreen (WAG) and Rite-Aid (RAD), reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:00 EDTCHTRCharter upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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October 20, 2014
11:06 EDTWAGWalgreen begins accepting Apple Pay in stores
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTABCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:03 EDTWAGWalgreen venture investment head leaves after short time in post, Fortune says
Bill Wafford, who was named managing director of Walgreen’s venture capital and growth equity investment business Well Ventures just this this past January, has left the company, according to Fortune. Reference Link
08:14 EDTWAGWalgreen sued by former CFO for defamation, Reuters reports
Wade Miquelon, the former CFO of Walgreen, filed a lawsuit yesterday in state court in Chicago alleging that CEO Gregory Wasson and director Stefano Pessina, the company's biggest shareholder defamed him in news reports that blamed him for errors in its earnings forecast, Reuters reports. The Wall Street Journal reported in August that Miquelon lost his job following a $1B error in forecasting Walgreen's Medicare-related business, and later said Miquelon's error caused the company to cut its forecast in pharmacy unit earnings for the year ending August 2016. Reference Link
08:00 EDTCHTRHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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05:39 EDTEASeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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October 16, 2014
16:20 EDTCAH, ABCMcKesson initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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16:18 EDTCAHCardinal Health initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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16:17 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
Target $88.
10:01 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
05:39 EDTLULUlululemon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded lululemon to Underperform after assuming coverage of the stock saying the company's expansion into Asia and Europe will drive a meaningful increase in spending. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $34 from $40.
October 14, 2014
06:03 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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October 13, 2014
14:02 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 sales tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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07:37 EDTCAHAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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06:41 EDTWAGWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:13 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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