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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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April 22, 2014
07:24 EDTWAGSourceMedia to hold a forum
26th Annual Card Forum & Expo is being held in Orlando on April 22-25.
April 21, 2014
16:40 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the fifth straight session. Volume remained light on this Monday following Easter, as a number of international markets remained closed. The averages spent time on both sides of the flat-line early in the trading day before settling into a narrow range in positive territory for most of the second half of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.20 in March, matching the consensus forecast. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.8% in March, beating the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) is preparing to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fields, will take the CEO role at the company following the retirement of current CEO Alan Mulally later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shares of Ford were little changed for the session following the report, losing 2c, or 0.13%, to close at $15.98... U.S.-listed shares of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZN) gained $5.61, or 8.84%, to $69.10 after the U.K.'s Sunday Times said Pfizer (PFE) has takeover interest in the company. Analysts had mixed opinions on the report, with Citigroup saying a bid looks "highly probable," while analysts at Bernstein think such a deal would conflict with Pfizer's strategy of getting smaller. Shares of Pfizer rose 61c, or 2.02%, to $30.86 following the report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $9.58, or 39.26%, to $33.98 after announcing plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA by the end of this year for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose 43c, or 11.65%, to $4.12 after the semiconductor manufacturer reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the close on Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was MoneyGram (MGI), down $2.01, or 13.57%, to $12.80 in its second straight losing session after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. MoneyGram's slide today comes after the stock dropped by more than 18% on Thursday following Wal-Mart's announcement. Also lower was lululemon (LULU), down $2.64, or 5.11%, to $49.07 after analysts at Sterne Agee said the company's investor day presentation, held on Thursday, did not include a substantive plan to grow same-store sales. INDEXES: The Dow was up 40.71, or 0.25%, to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq was up 26.03, or 0.64%, to 4,121.55, and the S&P 500 was up 7.04, or 0.38%, to 1,871.89.
14:44 EDTLULULululemon shares weak after 'uneventful' analyst day
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13:37 EDTCHTREarnings Preview: Comcast set for first report after Time Warner Cable deal
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08:46 EDTLULUlululemon Analyst Day uneventful, says Sterne Agee
Following lululemon's Analyst Day, Sterne Agee says that the company did not present a significantly substantive plan to increase its same-store sales. The firm thinks the company's product looks good, but that its women's product is too focused on its loyal customers. Sterne Agee keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
07:34 EDTLULULululemmon granted dismissal of U.S. yoga pant lawsuits, Reuters says
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07:16 EDTEAElectronic Arts' Titanfall leads March game software sales, Joystiq reports
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06:45 EDTEAApple and Google compete to offer exclusive game apps, WSJ reports
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April 20, 2014
17:25 EDTCHTRAhead of TWC deal Comcast in talks to sell subscribers to Charter, Reuters says
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April 17, 2014
07:31 EDTLULULululemon faces increased competition in yogawear industry, Reuters says
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April 15, 2014
09:39 EDTLULUlululemon to host analyst day
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07:01 EDTLULUlululemon can ease competition concerns at analyst day, says Canaccord
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April 13, 2014
16:41 EDTWAGWalgreens investor group urges for re-domiciling tax base to Europe, FT says
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April 11, 2014
09:08 EDTWAGWalgreens has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Gill will host a conference call with CEO Greg Wasson on April 17 at 2 pm.
08:15 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $35 from $32 at Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Electronic Arts citing the continuation of the console cycle, improved visibility on new titles, and the entrance into strong seasonality. Shares are Outperform rated.
April 10, 2014
11:28 EDTWAGWalgreens management to meet with BB&T
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11:23 EDTWAGRite Aid hits 52-week high after results, sales view top estimates
Shares of retail drugstore Rite Aid (RAD) are rallying after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 revenue outlook topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Rite Aid reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 10c and revenue of $6.6B, compared to expectations of 4c and $6.54B, respectively. Q4 same store sales increased 2.1%. Rite Aid forecast FY15 EPS of 31c-42c, compared to the consensus of 35c. FY15 revenue was seen at $26B-$26.5B, ahead of the consensus $25.75B. FY15 same-store sales are expected by the company to be up 2.5%-4.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Rite Aid also announced it has acquired RediClinic, which currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Rite Aid CEO John Standley said, “Our recent acquisitions of Health Dialog and RediClinic, our expanded partnership with McKesson and our continued commitment to investing in our store base have positioned us to transition our strategy from turnaround to growth as we more aggressively pursue opportunities to become a growing retail healthcare company.” PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rite Aid rose 71c, or about 11%, to $7.11 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $7.39. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 300% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retail drugstore operators include Walgreen Company (WAG) and CVS Caremark (CVS).
10:00 EDTABCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:55 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen upgraded at ISI Group
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06:38 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group
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