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September 4, 2013
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ciena (CIEN), up 9%... Dollar General (DG), up 4%... G-III Apparel (GIII), up 4%... Verint Systems (VRNT), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: Rochester Medical (ROCM), up 44% after acquired by Bard (BCR) for approximately $262M... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2% after Glenview reports a 9.1% passive stake... E-Trade (ETFC), up 7% after approved to dividend bank capital to parent company... Logitech International (LOGI), up 3% after Vincent Pilette named new CFO... Broadcom (BRCM), up 1.5%, after agreeing to acquire LTE assets from Renesas Electronics. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Navistar (NAV), down 6%... H&R Block (HRB), down 4%... Francesca's (FRAN), down 18%... SAIC (SAI), down 6%. ALSO LOWER: Guidewire Software (GWRE), down 8% after downgrade at Citigroup... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 2% after proposed offering of $1B of common stock.
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November 20, 2015
10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: (FLWS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Diageo (DEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks at JMP Securities... Mazor Robotics (MZOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
07:44 EDTFRANFrancesca's raises Q3 EPS view to 15c-16c from 12c-15c, consensus 15c
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07:36 EDTFRANFrancesca's announces CFO resignation, appoints Cindy Thomassee as Interim CFO
Francesca's announced that its CFO, Mark Vendetti, has resigned from the company effective December 4, to accept a CFO position at another publicly traded company. Cindy Thomassee, Francesca's current VP of Accounting, has been appointed to the role of Interim CFO and will report directly to CEO Michael Barnes while the company conducts a search for a CFO.
07:28 EDTBCRLiberator Medical to be acquired by C.R. Bard for $3.35 per share
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07:28 EDTBCRC.R. Bard to acquire Liberator Medical for roughly $181M
C.R. Bard (BCR) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Liberator Medical Holdings (LBMH) for $3.35 per share, or approximately $181M. This transaction is structured as a merger, has been approved by each company's board of directors, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval of the shareholders of Liberator and regulatory approvals. The company expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2016 and add approximately $70M to 2016 net sales and to be slightly accretive to adjusted cash earnings per share in 2016. The company estimates that in 2017 this acquisition will increase the organic revenue growth rate of the company and contribute between 5c-10c of adjusted cash earnings per share.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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November 19, 2015
08:05 EDTETFCE-Trade announces $800M share repurchase authorization
E*TRADE Financial Corporation announced that its Board of Directors authorized the company to repurchase up to $800M of its common stock. The authorization is effective immediately and extends through March 31, 2017. "Today's announcement brings our fourth major capital deployment action in 2015, after having reduced and refinanced corporate debt, terminated wholesale funding obligations, and begun the process of growing our balance sheet to our targeted size of approximately $50 billion," said Paul Idzik, CEO. "It also marks the first time in more than eight years that the Company has returned capital to shareholders through a repurchase program - a natural next step to continue driving value for our owners, while providing us with the flexibility to evaluate further opportunities, should they arise."
November 18, 2015
08:14 EDTBRCMNXP Semiconductors added to Top Pick list at FBR Capital
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November 17, 2015
16:45 EDTBCRCryoLife resolves PerClot litigation with Medafor
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16:44 EDTBCRCryoLife and C.R. Bard subsidiary enter into patent resolution
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10:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney management to meet with Buckingham
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07:56 EDTLNKDUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTDGPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:53 EDTBRCMPaulson reduced stake in Valeant
Paulson & Co. gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), CIT Group (CIT), Precision Castparts (PCP), Cameron (CAM), and Altera (ALTR). INCREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Post Holdings (POST), Starwood Hotels (HOT), LivaNova (LIVN), and Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP). DECREASED STAKES: Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Computer Sciences (CSC), and Oasis Petroleum (OAS). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC), Broadcom (BRCM), and Sprint (S).
16:29 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces plans to retire $500M asset-based term loan
J. C. Penney Company announced that it has received $500M of incremental bank commitments to increase the size of the Revolving Line of Credit under its existing Senior Secured Asset-Based Credit Facility to $2.35B from $1.85B. In connection with upsizing the revolving credit facility, the Company also intends to prepay and retire the outstanding principal amount of its $500M Term Loan previously issued under the ABL, which is scheduled to mature in June 2019. The Company expects to close these transactions in December.The Company expects that retirement of the ABL Term Loan will reduce interest expense by approximately $20M annually, beginning in 2016. The $2.35B ABL revolving line of credit, which will also mature in June 2019, will remain available for seasonal working capital needs and general corporate purposes. Marvin Ellison, chief executive officer, said, "We proactively pursued this transaction to reduce our long-term debt and ongoing interest expense and to further enhance our financial flexibility while maintaining our strong liquidity position as we continue to make progress on our goal of $1.2B in EBITDA by 2017."
14:20 EDTDGDollar General begins construction on new distribution center in Wisconsin
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12:04 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Needham
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11:35 EDTJCPDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
10:25 EDTBRCMUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
07:09 EDTVRNTDemand for Verint products likely to increase after attacks, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that demand for Verint's small, mid-level and higher end security solutions is likely to increase following the Paris attacks. The firm says that orders for the company's security solutions have risen in the past following major terror attacks in Europe. It notes that Verint generates about 40% of its revenue from its government and cyber security products. Oppenheimer keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
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