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May 12, 2014
10:02 EDTPLUS, TRIV, PEGI, NAVI, JMI, WB, SPWH, OPB, MEG, ELGX, VTL, PAYC, MC, KKR, DKS, CIO, CSII, CRDCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Cardica (CRDC) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... City Office REIT (CIO) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Dick's Sporting (DKS) coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Endologix (ELGX) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) assumed with a Perform at Oppenheimer... KKR (KKR) reinstated with a Buy at Goldman... Media General (MEG) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Moelis (MC) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Navient (NAVI) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Opus Bank (OPB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pattern Energy (PEGI) resumed with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Paycom Software (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... TriVascular (TRIV) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Vital Therapies (VTL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Weibo (WB) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... ePlus (PLUS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel.
News For CRDC;CSII;CIO;DKS;ELGX;JMI;KKR;MEG;NAVI;MC;OPB;PEGI;PAYC;SPWH;TRIV;VTL;WB;PLUS From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
13:33 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
10:24 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY15 operating margins increasing slightly y/y
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10:07 EDTDKSHigh option volume stocks
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09:23 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:27 EDTDKSDick's Sporting breaks out of bearish price channel after earnings beat
The shares are up over 4.5% in the pre-market to $53, putting price above the bearish price channel that was in effect prior to results. At that price next resistance is at $54.19. Support is at $52.50.
07:36 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY15 CapEx $245M on net basis, $365M on gross basis
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07:35 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees Q3 EPS 45c-48c, consensus 47c
Sees Q3 SSS up 1%-3%. The company expects to open 27 new DICK'S Sporting Goods stores and relocate five DICK'S Sporting Goods stores in the third quarter of 2015. The company also expects to open seven new Field & Stream stores in the third quarter of 2015.
07:35 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY15 EPS $3.13-$3.21, consensus $3.19
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07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting reports Q2 eCommerce penetration was 7.3% of total net sales
In the second quarter, the Company opened seven new DICK'S Sporting Goods stores, one new Field & Stream store and closed three Golf Galaxy stores, as these leases expired. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated 619 DICK'S Sporting Goods stores in 46 states, with approximately 33.1 million square feet, 75 Golf Galaxy stores in 29 states, with approximately 1.4 million square feet and 12 Field & Stream stores in seven states, with approximately 0.6 million square feet.
07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting reports Q2 consolidated SSS up 1.2%
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07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting reports Q2 EPS excluding items 67c, consensus 75c
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06:53 EDTKKRPrivate equity firms dominate bidding for Airbus defense assets, Bloomberg says
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August 17, 2015
16:53 EDTKKROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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15:07 EDTDKSDick's Sporting August 50 straddle priced for 7.4% movement into Q2
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14:48 EDTDKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:30 EDTKKROn 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.
09:26 EDTKKROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: AVEO (AVEO), up 119.7% after announcing licensing agreement with Novartis (NVS)... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 24.9% after Soros reports new stake in company in 13F filing... Kite Pharma (KITE), up 4.6% after saying patient death unrelated to KTE-C19... Tesla (TSLA), up 5.5% after price target raised to $465 from $280 at Morgan Stanley... Mobileye (MBLY), up 2.7% after price target raised to $80 from $71 at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.5% after being initiated with a Buy at B. Riley and Piper Jaffray raised its price target to $17 from $15. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Estee Lauder (EL), down 2.1% after reporting quarterly results and giving guidance for first quarter and fiscal 2016. ALSO LOWER: KKR (KKR), down 3.3% after Samson enters restructuring deal and expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days... Aquinox (AQXP), down 4.7% after Lloyd Mackenzie, vice president - Technical Operations and Planning, disclosed late Friday the sale of 35,887 shares worth over $670,000 in a sale related to the exercise of options.
08:05 EDTELGXEndologix management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Texas on August 20 hosted by Oppenheimer.
07:11 EDTKKRSoftwareONE partners with KKR to accelerate growth
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August 16, 2015
15:38 EDTKKRKKR's Samson enters restructuring deal, sees bankruptcy filing within 30 days
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