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November 21, 2012
12:33 EDTSKX, ZLC, DE, STJ, SQNM, CRM, TLYSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday in a pre-holiday session marked by little corporate news but a fair amount of economic data. The averages opened quietly after the Labor Department reported a drop in first-time unemployment claims from the prior week, as expected. Among the other economic reports, the consumer confidence reading was slightly lower than expected and the leading economic indicators were slightly above expectations. There was little reaction to any of the reports and volume has been light, which is not surprising... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 410,000, which was in-line with forecasts. Markit's "flash" November flash PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.0 in October. The final November reading of the University of Michigan Sentiment index slipped to 82.7 from its 84.9 preliminary reading. The leading indicators edged up 0.2% in October to 96.0 from 95.8 in September. In Europe, the region's finance ministers and the IMF were unable to reach a bailout agreement for Greece and will meet again on Monday with an eye on resolving the remaining disagreements. In Asia, Japanese exports fell 6.5% in October, which was worse than expectations of a 4.9% decline... COMPANY NEWS: Salesforce.com's (CRM) Q3 results beat on the top and bottom lines and RW Baird and Wells Fargo reiterated their Outperform ratings on the stock following the report. Shares advanced 8%. Conversely, Deere (DE) shares slumped 4% after its earnings missed expectations, as did its guidance for the coming year... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sketchers (SKX), rising 12% after Susquehanna upgraded the stock to Positive from Neutral, citing valuation and product momentum. Also higher were shares of Sequenom (SQNM), up 11% after a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that cell-free fetal DNA testing be offered to certain at-risk patients. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Zale (ZLC), down over 28%, and Tilly's (TLYS), down 17%. Also lower was St. Jude Medical (STJ), which fell 14% after an FDA inspection report cited serious flaws in its oversight of design changes in its Durata line of defibrillator leads... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 45.14, or 0.35%, to 12,833.65; the Nasdaq was up 7.07, or 0.24%, to 2,923.75; and the S&P 500 was up 2.43, or 0.18%, to 1,390.24.
News For CRM;DE;SKX;SQNM;ZLC;TLYS;STJ From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
14:00 EDTDEUSDA data a modest short-term negative for Deere, AGCO, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo said the USDA's Prospective Plantings report had a higher acreage forecast for corn and lower for soybeans and wheat than the consensus view. The firm said it sees the combination of that data and the Grain Stocks report as a modest short-term negative for farm equipment stocks and it maintains its Market Perform rating on Deere (DE) and Underperform rating on AGCO (AGCO).
13:47 EDTDEDeere completes sale of crop insurance business
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March 26, 2015
14:41 EDTCRMSalesforce.com volatility at low end of historic range
Salesforce.com April call option implied volatility is at 27, May is at 28, August is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
March 20, 2015
11:35 EDTCRMSalesforce.com management to meet with Oppenheimer
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March 19, 2015
17:39 EDTSQNMSequenom launches the HerediT test in collaboration with Recombine
Sequenom's wholly owned subsidiary, Sequenom Laboratories, and Recombine Inc., a clinical genetic testing company dedicated to helping patients and providers make informed healthcare decisions, launched the HerediT UNIVERSAL carrier screening test as a service to ordering physicians. The HerediT UNIVERSAL test screens for more than 250 genetic diseases by analyzing over 2,000 genetic mutations.
07:59 EDTSQNMSequenom management to meet with William Blair
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March 18, 2015
18:32 EDTTLYSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Guess (GES), up 12.4% after reporting fourth quarter results and guidance... Shoe Carnival (SCVL), up 10%... NQ Mobile (NQ), up 9.1%... Tilly's (TLYS), up 1.3%... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.3% after reporting quarterly results and raising fiscal 2015 guidance. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Williams-Sonoma (WSM), down 4.1%... Jabil Circuit (JBL), down 1.8%... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), down 3.3%. ALSO LOWER: Concert Pharmaceuticals (CNCE), down 4.4% after filing to sell common stock... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), down 3.7% after filing to sell 6M shares of common stock.
16:04 EDTTLYSTilly's sees Q1 EPS 3c-5c, consensus 4c
Sees Q1 SSS up in the low single digits.
16:03 EDTTLYSTilly's reports Q4 EPS 25c, consensus 22c
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10:00 EDTSTJOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:39 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded St. Jude Medical (STJ) to Market Perform saying competitive pressures will drive 2015 market share losses in the company's cardiac rhythm management business, which represents 50% of total sales. Wells believes the launch of CardioMEMS will not be strong enough to offset the headwinds in CRM unit. The firm thinks Boston Scientific's (BSX) earlier than expected approval for its next generation subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator called Emblem will drive share gains against St. Jude and Medtronic (MDT) in the single chamber ICD market. Wells cut its price target range for St. Jude shares to $69-$70 from $73-$74. The medical technology company closed yesterday down $2.01 to $65.45.
March 17, 2015
17:30 EDTCRMOracle says will outsell Salesforce.com in new SaaS, PaaS business this year
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17:24 EDTCRMOracle says growing faster than Salesforce.com
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10:00 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
07:05 EDTSQNMSequenom elects Kenneth Buechler as Chairman of the Board
Sequenom elected Kenneth Buechler as Chairman of the Board, effective April 1, 2015. Buechler succeeds Harry Hixson who will retire from the position effective March 31 after 11 years of service. Incoming chairman, Dr. Buechler, has served on the board of directors since December 2009. Prior to joining Sequenom's board, he served as President and Chief Scientific Officer of Biosite Incorporated, which he co-founded.

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