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February 17, 2012
10:27 EDTSJM, VLO, HFC, RP, ITRI, MHS, UPL, AIMC, ARTC, JWN, ACOR, HSP, MXWL, DELLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Dell (DELL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird...Maxwell Tech (MXWL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird...Hospira (HSP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup...Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup...Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA...ArthroCare (ARTC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies...Altra Holdings (AIMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies...Ultra Petroleum (UPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies...Medco Health (MHS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...Itron (ITRI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc...RealPage (RP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest...HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS...Valero Energy (VLO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS...J.M. Smucker (SJM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman.
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August 31, 2014
14:00 EDTACORFBR Capital to hold a conference
Healthcare Conference to be held in Boston on September 3.
13:44 EDTSJMBarclays to hold a conference
Back-to-School Consumer Conference to be held in Boston on September 3-5.
August 29, 2014
06:38 EDTVLO, HFCRising oil supplies pressuring prices, NY Times says
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August 27, 2014
17:02 EDTJWNNordstrom files to sell common stock, no amount given
11:32 EDTJWNTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
06:36 EDTJWNNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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August 22, 2014
13:21 EDTJWNNordstrom completes Trunk Club acquisition
Nordstrom announced the closing on August 22 of its acquisition of Trunk Club. The company previously announced its proposed acquisition of Trunk Club by press release on July 31. The company believes this acquisition represents a natural extension of its core business, aligns with its strategic priorities around a relevant customer experience and accelerates entry into this market.
August 20, 2014
11:50 EDTHSPJudge rules generic Precedex FDA approval postponed, WSJ says
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07:05 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker reports Q1 U.S. Retail Coffee segment volume up 2%, sales down 2%
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07:04 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker backs FY15 EPS $5.95-$6.05, consensus $6.02
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07:02 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker reports Q1 EPS $1.34, consensus $1.37
Reports Q1 revenue $1.32B, consensus $1.37B. Q1 sales reflect lower net price realization, particularly related to coffee, and the continued impact of the Company's exit of its private label hot beverage business in its International, Foodservice, and Natural Foods segment during 2014.
August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTSJMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:38 EDTVLOActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
09:09 EDTHSPHospira discloses it filed lawsuit against FDA regarding Precedex
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09:08 EDTHSPHospira backs FY14 EPS $2.30-$2.50, consensus $2.43
August 18, 2014
11:41 EDTHSPCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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