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March 28, 2013
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January 15, 2015
14:45 EDTAPOLFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
09:15 EDTDGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTDGDollar General says has held talks with various parties on stores
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08:07 EDTDGDollar General says 'chosen not to be constrained by timing agreement with FTC'
08:02 EDTDGDollar General provides update on FTC review of proposed acquisition of Family Dollar
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January 14, 2015
10:40 EDTDGISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
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10:39 EDTDGISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
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10:14 EDTDGISS recommends Family Dollar holders support Dollar Tree deal
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06:32 EDTNKEAdidas wants to gain traction in U.S. market with endorsement deals, WSJ reports
In a move to gain traction int he U.S. market, Adidas is planning to increase endorsement deals with professional football and baseball players in the U.S. in the next few years, The Wall Street Journal reports. Adidas North American President Mark King says the German sportswear maker's U.S. arm has approval to sign up to 250 NFL players and 250 MLB players over the next three years, up from a total of less than 40 right now. Reference Link
January 13, 2015
13:21 EDTMUSamsung plans to ramp DRAM capacity, a negative for Micron, says Northland
Northland's checks indicate Samsung is buying more DRAM memory equipment with plans to increase capacity. The analyst expects the increased supply without the offsetting increase in demand will lead to pricing pressures and notes Micron (MU) is the high cost producers and will likely see the most pressure from the move.
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08:55 EDTPLCEChildren's Place price target raised to $70 from $60 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital raised its price target for Children's Place shares to $70 citing increased confidence in the company's systems transformation and fundamental improvement initiatives after meeting with management. FBR reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:15 EDTMUNeedham to hold a conference
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January 12, 2015
16:32 EDTMUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
12:46 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:03 EDTMUSanDisk drops 9% after cutting Q4 revenue outlook
Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) are sinking after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 to $1.73B from $1.80B-$1.85B. It added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45% compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. The stock is dropping 9%, or $8.40, to $88.64 in pre-market trading while peer Micron (MU) is down 3% to $32.54.
08:59 EDTPLCECitigroup events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
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