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May 7, 2012
16:38 EDTDIS, ABT, VRTX, CECO, CTSH, TPXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, as investors had a muted reaction to the anti-austerity backlash evidenced in two elections in Europe. Stock futures pointed to a lower open throughout the pre-market trading session but moved off their low prior to the opening bell. The futures action led to a lower but stable open with the market essentially hitting its lows soon after the open. The market began to drift off its lows after the first hour of trading and by midday made it back to positive ground. The market continued to drift for most the remainder of the session until a downturn into the close pushed the S&P and Nasdaq back down to finish the day near the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer credit increased by $21.36B in March, versus expectations of an increase of $9.8B. In Europe, Francois Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy in France's presidential election and voting in Greece’s general election showed a dramatic swing toward anti-austerity groups and away from the pro-Europe parties... COMPANY NEWS: Disney's (DIS) "The Avengers" set U.S. records with its $200M opening weekend, powering the company's shares 2% higher... Abbott Labs (ABT) announced it reached a settlement and will pay $1.6B in connection with its marketing of Depakote... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Vertex Pharma (VRTX), up $20.71, or 55.36%, to $58.12, amid at least three upgrades and a number of price target increases after the company reported interim data from a Phase 2 study of a combination therapy for certain cystic fibrosis patients, and Career Education (CECO), up 56c, or 8.70%, to $7.00, after the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools removed its show-cause directive on all 71 Career Education campuses accredited by the body and the company said four of its campuses were placed on probation. Noteworthy losers included Cognizant (CTSH), down $13.35, or 19.16%, to $56.31, after the company's earnings beat consensus but it said its revising its guidance to be more conservative after seeing slower-than-expected acceleration in demand, and Tempur-Pedic (TPX), down $8.42, or 14.85%, to $48.29, as Raymond James said in a note to investors that the company will offer a discount on one of its most profitable mattresses, the Cloud Supreme, which the firm said was unusual for the company... INDICES: The Dow lost 29.74, or 0.23%, to 13,008.53; the Nasdaq rose 1.42, or 0.05%, to 2,957.76; and the S&P 500 added 0.48, or 0.04%, to 1,369.58.
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August 7, 2014
08:03 EDTCECOCareer Education reports Q2 new enrollments ex-items up 2.3%
For ongoing operations, which excludes Transitional Schools, new student enrollments increased 2.3% for Q2 compared to the prior year quarter.
08:02 EDTCECOCareer Education reports Q2 continuing ops EPS (53c), consensus (52c)
Reports Q2 revenue $229.3M, consensus $233.64M. For ongoing operations, which excludes Transitional Schools, total student enrollments decreased 4.8% as of June 30, as compared to June 30, 2013.
07:49 EDTCTSHCognizant price target lowered to $50 form $58 at UBS
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07:43 EDTCTSHCognizant outlook still positive, says Wells Fargo
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06:42 EDTABTObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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August 6, 2014
16:01 EDTDISOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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14:31 EDTCTSHCognizant shares should be bought on weakness, says William Blair
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13:01 EDTDISCharter, ESPN sign distribution agreement for SEC Network
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10:00 EDTCTSHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTCTSHCognizant guidance cut client specific, not market driven, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo noted that Cognizant attributed its lowered revenue guidance to weakness in near-term spending at a small group of clients, not to a change in its market opportunity. Wells keeps its Outperform rating on Cognizant, as it does not see a change in the company's long-term prospects, but does expect its stock to struggle in the near term following its Q2 report.
09:48 EDTCTSHCognizant plunges after earnings and outlook
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09:18 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $105 from $94 at BofA/Merrill
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09:13 EDTCTSHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Fox class A shares (FOXA), up 5.9% after withdrawing proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX), announcing $6B share repurchase program, reporting quarterly results... MannKind (MNKD), up 1.6% after entering a supply agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)... Criteo (CRTO), up 11.5% after upgraded at Goldman following its better than expected Q2 earnings report. LOWER: Time Warner (TWX), down 13% after earnings, maintaining guidance, bid dropped by Fox... Sprint (S), down 16.5% after naming Marcelo Claure as president and CEO, reportedly dropping pursuit of T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile shares also down 8.5%... Groupon (GRPN), down 18%, downgraded at Wunderlich after the company reported lower than expected Q3 results... Walgreen (WAG), down 15.7% after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal... Shire (SHPG), down 6% after Walgreen announced it would stay located in Chicago and Bloomberg last night reported that the Treasury Department is exploring ways to bypass Congress in an attempt to curb corporate inversions... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), down 33% after announcing that it has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Enphase Energy (ENPH), up 20%... AOL (AOL), up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.5%... Rocket Fuel (FUEL), down 27%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 13%... First Solar (FSLR), down 2.5%... Globus Medical (GMED), down 17%.
09:13 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $96 from $90 at BMO Capital
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08:39 EDTCTSHCognizant downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:43 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $100 from $90 at JPMorgan
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06:41 EDTABTObama administration may restrict inversion tax benefits, NY Times says
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06:07 EDTCTSHCognizant sees FY14 EPS at least $2.54, consensus $2.38
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06:06 EDTCTSHCognizant sees Q3 EPS at least 63c, consensus 60c
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06:05 EDTCTSHCognizant reports Q2 adjusted EPS 66c, consensus 58c
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