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News For DNKN;SWY;PII;PAYX;KMP From The Last 14 Days
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April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTDNKNStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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10:11 EDTPIIHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: AERI UEC NUAN DSW CHU SVU PII ACTG GIMO JNPR
April 23, 2015
17:39 EDTDNKNS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Dunkin' Brands Group (DNKN) will replace Riverbed Technology (RVBD) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Monday, April 27. A group led by Thoma Bravo is acquiring Riverbed Technology in a deal expected to be completed tomorrow. Walker & Dunlop (WD) will replace Entropic Communications (ENTR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, April 30. MaxLinear (MXL) is acquiring Entropic Communications in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.
17:17 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands to replace Riverbed in S&P 400 as of 4/27 close
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13:01 EDTDNKNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid another deluge of earnings reports. Stocks began the session in negative territory and have remained there through the morning before crossing into positive ground right near noon. The averages gapped up after making it back to the green, putting the Nasdaq back above the all-time closing record it achieved in 2000. A question for the afternoon will be whether the average can hold on to set a new all-time closing high fifteen years later. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims inched up 1K to 295K in the week ended April 18, versus the expected 287K first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell 1.5 points to 54.2 in April, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 55.7. New home sales dropped 11.4% to a 481K rate in March, versus expectations for a less severe 4.5% drop to a 515K rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) slid about 1% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's staff recommended a course of action that could derail the company's merger with Comcast (CMCSA). However, research firm Jefferies remained upbeat on Time Warner Cable shares, upgrading the stock this morning and saying that Charter (CHTR) would probably buy the company if the government nixes the Comcast deal... Among members of the Dow that issued earnings reports this morning, Caterpillar (CAT) slid fractionally while 3M (MMM) and Procter & Gamble (PG) each fell about 2%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ARRIS (ARRS), which jumped 21% after the company agreed to acquire its competitor Pace for aggregate stock and cash consideration of $2.1B. Also higher following their earnings reports were Skechers (SKX), which rose nearly 13%, and Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), which gained 8.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was MobileIron (MOBL), which plunged 22% after the company warned of a Q1 revenue miss and announced the resignation of its CFO. Also lower following their earnings reports were Texas Instruments (TXN), which fell 7%, and General Motors (GM), which declined nearly 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 81.31, or 0.45%, to 18,119.58, the Nasdaq was up 22.69, or 0.45%, to 5,057.86, and the S&P 500 was up 10.32, or 0.49%, to 2,118.28.
12:06 EDTDNKNStreet Check: Goldman made good call on Dunkin' Brands
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11:09 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands gaps higher following results, levels to watch
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09:18 EDTDNKN, PIIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:11 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.87-$1.91 from $1.83-$1.87
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06:11 EDTPIIPolaris Industries reports Q1 Off-Road Vehicle sales $645.4M
Reports Q1 Snowmobile sales $14.5M; Reports Q1 Motorcycle sales $137.4M.
06:10 EDTPIIPolaris Industries narrows FY15 EPS to $7.27-$7.42 from $7.22-$7.42,
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06:09 EDTPIIPolaris Industries: Q1 confirmed our suspicions that 2015 would have challenges
06:08 EDTPIIPolaris Industries reports Q1 EPS $1.30, consensus $1.27
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06:08 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands reports Q1 adjusted EPS 40c, consensus 35c
Reports Q1 revenue $185.9M, consensus $180.68M. Reports Q1 Dunkin' Donuts U.S. SSS up 2.7%. Reports Q1 Baskin-Robbins U.S. SSS up 8%.
April 22, 2015
17:01 EDTPIIPolaris Industries acquires Timbersled, terms undisclosed
Polaris Industries announced the acquisition of Timbersled Products, a privately held Sandpoint, Idaho-based company that is an innovator and market leader in the burgeoning snow bike industry. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
15:50 EDTDNKN, PIINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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April 21, 2015
14:13 EDTPIIPolaris Industries volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Polaris Industries May call option implied volatility is at 41, June is at 31, September is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
10:00 EDTPAYXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:31 EDTPAYXPaychex upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
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April 20, 2015
15:16 EDTSWYGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
April 16, 2015
10:26 EDTDNKNBMO Capital upbeat on Starbucks, lukewarm on Dunkin'
BMO Capital initiated coverage of Starbucks (SBUX) with an Outperform rating in a note to investors, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. The firm was less upbeat on Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), as the firm said that the company faces tougher competition than Starbucks, and advised investors to wait for a more compelling entry point in the stock before buying. WHAT'S NEW: Starbucks' multiple growth opportunities make it somewhat unique among large-cap restaurant stocks, BMO analyst Andrew Streizik contended. The company's U.S. comparative sales have probably bottomed and could begin to reaccelerate, partly due to its innovation, higher food sales, and marketing strength, the analyst believes. Additionally, Starbucks' margin expansion could exceed its long-term guidance, partly due to lower than expected cost of goods and efficiencies from its expansion of food and day parts, according to Streizik. Starbucks could increase the amount of money it returns to shareholders or make accretive acquisitions, given its strong balance sheet, the analyst stated. He set a $56 price target on the stock. Conversely, Streizik said he was worried about the sustainability of Dunkin's U.S. comparative sales, as the company's U.S. comps are two to three times more volatile than those of Starbucks. Dunkin' is more exposed to competition than Starbucks, since Dunkin's drinks are less differentiated than the competition, the analyst stated. Dunkin's need to compete with fast food restaurants, which traditionally offer heavy discounts, makes it more dependent on discounts, added Streizik, who set a $52 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Starbucks added 0.2% to $48.25, while Dunkin gained 0.7% to $48.33.
10:00 EDTDNKNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTDNKNDunkin' Donuts announces plan for 10 new restaurants in Minneapolis
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April 15, 2015
17:16 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $53.
17:16 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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April 14, 2015
08:33 EDTDNKNGoldman recommends buying Starbucks and Dunkin' Brands into earnings
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April 13, 2015
14:18 EDTSWYTarget names Anne Dament as SVP, Merchandising
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12:57 EDTDNKNNortheast winter may have impacted Dunkin' Brands sales, Reuters says
Dunkin' Donuts, which is regionally popular in Northeast states like New York and Massachusetts, may have weaker same-store sales this quarter then expected as harsh winter weather may have kept customers home, says Reuters. Nick Setyan, a SVP of equity research at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles said the record snowfall in the U.S. Northeast this past winter could reduce 1% to 1.6% points off first quarter same-store sales of the company, added Reuters. Reference Link
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