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November 28, 2012
12:19 EDTEXPR, TFM, KCG, GMCR, COST, BP, GES, ARO, ANN, AEO, JOSBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower for much of the morning before recovering significantly near midday. Just as a late day sell-off yesterday was prompted by some cautious fiscal cliff commentary from a notable politician, today's turn-around was sparked by optimism from one. In today's case, the averages turned following comments from House Speaker John Boehner, who said he's "optimistic" a deal with Obama can be reached and that he is willing to put revenues on the table if accompanied by spending cuts... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new single-family home sales fell 0.3% in October to a seasonally adjusted 368,000-unit annual rate. Also, the government revised sharply lower its estimate for the prior month's sales, cutting its estimate for sales in September by 20,000 to a 369,000-unit rate. The EIA reported crude oil inventories drew down by 347,000 barrels last week, versus expectations for a 350,000 barrel build up. In Europe, Spainís bank restructuring was approved, paving the way for euro zone aid to be disbursed... COMPANY NEWS: The Environmental Protection Agency announced BP (BP) will be suspended from winning new contracts from the federal government until the oil major can demonstrate it meets business standards set by the U.S., though the action does not affect existing contracts. Shares of BP fell about 0.7% near noon... Several apparel retailers reported better than expected results and saw their shares advance, including Express (EXPR), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Ann Inc. (ANN). This may or may not bode well for some of their peers expected to report after the bell, including Aeropostale (ARO) and Guess (GES)... Costco (COST) shares rose over 4% after reporting its November same store sales rose 6% and declaring a $7 per share special dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), which soared 24% after its better than expected earnings and guidance set off a wave of price target increases around the Street. Also higher were shares of Knight Capital (KCG), which rose 14% to $3.39 after shareholder Getco proposed a complex takeover bid that values shares at $3.50 apiece but involves a cash component and a share dispersal following a merger. Among the noteworthy losers was The Fresh Market (TFM), down 14% after its CFO unexpectedly resigned to take another position and its shares were downgraded at Deutsche Bank and Northcoast. Also lower were shares of Jos. A Bank (JOSB), down 7% after it was unable to participate in the rally among clothing retailers as its revenue beat consensus but its earnings fell short... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 16.36, or 0.13%, to 12,894.49; the Nasdaq was down 2.31, or 0.08%, to 2,965.48; and the S&P 500 was down 0.88, or 0.06%, to 1,398.06.
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April 22, 2014
13:18 EDTAROAbercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale mentioned positively at ITG Research
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April 21, 2014
07:38 EDTBPBP refuses U.S. request for Gulf spill research funding, FT says
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April 17, 2014
15:53 EDTGMCRLuigi Lavazza S.p.A confirms 8% stake in Keurig Green Mountain
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April 16, 2014
10:49 EDTGMCRSodaStream rallies following report of talks to sell stake to American company
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April 15, 2014
15:47 EDTANNAnn Inc. leverage buyout 'likely' this year, The Deal says
A leveraged buyout of Ann Inc. is "likely to get done this year," according to industry sources, said The Deal, which listed Golden Gate Capital as the most likely buyer. The report, citing a source, said Ann is already working with a financial adviser. Ann Inc. shares are up about 2% in late day trading. Reference Link
15:45 EDTANNAnn Inc. LBO 'likely to get done' this year, Deal.com says
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10:07 EDTGMCRCoca-Cola sees 'significant' currency headwinds for the remainder of this year
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April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
07:37 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports March trade volumes
KCG Holdings released trade volumes for the month of March. In Market Making, KCG averaged $26.6B volume traded, 16.8B shares traded, and 3.9M trades per day in U.S. equities.
05:54 EDTBPBP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
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April 11, 2014
13:36 EDTAEOGap falls after experiencing sharp decline in March SSS
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09:04 EDTAROAeropostale price target lowered to $5 from $7.50 at BofA/Merrill
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08:11 EDTBPBP says can help improve relations between west, Russia, Reuters says
In an effort to calm shareholders' worries over the company's large exposure to Russia, BP executives said it can help improve relations between Russia and the west and is talking to politicians all over the globe, according to Reuters, citing comments from CEO Bob Dudley. Reference Link
07:49 EDTCOSTCostco earnings can accelerate 'dramatically,' says Janney Capital
Janney Capital says Costco's price investments continue to drive share and build loyalty and have helped its traffic remain robust. The firm expects strong traffic to continue and for gas and forex headwinds to subside, which could lead to Costco's earnings accelerating "dramatically" in 2014. Janney keeps a Buy rating on Costco shares.
April 10, 2014
11:31 EDTEXPROptions with increasing implied volatility: EXPR NEE
09:48 EDTCOSTCostco sees 1.5%-2% effect on April comps from 1 less shopping day
This April to include 27 selling days, compared to 28 days in same period last year. Costco says average transaction flat year-over-year in March, including forex impact. Comments from March sales results call.
07:38 EDTJOSBMen's Wearhouse extends expiration date of Jos. A. Bank offer to April 23
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07:32 EDTANNAlliance Data signs long-term renewal agreement with Ann Inc.
Alliance Data's (ADS) Retail Services business has signed a long-term renewal agreement to continue providing private label and co-branded credit card services for Ann Inc. (ANN) brands Ann Taylor and LOFT.
06:25 EDTTFMCompetition, overexpansion hurting Whole Foods competitors, WSJ reports
Sales growth at specialty-grocery chains like Fairway (FWM), Sprouts (SFM) and Fresh Market (TFM), which feature natural and organic foods, has been hurt by competition and mistakes like overexpansion, the Wall Street Journal reports. These companies compete with Whole Foods (WFM). Reference Link
05:47 EDTCOSTCostco reports March total company SSS up 5%
Reports March revenue up 8% to $10.43B vs. $9.67B last year. Reports March total company SSS, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, up 7%.
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