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January 4, 2013
12:29 EDTMOS, POT, AGU, SCTY, HNR, ARAY, CSTR, FINLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after the monthly jobs report was roughly in-line with forecasts and a measure of growth in the services sector beat expectations. The averages began the session in quiet fashion in what looked like the start of a day of market consolidation after the big advances seen Monday and Wednesday. Yesterday's pullback, triggered by the release of the minutes from the Fed's last meeting, may turn out to be the week's only down day if the current levels hold into the closing bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department said employers added 155,000 jobs in December, which was about in-line with estimates and near the average pace of job growth over the last year. The unemployment rate for November was upwardly revised to 7.8% and the Labor Department said the 7.8% rate carried over to December as well. Factory orders were flat in November, versus expectations for them to increase 0.4%. The December ISM non-manufacturing index, which measures services sector expansion or contraction, came in at 56.1, versus expectations for a 54.1 reading. Reports from the Energy Information Administration showed inventories of crude oil and natural gas both drew down more than expected last week... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Mosaic (MOS) advanced over 2.5% following its report of better than expected earnings and its peers in the fertilizer industry, including Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU), rose in concert... Conversely, Finish Line (FINL) reported a break-even quarter, disappointing the Street and prompting downgrades at Northland Securities and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Finish Line shares slid nearly 6%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was recent IPO SolarCity (SCTY), which rose over 16% after it gave guidance for its expected growth in deployments this year. Also higher were shares of Harvest Natural Resources (HNR), up 12% after it announced a new oil discovery in West Africa. Among the noteworthy losers were Accuray (ARAY), down 20% following a downgrade to Underweight at JPMorgan after the company's negative Q2 pre-announcement, and Coinstar (CSTR), down over 5% after its CEO announced plan to retire in March... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 15.88, or 0.12%, to 13,407.24; the Nasdaq was up 3.49, or 0.11%, to 3,104.06; and the S&P 500 was up 4.12, or 0.28%, to 1,463.49.
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August 27, 2014
08:14 EDTSCTYSolarCity investor meeting highlights buy thesis, says Goldman
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August 26, 2014
08:03 EDTAGUAgrium unit acquires controlling interest in Agricen
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August 22, 2014
10:48 EDTFINLFoot Locker jumps after earnings beat expectations
Shares of shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker (FL) are higher after the company reported second quarter earnings which exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Foot Locker reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 64c, which surpassed analysts' consensus of 54c. The company's Q2 revenue was $1.64B, which was higher than analysts' consensus of$1.57B. Foot Locker's same-store-sales increased 7% and its gross margin rate was up 32% for the quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Foot Locker said third quarter comparable sales are positioned to experience mid-single digit gains. The company noted that it is making "good progress" on maintaining a "solid" flow of inventory and its inventory overall is well-positioned for the upcoming back-to-school and fall seasons. Foot Locker is still on-track to close just over 100 stores this year, but some closures are expected to happen at the beginning of FY15. The retailer is projecting to open 80 stores this year mostly in Europe and Kids Foot Locker, which is an increase from the company's initial projection of opening 60 stores. A high-single digit comparable sales gain has been experienced by the company so far in August. It anticipates a SG&A improvement of 30-40 basis points and gross margins to be up 20-40 basis points in Q3. ANALYST OPINION: Two days ago, Canaccord said that they were positive on Foot Locker prior to Q2 earnings results since they foresaw the results to be "solid." The firm felt that the retailer was "well-positioned" to still benefit from its target of expanding toward casual athletic footwear. The firm maintained a $56 price target on Foot Locker with a Buy rating. Yesterday, UBS increased its price target on Foot Locker to $58 from $54 right before the retailer announced its Q2 results. The firm anticipated higher than expected earnings, positive SSS trends and the potential for increased guidance and valuation. UBS kept Foot Locker with a Buy rating. OTHERS TO WATCH: Foot Locker competitor Finish Line (FINL) is scheduled to report its Q2 quarter earnings on September 25. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Foot Locker shares rose $1.60 or just over 3%, to $54.17, and Finish Line shares rose 19c, or 0.65%, to $29.62.
07:09 EDTSCTYSolarCity bookings momentum strong, says Deutsche Bank
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August 21, 2014
17:22 EDTAGUAgrium names Steve Douglas as CFO, effective November 3
Agrium is pleased to announce Steve Douglas has accepted the position of Senior Vice President and CFO effective November 3. Steve comes to Agrium from Brookfield Asset Management where he was Senior Managing Partner and CFO of Brookfield Property Partners and also previously held the role of CFO at Falconbridge.
16:13 EDTARAYAccuray sees FY14 revenue $390M-$410M, consensus 359.52M
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16:11 EDTARAYAccuray reports Q4 EPS (13c), consensus (7c)
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08:59 EDTSCTYSolarCity management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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August 19, 2014
10:13 EDTSCTYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Guess (GES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded at RW Baird... Lehigh Gas (LGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lexicon (LXRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Nobel Biocare (NBHGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded at RW Baird.
09:11 EDTSCTYSolarCity downgraded at RW Baird
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06:00 EDTSCTYSolarCity downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
August 14, 2014
10:05 EDTSCTYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:14 EDTSCTYSolarCity initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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August 13, 2014
10:01 EDTPOT, MOSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CSR (CSRE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Celadon Group (CGI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Intrepid Potash (IPI) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... King Digital (KING) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marin Software (MRIN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... Potash (POT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... Regado Biosciences (RGDO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Southern Company (SO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... StarTek (SRT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Tuniu (TOUR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
09:09 EDTSCTYSolarCity opens first Nevada operations center
SolarCity is expanding its Nevada presence with a new 18K square foot Henderson Operations Center. SolarCity will use the operations center as its regional hub to install solar for Nevada residents and businesses, starting this week. Henderson is SolarCity's first operations center in Nevada. This latest expansion pushes SolarCity's total Nevada staffing over 640 people. The company has already signed up more than 1,500 new customers and expects to begin installations this month, upon opening of the SolarGenerations program.
08:02 EDTPOTPotash downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial
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08:00 EDTMOSMosaic downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial
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