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January 4, 2013
12:29 EDTCSTR, SCTY, MOS, ARAY, AGU, HNR, POT, 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.
News For FINL;MOS;POT;AGU;SCTY;HNR;ARAY;CSTR From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
09:05 EDTFINLFinish Line says prioritizing capital spending to focus on sales driving
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08:58 EDTFINLFinish Line sees Q4 comparable sales up low-to-mid single digits
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08:43 EDTFINLFinish Line says will stay 'aggressive' on acquisition front
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08:38 EDTFINLFinish Line says Q3 traffic at record level
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08:37 EDTFINLFinish Line says running category innovation not at peak strength
Finish Line says will be cautious about margin assumptions until running sales trends improve. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
07:07 EDTFINLFinish Line now sees FY15 EPS flat with prior year $1.67, consensus $1.79
For FY15, Finish Line now expects EPS to be flat to FY14 non-GAAP EPS of $1.67. The company expects Finish Line comparable store sales to increase low to mid-single digits. The company previously said it expected Finish Line comparable store sales to be up mid single digits. “Third quarter comparable sales rebounded from second quarter trends, however merchandise margin pressure kept us from achieving our profitability plan. We remain confident in the strategic course we have set for the company and we’ll continue to invest in the omnichannel initiatives focused on delivering the long-term financial goals we have previously outlined. That said, we are adjusting our near-term capital spending plans and creating a more flexible expense structure to protect profitability until stronger full price selling trends reemerge," said CEO Glenn Lyon.
07:04 EDTFINLFinish Line reports Q3 EPS (2c), consensus 1c
Reports Q3 revenue $395.8M, consensus $390.95M. Finish Line Q3 comparable store sales increased 4.5%.
05:46 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Potash Corporation to Buy saying the company's new Rocanville and Picadilly operations will reduce production costs and improve free cash flow. UBS believes the current dividend yield of around 4% provides downside protection. It raised its price target for Potash shares to $48 from $38. The stock closed yesterday up 2c to $35.27.
December 18, 2014
15:21 EDTFINLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:13 EDTSCTYSolarCity expands operations to Western Massachusetts
SolarCity is expanding its solar service to Western Massachusetts with a new operations center in Agawam. The new operations center is its fourth in Massachusetts. SolarCity will initially offer service to customers of National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric in the region. There are approximately 30 staff working out of the Western Massachusetts operations center today and the company plans to fill an additional 50 positions for the facility.
07:13 EDTSCTYSolarCity, Canadian Solar called top 2015 solar picks at JPMorgan
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December 17, 2014
12:10 EDTMOSMosaic acquisition of Archer Daniels fertilizer unit to spur growth in Brazil
The Mosaic Company (MOS) announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350M. The assets purchased include $150M in working capital. The acquisition is expected to significantly accelerate Mosaic's growth plans in Brazil as well as replace a substantial amount of planned internal investment in that country. Mosaic's distribution capacity in the region is expected to increase from approximately four million tonnes per year to 6M tonnes. As a result of the acquisition, Mosaic intends to manage and report a new international distribution segment beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
December 16, 2014
08:48 EDTSCTYSolarCity reiterated as a top pick at Goldman
Goldman reiterated SolarCity as a Conviction Buy and a top pick with an $88 price target given secular growth potential and its disruptive business model. The analyst said SolarCity's near-term improving cash flow visibility is underappreciated and sees significant upside to shares.
December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTARAYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:02 EDTFINLFinish Line volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Finish Line December call option implied volatility is at 74, February is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 19.
06:19 EDTARAYAccuray initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
Target $7.
December 11, 2014
08:16 EDTMOS, POT, AGUBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar,” adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
December 10, 2014
12:04 EDTMOS, AGU, POTUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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09:36 EDTPOTActive equity options trading
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07:56 EDTPOT, MOS, AGUUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.
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