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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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March 27, 2015
09:01 EDTFINLFinish Line sees Macy's business generating $240M-$250M in FY sales
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08:56 EDTFINLFinish Line says Macy's partnership on the way to exceeding long-term vision
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07:08 EDTFINLFinish Line board authorizes 5M share repurchase plan
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07:07 EDTFINLFinish Line sees FY15 EPS growth in low-single to mid-single digit range
FY15 EPS consensus $1.66. Company expects FY15 comparable store sales up in low single to mid single digit range.
07:05 EDTFINLFinish Line reports Q4 adjusted EPS 88c, consensus 85c
Reports Q4 revenue $551.35M, consensus $550.34M. Reports Q4 Finish Line comparable store sales increased 2.6%.
March 26, 2015
15:20 EDTFINLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:33 EDTMOSMosaic April weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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March 25, 2015
13:23 EDTFINLFinish Line volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:42 EDTMOSMosaic to host analyst day
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10:29 EDTSCTYTesla sinks after CLSA cuts to Underperform on Model X margin concerns
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10:00 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Reduce from Overweight at HSBC... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Ethan Allen (ETH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Felcor Lodging (FCH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... ING Groep (ING) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Kofax (KFX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... LRR Energy (LRE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Munich Re (MURGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Orbital ATK (OA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... PCTEL, Inc. (PCTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SJW Corp. (SJW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Selective Insurance (SIGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Sonus (SONS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Synchrony Financial (SYF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research... ZAGG (ZAGG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... iDreamSky (DSKY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:48 EDTFINLFinish Line downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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06:18 EDTFINLFinish Line downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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March 24, 2015
10:09 EDTARAYHigh option volume stocks
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08:31 EDTMOS, AGU, POTCanpotex undercut by Belaruskali deal with China, FT reports
Belarus' state-owned fertilizer group, Belaruskali, has agreed to sell its potash to Chinese buyers at $315 a tonne for the first half of 2015, which is well below market prices which are currently about $330-$340 a tonne, said Financial Times, noting that Canpotex, the offshore marketing company jointly owned by Agrium (AGU), Mosaic (MOS), and Potash Corp. (POT), had been holding out for higher prices with the Chinese. Reference Link
March 23, 2015
09:37 EDTSCTYActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
09:34 EDTAGUAgrium initiated with a Buy at TD Securities
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March 19, 2015
06:06 EDTSCTYSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
17:30 EDTPOTPotash sees FY15 pre-tax earnings reduced C$75M-C$100M due to tax changes
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March 17, 2015
13:42 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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