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News For FINL;MOS;POT;AGU;SCTY;HNR;ARAY;CSTR From The Last 14 Days
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July 3, 2015
07:11 EDTPOTPotash says confident K+S concerns can be addressed
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) acknowledged the statement issued by K+S Aktiengesellschaft (KPLUF) rejecting its takeover proposal. It stated, "PotashCorp believes the proposed transaction would combine two best-in-class companies with minimal overlap to create a global producer in the nutrient industry for the long-term benefit of investors, customers, employees and the communities where both companies operate. The company affirmed that its proposal is not predicated on closing mines, curtailing production, selling the salt business or cutting jobs." The company added, "PotashCorp has put forward a compelling proposal to negotiate a transaction that it believes balances the interests of investors and other stakeholders, including the employees and communities in which the companies operate. It is encouraged by K+S' response since many of the matters raised have already been addressed in previous correspondence or can be addressed if K+S were to agree to meet with company representatives."
July 2, 2015
09:29 EDTPOTK+S rejects Potash takeover proposal
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07:45 EDTPOTK+S intends to reject takeover bid from Potash, Bloomberg reports
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06:09 EDTSCTYSolarEdge benefiting from relationship with Tesla, Bloomberg says
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June 29, 2015
10:25 EDTSCTYFirm says SpaceX explosion could hurt ViaSat
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07:41 EDTAGUAgrium price target raise to $110 from $95 at JPMorgan
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June 28, 2015
19:24 EDTPOTPotash will not divest K+S operations if merger succeeds, Reuters says
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June 26, 2015
16:16 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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12:58 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nike's (NKE) post-earnings rise providing a boost to the Dow and Micron's (MU) slide dragging on the tech-heavy Nasdaq. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading rebounded to 96.1 in the final June report from the preliminary 94.6 reading. That revised figure topped the expected reading of 95. In Europe, the ECB left the level of emergency cash available to Greek banks unchanged again Friday as deposit outflows have slowed, according to people familiar with the matter reporting to Bloomberg. Greek leaders are scheduled to hold talks Saturday with the Eurogroup in what may be the nation's last chance for a deal ahead of the expiration of the current bailout agreement on June 30. In China, stocks plunged by the most in five months as the Shanghai Composite Index fell 7.4%, with market watchers citing margin worries and concerns that the PBOC will be less likely to undertake further rate cuts. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike advanced 4% after the athletic apparel and sneaker maker reported fourth quarter results that handily beat expectations. Several firms raised their respective price targets on the stock following the company's Q4 report, including Goldman, which reiterated its Conviction Buy rating on Nike and raised its price target to $131 from $121. Finish Line (FINL), an athletic shoe and apparel retailer that sells Nike products, rose 5% after its own first quarter results also topped the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was OPKO Health (OPK), which rose nearly 4% after the company announced the decision of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to include 4Kscore as a recommended test in the 2015 NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Early Detection. Additionally, CEO Phillip Frost disclosed in regulatory filings that he'd acquired over 64,000 shares of the company stock in the last two days. Also higher was Kforce (KFRC), which gained 7% after SunTrust upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target to $27 from $24, noting that the firm's private IT staffing poll suggests margin assumptions may prove conservative. Among the noteworthy losers was Micron, which sunk about 19% after the flash memory maker reported weaker than expected results last night and provided lower than expected Q4 revenue guidance. Also lower were shares of coal miner Peabody (BTU), which fell 7% after Moody's downgraded the company's credit rating to reflect the firm's expectation for the deterioration in the company's credit metrics to be more precipitous than it had previously thought due to the ongoing decline in the seaborne metallurgical coal markets. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.70, or 0.3%, to 17,944.06, the Nasdaq was down 40.56, or 0.79%, to 5,071.62, and the S&P 500 was down 2.18, or 0.1%, to 2,100.13.
12:00 EDTFINLFinish Line rises after Q1 results beat expectations
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10:04 EDTFINL:High option volume stocks
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09:30 EDTFINLFinish Line cautiously optimistic about product pipeline
Finish Line management stated that the company is 100% committed to brick and mortar. Management stated that they will continue to close underperforming stores but the company's focus is not to close stores. The company closed 15 stores in Q1. Management also stated that with the Labor Day holiday occurring later, this year, some sales will be pushed into Q3. The company's basketball segment is healthy and will continue to do well this year. Comments provided during Q1 earnings conference call.
09:10 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Finish Line (FINL), up 6.5%... Nike (NKE), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: GigaMedia (GIGM), up 14.6% after agreeing to acquire 70% equity interest in Strawberry Cosmetics. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Micron Technology (MU), down 14.8%. ALSO LOWER: Celladon (CLDN), down 42.7% after planning to suspend further R&D of MYDICAR program... Real Goods Solar (RGSE), down 18.4% after raising $5M in a common stock and warrant offering... SanDisk (SNDK), down 3.3% after Micron Technology reports quarterly results... Alder Biopharmaceuticals (ALDR), down 2.6% after 4.49M share Secondary priced at $44.50... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO), down 2% after 3M share Secondary priced at $7.11.
08:04 EDTFINLFinish Line reports Q1 EPS 30c, consensus 24c
Reports Q1 revenue $443.4M, consensus $429.83M. Reports Q1 comparable store sales up 5.5%.
06:55 EDTFINLFinish Line sees FY16 non-GAAP EPS to increase in low single to mid single digit
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05:57 EDTPOTStocks with implied volatility movement; POT WMB
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June 25, 2015
19:04 EDTFINLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:43 EDTPOTPotash confirms proposal to K+S Aktiengesellschaft
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15:04 EDTFINLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:03 EDTPOTPotash call active on K+S likely to turn down takeover report
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14:59 EDTPOTK+S says assessing options after Potash submitted acquisition proposal
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) has informed the board of executive directors and the supervisory board of K+S Aktiengesellschaft (KPLUF) that Potash Corp. may decide, depending on certain conditions, including a due diligence exercise, to offer to the shareholders of the company the acquisition of all outstanding shares by way of public takeover offer, K+S announced. "K+S is currently assessing the available options; this process is still ongoing," the company stated.
14:53 EDTPOTK+S likely to turn down takeover bid from Potash, Bloomberg reports
Potash Corp. (POT) has proposed a takeover offer of more than 40 euros per share to Germany's K+S (KPLUF), but the latter is likely to reject the bid as too low, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The German potash supplier is still evaluating the bid and no final decision has been made, Bloomberg added. Bloomberg's report follows German newspaper Handelsblatt stating that Potash was eyeing K+S for a possible takeover bid. Reference Link
14:50 EDTFINLFinish Line technical comments ahead of earnings news
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12:10 EDTPOTHandelsblatt says Potash may target K+S, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Buy, added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Greenhill & Co. (GHL) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Goldman... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Capital One... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Office Depot (ODP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Quanex (NX) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Vestas Wind (VWDRY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... NRG Yield upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale.
06:26 EDTFINLFinish Line upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
B. Riley upgraded Finish Line to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $33 from $27 ahead of the company's Q1 results on June 26. Riley believes the retailer's merchandise assortment is improving and that the running category is building momentum.
June 24, 2015
13:52 EDTFINLFinish Line volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Finish Line July call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 36, November is at 34; compared to its 52-range-week of 24 to 49, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on June 25.
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