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November 28, 2012
08:01 EDTGMCR, EXPR, KCG, COST, GWRE, TFM, SDRLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), up 22%... Express (EXPR), up 14%... ALSO HIGHER: Knight Capital (KCG), up 6% after WSJ reports Virtu takes lead bidder position... Costco (COST) up 5% after declaring $7/share special dividend... LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: Guidewire (GWRE), down 8%... The Fresh Market (TFM), down 9%, also disclosed resignation of CFO... ALSO LOWER: Seadrill (SDRL), down 1.4%, downgraded to Hold at Deutsche Bank.
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July 31, 2014
11:13 EDTTFMWhole Foods retreats after lowering guidance
Shares of Whole Foods Market (WFM) are sinking after the company cut its full-year guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Whole Foods reported stronger than expected third quarter revenue and earnings per shares of $3.4B and 41c, respectively, and said that its comparable store sales had risen 3.9%. However, the supermarket operator cut its full-year sales growth outlook to 9.6%-9.9% from its previous guidance of 10.5%-11%. The company also reduced its full-year EPS outlook to $1.52-$1.54 from $1.52-$1.56 and cut its full-year comparable sales growth guidance to 4.1%-4.4% from 5%-5.5%. "Our business model is producing industry-leading sales per gross square foot, healthy returns on invested capital and strong operating cash flow," said Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb in a statement. "We are seeing signs of stability in our sales trends and believe our strategic initiatives will help generate further momentum and produce increasing returns on invested capital over the long term," Robb added. ANALYST REACTION: JPMorgan analyst Ken Goldman downgraded the stock to Neutral from Overweight, stating that the company is likely to deliver low fiscal 2015 EPS as it increases its investments in a number of areas, including advertising, store refreshes, and home delivery. Additionally, Whole Foods could lower its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance well below the $1.74 it provided last quarter, the analyst added. Goldman reduced his fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 EPS estimates significantly below consensus levels and cut his price target on the stock to $38 from $48. Also downgrading the stock was UBS analyst Jason DeRise. Increased competition has caused Whole Foods' market share gains in natural food to stall, according to DeRise. To attract additional natural food customers it must cut its prices, he contended. The analyst downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy and cut his price target to $41 from $48. Morgan Stanley was more upbeat on the stock, saying that the company's growth is poised to re-accelerate over the longer term. The firm recommended buying the stock on weakness and kept a $50 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Whole Foods fell 3.4% to $37.76. Other supermarket stocks also retreated, with The Fresh Market (TFM) falling 3.5% to $29.62, Fairway Group (FWM) losing 1.8% to $5.95, and Kroger (KR) losing 1% to $49.22.
July 30, 2014
10:00 EDTSDRLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:16 EDTSDRLSeadrill downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter
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July 29, 2014
10:00 EDTCOSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Albemarle (ALB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... American Capital Agency (AGNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Bank of Hawaii (BOH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at McAdams Wright... Costco (COST) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ducommun (DCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Ferrellgas Partners LP (FGP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Higher One (ONE) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Landstar System (LSTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... MarkWest Energy (MWE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Matador (MTDR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... MicroStrategy (MSTR) upgraded at JMP Securities... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Provident Financial (PFS) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... WPX Energy (WPX) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded at Bernstein.
06:11 EDTCOSTCostco upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Costco to Conviction Buy based on expectations earnings will re-accelerate off of historical low levels. Price target raised to $136 from $127.
July 25, 2014
12:18 EDTGMCRGreenlight discloses short positions in Safeway, Questcor, Bloomberg says
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July 24, 2014
09:34 EDTGMCRRumor: Keurig Green Mountain weakness attibuted to weak IRI data
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July 21, 2014
16:15 EDTEXPRExpress CEO Michael Weiss to retire in 2015, David Kornberg tapped as successor
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11:04 EDTEXPROptions with increasing implied volatility:
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July 18, 2014
09:18 EDTEXPRFBR Capital 'skeptical' of Sycamore interest in Fred's
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06:45 EDTKCGDocument reveals SEC examining firms in HFT probe, Reuters says
An internal document from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the regulator has been looking for data on 10 registered broker dealers as part of an ongoing probe into high-frequency trading strategies, according to Reuters, citing the document. The firms in question include Allston Trading, Hudson River Trading, Jump Trading, Latour Trading, which is an affiliate of Tower Trading, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, owned by Bank of America (BAC), Octeg, which has been merged into a unit of KCG (KCG), Tradebot Systems, Two Sigma Investments, Two Sigma Securities and Virtu Financial. Reference Link

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