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February 10, 2014
09:05 EDTGNCGNC Holdings checks show sales pick up after storms, says Wedbush
Wedbush said its channel checks indicate sales at GNC Holdings picked up after the snow storms, which it believes mitigated the overall impact. The firm thinks the near-term impact from weather and increased promotional activity is largely priced into GNC shares and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTGNCStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
March 12, 2015
10:01 EDTGNCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Amarin (AMRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... American Vanguard (AVD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Banc of California (BANC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Five Below (FIVE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Fuel Systems (FSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lake Street... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Horizon Technology (HRZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... NCI Building (NCS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Shore Bancshares (SHBI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... United Therapeutics (UTHR) upgraded at Argus... Verisk Analytics (VRSK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Windstream (WIN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... York Water (YORW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Hilliard Lyons.
08:08 EDTGNCGNC Holdings upgraded at Morgan Stanley
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06:13 EDTGNCGNC Holdings upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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