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August 19, 2014
09:07 EDTHD, PWRD, BHP, JMEI, CYTX, PDLI, SKH, RAX, RDEN, DKS, ARO, ONTYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Home Depot (HD), up 3.8%... Aeropostale (ARO), up 12%... Dick's Sporting (DKS), up 5.3%... PDL BioPharma (PDLI), up 5.7%. HIGHER: Skilled Healthcare (SKH), up 27.2% after combining with Genesis HealthCare In 100% stock deal... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), up 8% after BARDA executes contract option with the company valued at $12.1M... Rackspace (RAX), up 3.2% after Blue Harbour reported a 6.4% stake in the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), down 23.3%... Jumei (JMEI), down 3.5%... Perfect World (PWRD), down 2.4%. LOWER: Oncothyreon (ONTY), down 14.4% after announcing that EMR 63325-009 study did not its meet primary endpoint... BHP Billiton (BHP), down 3% after announcing the demerger of its metals and mining company to be completed in 1H15...
News For HD;ARO;DKS;RDEN;RAX;SKH;PDLI;CYTX;JMEI;BHP;PWRD;ONTY From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
07:46 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
07:23 EDTHDHome Depot downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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07:15 EDTHDJ.C. Penney new CEO may not have expertise in right areas, says Wells Fargo
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05:50 EDTRAXRackspace upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTHDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
12:16 EDTHDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
10:22 EDTHDHome Depot falls, levels to watch
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10:12 EDTHDHome Depot bench deep, Ellison departure not surprising, says RW Baird
RW Baird said it is not surprised to see Marvin Ellison leaving Home Depot (HD) since he was likely in the running for the CEO post that went to someone else, but the firm expects a smooth internal transition and noted that it views the company's management bench as deep. Baird, which maintains its Outperform rating on Home Depot, believes J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting a strong leader with extensive retail experience in hiring Ellison.
10:06 EDTHDJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:23 EDTRAXHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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08:38 EDTHDJ.C. Penney names Marvin Ellison CEO-Designee
The board of J. C. Penney (JCP) announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board. He will then succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year.
October 10, 2014
09:08 EDTHDHome Depot management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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October 9, 2014
14:01 EDTBHPFormer Xstrata CEO offered to buy assets from BHP Billiton, FT reports
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11:20 EDTDKSData suggest improved sales at sporting goods retailers, says Wells Fargo
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09:41 EDTARO, DKS, HDBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:16 EDTHDHome Depot management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Beijing/Tokyo on October 9 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
09:02 EDTRAXRackspace appoints Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer
Rackspace announced the appointment of Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer. Kelly will be responsible for overseeing physical and information security efforts for Rackspace and its customers globally. Prior to Rackspace, Kelly served as Ernst & Young's Executive Director where he successfully modernized and transformed enterprise security programs while driving business value.
October 8, 2014
09:34 EDTHDHome Depot management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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09:10 EDTPDLIPDL BioPharma appoints PricewaterhouseCoopers as new accounting firm
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08:04 EDTCYTXCytori Therapeutics raises $13.5M in a registered direct offering
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