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August 20, 2014
15:26 EDTSMTC, LB, CRMT, CACI, HPQ, PLKI, SNPSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus 89c; L Brands (LB), consensus 62c; Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 60c; CACI International (CACI), consensus $1.43; Semtech (SMTC), consensus 39c; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 39c; America's Car-Mart (CRMT), consensus 60c.
News For HPQ;LB;SNPS;CACI;SMTC;PLKI;CRMT From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
10:02 EDTCACIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded on valuation at Argus... Allstate (ALL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... CACI (CACI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded following Q4 results at Argus... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Fluidigm (FLDM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy at UBS... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kona Grill (KONA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... LPL Financial (LPLA) upgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Resolute Forest (RFP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Sysco (SYY) upgraded at Argus... U.S. Concrete (USCR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Ubiquiti (UBNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Wi-LAN (WILN) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord.
08:13 EDTCACICACI upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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February 4, 2016
14:53 EDTLBL Brands pullback a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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09:18 EDTLBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 21.9%... Solaredge Technologies (SEDG), up 11.2%... Cadence Design (CDNS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: VirnetX Holding (VHC), up 91.7% after the company won a $625.6M verdict in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL)... Viacom (VIAB), up 5.1% after CNBC's David Faber reported that sources said CEO Philippe Dauman is likely to be named Chairman despite objections from Shari Redstone. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: GoPro (GPRO), down 16.4%... ConocoPhillips (COP), down 2.9%... Dunkin Brands (DNKN), down 2.1%... Philip Morris (PM), down 3.2%. ALSO LOWER: L Brands (LB), down 3.3% after providing Q4 guidance, reporting January Same-Store Sales were down 2%... MannKind (MNKD), down 8.1% after Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer calls the company a penny stock with a mid-cap valuation.
07:21 EDTLBL Brands reports January SSS down 2%
L Brands said net sales for the four-week period ended Jan. 30 were $811.3M, an increase of 4% from last year. Comparable store sales for the four weeks ended Jan. 30 decreased 2%. January sales results were negatively impacted by a timing shift in the Victoria's Secret semi-annual sale into December, the company said. Absent the estimated impact of this timing shift, total company comps would have increased 1% in January.
07:19 EDTLBL Brands boosts share repurchase program to $500M
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07:19 EDTLBL Brands raises annual dividend by 20%, declares special dividend of $2.00
L Brands is increasing its annual ordinary dividend by 20%, to $2.40 per share from $2.00 per share. In addition, the company announced a special dividend of $2.00 per share. The quarterly ordinary dividend of 60c per share and the $2.00 special dividend will be paid on March 4, to shareholders of record on Feb. 19. The company said, "We achieved our best year ever in 2015. I am very appreciative of the focus on our customers, the excellent execution and teamwork across the enterprise that drove this result. The dividend and share repurchase actions announced today reflect confidence in our growth opportunities and commitment to delivering shareholder value.:
07:17 EDTLBL Brands sees Q4 EPS about $2.05, consensus $2.00
Reports Q4 revenue $4.395B, consensus $4.37B. Comparable store sales for the Q4 ended Jan. 30, 2016, increased 6%.
February 3, 2016
16:27 EDTCACICACI sees NSS acquisition generating $400M-$450M in revenue
Following are the key factors related to the company's updated FY16 guidance: Expects that the acquisition of NSS will generate $400M-$450M in revenue and $10M-$15M of net income before $6M-$7M of one-time, after-tax acquisition-related costs in the second half of FY16. In addition, the company incurred about $3M of one-time, after-tax acquisition expenses in the first half. Depreciation and intangible amortization is now expected to be approximately $65M. Net interest expense is now expected to be approximately $42M. Expects that operating cash flow will be in excess of $225M.
16:24 EDTCACICACI raises FY16 EPS view to $5.37-$5.77 from $5.24-$5.65, consensus $5.52
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16:23 EDTCACICACI raises FY16 guidance
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16:22 EDTCACICACI reports Q2 EPS $1.23, consensus $1.17
Reports Q2 revenue $830.4M, consensus $815.69M.
11:33 EDTHPQCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
09:18 EDTHPQCitigroup to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:41 EDTHPQCiti lowers 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%
Citi analyst Jim Suva says recent data points indicate above normal PC inventories and "materially below seasonal demand" in early 2016. The analyst cut his 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%, well below IDC's estimate of down 3%. Suva believes there is a lack of evidence to suggest that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows' 10 launch will drive a PC refresh in 2016. The analyst cut his estimates and price target for HP Inc. (HPQ) and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
06:48 EDTHPQHP Inc. esimates and price target lowered at Citi
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February 1, 2016
12:41 EDTCACICACI completes acquisition of L-3 National Security Solutions
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January 29, 2016
17:02 EDTLBL Brands files automatic mixed securities shelf
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January 28, 2016
15:18 EDTHPQXcel Brands collaborates with HP Inc. to create Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch
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January 26, 2016
08:01 EDTCACICACI awarded $35M task order contract to support USFFC
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