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August 12, 2014
12:37 EDTTRAK, NUAN, KATE, DNDN, ICPTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday in a lackluster session marked by few major headlines. The market is drifting in a fairly narrow range, but the major averages have stayed mostly in negative ground through the early hours of the trading day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB's small business confidence index rose 0.7% to 95.7 in July, though that was below the expectation for a 96.0 reading. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed job openings rose 94K to 4.671M in June. In Germany, the ZEW Center's economic sentiment index fell to 8.6 in August from 27.1 in July, compared to the consensus forecast for a decrease to 17. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of accessory and clothing retailer Kate Spade (KATE) initially advanced in pre-market trading and were higher early in the session after the company reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share and sales that beat analysts' consensus forecast. However, the stock reversed and moved into negative territory during the company's associated conference call, during which it said it was "responsible to reevaluate the timeframe" to achieve its previously laid out targets for 2016, citing a longer than expected Kate Spade Saturday ramp-up, its revised 2014 margin rate outlook, and the company's limited visibility into 2016. Near noon, the stock was down nearly 20%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drug developer Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which jumped 26% after data from a trial of its liver disease drug OCA showed improved safety as well as a statistical benefit in reversing liver fibrosis. Also higher was DealerTrack (TRAK), which rose 18% after the company reported higher than expected second quarter earnings and raised its 2014 EPS outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Dendreon (DNDN), which dropped 36% after reporting its Q2 revenue in a regulatory filing and disclosing the company sees a "significant risk" that it will not be able to repay or refinance its 2016 Notes. The company also acknowledged it is currently considering alternatives to the repayment of the 2016 Notes, some of which could result in leaving its current stockholders "with little or no financial ownership of Dendreon." Also lower were shares of voice and language solutions provider Nuance (NUAN), which fell 10% after reporting on its third quarter results and providing fourth quarter guidance that missed analysts' consensus expectation. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 30.46, or 0.18%, to 16,539.52, the Nasdaq was down 15.02, or 0.34%, to 4,386.31, and the S&P 500 was down 4.50, or 0.23%, to 1,932.42.
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February 5, 2016
08:00 EDTNUANNuance names Ken Siegel as Chief Legal Officer
Nuance Communications announced that it has appointed Ken Siegel as Chief Legal Officer to oversee Nuance's legal organization and operations. Bruce Bowden, who has served as interim General Counsel since 2015, will transition into a leadership role for Nuance's transformation initiative in addition to his current Corporate Strategy and Business Development leadership.
February 3, 2016
09:22 EDTKATEMichael Kors longer term outlook still questionable, says Wedbush
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February 2, 2016
09:46 EDTICPTIntercept rumored to draw interest from many suitors, Daily Mail says
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January 29, 2016
11:14 EDTICPTIntercept says CFO Barbara Duncan leaving company
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10:05 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
07:28 EDTICPTIntercept upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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January 26, 2016
09:55 EDTNUANLeerink /healthcare tech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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