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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTLB, CRM, EBAY, FDO, HPQ, FL, HTZ, PETM, DG, GME, AEO, RAX, DLTR, FCS, IRF, ISIL, IFNNY, ONNN, SMTCMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
Stocks ended the week higher after several pieces of economic data beat expectations and investors cheered results from a number of companies, offsetting weak overseas economic data and somewhat hawkish statements from the Fed. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims, housing starts for July, a manufacturing index for July, existing home sales for July, and leading economic indicators for July all beat expectations... Overseas economic data was less upbeat, however, as purchasing managers' indexes for the euro zone and China came in below expectations... Minutes of the Fed's last meeting stated that some FOMC members believe that interest rates may have to be raised sooner than expected. Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Yellen reiterated in a speech today that the Fed's policy changes would be based on upcoming economic data. However, she did say that the FOMC s questioning the degree of slack in the economy. COMPANY NEWS: M&A news flow was strong against this week. German semiconductor company Infineon (IFNNY) agreed to buy its smaller peer, International Rectifier (IRF). Other names in the space, including Semtech (SMTC), Intersil (ISIL), Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) and ON Semiconductor (ONNN), rose in sympathy... Dollar General (DG) made a $78.50 per share bid for Family Dollar (FDO), in an effort to trump a previous $74.50 per share bid for Family Dollar by Dollar Tree (DLTR). Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's offer based on antitrust concerns... PetSmart (PETM) announced that it would pursue strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company... The website The Information reported that eBay (EBAY) is considering spinning off its PayPal digital payments unit... Hedge fund Blue Harbour Group announced that it had obtained a 6.4% stake in cloud computing company Rackspace (RAX)... Carl Icahn disclosed an 8.5% stake in Hertz (HTZ), but the car rental company withdrew its fiscal 2014 guidance, saying that it expects its full-year results to be well below its previous guidance range... In earnings news, cloud computing company Salesforce.com (CRM), apparel retailers American Eage (AEO) Foot Locker (FL) and L Brands (LB), and video game retailer Gamestop (GME), were among the companies that rose after reporting their results. HP (HPQ) and PetSmart dropped slightly after reporting their results.
News For IFNNY;IRF;SMTC;ISIL;FCS;ONNN;DG;FDO;DLTR;PETM;EBAY;RAX;HTZ;CRM;AEO;FL;LB;GME;HPQ From The Last 14 Days
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November 10, 2014
16:50 EDTRAXRackspace CEO says company is committed to revenue growth, margin
Comments provided during Q3 earnings conference call.
16:42 EDTRAXRackspace up 2% to $38 after Q3 results, $500M share buyback
16:40 EDTRAXRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
16:39 EDTRAXRackspace says Q4 revenue outlook includes negative FX impact
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16:37 EDTRAXRackspace announces $500M share repurchase plan
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16:10 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 adjusted EBITDA margin 33%-35%
16:09 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 EPS $469M-$476M , consensus 476.51M
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16:08 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q3 EPS 18c, consensus 16c
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15:57 EDTEBAYWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:26 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:47 EDTRAXRackspace technical comments before earnings
The shares have broadly outperformed in the prior three months, trading up over 16%. Since a bearish gap down in September, the stock has been trending up. A look at a 1-year chart shows the importance of the $40 level. It has been touched as resistance several times over that interval, but without being able to break through for long. On stronger than expected news, a move to the $40 area would seem probable. If the news or outlook is sufficiently strong, there could be a breakout above $40. Such a breakout given the length of time the $40 area has been resistance would be long-term bullish for price. Additional upside objectives above $40 would be at $42.09 and then at $43.83. If the news is worse than expected, there are several points of support that could be tested as downside objectives: $34.70, $32.36, and $30.74. A move down through all of the levels noted would retrace the advance made in recent months nearly completely.
10:04 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
07:54 EDTCRMChecks on Salesforce.com positive, says Oppenheimer
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07:22 EDTAEO, LBU.S. Retail Softlines sector downgraded to Negative at Barclays
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07:11 EDTAEOOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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07:05 EDTGMEGameStop November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:16 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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05:54 EDTAEOStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM AEO
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05:48 EDTAEO, LBU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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05:36 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded American Eagle to Equal Weight after reducing its outlook for the retail industry. The firm says its industry data suggests substantial risk to its sales expectations for American Eagle. Barclays lowered its price target for shares to $11 from $15.
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