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February 14, 2014
16:33 EDTGNC, CRAY, VFC, WTW, MTX, MW, VSI, RATE, ACO, JOSBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a session that saw the Dow lead gains, with the blue-chip index logging a triple-digit advance. With today's gains, each of the indexes logged weekly gains better than 2% as the Dow and S&P continue to move back towards record highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices edged up 0.1% and export prices rose 0.2% in January. Industrial production fell 0.3% in January, versus expectations for it to have grown 0.3%. The preliminary February University of Michigan consumer confidence reading was unchanged from the final January figure at 81.2. In Europe, the eurozone's economy expanded at a 0.3% pace last quarter, versus analysts' consensus for expansion of 0.2%. COMPANY NEWS: Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) gained 20c, or 0.36%, to $55.12 announced a deal to buy Everest Holdings, the parent company of the Eddie Bauer brand, for cash and stock worth about $825M. Jos. A. Bank, which is also being pursued by peer Men's Wearhouse (MW), said the deal give it the right to terminate its agreement in the event an unsolicited offer is made that the company determines would "reasonably be expected to create greater value" for shareholders. Jos. A. Bank also said it will buy back 4.6M of its common shares, or 16.4% of its outstanding shares, if the Eddie Bauer deal moves forward. Afterward, Men's Wearhouse said will evaluate its options with regard to Jos. A. Bank, and shares of Men's Wearhouse fell $2.46, or 5.29%, to $44.07 following the news... Global apparel company VF Corp. (VFC) fell $3.04, or 5.08%, to $56.85 after its fourth quarter profit and sales fell short of estimates. The North Face, Timberland and Vans owner also cautioned on its fiscal 2014 results, giving a profit outlook that missed expectations and saying it sees 7%-8% revenue growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AMCOL International (ACO), up $3.92, or 9.485, to $45.27 after Minerals Technologies (MTX) made a proposal to acquire the company for $42 per share in cash. On Wednesday of this week, AMCOL announced a merger agreement with Imerys S.A. worth $41 in cash per share of the company. Mineral Technologies, which said the deal would be immediately accretive to its earnings, saw shares edge up 32c, or 0.60%, to $53.40 for the session. Also higher following better than expected quarterly reports were supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY), up $11.69, or 39.01%, to $41.66 and personal finance publisher Bankrate (RATE), up $3.40, or 19.54%, to $20.80. Among the noteworthy losers was Weight Watchers (WTW), down $8.48, or 27.73%, to $22.10 after its fourth quarter profit missed expectations and the company sharply cut its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook. Also lower was health and wellness retailer GNC Holdings (GNC), down $7.67, or 14.64%, to $44.72 after cutting its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. GNC's vitamin peer Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) fell $2.61, or 5.90%, to $41.64 in sympathy. INDEXES: The Dow was up 126.80, or 0.79%, to 16,154.39; the S&P 500 was up 8.80, or 0.48%, to 1,838.63; the Nasdaq was up 3.35, or 0.08%, to 4,244.02.
News For JOSB;MW;VFC;ACO;MTX;CRAY;RATE;WTW;GNC;VSI From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
12:54 EDTWTWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:14 EDTWTWWeight Watchers tumbles after earnings, levels to watch
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10:04 EDTWTWHigh option volume stocks
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09:32 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Tigress Financial
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09:24 EDTWTWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:54 EDTWTWStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; WTW HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Weight Watchers (WTW) 107, Herbalife (HLF) 92 according to iVolatility.
February 26, 2015
18:43 EDTWTWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:47 EDTWTWWeight Watchers is lower by 15% after reporting Q4 results, guidance
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16:13 EDTWTWWeight Watchers sees FY15 EPS 40c-70c, may not compare to consensus $1.43
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16:11 EDTWTWWeight Watchers reports Q4 EPS 7c, consensus 7c
Reports Q4 revenue $327.8M, consensus $332.7M.
15:30 EDTWTWNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
February 25, 2015
10:01 EDTVSIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:38 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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February 24, 2015
09:24 EDTWTWWeight Watchers volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Weight Watchers March call option implied volatility is at 70, April is at 59, July is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 26.
06:36 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe sees FY15 EPS $2.36-$2.46, consensus $2.52
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06:36 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe reports Q4 total comparable sales up 2.1%.
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06:35 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe reports Q4 adjusted EPS 41c, consensus 41c
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05:18 EDTCRAYCray XC30 supercomputer selected by Stalprodukt
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February 19, 2015
11:36 EDTVFCVF Corp. reaches settlement with RevoLaze in patent infringement case
RevoLaze, LLC, a laser technology firm headquartered in Westlake, OH, announced that it has reached a settlement and license agreement with VF Corporation regarding the patent infringement lawsuits filed with the International Trade Commission August 18, 2014 and Cleveland U.S. District Court on August 15, 2014 naming 17 denim jeans companies. The financial terms of the agreement are confidential.
07:17 EDTCRAYMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
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