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February 14, 2014
16:33 EDTJOSB, GNC, WTW, RATE, CRAY, MTX, ACO, VFC, MW, VSIOn 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.
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September 16, 2014
05:51 EDTCRAYCray awarded $13M supercomputer contract from KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Cray announced the company has been awarded a contract valued at more than $13M to provide the PDC Center for High Performance Computing at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden with a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer. The Cray system will be one of the first petascale supercomputers in Sweden and Scandinavia, and will allow Swedish researchers and industrial collaborators to run complex simulations in areas such as climate modeling, fluid dynamics, neuroscience, plasma physics, materials science and molecular simulation. The Center's next-generation Cray XC system will also be available to researchers across Sweden and Europe via the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing and as a Tier-1 resource in the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe project.
September 15, 2014
10:30 EDTVFCVF Corp. to host investor meeting
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10:16 EDTRATEBankrate sharse defended at SunTrust
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08:33 EDTACOSparton names Don Pearson as CFO, effective immediately
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07:02 EDTRATEBankrate appoints Steven Barnhart as interim CFO effective immediately
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September 12, 2014
10:35 EDTVSI, GNCVitamin Shoppe may consider selling itself, analyst says
Vitamin retailer Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) could be considering selling itself after its 52 year old CEO announced that he would retire, Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: After Vitamin Shoppe announced on September 10 that its CEO Tony Truesdale would retire effective June 2015, Sterne Agee analyst Charles Grom wrote that the news was surprising, in light of Truesdale's age and several initiatives recently carried out by the company. Given Truesdale's departure and the lack of available high-caliber retail management talent, along with Vitamin Shoppe's recent move into manufacturing via its acquisition of nutritional product maker Nutri-Force, Vitamin Shoppe's board may be considering selling the company, the analyst believes. Vitamin Shoppe could be weighing selling itself to competitor GNC (GNC) or a private equity firm, Grom wrote. He kept a $53 price target and Buy rating on Vitamin Shoppe. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on August 11, Credit Suisse predicted that GNC and Vitamin Shoppe could combine. The merger would create $135M of synergies and grow the combined entity's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization by nearly 20%, the analyst predicted. Additionally, the companies have a great deal of store overlap, and the new CEO of GNC is a former president of Vitamin Shoppe, increasing the chances that a merger would be successful, Credit Suisse stated. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Vitamin Shoppe lost 1% to $43, while GNC advanced 1% to $39.50.
09:20 EDTGNC, VSIVitamin Shoppe may be weighing sale of company, says Sterne Agee
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08:00 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse core strength offset by Jos. A. Bank, says Cowen
Cowen said the strength of the core business at Men's Wearhouse was offset by margin pressure in Jos. A. Bank, which has the potential to continue through the remainder of the year. The firm has lowered its expectations due to the pressure and feels the Street's earnings growth rate expectations for 2015 seem optimistic, though Cowen keeps its Outperform rating and $62 price target on the stock.
07:20 EDTVFCVF Corp. could raise targets for Timberland at analyst day, says UBS
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September 11, 2014
10:49 EDTMW, VSIHigh option volume stocks
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10:20 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse heads lower after initial bounce off lows
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09:57 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse backs EPS reaching at least $5.50 by 2017
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09:19 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse: Sales for Jos. A. Bank will be somewhat lumpy
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September 10, 2014
17:39 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse reports Q2 Jos. A. Bank SSS up 1%, Moores Q2 SSS up 10.2%
17:32 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.10, consensus $1.06
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16:19 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe says CEO Tony Truesdale plans to retire next year
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15:50 EDTMWNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Restoration Hardware (RH), consensus 64c; Men's Wearhouse (MW), consensus $1.06; Five Below (FIVE), consensus 14c; Sigma Designs (SIGM), consensus (8c); Wet Seal (WTSL), consensus (9c).
15:36 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse September 55 straddle priced for 6.6% move into Q2
05:32 EDTCRAYCray appoints Steve Scott as Chief Technology Officer
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September 9, 2014
06:49 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse September volatility elevated into Q2
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