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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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July 29, 2014
11:51 EDTJOSB, MWMen's Wearhouse sees gross margin to improve 150-200 bps through 2017
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11:49 EDTMW, JOSBMen's Wearhouse targeting minimum sales over $3.7B by 2017
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11:17 EDTJOSB, MWMen's Wearhouse says it has 'a lot' of visibility into Jos. A. Bank cost synergy
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11:13 EDTJOSB, MWMen's Wearhouse drops 4% as analyst day meeting continues
09:17 EDTVSI, GNCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:05 EDTGNCGNC Holdings sees FY14 EPS $2.85, consensus $3.03
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08:04 EDTGNCGNC Holdings: Q2 reflects difficult environment with retail traffic challenges
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08:03 EDTGNCGNC Holdings reports Q2 EPS 77c, consensus 79c
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08:00 EDTMTXMinerals Technologies unit acquires new cost-per-steel-ton contract
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06:29 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse announces Q2 to date comparable sales
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTGNCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:36 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe comps should should show acceleration, says RW Baird
Baird expects Q2 earnings at Vitamin Shoppe to be in-line but believes its comparable sales should show an acceleration and an improved margin performance relative to prior quarters. The firm also believes concerns over increased promotional activity are overblown. Baird likes the stock at current levels and keeps a Buy rating with a $55 price target on the shares.
07:30 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse to host analyst day
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July 23, 2014
10:02 EDTMWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:53 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse reinstated with a Buy at Goldman
Target $72.
07:48 EDTVFCVF Corp. management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in New York on July 23 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
July 22, 2014
11:44 EDTWTWWeight Watchers August volatility elevated into Q2 and enrollment guidance
Weight Watchers August call option implied volatility is at 57, September is at 43, January is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 30.
10:00 EDTMTXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abengoa Yield (ABY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Axys Technologies (AXYS) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty... Chambers Street Properties (CSG) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Enphase Energy (ENPH) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty... Minerals Technologies (MTX) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... QIWI (QIWI) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Quality Systems (QSII) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Trinseo S.A. (TSE) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Washington Prime Group (WPG) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Zhaopin (ZPIN) initiated with a Buy at UBS.
July 21, 2014
16:21 EDTMTXMinerals Technologies initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
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06:19 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe recommended ahead of Q2 report at Goldman
Goldman believes Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) competitive pressures are overblown and that the company has relatively low overlap with GNC (GNC) and that recent price cuts have had minimal impact. The firm expects Vitamin Shoppe's Q2 to mark the beginning of sharp earnings acceleration and better execution and recommends buying shares ahead of the Q2 report. Shares are rated Conviction Buy with a $60 price target.
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