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February 14, 2014
16:33 EDTWTW, MTX, MW, VSI, RATE, ACO, JOSB, GNC, CRAY, VFCOn 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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December 18, 2014
16:55 EDTMWEminence Capital reports 11.9% stake in Men's Wearhouse
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16:34 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse, Eminence in standstill agreement amendment
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December 15, 2014
05:33 EDTCRAYCray awarded $30M contract from DoD HPCMP
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December 12, 2014
07:23 EDTVFCCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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December 11, 2014
10:21 EDTMWHigh option volume stocks
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07:51 EDTVFCCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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December 10, 2014
19:18 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse reports Q3 adjusted EPS 83c, consensus 87c
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18:31 EDTMWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), up 5.9%... Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 1.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Walgreen (WAG), up 1.7% after CEO Greg Wasson announces intention to retire after Alliance merger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wet Seal (WTSL), down 38.9%... Lakeland Industries (LAKE), down 8.2%... Men's Wearhouse (MW), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Burlington Stores (BURL), down 1.4% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock for holders... Nielsen (NLSN), down 1.9% after filing to sell 20M shares of common stock for holders.
15:25 EDTMWNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:41 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Men's Wearhouse December call option implied volatility is at 69, January is at 43, February is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results.
08:18 EDTVSI, GNCDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
08:12 EDTVFCVF Corp., IFC distribute financing to Bangladeshi factories
VF Corporation and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced they have provided loans to three Bangladeshi garment factories under a new program for funding fire and building safety improvements. Through the financing arrangement, VF provides a full corporate guarantee for up to $10M that the IFC and its partner BRAC Bank lend to VFs contract suppliers. VFs guarantee to back the loans makes it possible for IFC to lend at lower interest rates. This initiative helps VF suppliers in Bangladesh overcome financial obstacles to improving workplace safety conditions.
December 5, 2014
08:01 EDTWTWWeight Watchers enters healthcare partnership with Humana
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