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February 14, 2014
16:33 EDTRATE, ACO, JOSB, GNC, CRAY, VFC, WTW, MTX, 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.
News For JOSB;MW;VFC;ACO;MTX;CRAY;RATE;WTW;GNC;VSI From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
07:39 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe Q2 results expected to be soft, says Baird
Baird expects Vitamin Shoppe to report soft Q2 results citing negative comps and significant EBIT margin compression. The firm noted investor sentiment is low heading into the results and that it expects more details on the new CEO's strategic position. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $45 price target on Vitamin Shoppe shares.
July 27, 2015
10:00 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Anthem (ANTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded on valuation at Bernstein... Box (BOX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded on potential sale of assets or company at SunTrust... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... First BanCorp (FBP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flotek (FTK) upgraded on stronger demand at Oppenheimer... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... OFG Bancorp (OFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Pool Corp. (POOL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Popular (BPOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Chemung Financial (CHMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
06:15 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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July 24, 2015
07:09 EDTVFCVF Corp. sees Q3 revenue up at nearly same rate as Q2
Third quarter currency neutral and reported revenues are expected to increase at nearly the same rates as those of the second quarter driven by strength from the Outdoor & Action Sports and Jeanswear coalitions, our international operations and continued strength in our direct-to-consumer businesses. Fourth quarter currency neutral revenue should increase at a rate slightly lower than third quarter results due to the tougher comparison against the same period of 2014 which included a 53rd week. The strongest margin and profit comparisons of the year are expected in the fourth quarter, when the direct-to-consumer business makes the most significant contribution of the year, the negative impact of currency lessens and lower product costs are realized.
07:08 EDTVFCVF Corp. now sees FY15 EPS up 15% vs. $3.08 in 2014
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07:07 EDTVFCVF Corp. reports Q2 EPS 40c, consensus 36c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.51B, consensus $2.46B.
July 23, 2015
15:05 EDTVFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
10:00 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded VF Corp. to Buy and increased its price target to $86 from $70. The firm has increased confidence the company can outperform driven by a strong brand portfolio, pricing power, and best-in-class growth.
July 21, 2015
07:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. among best potential 2H earnings revision stories, says UBS
UBS said VF Corp. should be able to raise its 2015 guidance as the firm's channel checks show accelerating tailwinds and positive industry trends. The firm feels the company has one of the highest potential positive second half earnings revision stories in the group. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $83 price target on VF Corp. shares.
05:36 EDTCRAYCray awarded $53M contract by Bureau of Meteorology in Australia
Cray announced the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has awarded the company a contract worth up to $53M to provide a Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. This further strengthens Cray's leadership position in the global operational weather and climate community as an increasing number of the world's leading centers rely on Cray supercomputers to run their complex meteorological and mission critical models.

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