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February 14, 2014
12:19 EDTTRLA, IM, AIG, JOSB, LOGM, WTW, CHGG, CRAY, MWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday with the Dow and S&P 500 outperforming the Nasdaq. The major averages began the session with little fanfare and remained close to the flat line in early trading. The slightly better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading provided a bit of a catalyst for buyers, who have managed to push all but the Nasdaq back into positive ground. 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) 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 has been both the pursuer and the pursued in a long running, public negotiation with peer Men's Wearhouse (MW), said the deal give it the right to terminate its agreement in the event an unsolicited offer is made to acquire Jos. A. Bank that it 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... After last night's closing bell, AIG reported fourth quarter profits that beat expectations, raised its dividend by 25% and increased its stock buyback plan by $1 billion. Additionally, Bloomberg reported that the insurer will cut its workforce by 3%. Shares of AIG rose in after-hours trading, but are down 2% near midday after Deutsche Bank called the quarter "messy" and a "modest disappointment" and Barclays lowered its price target on the stock to $56 from $60 to reflect slower than expected P&C margin improvement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their better than expected quarterly reports were supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY), which surged 32%, cloud-based solutions company LogMeIn (LOGM), which jumped 23%, and computer parts distributor Ingram Micro (IM), which rose 13%. Among the noteworthy losers was Weight Watchers (WTW), which fell 26% after its fourth quarter profit missed expectations and the company sharply cut its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook. Also lower following their own earnings reports were learning platform operator Chegg (CHGG), which fell 17%, and home buying website Trulia (TRLA), which dropped 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 73.93, or 0.46%, to 16,101.52, the Nasdaq was down 7.04, or 0.17%, to 4,233.63, and the S&P 500 was up 4.41, or 0.24%, to 1,834.24.
News For JOSB;MW;WTW;AIG;CRAY;LOGM;IM;CHGG;TRLA From The Last 14 Days
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June 26, 2015
07:14 EDTWTWWeight Watchers price target lowered to $4 from $5 at Credit Suisse
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June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTAIGWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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June 22, 2015
16:05 EDTIMIngram Micro acquires CANAI Group, Clarity Technology, terms not disclosed
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07:03 EDTWTWWeight Watchers to prepay portion of initial Tranche B-1 term loans
Weight Watchers commenced an offer to prepay at a discount to par up to $229M of Initial Tranche B-1 Term Loans outstanding under, and as defined in, and pursuant to the terms of, the Credit Agreement among the company, the lenders party thereto, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and an issuing bank, The Bank of Nova Scotia, as revolving agent, swingline lender and an issuing bank, and the other parties thereto. On June 22, 2015, the company accepted offers with a discount equal to or greater than 9.00% in respect of the Initial Tranche B-1 Term Loans. To complete the prepayment of the accepted offers, on June 26, 2015, the company will expend an aggregate amount of cash proceeds totaling approximately $77.2M plus an amount sufficient to pay accrued and unpaid interest on the amount to be prepaid to prepay approximately $84.9M of the Initial Tranche B-1 Term Loans, resulting in approximately $7.6 million in savings on the payment.
June 17, 2015
16:21 EDTAIGAres, Varagon establish joint venture for senior secured loans
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June 16, 2015
17:49 EDTAIGStarr International to appeal AIG ruling, WSJ says
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16:22 EDTAIGStarr International to appeal court decision on AIG damages, CNBC says
11:38 EDTCRAYCray management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
Group dinner to be held in San Francisco on June 16 hosted by Sterne Agee CRT.
10:01 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Alumina (AWCMY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) downgraded on lack of catalysts at SunTrust... DealerTrack (TRAK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Greenbrier (GBX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... The Fresh Market (TFM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth... United Natural Foods (UNFI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
08:51 EDTAIGCourt decision removes AIG overhang, says Bernstein
After a judge ruled that the government's bailout of AIG was illegal but awarded no damages, Bernstein says that AIG will most likely not have to pay any damages as a result of the lawsuit. The firm believes that the decision is a significant positive catalyst for the stock, It keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:11 EDTAIGSurprise AIG ruling may make future bailouts unlikely, even if needed, NYT says
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06:39 EDTAIGAIG downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Joshua Shanker downgraded AIG to Hold citing valuation with the stock near his price target of $64. Yesterday's Starr court decision removes some overhangs, and the stock is "not without positive catalysts," Shanker tells investors in a research note. Nonetheless, the analyst thinks outperformance in the first half of 2015 has brought the stock around the levels where it will be trading at this time next year. Shares of AIG closed yesterday up 69c to $62.58.

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