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February 14, 2014
12:19 EDTTRLA, CHGG, CRAY, MW, IM, AIG, JOSB, LOGM, WTWOn 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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December 19, 2014
11:54 EDTLOGMRed Hat soars to 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of open source software solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) are rallying after the company’s third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $455.9M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 40c and $451.39M, respectively. Q3 subscription revenue was $395M, up 15% year-over-year, while operating cash flow of $133M was up 40% year-over-year. CFO Charlie Peters noted that strong performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding sales execution. He said, “performance this quarter with large deals was exceptional, setting new records in number of deals over $5M in a quarter and deals over $10M in a Q3.” Peters also announced his intention to retire in the next twelve months. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Red Hat forecast EPS of 40c-41c and revenue of $456M-$459M, compared to consensus of 41c and $459.39M, respectively. The company raised its outlook for FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58 from $1.53-$1.55, versus consensus of $1.54. It also boosted the bottom end its FY15 revenue outlook to $1.78B-$1.79B from $1.77B-$1.79B, compared to the consensus of $1.78B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four research firms - Piper Jaffray, Stifel, UBS, and Oppenheimer - all raised their respective price targets on Red Hat. Each cited the company’s stronger than expected Q3 results. All four maintained a Buy or equivalent rating on the shares and among the four Oppenheimer took its price target up to the highest level, increasing its target on Red Hat to $80 from $74. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Red Hat rose $6.98, or 11.4%, to $68.48 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $70.13. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software and cloud space include Oracle (ORCL), LogMeIn (LOGM) VMware (VMW), and Microsoft (MSFT).
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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13:48 EDTTRLAZillow, Trulia shareholders approve planned merger
Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA) announced that Zillow shareholders and Trulia stockholders voted resoundingly to approve the previously announced definitive agreement, dated as of July 28, pursuant to which Zillow will acquire Trulia. At special meetings held earlier, approximately 88.75% of Zillow votes outstanding and entitled to be voted, and 79.52% of Trulia votes outstanding and entitled to be voted, were voted in favor of the agreement. Zillow shareholders and Trulia stockholders also voted to approve the authorization of nonvoting Class C capital stock in the combined company's amended and restated articles of incorporation. The companies anticipate that the transaction will be completed in the first half of 2015.
December 17, 2014
15:53 EDTTRLATrulia to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to approve the merger agreement with Zillow will be held in Seattle, Washington on December 18 at 11 am.
15:49 EDTTRLAZillow to host special shareholder meeting
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08:36 EDTIMIngram Micro announces new distribution agreement with BLU Products
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December 15, 2014
16:09 EDTLOGMLogMeln names Edward Herdiech as CFO
LogMeIn announced the promotion of Edward Herdiech to CFO and treasurer, effective January 15th, 2015. Having joined LogMeIn in 2006, Herdiech currently serves as the company's senior vice president of finance and principal accounting officer. Current LogMeIn CFO Jim Kelliher has resigned from his position to pursue an executive role at a Boston-area technology startup. Kelliher, who has served as CFO since May 2006, will assist Herdiech during the transition.
05:33 EDTCRAYCray awarded $30M contract from DoD HPCMP
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December 12, 2014
08:09 EDTAIGBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
10:21 EDTMWHigh option volume stocks
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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.
09:48 EDTIMHexic Cyber Solutions announce strategic distribution alliance with Promark
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December 9, 2014
07:41 EDTIMBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link

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