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November 24, 2015
09:57 EDTVALValspar approves 10% dividend increase to 33c
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Baozun (BZUN), up 7.3%... Analog Devices (ADI), up 4.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Boulder Brands (BDBD), up 8.4% after Pinnacle Foods (PF) announced that it will acquire the company for $11.00 per share... Sunedison (SUNE), up 18% after the Economic Times reported that the company plans place 400MW of upcoming solar capacity on sale... Avon Products (AVP), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Valeant (VRX), up 2.1% after Pershing Square increases stake in the company to 9.9%... Xerox (XRX), up 2.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 7.13% stake in the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), down 6.2%... Tiffany (TIF), down 2.9%... Brocade Communications (BRCD), down 7.2%. ALSO LOWER: UniPixel (UNXL), down 44.6% after the company prices a common stock and warrant offering... U.S. Steel (X), down 4% after announcing that it will idle its Granite City Works operations.
08:10 EDTFBFacebook still best positioned Internet name, says MKM Partners
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07:32 EDTVALValspar sees FY16 adjusted EPS $4.80-$5.00, consensus $5.09
The company is providing initial guidance for fiscal 2016, which includes sales growth in the "mid-single digits" in constant currency. Sales including the estimated impact of foreign currency translation expected to be "up slightly" compared to fiscal 2015. The company expects annual Fiscal 2016 diluted EPS of $4.80 to $5.00. This guidance range includes a 20 cent unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation. Annual Fiscal 2016 diluted EPS guidance reflects growth of 8% to 13% in constant currency.
07:31 EDTVALValspar reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.35, consensus $1.31
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07:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:24 EDTAVPAvon Products upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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05:53 EDTFBFacebook expands Free Basics program in India, CEO Zuckerberg says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page yesterday that the company's Free Basics program will now be available to everyone in India who uses Reliance Communications. Reference Link
November 23, 2015
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; November 23, 2015
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15:28 EDTVALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 83c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 69c... Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 53c... Campbell Soup (CPB), consensus 76c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus 39c... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 75c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.31... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 60c... Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 59c...Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 23c... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), consensus $1.59.
09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:26 EDTQCOMQualcomm shares reflecting worst case scenario, says RBC Capital
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November 22, 2015
17:05 EDTFBFacebook CEO Zuckerberg to take two months paternity leave
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in a social media posting that he will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. Reference Link
November 20, 2015
18:05 EDTQCOMIntel names Dr. Venkata Renduchintala as President of newly created IoT group
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16:35 EDTQCOMStocks follow worst week of year with one of best after Fed minutes give clarity
Stocks ended the week with sharp gains, with the S&P rising over 3%, bouncing back from last week's equally sharp declines. The primary driver of the move appeared to be the Fed minutes, which provided further clarity that December's meeting is firmly on the table for the central bank to make its first rate hike in many years. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data... The consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The Empire State index, which measures manufacturing in the N.Y. region, edged up to -10.74 in November, up from last month's -11.4, but below expectations for a -6.5 reading... In Europe, minutes from the most recent European Central Bank policy meeting showed that some participants called for more stimulus amid deflation risks, weak oil prices and a sluggish recovery in the regions' economy... In Asia, Japan's gross domestic product declined 0.8% in the third quarter, missing expectations for a 0.2% decrease and taking the nation's economy back into recession. Later in the week, the Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of monetary stimulus, as expected. Meanwhile, China's Securities Regulatory Commission has restarted initial public offerings for five companies to list on the Shanghai stock exchange and five in Shenzhen, ending a five-month freeze on IPOs. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% on Tuesday after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot (HD), gained more than 4% that day after its own better than expected quarterly reports, which came on the heels of largely disappointing reports from other major retailers. Target (TGT), however, fell more than 4% on Wednesday after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Among others reporting earnings this week, TJX Companies (TJX) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) rose immediately following their reports, while Kirkland's (KIRK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) fell right after their own... The biggest U.S. health insurer said Thursday that it is considering pulling out of Obamacare due to losses it has suffered from its participation in the program and cut its profit outlook for this fiscal year, sending its shares and those of its industry peers lower. UnitedHealth (UNH) fell after trimming its fiscal 2015 earnings outlook, citing the Affordable Care Act, and stating that it is "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment." Aetna (AET), Humana (HUM), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) all declined following their rival's announcement, though Aetna and Anthem followed the news up Friday morning by each reaffirming their fiscal 2015 earnings outlooks. Hospital stocks fell as well, with HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Community Health (CYH) and Tenet (THC) all ending the Thursday lower by 6% or more... Square (SQ) rose 45% to close its first day as a publicly-traded company at $13.07 after pricing its initial public offering at $9 per share. Twitter (TWTR), which, like Square, claims Jack Dorsey as its CEO, advanced a bit following Square's public debut as well. Another high-profile tech company also gained in its first day of public trading, as Match Group (MTCH), the owner of dating app Tinder and other online dating services, climbed 22.8% to $14.74 after pricing its IPO at $12 per share... Bloomberg reported that Pfizer (PFE) is nearing an agreement to acquire Allergan (AGN) for $370 to $380 per share, citing people familiar with the matter. CNBC's David Faber then reported that deal talks are in the "final innings" and centered on an all stock transaction whereby Pfizer would offer 11-plus shares per Allergan share. Then, people close to the talks told Financial Times that the U.S. drugmaker is preparing to offer more than $380 per share for Allergan. Amid all these reports, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that his department will release "targeted guidance" later this week meant to "deter and reduce further the economic benefits of corporate inversions" like the one being contemplated by the drugmakers. In other M&A news, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) found a buyer, but not the one that media reports had been foreshadowing. Starwood and Marriott (MAR) announced a deal under which the companies will combine in a cash and stock transaction valued at $12.2B to create the world's largest hotel company. Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC) both advanced after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Airgas (ARG) surged about 30% after agreeing to be acquired by France's Air Liquide for $143 per share. Fairchild (FCS) jumped 8.5% after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Qualcomm (QCOM) dropped sharply after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law... SunEdison (SUNE) had another tough week, falling about 43% amid ongoing concerns regarding its liquidity and after quarterly filings revealed that several prominent hedge funds exited or trimmed their stakes in the company... ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% on Wednesday after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies... Nike (NKE) advanced to close out the week after the footwear and sports apparel giant announced a two-for-one stock split, a $12B stock repurchase program and plans to boost its dividend... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) dropped sharply after the Center for Disease Control announced that three additional states have reported people infected within the E. coli outbreak linked to the company's restaurants. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 3.35% to close at 17,823.81, the S&P 500 rose about 3.27% to close at 2,089.17, and the Nasdaq advanced about 3.58% to close at 5,104.92.
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; November 20, 2015
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10:04 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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10:00 EDTBCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Autodesk (ADSK) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Barclays (BCS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Canon (CAJ) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Chart Industries (GTLS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Cloud Peak (CLD) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... Cnova (CNV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Diana Containerships (DCIX) downgraded to Underperform at Wells Fargo... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Eagle Materials (EXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Express (EXPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Grifols (GRFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Hawaiian Electric (HE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Mentor Graphics (MENT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Nimble Storage (NMBL) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... PolyOne (POL) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Seaport Global... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Seaspan (SSW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... SunEdison (SUNE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Workday (WDAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush.
09:21 EDTFOSLFossil, Diesel extend partnership with ten-year global licensing agreement
Fossil Group announced that it has extended a global watch licensing agreement with Diesel through 2025.
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