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August 4, 2014
16:42 EDTKORS, PDCE, ESI, INSM, TREXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street remained near the flat line until about 1 pm ET and then they began to drift higher. The buyers emerged during the afternoon and pushed the averages up ahead of the next round of corporate earnings reports due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. On the international front, Portugal's central bank announced a bailout of the nation's largest listed lender, Banco Espirito Santo. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) fell $4.82, or 5.89%, to $77.01 after the company reported stronger than expected results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, but said that its gross margins had dropped during the quarter compared to the same period of last year. The company also estimated that its gross margin would drop in fiscal 2015. Analysts were divided on the company's outlook following the results, with Sterne Agee contending that "red flags abound" for the company while Bank of America Merrill Lynch saying that the "impressive momentum" of Michael Kors should continue and that today's pullback in the stock has created a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was decking product maker Trex (TREX), which advanced $4.33, or 15.1%, to $33.00 after its better than expected earnings. Also higher was PDC Energy (PDCE), which rose $6.63, or 12.34%, to $60.34 after Colorado governor John Hickenlooper struck a deal that will eliminate all ballot initiatives, proposed for November, that had sought to restrict hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in the state. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational (ESI), which plunged $6.59, or 46.05%, to $7.72 after the company disclosed that its sale leaseback agreement with College Portfolio Buyer had been terminated. Also lower were shares of Insmed (INSM), with Piper Jaffray attributing today's $4.59, or 26.61%, pullback in its shares to $12.66 to the company not immediately filing for U.S. approval of Arikayce in cystic fibrosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria in concert with its European filing for the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 75.91, or 0.46%, to 16,569.28, the Nasdaq advanced 31.25, or 0.72%, to 4,383.89, and the S&P 500 gained 13.84, or 0.72%, to 1,938.99.
News For KORS;PDCE;ESI;INSM;TREX From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
06:07 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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September 23, 2014
17:58 EDTESICDK Global set to join S&P MidCap 400, Bill Barrett to join S&P small cap 600
CDK Global Inc. (CDKVV) will replace Bill Barrett (BBG) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Bill Barrett will replace ITT Educational Services (ESI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, September 30. S&P 500 constituent Automatic Data Processing (ADP) is spinning off CDK Global in a deal expected to be completed on that date. Bill Barrett's market capitalization is below $1.2B, making it more representative of the small cap market space. ITT Educational Services is ranked at the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. CDK Global provides integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to retail locations and manufacturers. Headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL, the company will be added to the S&P MidCap 400 GICS Application Software Sub-Industry index. Bill Barrett acquires, explores, and develops oil and natural gas resources. Headquartered in Denver, CO, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Sub-Industry index.
17:22 EDTESIBill Barrett to replace ITT Educational in S&P 600 as of 9/30 close
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08:40 EDTKORSMichael Kors attractive vs. peers, says BofA/Merrill
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September 19, 2014
14:10 EDTESIITT Educational weakness a buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
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10:53 EDTESI Options with increasing implied volatility: ESI INO VALE AGNC
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10:28 EDTPDCEPDC Energy settlement removes legal overhang, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says PDC Energy's class action settlement removes a legal overhang and ongoing expenses. Wells believes the $11.5M settlement came in largely below expectations. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
10:07 EDTESIHigh option volume stocks
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09:19 EDTESIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTPDCEPDC Energy agrees to settle settle securities class action
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07:59 EDTESIITT Educational discloses receipt of SEC 'Wells Notice' in August
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