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August 4, 2014
12:26 EDTESI, INSM, TREX, KORS, PIKE, RLGYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, as investors looked like they were prepared to take advantage of last week’s sell-off. Unlike in recent weeks, little M&A activity was announced over the weekend and the tensions in Russia and Israel did not make headlines due to escalations. The bulls appeared to be facing little resistance. However, the averages weakened in the early going and drifted throughout the morning. Near noon the Nasdaq had held on to narrow gains, though the S&P and Dow were both close to the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. On the international front, Israel pulled back many of its ground forces from Gaza as it began a seven hour truce. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Michael Kors (KORS) initially advanced in pre-market trading after the company's first quarter earnings per share and revenue beat expectations and its same-store sales in the three months grew by more than 24%. However, as investors digested the report and listened to the company's associated conference call, during which it issued guidance for its gross margins to decline by 50 basis points during this fiscal year, the stock reversed course. In a note to investors after the company's report, analysts at Sterne Agee says that while Kors' sales growth remains "sound," the firm believes "red flags abound" for the stock, listing high inventories, gross margin pressure and increasing investment spend amid the concerns. Near noon, the luxury handbag makers' shares were down 7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pike Corporation (PIKE), which surged more than 48% higher after Court Square Capital Partners and the company's chairman and CEO agreed to acquire the company for $12.00 per share in cash. Also higher following their earnings reports were decking materials maker Trex (TREX), which rose 13%, and real estate services provider Realogy (RLGY), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational (ESI), which plunged 31% after the company disclosed that its sale leaseback agreement with College Portfolio Buyer had been terminated. Also lower was Insmed (INSM), with Piper Jaffray attributing today's 25% pullback in its shares 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: Near midday, the Dow was down 11.27, or 0.07%, to 16,482.10, the Nasdaq was up 12.75, or 0.29%, to 4,365.39, and the S&P 500 was up 1.53, or 0.08%, to 1,926.68.
News For KORS;PIKE;RLGY;ESI;INSM;TREX From The Last 14 Days
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October 1, 2014
10:47 EDTRLGYRealogy makes strategic acquisitions in Harrisburg, Lancaster, PA
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08:31 EDTKORSMichael Kors fundamentals intact, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Michael Kors concerns of increased inventory and promotions impacting gross margins is overdone. The firm believes incremental promotions reflect some normalization and not brand decay and eComm checks suggest inventory is under control. Morgan Stanley views Kors' fundamentals as intact and valuation as compelling. Shares are Overweight rated.
07:28 EDTINSMLeerink to hold a roundtable
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06:14 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 28 at lower end of index mean range
September 30, 2014
06:07 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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September 24, 2014
09:59 EDTRLGYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ameren (AEE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Autoliv (ALV) initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... BNY Mellon (BK) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Burlington Stores (BURL) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... CoreLogic (CLGX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... FMC Technologies (FTI) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FNFV (FNFV) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Fidelity National (FNF) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First American (FAF) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... IMS Health (IMS) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Nabors Industries (NBR) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... National Oilwell (NOV) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Northern Trust (NTRS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Pacific Drilling (PACD) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Pioneer Energy (PES) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... State Street (STT) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Wafergen Biosystems (WGBS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
05:35 EDTRLGYRealogy initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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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 22, 2014
10:15 EDTRLGYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actavis (ACT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Auxilium (AUXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... General Communications (GNCMA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Las Vegas Sands (LVS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lindsay Corp. (LNN) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Realogy (RLGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Saba Software (SABA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Valmont (VMI) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Walgreen (WAG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Watts Water (WTS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
06:42 EDTRLGYRealogy downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Realogy to Underperform following industry checks that indicate weak buyer traffic levels, softening home sales, and depressed mortgage applications.
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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10:07 EDTESIHigh option volume stocks
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09:19 EDTESIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTESIITT Educational discloses receipt of SEC 'Wells Notice' in August
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