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August 4, 2014
12:26 EDTINSM, ESI, TREX, PIKE, KORS, 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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March 26, 2015
16:39 EDTESIBlum Capital lowers stake in ITT Educational to 5% from 6.1%
March 24, 2015
18:10 EDTRLGYRealogy names Tim Gustavson as Chief Accounting Officer
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13:54 EDTINSMInsmed personnel strong, says Piper Jaffray
After attending Insmed's analyst event, Piper says that the company has assembled a strong development and commercial team . The firm adds that the company has forged unique relationships with specialists and patients. It keeps an Overweight rating on the shares.
08:04 EDTRLGYRealogy appoints Tim Gustavson to Chief Accounting Officer
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March 23, 2015
09:06 EDTINSMInsmed appoints Eugene Sullivan as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
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March 22, 2015
17:16 EDTKORSMichael Kors looks inexpensive, Barron's says
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March 20, 2015
09:25 EDTINSMInsmed to host analyst and investor day
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March 18, 2015
10:06 EDTKORSMichael Kors recent headwinds provide a buying opportunity, says BofA/Merrill
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07:33 EDTESIITT Educational receives notice from NYSE on late filing status
ITT Educational Services announced that it did not file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 on or before the due date of March 16, 2015. The company has received a notice from the NYSE that the company is subject to the NYSE's procedures under its timely filing criteria as a result of the company's failure to file the 2014 Form 10-K by the due date. Under NYSE rules, the company has six months from March 16, 2015 to file the 2014 Form 10-K. Until the company files the 2014 Form 10-K and all other periodic reports with subsequent due dates, its common stock will remain listed on the NYSE under the symbol "ESI," with a "LF" indicator to signify late filing status. The company can regain compliance with the NYSE listing standards during the six-month period once it files the 2014 Form 10-K with the SEC, but only if it has also filed all other periodic reports with subsequent due dates. The company is still evaluating the full impact of the consolidation of the 2009 Entity on these matters, and therefore cannot provide any assurance that the consolidation of 2009 Entity will not have a material negative impact on these matters, which could result in a material adverse effect on the company's results of operations, financial condition and/or cash flows. Further, the company did anticipate that it may be in noncompliance with certain covenants under its financing agreement.
March 17, 2015
17:31 EDTESIITT Educational files to delay Form 10-K
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