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August 19, 2014
20:25 EDTGLOG, GLOG, AEO, AEO, EV, EV, HAIN, HAIN, MSG, MSG, PETM, PETM, SPLS, SPLS, SJM, SJM, TGT, TGT, LOW, LOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lowe's (LOW), consensus $1.02; Target (TGT), consensus 79c; J. M. Smucker (SJM), consensus $1.37; Staples (SPLS), consensus 11c; PetSmart (PETM), consensus 94c; Madison Square Garden (MSG), consensus 20c; Hain Celestial (HAIN), consensus 89c; Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 62c; American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), consensus 0c; GasLog (GLOG), consensus 13c.
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September 11, 2014
10:42 EDTHAINWhiteWave seen having 50% chance of being acquired
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September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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14:54 EDTSPLSApple announces Apple Pay
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14:47 EDTSPLSStaples to support Apple Pay in stores this fall
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13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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10:12 EDTHAINNatural food makers rise following Annies acquisition
Shares of a number of natural food makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Annies (BNNY), announced last night that it agreed to be acquired by General Mills (GIS). In a note to investors today, research firm Oppenheimer wrote that the deal should cause the valuations of two natural food makers, Boulder Brands (BDBD) and WhiteWave (WWAV), to rise in the near-term. WHAT'S NEW: General Mills last night said that it had agreed to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash, or $820M. Annies' stock closed yesterday at $33.51. General Mills expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings in the first 12 months following the completion of the deal. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh wrote that the acquisition of Annie's could cause the valuations of stocks in the natural foods sector to rise significantly. The terms of the acquisition of Annies imply a nearly 40x P/E multiple to consensus FY15 forecasts for the company, according to Parikh. The shares of Boulder Brands and WhiteWave should advance in the near-term, added the analyst, who kept Outperform ratings on both names PRICE ACTION: In early trading, WhiteWave rose 3.9% to $37.10, while Boulder Brands jumped 7.6% to $14.25. Another stock in the sector, Hain Celestial (HAIN), advanced 3.5% to $101.17, while Annies surged 37% to $46 and General Mills slipped 0.5% to $53.26.
09:12 EDTHAINOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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September 8, 2014
18:31 EDTHAINOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 3.6%... Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Annies (BNNY), up 37.3% after General Mills (GIS) announced it will acquire the company for $46 per share... General Mills is trading just under 1% higher... Following the Annies/General Mills announcement, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) is 3.6% higher, WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is up 6.3%, and Boulder Brands (BDBD) is up 8.7%... iPass (IPAS), up 35.1% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.1% after being initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), up 5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pep Boys (PBY), down 6.7% following second quarter miss. ALSO LOWER: Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 3.7% after filing an automatic common stock shelf and announcing the sale of 15M shares of common stock for holders... Physicians Realty Trust (DOC), down 4.9% after offering 9M common shares.
17:50 EDTHAINFood product stocks higher after General Mills acquires Annie's
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12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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05:54 EDTSPLSStaples Canada expands Bullfrog Power partnership
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September 5, 2014
12:19 EDTAEOGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
11:43 EDTAEOZumiez sinks as company provides 'disappointing' Q3 outlook
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07:41 EDTHAINHain Celestial price target raised to $112 from $108 at Canaccord
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September 4, 2014
08:25 EDTTGTHome Depot could see less impact than Target from data breach, says BMO Capital
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07:34 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker acquires Sahale Snacks from Palladium Equity Partners
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September 3, 2014
12:19 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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September 2, 2014
17:23 EDTMSGJAT Capital Management raises stake in Madison Square Garden to 7.75% from 6.73%
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10:02 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
07:08 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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