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November 19, 2012
12:13 EDTLOW, TSN, BMTI, WMGI, ARUN, CSCOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday as sales of existing homes rose in October and a gauge of homebuilder sentiment climbed to a six-year high in November. Stocks began the session higher as investors appeared to be more optimistic that congressional leaders could agree on compromises to solve the fiscal cliff dilemma. The market picked up momentum shortly after the open following the impressive real estate data. The market has been in a holding pattern for about the last two hours and continues to trade in a narrow range... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Realtors said that resales of existing homes climbed 2.1% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.79M units, beating forecasts for sales to have declined 0.2% from the prior month. The housing market index for November, a barometer of homebuilder sentiment, rose to 46, versus expectations for a flat 41 reading... COMPANY NEWS: Lowe's (LOW) reported earnings per share with charges that met expectations and revenue that beat consensus, sending shares up 7%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), up 8.5% after beating quarterly expectations, raising its regular dividend and declaring a special dividend. Also higher were shares of BioMimetic Therapeutics (BMTI), up 75% after striking a deal to merge with Wright Medical (WMGI). Wright moved lower fractionally following the announcement. Among the other losers was Aruba Networks (ARUN), which retreated a bit over 1% after Cisco (CSCO) bought Meraki, a competitor to Aruba... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 175.09, or 1.39%, to 12,763.40; the Nasdaq was up 50.51, or 1.77%, to 2,903.64; and the S&P 500 was up 22.83, or 1.68%, to 1,382.71.
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August 21, 2014
07:20 EDTLOWLowe's to continue to benefit from favorable trends, says BofA/Merrill
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August 20, 2014
12:37 EDTLOWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:52 EDTLOWLowe's says not commenting on Brazil rumors
Focusing on improving U.S. operations, other international markets.
09:51 EDTLOWLowe's says still stands by 2015 outlook previously provided
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09:45 EDTLOWLowe's says plan for 2H sales remains the same
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09:20 EDTLOWLowe's says SSS up 4.7% in May, 4.6% in June, 3.7% in July
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09:07 EDTLOWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PetSmart (PETM), up 2,1%... Staples (SPLS), up 2%... E-House (EJ), up 2.5%. HIGHER: Fairchild (FCS), up 4% after Bloomberg says Infineon (IFNNY) is near a deal to buy a U.S. semiconductor company for $2B... Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), up 18.4% after reporting positive Phase 3 data from the Fabry study. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Lowe's (LOW), down 3%... Tarena (TEDU), down 9%... Leju (LEJU), down 4.2%... JA Solar (JASO), down 5%. LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 12.7% after downgraded at JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank following the company's decision to withdraw its FY14 guidance... NovaBay (NBY), down 35.2% after primary, secondary endpoints were not met in its NVC-422 study... RGS Energy (RGSE), down 14.9% after downgraded at Roth Capital following Q2 earnings results.
08:53 EDTLOWLowe's says signals from housing market 'mixed'
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07:26 EDTLOWLowe's weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
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06:34 EDTLOWLowe's down 3.1% after reporting Q2 results, FY14 guidance
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06:26 EDTCSCOCisco COO says annual layoffs 'wrong way to do it,' Business Insider reports
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06:08 EDTLOWLowe's CEO says 'home improvement spending will continue to progress'
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06:05 EDTLOWLowe's sees FY14 EPS approximately $2.63, consensus $2.61
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06:04 EDTLOWLowe's reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.02
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August 19, 2014
18:19 EDTTSNTyson, Hillshire announce extension of tender offer for shares of Hillshire
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15:16 EDTLOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:21 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Lowe's trading higher ahead of Q2 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its second quarter before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.02 on revenue of $16.55B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 96c-$1.06 on revenue of $16.16B-$16.79B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 61c, beating analyst's estimates of 60c, on revenue of $13.4B against estimates for $13.86B. The company also reported Q1 same-store sales rose 0.9%. Lowe's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to approximately $2.63 from $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.62 and said it expects revenue up 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 10 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY14 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company expects to repurchase $3.4B of stock this fiscal year. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's named Paul Ramsay as Chief Information Officer. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 27.8% to 23c per share. STREET RESEARCH: Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot (HD) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Morgan Stanley initiated Lowe's with an Equal Weight rating and $50 target in June. Canaccord downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold due to slowing housing momentum, management changes, and difficult competition. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up almost 14%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is up nearly 3% to $51.89.
11:41 EDTLOWHome Depot rises as results beat estimates, company raises guidance
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11:05 EDTCSCOImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTCSCOImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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