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February 4, 2014
19:03 EDTIDRA, CHRW, AGEN, IDIX, ARWR, HAIN, OCLR, GNW, MYGN, MMMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Myriad Genetics (MYGN), up 14.5%... Genworth (GNW), up 5%... Oclaro (OCLR), up 5.6%. ALSO HIGHER: 3M (MMM), up 2% after the Dow member announced a $12B share repurchase plan... Idenix Pharmaceuticals (IDIX), up 7.3% after investment firm Baupost Group raised its stake in the company to more than 35% from roughly 27% and disclosed it was granted observer rights for meetings of Idenix's board and committees. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: C.H. Robinson (CHRW), down 6.4%... Hain Celestial (HAIN), down 7.9%. ALSO LOWER: Agenus (AGEN), down 6.2% after announcing a public offering of common stock... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), down 3.8% after filing to sell common stock and warrants... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), down 3% after reporting a larger-than-expected quarterly loss and filing a $200M mixed securities shelf.
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February 2, 2016
19:22 EDTOCLR, MYGNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Boot Barn (BOOT), up 16.5%... Wabash National (WNC), up 9.7%... Oclaro (OCLR), up 6.8%... Myriad Genetics (MYGN), up 8%... Ultimate Software Group (ULTI), up 6.2%... Natural Health (NHTC), up 6.2%... Edwards Lifesciences (EW), up 6.2%... Viavi Solutions (VIAV), up 2.4%... Gilead Sciences (GILD), up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Match Group (MTCH), down 7.3%... Yahoo (YHOO), down 1.2%... Chipotle (CMG), down 7.1%. ALSO LOWER: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 2.4% after General Growth (GGP) CEO Sandeep Mathrani announced that Amazon (AMZN) is going to open 300-400 brick-and-mortar bookstores.
16:32 EDTMMM3M to retain Health Information Systems business
3M announced that, following an exploration of strategic alternatives for its Health Information Systems business, the company has made the decision to retain and further invest in this business. This decision follows the company's announcement in September 2015 that it would explore strategic alternatives for 3M Health Information Systems, which included spinning-off, selling, or retaining the business. "As part of our ongoing portfolio management process, 3M has completed a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives to determine the best path to benefit 3M, its stakeholders, and the Health Information Systems business," said Inge Thulin, 3M CEO. "As a result of this process, we have determined that retaining this business and further investing in it as a part of 3M provides the best opportunity for 3M Health Information Systems, already a healthy and rapidly growing business, to derive even greater long-term value. We are committed to continued innovation in healthcare information systems and helping providers and payers improve patient outcomes while reducing the total cost of care."
16:20 EDTMMM3M boosts dividend 8%, authorizes $10B repurchase program
The 3M board declared a dividend on the company's common stock of $1.11 per share for Q1, an 8% increase over the quarterly dividend paid in 2015. The dividend is payable March 12, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 12. The board also authorized the repurchase of up to $10B of 3M's outstanding common stock, replacing the company's existing repurchase program. The authorization has no pre-established closing date. "Investing in our business remains priority one, while at the same time our strong and consistent cash generation also allows 3M to return significant cash to shareholders,'' said Inge Thulin, 3M Chairman, President and CEO.
16:18 EDTCHRWC.H. Robinson reports Q4 EPS 88c, consensus 87c
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16:17 EDTOCLROclaro sees Q3 adjusted operating income $2M-$6M, consensus (2c)
Sees Q3 revenue $97M-$103M, consensus $90.07M. Sees Q3 Non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 26% to 28%.
16:16 EDTOCLROclaro reports Q2 adjusted gross margin 28.8% vs. 26.4% in Q1
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16:13 EDTOCLROclaro reports Q2 EPS 0c, consensus (1c)
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16:10 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees FY16 EPS $1.63-$1.68, consensus $1.64
Sees FY16 revenue $750-$770M , consensus $759.25M.
16:09 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees Q3 EPS 37c-39c, consensus 40c
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16:07 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics reports Q2 EPS 45c, consensus 41c
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14:32 EDTMYGN, CHRWNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:01 EDTHAINOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Agnico Eagle (AEM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Alere (ALR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Carbylan (CBYL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Copa Holdings (CPA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Duke Energy (DUK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Integrated Device (IDTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Logitech (LOGI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Merus Labs (MSLI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotiabank... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Desjardins... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Plantronics (PLT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Raymond James... Pool Corp. (POOL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Praxair (PX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stifel cuts Twitter (TWTR) to Sell after noting Yahoo has significantly more users... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Sysco (SYY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Telenor (TELNY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Valeo (VLEEY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:43 EDTHAINHain Celestial showing signs of a turnaround, says SunTrust
After Hain reported better than expected Q2 results and maintained its fiscal 2016 guidance, SunTrust thinks the company's growth has been curtailed by short-term issues. However, the firm believes that the company is showing signs of a turnaround. It trimmed its price target on the name to $50 from $55 to reflect multiple contraction but keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:24 EDTHAINHain Celestial price target lowered to $44 from $47 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on Hain Celestial to $44 from $47 following its Q2 results. The firm believes guidance generally offered consistency that should add to investor confidence incrementally. Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Hain Celestial shares.
05:46 EDTHAINHain Celestial downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton downgraded Hain Celestial to Neutral saying the company's investments to drive growth may take time. It will take longer than 12 months for the shares to once again trade at a premium to the group, Naughton tells investors in a research note. He dropped his price target for the shares to $38 from $42.
February 1, 2016
17:25 EDTMMM3M elects two new board members
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16:15 EDTHAINHain Celestial sees FY16 EPS $1.95-$2.10, consensus $2.02
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16:13 EDTHAINHain Celestial reports Q2 EPS 57c, consensus 54c
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09:28 EDTMMM3M reinitiated with a Neutral at Hilliard Lyons
January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTMMMS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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