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October 1, 2013
09:17 EDTMRK, AIXG, LXRX, RH, WAG, EDG, MYGN, BTN, PSTIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Merck (MRK), up 3% after announcing restructuring plans, including intent to cut about 20% of workforce by end 2015... Lexicon (LXRX), up 21% after achieving positive clinical trial results for potential diabetes drug... Edgen Group (EDG), up 57% after agreeing to be acquired by Sumitomo Corp. for $12.00 per share... Myriad Genetics (MYGN), up 11% after Piper Jaffray says should be bought on any weakness and stock upgraded at Ladenburg... Ballantyne Strong (BTN), up 6% after acquiring Convergent Media Systems... Pluristem (PSTI), up 5% after PLX cells demonstrate efficacy in preclinical study for GvHD. LOWER: Walgreens (WAG), down 0.5% after Q4 earnings report... Aixtron (AIXG), down 4% after downgrade at Canaccord... Restoration Hardware (RH), down 3% after holder CP Home files to sell about 4M shares.
News For MRK;AIXG;LXRX;RH;WAG;EDG;MYGN;BTN;PSTI From The Last 14 Days
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September 26, 2014
15:46 EDTWAGOptions expected to be active next week
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10:01 EDTAIXGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTMRKLigand, Merck receive approval for NOXAFIL
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05:32 EDTAIXGAixtron upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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September 25, 2014
12:17 EDTAIXGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:28 EDTAIXGAixtron shares higher by over 14% after receiving substantial order
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09:44 EDTAIXGVeeco shares recommended on the Aixtron order this morning at Northland
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September 24, 2014
14:16 EDTWAGWalgreen October weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and revenue outlook
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11:00 EDTRHBed Bath & Beyond climbs after Q2 earnings beat expectations
Shares of home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are rising after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 EPS was $1.17, which was 3c higher than analysts' consensus. The company's Q2 revenue of $2.95B topped analysts' consensus of $2.89B. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up approximately 3.4%. The retailer sees Q3 EPS in the range of $1.17-$1.21, compared with analysts' consensus view of $1.20. Bed Bath & Beyond expects fiscal year 2014 EPS to be between $5.00-$5.08, compared to analysts' view of $5.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Bed Bath & Beyond said that it was investing "significantly" in its business. It expects FY14 capital expenditures of approximately $350M. The retailer is opening a new distribution facility and is working on a new point of sale system. Bed Bath & Beyond said it is "cautiously optimistic" on its balance for the rest of the year. Next quarter, the company is expecting SSS growth of 2%-3%, and for Q4 it foresees 4%-5% of same-store growth. ANALYST REACTION: Yesterday morning, prior to the release of Bed Bath and Beyond's Q2 earnings report, William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Hofkin cited his continued worries regarding the retailer's above-average exposure to e-commerce competitors. He feels that Bed Bath & Beyond waited too long before developing a strong multichannel platform and that competition from other e-commerce rivals will continue accumulating. He noted that while the company's price premium relative to Amazon (AMZN) has gotten smaller in the past few years, it still is material. Today, UBS analyst Michael Lasser raised his price target on the stock to $68 from $62 after Bed Bath & Beyond reported sales that surpassed expectations. Still, he felt that the good sales numbers occurred at the expense of its margin. He expects the retailer's operating margin decrease to impact the company's PE multiple. Lasser believes that the retailer's Q3 and Q4 comp outlook could be "aggressive," but he noted that he won't have much of an idea about those numbers until early January. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and Restoration Hardware (RH). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.99, or 6.4%, to $66.68.
06:50 EDTWAGWalgreen mulls infusion division sale deal, Reuters says
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September 23, 2014
11:11 EDTRHRestoration Hardware shares higher after CEO buys shares
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07:33 EDTMRKOphthotech names Michael Atieh as EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer
Ophthotech Corporation (OPHT) announced that Michael G. Atieh has been named EVP, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer effective September 30. Atieh replaces Bruce A. Peacock, Chief Financial and Business Officer and Treasurer, who has notified the company of his intention to retire effective September 30. Atieh spent the majority of his career in the pharmaceutical industry with Merck and Co (MRK), where he held various senior level positions over a 20 year period including Senior Vice President-Merck Medco Managed Care, Vice President-U.S. Human Health, Vice President-Public Affairs, Vice President-Government Relations, and Treasurer.
September 22, 2014
10:15 EDTWAGOn 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.
06:51 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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05:55 EDTWAGWalgreen downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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September 19, 2014
10:06 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
September 18, 2014
16:24 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital
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11:55 EDTWAGRite Aid falls as drugstore chain trims FY15 view
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10:40 EDTRHPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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