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November 30, 2012
14:33 EDTRAH, ARO, CAG, GMCR, MSFTMarket poised to end week little changed despite fiscal cliff impasse
Stocks are set to end the week little changed, as some positive economic data and a new Greek bailout deal helped offset the impact of the continued fiscal cliff stalemate... MACRO NEWS: Greece and its lenders reached a deal that is likely to prevent the country from exiting the euro zone in the near-term... Conversely, a deficit reduction deal between Democrats and Republicans remains elusive, as the parties continue to be at odds over whether to increase tax rates. The GOP yesterday reportedly rejected a deal proposed by the White House that would increase taxes by $1.6T, as the fiscal cliff continues to loom... Third quarter GDP growth was revised up to 2.7%, from 2%, although the consensus estimate was 2.8%. Pending home sales for October and an index of consumer confidence for November beat expectations. On the other hand, personal income for October came in below expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Amid negative reports suggesting that sales of Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface tablet and of its Windows 8 operating system have been lackluster, the company's stock is set to end the week significantly lower... Food manufacturer ConAgra Foods (CAG) agreed to buy one of its competitors, RalCorp (RAH), for $90 per share... Coffee machine maker Green Mountain (GMCR) and apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO) both reported stronger than expected quarterly results.
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October 2, 2015
09:13 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 6.7% after reports indicate Chinese government may enact new policies to support Macau's economy. Shares of fellow Macau casino operators Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and MGM Resorts (MGM) are also higher in pre-market trading. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Micron (MU), up 3.3%... CalAmp (CAMP), up 9%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Progress Software (PRGS), down 14.5%. ALSO LOWER: Valeant (VRX), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 3.4% after disclosing that its president of U.S. sales and marketing resigned... AIG (AIG), down 3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Gilead (GILD), down 2% following a downgrade to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:01 EDTCAGCiti likes TreeHouse with or without ConAgra unit deal
Citi analyst David Driscoll believes TreeHouse (THS) is a "compelling" investment with or without the acquisition of ConAgra's (CAG) $4B Private Brands unit. Investors are waiting to see if TreeHouse will acquire the unit, the analyst tells investors in a research note. Driscoll sees TreeHouse as the most logical buyer but sees "strong" organic growth for the company regardless. He keeps a Buy rating on TreeHouse with an $86 price target.
October 1, 2015
19:24 EDTCAGVornado leases 168,000 sq ft at theMART in Chicago to ConAgra
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19:23 EDTGMCROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CalAmp (CAMP), up 9%... Micron Technology (MU), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: bebe stores (BEBE), up 12.7% after reaffirming its first quarter guidance and announcing that its September Same Store Sales turned positive... Coherus Biosciences (CHRS), up 7.5% after CHS-1701 PK/PD study met primary PD endpoints... Nordstrom (JWN), up 3.6% after announcing a special cash dividend and additional $1B repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Progress Software (PRGS), down 15.7%. ALSO LOWER: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 3.1% after disclosing the that president of U.S. sales and marketing, John Whoriskey, resigned... T-Mobile (TMUS), down 1.4% after Experian (EXPGY) disclosed a data breach affecting T-Mobile customers... XenoPort (XNPT), down 5.2% after announcing that the company will discontinue the development of XP23829.
18:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, ASUSTeK Computer broaden patent licensing engagement
Microsoft Corp. and ASUSTeK Computer announced the expansion of an earlier patent licensing agreement between the companies. The deal includes a broad cross-license covering, for example, ASUS Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services. It paves the way for closer integration between the two companies, including pre-installation by ASUS of Microsoft Office productivity services on ASUS Android smartphones and tablets. The agreement also facilitates technology sharing toward the development of new, innovative product solutions.
17:14 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain discloses departure of president of U.S. sales, marketing
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMEC Foster Wheeler (AMFW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Celgene (CELG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded on valuation, catlysts at Bernstein... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Northland... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... (JD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Kirby (KEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Steven Madden (SHOO) upgraded to Outperform ahead of earnings turn at Telsey Advisory... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at CL King... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded on transaction, valuation, momentum at Argus... Workday (WDAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
08:00 EDTCAGConAgra says restructuring to result in elimination of approx. 1,500 jobs
07:34 EDTCAGConAgra relocates headquarters to Chicago
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07:34 EDTCAGConAgra announces $300M efficiency plan
ConAgra announced restructuring plans to improve profitability, advance its growth agenda and unlock shareholder value. ConAgra Foods expects to realize at least $300M of efficiency benefits within the next three years through a combination of reductions in SG&A and enhancements to trade spend processes and tools. Cost savings of approximately $200M are expected to be derived from a combination of lower headcount and non-headcount costs which will be achieved by aggressively embracing zero-based budgeting, simplifying organizational structure by increasing spans of control and reducing layers, and outsourcing technology and back office functions to improve scalability. Additionally, the company expects to realize approximately $100M of efficiency benefits from enhancements to trade spend processes and tools. The company expects the plan to provide a modest benefit to fiscal year 2016 earnings. More than half the savings are anticipated to be realized by the end of fiscal year 2017 with the balance achieved in fiscal year 2018. These savings are in addition to the approximately $150M in cost reductions achieved by the company over the past two years and are expected to enhance the company's cost-competitiveness, margins and agility, while also providing fuel for future brand-building and innovation initiatives. The restructuring is expected to result in the elimination of approximately 1,500 positions or approximately 30% of the company's global office-based workforce, and excludes any impact from the planned divestiture of the private label operations. Plant positions will not be eliminated in connection with this restructuring. ConAgra Foods estimates it will incur total non-recurring charges of approximately $345 million, substantially all of which are expected to be cash charges, over the next two to three years in connection with the restructuring.
06:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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September 30, 2015
16:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Google agree to end patent feud over phones, Xbox, Bloomberg says
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11:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to open flagship stores in Manhattan, Syndey
Microsoft announced that it plans to open a flagship store in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue and 53rd Avenue on October 26 and one at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall on November 12. On the company's blog, it said the flagship stores have been in the making for six years. Reference Link
08:45 EDTMSFTNVIDIA price target raised to $30 from $28 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on NVIDA (NVDA) after Microsoft's (MSFT) cloud platform began offering NVIDIA's Grid 2.0 GPU virtualization solutions, JMP says that Microsoft's move "paves the way for broader Cloud adoption and further entrenchment of Nvidia Quadro solutions." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:14 EDTMSFTRackspace expected to partner with Amazon, WSJ reports
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) is expected to partner with Amazon (AMZN) to make it easier for corporate customers to move computing operations to Amazon Web Services from their own facilities, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to two sources, the partnership, which is similar to an agreement Rackspace signed with Microsoft (MSFT) in July, will be announced at a conference for AWS users next week. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
19:24 EDTAROAeropostale says considering reverse stock split to meet listing requirement
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16:09 EDTAROAeropostale receives NYSE listing notice
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12:26 EDTCAGConAgra names David Biegger as Chief Supply Chain Officer
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07:28 EDTGMCRKeurig CEO: Kold machine to drive long-term growth, Reuters reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to host conference call
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