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April 4, 2014
12:09 EDTMYL, GRUB, PBPB, ETFC, AMTD, HALO, SNXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite the government reporting that employers added 192K jobs in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. The Nasdaq, which has been leading the equity indexes higher since the beginning of the year, is today's leader to the downside. While the Dow and S&P were down fractionally near noon, the Nasdaq was down about 2%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Department of Labor's monthly jobs report showed nonfarm payrolls increased 192K in March, versus the consensus forecast for 200K job additions. Notably, February's job gain was revised up to 197K from the prior estimate of 175K and January war revised up to 144K from 129K. The unemployment rate in March was steady at 6.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of drugmaker Mylan (MYL) were up by a double-digit percentage in pre-market trading following a Financial Times report of the company's desire to buy Swedish rival Meda. Subsequent to the story being published, Meda confirmed it had been in talks with Mylan but rejected the company's takeover offer. Despite the rejection, Mylan shares remained up about 4% near midday... Four new stocks made their debuts on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq this morning, highlighted by the initial public offering of food delivery service GrubHub (GRUB). GrubHub, which had priced its offering of 7.41M shares at $26.00, opened for trade at $40.00 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SYNNEX (SNX), which rallied 22% after the companyís first quarter results and second quarter outlook topped analystsí consensus estimates. Also higher were shares of sandwich shop owner Potbelly (PBPB), which rose almost 6% after its stock was upgraded to Outperform at William Blair. Among the noteworthy losers was Halozyme (HALO), which dropped 29% after an independent committee recommended it temporarily halt patient enrollment and dosing of a Phase 2 trial evaluating a drug in patients with pancreatic cancer. Also lower for a second straight day were shares of brokerage firms E-Trade (ETFC) and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) amid concerns that regulators will look to eliminate one of the companies' more profitable businesses amid a growing furor over high-frequency trading sparked by Michael Lewis' new book "Flash Boys." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 34.07, or 0.21%, to 16,538.48, the Nasdaq was down 85.13, or 2.01%, to 4,152.61, and the S&P 500 was down 9.66, or 0.51%, to 1,879.11.
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July 11, 2014
10:00 EDTHALOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
05:45 EDTHALOHalozyme initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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July 10, 2014
18:13 EDTPBPBInvestors should be weary of Potbelly, Barron's says
Investors looking to pick up shares of Potbelly, at recent lows, should beware due to the company's full-year outlook, Barron's argues in its "Barron's Take" column. Reference Link
16:25 EDTPBPBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
12:21 EDTPBPBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:40 EDTPBPBPotbelly plummets to 52-week low after outlook falls short
Shares of sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB) are tanking after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Potbelly forecast Q2 adjusted earnings per share of approximately 6c and revenue of approximately $83.6M, far short of the consensus estimate of 12c and $86.66M, respectively. The company expects to report a decrease in company-operated comparable store sales of 1.6%, or a decrease of 0.9% when excluding the shift of the Easter holiday from the first fiscal quarter to the second fiscal quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Based on the preliminary results for its second fiscal quarter, management revised its financial outlook for fiscal 2014. FY14 adjusted EPS is now expected to be 18c-21c, far below the consensus of 34c. For the fiscal year, Potbelly sees flat to negative low single-digit comparable store sales, compared to its previous guidance of low single-digit company-operated comparable store sales growth. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Potbelly fell $3.50, or about 24%, to $11.15 on nearly seven times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week low of $10.95. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 64% from its first day of public trading. Potbelly opened for trade at $28.66 on October 4 of last year after pricing its initial public offering at $14.00 per share. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the sandwich space include Panera Bread (PNRA) and Cosi (COSI), both of which are down about 1%.
09:21 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade recommended at Bernstein
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09:15 EDTPBPBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
06:28 EDTPBPBOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: LL PBPB VNO FDO WFC COST ZUMZ UAL BA
July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTPBPBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:43 EDTPBPBPotbelly down 18% following disappointing Q2, FY14 outlook
16:21 EDTPBPBPotbelly sees FY14 adjusted EPS 18c-21c, consensus 34c
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16:18 EDTPBPBPotbelly lowers FY14 outlook
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16:17 EDTPBPBPotbelly sees Q2 adjusted EPS approximately 6c, consensus 12c
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16:01 EDTPBPBPotbelly trading halted, pending news
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08:21 EDTETFC, AMTDFINRA probing retail brokerage routing practices, WSJ says
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07:15 EDTMYLTeva, others fined $583.4M by EU regulators, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTMYLGeneric drug prices have risen significantly, NY Times says
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July 8, 2014
07:34 EDTMYLMylan launches Telmisartan Tablets
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07:04 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade payment for order flow unlikely to be scrapped, says Bernstein
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