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June 27, 2014
12:56 EDTROCK, MTW, NKE, LITB, FINL, DG, DDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday with DuPont's (DD) slide weighing down the blue-chip Dow more than Nike's (NKE) advance is helping it. Stocks began the session in negative territory but soon turned mixed, where they have remained, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow the laggard. The averages have stalled, but they still remain on track to be positive for the month of June, though the month does not end until after Monday's session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for June rose to 82.5, which beat the consensus expectation for a reading of 81.9. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of athletic apparel and footwear giant Nike and sports shoe retailer Finish Line (FINL) climbed after both companies reported better than expected quarterly sales and profits. Near midday, Dow member Nike rose 1.6%, while Finish Line advanced 1.4%... Another member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, DuPont, moved in the opposite direction, falling over 4.5% after the chemical company cut its earnings outlook for its second quarter and its current fiscal year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was LightInTheBox (LITB), which jumped 20% after the company raised its Q2 revenue outlook. Also higher was Manitowoc (MTW), which gained 9% and was upgraded to Hold at Jefferies after activist Relational Investors took an 8.5% stake in the company and urged for a spin-off of its food business. Among the noteworthy losers was Gibraltar Industries (ROCK), which dropped nearly 10% after cutting its Q2 outlook, stating that end market demand in the quarter did not rebound as expected. Also lower were shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG), which fell over 7% after Chief Executive Officer Rick Dreiling announced plans to retire. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 36.58, or 0.22%, to 16,809.55, the Nasdaq was up 7.41, or 0.17%, to 4,386.45, and the S&P 500 was down 1.60, or 0.08%, to 1,955.62.
News For NKE;DD;FINL;MTW;DG;LITB;ROCK From The Last 14 Days
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May 27, 2015
15:09 EDTNKENike cooperating with authorities on FIFA allegations, WSJ says
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14:44 EDTNKENike says working with authorities on FIFA allegations, Dow Jones says
Dow Jones says FIFA indictment alleges bribery around U.S. multinational sportswear company deal with Brazilian Federation.
10:36 EDTNKEOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: QUNR DGX FOSL BBBY ACN NKE EFA EMR
May 26, 2015
11:54 EDTNKEOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: VIPS DGX CVC JIVE LBTYA BBBY YHOO NKE CAN DTV
09:58 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: L Brands (LB) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... The Fresh Market (TFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Health Care REIT (HCN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Axiom... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... BB&T (BBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... InterXion (INXN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
06:19 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Dollar General to the Conviction Buy List and increased its price target to $87 from $85. The firm sees a positive inflection in fundamentals given favorable low-income consumer tailwinds and a reduced margin drag from tobacco, sustainable competitive advantages driving long-term growth, and attractive valuation.
May 21, 2015
09:58 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Alibaba (BABA) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Alkermes (ALKS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Burlington Stores (BURL) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley... Darling (DAR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Esperion (ESPR) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Five Below (FIVE) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Overweight, $450 target at Barclays... Johnson Matthey (JMPLY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... RTI Surgical (RTIX) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... TeleNav (TNAV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Trevena (TRVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Vectrus (VEC) initiated with a Hold at Stifel.
05:44 EDTNKENike initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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May 20, 2015
06:08 EDTDDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; DD GE
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May 19, 2015
12:58 EDTDDIcahn 'sad' Peltz didn't win proxy fight, DuPont should have 'accountability
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07:27 EDTNKESkechers moves into second place in U.S. sports footwear market, WSJ says
Skechers (SKX) moved past Adidas (ADDYY) and into second place, behind Nike (NKE), in the U.S. athletic footwear market, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
17:39 EDTMTWRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:33 EDTDGPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTDDTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
16:35 EDTMTWIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: Manitowoc (MTW), Voltari (VLTC), Federal-Mogul Holdings (FDML), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK). DECREASED STAKES: None. LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
16:21 EDTDDStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
May 14, 2015
10:00 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:38 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded DuPont to Neutral from Underperform. The firm expects DuPont to emerge from the recent proxy battle as a stronger, leaner company and views risk-reward as more balanced. Price target is $76.
06:58 EDTDDDuPont pullback a buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:28 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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