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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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February 12, 2016
15:52 EDTNKENike, Shawne Merriman settle 'Lights Out' dispute
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11:00 EDTMTWManitowoc to host investor day
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February 11, 2016
17:06 EDTMTWManitowoc board formally approves separation of Foodservice segment
The Manitowoc Company announced that its board of directors has approved the separation of its Foodservice segment, which will be spun off as Manitowoc Foodservice, through a pro rata distribution of all the shares of the common stock of Manitowoc Foodservice to Manitowoc shareholders. Manitowoc also announced that the Registration Statement on Form 10 filed by Manitowoc Foodservice has been declared effective by the SEC. The Registration Statement on Form 10 includes information regarding the business and spin-off of Manitowoc Foodservice. The Board has set a record date of February 22 and a distribution date of March 4.
10:48 EDTNKEActive puts: T IWM DVN SPY NKE XLB
Active puts: T 2/26/16 34.50, IWM 2/12/16 94, DVN 4/15/16 20, SPY 3/18/16 170, NKE 3/11/16 56, XLB 3/18/16 40
09:40 EDTMTWManitowoc could be in sights of China's Sany Heavy Industry, dealReporter says
February 9, 2016
18:01 EDTNKENike names Adam Sussman as Chief Digital Officer
Nike announced an acceleration of its digital strategy. As part of this move, Adam Sussman will become Nike's first Chief Digital Officer, reporting to Trevor Edwards, president, Nike Brand. By continuing to serve athletes deeper, better and more completely, Nike remains on path to meet its goal of reaching $50B in revenue by the end of FY20. As a growth company, Nike views digital as a vital accelerator, not just in connecting athletes with knowledge and services, but in everything it does. From amplifying how it gives consumers access to the Nike Brand in new and innovative ways to manufacturing and delivering the products and experiences athletes need to achieve their potential, Nike continues to drive the future of sport. In his new role, Sussman will lead the team responsible for the development of industry-leading digital products and services across Nike.com, Nike+ and Brand Digital platforms. Sussman's team will also drive Nike's consumer engagement, while accelerating the collective power of all of Nike's digital products and services for consumers. Prior to joining Nike, Sussman held multiple positions in the interactive gaming and entertainment industries.
12:04 EDTDDUSDA raises corn supply forecast by 35M bushels
In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the USDA raised its corn ending stocks estimate for 2015/16 by 35M bushels. The projected range for the corn season-average farm price is narrowed 5 cents on both ends to $3.35 to $3.85 per bushel. Publicly traded companies in the Agriculture and Fertilizer spaces include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT).
11:32 EDTDGOptions with increasing put volume
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February 8, 2016
07:39 EDTNKEDiverse set of companies planning layoffs, pulling back spending, WSJ says
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February 5, 2016
08:26 EDTFINLFinish Line coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:23 EDTDD20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 3, 2016
11:26 EDTDGOptions with increasing call volume; LOW LNC DG EW SNOW KLIC CIT AN EAT SYT
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February 2, 2016
16:23 EDTDDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the entire session. The early weakness was attributed to oil prices, which were down early and never recovered during the day. The losses of more than 5% brings the loss over the past two days to more than 10%, pushing WTI crude back below $30 a barrel and squashing equities in the process. Any hope that oil prices would de-couple from stock prices will have to wait another day as the two continue to move in lockstep with each other. Even a solid earnings report from tech bellwether Alphabet (GOOG) could not help the market. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. In Europe, statistics agency Eurostat reported that unemployment across the eurozone decreased by 49,000 to a total of 16.75M in December dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest since September 2011 at 10.4%. In central bank news, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Reserve Bank of India both held their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) advanced 1.3% to $780.91 after its better than expected quarterly results were followed by analysts around Wall Street hiking their price targets for shares, including Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler, who raised his target on the parent of Google to $1,080 from $900... Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2.2% to $74.61 amid the renewed weakness in oil prices. Shares of fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged 8.5% to $29.02 in New York trading after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring... Ford (F) shares fell 4.6% after the company reporting that its U.S. sales declined 3% last month versus a year ago. Peer General Motors (GM) slid 1.5% after reporting that its U.S. sales grew 0.5% in January... Dow Chemical (DOW) jumped 5.75% to $45.03 after posting better than expected earnings and revenue. Of note, Dow CEO Andrew Liveris said he plans to transition out of the company when it completes its planned merger with DuPont (DD). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Michael Kors (KORS) and Mattel (MAT), which rose nearly 24% and almost 14%, respectively, following their earnings reports. Also higher was Pacific Biosciences (PACB), which jumped 24% to $12.67 after Reuters said Roche (RHHBY) has recently approached the company to discuss a potential acquisition. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings were Integrated Device (IDTI), which fell 26.8%, ADT (ADT), which dropped 15.7%, and Royal Caribbean (RCL), which declined 15.2%. INDEXES: The Dow fell 295.64, or 1.8%, to 16,153.54, the Nasdaq lost 103.42, or 2.24%, to 4,516.95, and the S&P 500 declined 36.35, or 1.87%, to 1,903.03.
07:56 EDTMTWJefferies analysts to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTMTW, DDS&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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