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March 21, 2014
16:33 EDTNKE, RALY, ECYT, WPX, SYMC, GMCR, GEOS, ANNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages open higher before the Nasdaq quickly reversed lower, with the benchmark S&P 500 and blue-chip Dow joining the tech index in the red late in the session. Volume on each of the major indexes was heavy, with index and stock futures, as well as index and stock options, all set to expire at today's close. Despite today's sell off, each of the averages finished the week with gains larger than 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no notable economic reports were released. COMPANY NEWS: Dow-member Nike (NKE) was the blue-chip index's worst performer, losing $4.06, or 5.12%, to $75.21 after reporting third quarter profit and sales that beat analyst expectations but saying that the devaluation of some developing market currencies will be a "significant drag" on its reported revenue, gross margin and profit in fiscal 2015. The athletic footwear and apparel maker said that excluding forex adjustments, its revenue growth in 2015 should exceed its target range for high-single digit growth... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) was scheduled to join the S&P 500 as of today's market close, replacing WPX Energy (WPX), and shares of the coffee maker closed the session down $3.40, or 2.95%, to $112. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Endocyte (ECYT), up $13.53, or 92.42%, to $28.17 after the company announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency issued "positive opinions" for conditional authorizations for its Vynfinit, Folcepri and Neocepri treatments. The company also announced a Phase 2b lung cancer trial met its primary endpoint, and following the news no fewer than three analyst firms increased their price target on the stock. Also higher was Ann Inc (ANN), up $4.82, or 12.95%, to $42.05 after Golden Gate Capital last night disclosed a 9.5% stake in the retailer and said it plans to leverages its retail and equity experience to create value for shareholders. Among the noteworthy losers was Symantec (SYMC), down $2.70, or 12.94%, to $18.20 after the company last night announced it terminated its CEO, Steve Bennett. No fewer than five analysts downgraded shares of the company following the news. Also lower was Geospace Technologies (GEOS), down $11.16, or 15.07%, to $62.89 after the company disclosed in a regulatory that a $29.4M order the company previously said would occur in its third quarter may be postponed following capital concerns at its customer. INDEXES: The Dow was down 28.35, or 0.17%, to 16,302.70, the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.29%, to 1,866.52, and the Nasdaq was down 42.50, or 0.98%, to 4,276.79.
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May 18, 2015
09:33 EDTANNAscena Retail acquisition of Ann Inc. a positive, says CL King
09:25 EDTANNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTANNAscena CEO says views Ann Taylor, Loft as two distinct brands
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08:39 EDTANNAnn Inc. CEO says Ascena deal the 'right outcome for stockholders'
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08:01 EDTANNANN volatility elevated into Ascena Retail acquiring for $47
ANN (ANN) June call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 31; compared to its 90-day average of 34; suggesting large near term price movement into a ascena retail (ASNA) paying ANN stockholders $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of ascena common stock.
07:50 EDTANNAscena Retail volatility elevated into acquiring Ann Inc.
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07:48 EDTANNAscena Retail and Ann Inc. to host conference call
Conference call to discuss merger agreement under which ascena will acquire ANN INC will be held on May 18 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:40 EDTANNAscena Retail expects Ann. Inc acquisition to be significantly accretive to EPS
Excluding transaction and integration expenses, the acquisition is expected to be significantly accretive to EPS in the first year post closing, accelerating to greater than 20% accretion to EPS thereafter. Additionally, ascena expects the combination to generate significant cash flow while both maintaining appropriate levels of capital expenditures and enabling rapid deleveraging.
07:40 EDTANNAnn Inc. rises 19% to $46 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail
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07:35 EDTANNAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
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07:35 EDTANNAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
May 15, 2015
13:01 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:47 EDTGMCRAnalysts mixed on Keurig after cold drink maker unveiling
Several research firms disagreed on the outlook for Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) upcoming at-home cold beverage maker, Keurig KOLD, after the company unveiled the product yesterday. SunTrust and Bernstein expressed major reservations about the product, while Susquehanna was more upbeat about the device and said the shares had reached a good entry point for investors. WHAT'S NEW: Keurig's management seemed to take a cautious view on the outlook for the device's sales, Bernstein analyst Ali Dibadj wrote. Additionally, the device and its pods "seemed a bit pricey" and large. However, the analyst, noting that the company hopes to eventually cut the price of the product to $200 from $300, called a potential $200 price point "more palatable for consumers." Furthermore, Dibadj says he has a hard time "fully understanding" the company's assertion that the device solves several problems. SunTrust analyst William Chappell, Jr. was impressed by the device's technology, but said he was concerned by the product's initial price and the investments that Keurig will have to make to launch the product. He kept a Neutral rating on the shares. BULLISH OUTLOOK:, Susquehanna analyst Pablo Zuanic said that most of the information on Kold was disappointing. The analyst said that he was disappointed by the device's high price and the fact that it will take a minute to make each drink. However, noting that SodaStream's (SODA) cold drink makers have penetrated 1.5% of U.S. households, the analyst says it is "not out of the question" that Kold can reach 3% household penetration in the U.S. by fiscal 2017-2018. If Kold does attain that milestone, Green Mountain's profits would double, the analyst stated. Zuanic remained upbeat on the company's long-term outlook and says that the stock is not currently reflecting any value for Kold. He believes that the stock has reached a good entry point, and kept a $140 price target and Positive rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Keurig Green Mountain dropped 8.3% to $94.50, while SodaStream gained 2.5% to $22.25.
10:08 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain May volatility up following Kold machine presentation
Keurig Green Mountain May weekly call option implied volatility is at 43, June is at 33; compared to its 90-day average of 35, suggesting large near term price movement following its Kold machine presentation.
10:00 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain trades sharply lower, levels to watch
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09:11 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bsquare (BSQR), up 34.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL), up 13% after being initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX), up 7.4% after announcing FDA approval of Treximet for use in pediatric patients... Advaxis (ADXS), up 4.4% after being initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.3% following a Bloomberg report that the company is in talks to enter China's online video market... Inovalon (INOV), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 12.8%... King Digital (KING), down 8.3%. ALSO LOWER: PlasmaTech (PTBI), down 5.4% after filing to sell 1.93M shares for selling stockholders... Paycom Software (PAYC), down 7% after 8M share Spot Secondary priced at $36.25... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 5.9% after Keurig Kold investor presentation... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.4% after CFO transition... Celladon (CLDN), down 5.1% after the CEO says that the company is evaluating strategic options.
08:48 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain Keurig Cold price points worrisome, says SunTrust
After attending Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig Kold launch event, SunTrust says it was impressed by the device's technology but concerned about its initial price points and near-term investments needed to launch the product. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. SodaStream (SODA) develops and markets at-home cold beverage makers. :
08:40 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain weakness provides buying entry point, says Susquehanna
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08:05 EDTGMCRBernstein has reservations about Keurig Green Mountain's Keurig Kold
After attending Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig Kold launch event, Bernstein says that it has a hard time understanding the device's value proposition and sensed some caution from the company about how quickly the device's penetration will rise and be accretive to earnings. The firm says the device and pods seem a bit expensive, while the brewer and pods are large. The firm believes that the taste of the product's Diet Coke drink was off, although regular Coke and others were good. Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. SodaStream (SODA) develops and markets at-home cold beverage makers.
07:26 EDTSYMCSymantec outlook still positive despite earnings miss, says JMP Securities
After Symantec reported lower than expected Q4 EPS, JMP Securities says that after adjusting for foreign currency fluctuations and a true-up of defined-benefit plans, the EPS would have beat expectations by 1c. The firm says the company's headline Q1 EPS guidance also missed expectations but would have beaten after adjusting for currency and an extra selling week in last year's Q1. The firm thinks that the company's profitability is improving ,and it keeps a $30 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
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