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March 21, 2014
16:33 EDTNKE, GMCR, ECYT, ANN, SYMC, RALY, GEOS, WPXOn 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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September 25, 2014
12:42 EDTNKEEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Nike reporting better than expected Q1 results
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08:33 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain's Keurig 2.0 launch trends positive, says Longbow
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September 24, 2014
13:29 EDTNKENike September weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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September 23, 2014
11:38 EDTANNAscena Retail plummets to 52-week low after results, guidance trail consensus
Shares of Ascena Retail (ASNA), a national specialty retailer of apparel for women and teen girls, are falling after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Ascena Retail reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 13c and revenue of $1.18B, far below analysts' consensus estimates of 18c and $1.21B, respectively. Same store sales for the period declined 2%. Looking ahead, Ascena Retail forecast FY15 adjusted EPS of 90c-$1.00 excluding any acquisition-related, integration and restructuring costs that may be incurred during the fiscal year, significantly trailing the consensus of $1.25. The company sees EPS down compared to last year in the first half, but expects growth in the second half. The company sees flat to modest positive total comparable store growth for the year, with Fall flat to down low-single digits, and Spring up low-single digits. EBITA growth for the year is seen in the mid-to-high single digits, with the EBITDA rate flat to up 20 basis points, with 80-100 basis points of improvement in gross margin rate mostly offset by operating expense rate de-leverage. Ascena also sees a net new store increase of 30-40 units, capital expenditures of $350M-$375M and an effective tax rate of 37% vs. 32% in fiscal year 2014. The company sees FY15 double digit growth in depreciation, with projected expenses between $210M-$215M. The company's guidance is based on an ongoing challenging retail environment. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Ascena President and Chief Executive Officer David Jaffe commented that Q4 EPS was "in line" with expectations, despite mixed results across its portfolio and soft traffic patterns. Jaffe said the company is maintaining a conservative outlook for the Fall season, as the company has "yet to see sustained evidence of market improvement." Ascena also said it plans to increasingly focus on adjusted EBITDA as an indicator of underlying financial performance because it normalizes for major changes in non-cash depreciation and tax rates. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm SunTrust lowered its price target on Ascena Retail to $17 from $21 after the company reported results that were weak across the board. The firm believes that the company is making appropriate changes and seems well-positioned for the future, while its brand integrity is intact across divisions. SunTrust reiterated a Buy rating on shares. Another firm, Oppenheimer, said Ascena's retail strategies should help stem margin pressure. The firm added that the profitability of the company's new brands is rising significantly, while its guidance looks conservative. Oppenheimer cut its price target on the shares to $19 from $22, but kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Ascena Retail fell $2.69, or 16.24%, to $13.85 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock notched a fresh 52-week low of $13.72. Including today's pull-back, the shares have lost approximately 22% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty retailers catering to women include Christopher & Banks (CBK), Chico's FAS (CHS), and Ann Inc. (ANN).
September 22, 2014
07:17 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain favorable antitrust ruling was expected, says KeyBanc
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September 19, 2014
17:22 EDTGMCRJudge denies JBR motion blocking sales of Keurig 2.0 brewer, Bloomberg reports
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16:13 EDTGMCRJudge denies JBR motion blocking sales of Keurig 2.0 brewer, Bloomberg reports
06:48 EDTNKENike investors convey sponsorship worries amid suspensions, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain implied volatility of 29 at lower end of index mean range
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06:04 EDTNKENike marketing exec Eric Toda departs for Snapchat, Re/code reports
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September 18, 2014
09:33 EDTNKENike mentioned positively at OTR Global
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09:22 EDTNKEBack to school season healthy for footwear, says Sterne Agee
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07:26 EDTNKEGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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September 17, 2014
13:34 EDTNKENike September weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Nike September weekly option implied volatility is at 34, October is at 22, January is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on September 25.
12:01 EDTNKENike suspends contract with Adrian Peterson
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10:00 EDTNKE, ANNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:30 EDTNKENike September weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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September 16, 2014
16:34 EDTNKENike assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Target $77.
16:26 EDTANNAnn Inc. initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
Target $43.
09:29 EDTANNAnn Inc. leveraged buyout makes sense in low-$50 range, says Janney Capital
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