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March 21, 2014
16:33 EDTWPX, SYMC, GMCR, GEOS, ANN, NKE, RALY, ECYTOn 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.
News For NKE;GMCR;ECYT;ANN;SYMC;RALY;GEOS;WPX From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2014
07:31 EDTNKESignet Jewelers names Daniel Shull as Chief Information Officer
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November 17, 2014
07:26 EDTGMCRBofA/Merrill expects in-line Q4 report from Keurig Green Mountain
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06:48 EDTSYMCState Department hacked, NY Times reports
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November 16, 2014
19:34 EDTSYMCFinancial services firms plan $2B increase in cybersecurity spending, WSJ says
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November 14, 2014
10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain target to $185, Cold may be a disrupter, says Goldman
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08:31 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:31 EDTNKENike downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee downgraded Nike to Neutral based on valuation.
November 13, 2014
13:22 EDTANNAnn Taylor November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday sales outlook
Ann Taylor November call option implied volatility is at 55, December is at 37, January and March is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 21.
07:57 EDTNKENike positioned to 'significantly increase' dividend, says Nomura
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November 12, 2014
15:08 EDTSYMCEarnings Preview: Cisco reports amid analyst debate on break-up potential
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November 11, 2014
11:40 EDTGMCRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR GMCR
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10:00 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:49 EDTANNBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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06:11 EDTSYMCSymantec initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie
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November 10, 2014
15:53 EDTECYTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
Healthcare Conference is being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 10-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
14:38 EDTSYMCU.S. Postal Service suffered cyberattack, NY Times reports
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12:36 EDTANNAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty, the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
06:17 EDTNKENike price target raised to $107 from $93 at Citigroup
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05:48 EDTANNU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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