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March 21, 2014
12:22 EDTRALY, ECYT, SYMC, V, ANN, NKEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P rising to record highs and the Nasdaq a bit below its starting level. Stocks began the session in positive ground as traders rolled out positions due to “quadruple witching,” when stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures expire. The market soon found a level and has moved in a fairly narrow range during the morning, which is typical as quadruple expirations days tend to be more volatile at the open and the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no notable economic reports were released. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dow-member Nike (NKE) fell 3% despite the company reporting third quarter adjusted profits that beat analysts’ forecast. Nike said it expect its revenue to come in at the top end of its high-single digit growth target range in this fiscal year, but cautioned that the devaluation of developing market currencies will be a "significant drag" on reported revenue, gross margin and profit growth in fiscal year 2015... Visa (V) shares gained over 2.5% after Bloomberg and Reuters reported that a federal appeals court ruled the Federal Reserve was authorized to cap debit card swipe fees, reserving a prior lower court ruling in favor of retailers who oppose the cap. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Endocyte (ECYT), which was up more than 90% near midday 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. Following both pieces of news, no fewer than three analyst firms increased their price target on the stock. Also higher was Ann Inc. (ANN), which gained 14% 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), which sunk 14% near noon 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 Rally Software (RALY), which fell more than 8% after the cloud software company gave a first quarter and fiscal 2015 outlook that came in below expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 102.79, or 0.63%, to 16,433.84, the Nasdaq was down 0.48, or 0.01%, to 4,318.80, and the S&P 500 was up 9.26, or 0.49%, to 1,881.27.
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May 18, 2015
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
16:32 EDTVBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
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.
May 14, 2015
19:02 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:27 EDTSYMCSymantec 'on track' to separate Veritas as stand alone company on Jan. 2, 2016
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16:04 EDTSYMCSymantec sees Q1 adjusted operating margin 27%-28%
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16:03 EDTSYMCSymantec sees FY16 EPS $1.80-$1.90, consensus $1.90
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16:02 EDTSYMCSymantec sees Q1 EPS 41c-44c, consensus 45c
Sees Q1 revenue $1.5B-$1.54B, consensus $1.62B
16:01 EDTSYMCSymantec reports Q4 adjusted EPS 43c, consensus 44c
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15:08 EDTSYMCSymantec May volatility elevated on wide price movement
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15:01 EDTSYMCNotable companies reporting after market close
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09:22 EDTECYTLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:21 EDTSYMCFinjan says patent suits ongoing with numerous cybersecurity companies
Finjan (FNJN) said it has an active Markman Hearing schedule with two Markman Hearings already concluded in favor of the company and two additional Markman Hearings to be held in Q2. The company has a two-week trial against Blue Coat set to commence on July 20. Finjan has patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye (FEYE), BlueCoat, Proofpoint (PFPT), Sophos, Symantec (SYMC), and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio. Subsequent to the quarter end, Finjan entered into a negotiated license agreement with F-Secure Corporation, a company incorporated in Finland. The agreement provides for F-Secure to pay Finjan the sum of $1M in cash, to be paid in two installments, consisting of $700,000 which was received on April 22 and $300,000 on or before March 31, 2016. The agreement also provides for the assignment by F-Secure to Finjan of two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,474,048 and 7,749,991.
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