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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.
News For NKE;V;ECYT;ANN;SYMC;RALY From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
07:45 EDTNKENike upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
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06:40 EDTNKENike upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
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August 24, 2015
14:21 EDTSYMCJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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09:45 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
06:20 EDTNKENike upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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August 21, 2015
10:46 EDTANNAscena Retail completes acquisition of Ann Inc.
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10:02 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:48 EDTSYMCSymantec upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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August 20, 2015
14:07 EDTVVisa bounces higher after Sky News report of European merger
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13:22 EDTVVisa mulls $21B bid to merge U.S., European units, Sky News reports
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08:20 EDTVVisa management to meet with Pacific Crest
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August 19, 2015
17:42 EDTANNS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 600 indices
S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Sovran Self Storage (SSS) will replace Ann Inc. (ANN) in the S&P MidCap 400, and ePlus (PLUS) will replace Sovran Self Storage in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, August 21. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) is acquiring Ann in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date.
17:20 EDTANNSovran Self Storage to replace Ann Inc. in S&P 400 as of 8/21 close
13:30 EDTVOptions with increasing put volume;
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August 18, 2015
11:36 EDTVTarget reaches settlement with Visa over data breach, WSJ reports
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11:10 EDTVVisa calls active on activist investor speculation
Visa August 74.5 and 75 calls are active on total call volume of 12K (1K puts) on activist investor speculation. August call option implied volatility is at 18, September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 31. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:34 EDTVRumor: Visa goes positive on activist investor speculation
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09:34 EDTANNAnn Inc. to host special shareholder meeting
Special Shareholder Meeting to vote on the acquisition of Ann by Ascena Retail Group whereby Ann will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascena will be held in New York on August 19 at 8 am.
06:03 EDTVVisa and QIWI implement contactless payment technology
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August 17, 2015
14:27 EDTSYMCIRS says cyber attack larger than originally thought, AP says
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