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March 21, 2014
12:22 EDTSYMC, V, ANN, NKE, RALY, ECYTOn 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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April 13, 2015
08:32 EDTNKEUnder Armour rises after Spieth brings attention to golf gear
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08:06 EDTSYMCSymantec expands Incident Response Services globally
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07:12 EDTRALYRally Software downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
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07:08 EDTSYMCSources: Symantec exploring Veritas sale 'for months,' Reuters reports
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06:47 EDTSYMCPalo Alto, FireEye remain Piper's favorite security ideas
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06:22 EDTANNGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
18:11 EDTSYMCEx-hacker says many capable of launching Sony-style cyber attack, CNET says
Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a Sony (SNE)-like cyber attack security experts tell "60 Minutes," CNET says. Companies in the cyber security space include Barracuda (CUDA), FireEye (FEYE), Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Qualys (QLYS), Symantec (SYMC) and Proofpoint (PFPT). Reference Link
April 11, 2015
15:01 EDTSYMCSymantec to hold analyst day
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April 10, 2015
16:05 EDTSYMCSymantec exploring sale of Veritas data-storage unit, WSJ says
Symantec, which has previously announced plans to split up its cybersecurity and information-management businesses, is exploring a sale of its Veritas data-storage and recovery business, which could fetch more than $8B, said The Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Potential buyers approached Symantec before it began contacting possible bidders, but it has since contacted private-equity firms and companies in the industry that may be interested in Veritas, the report added. Reference Link
15:38 EDTSYMCSymantec jumps 7% after report of exploring Veritas sale
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15:36 EDTSYMCSymantec exploring sale of Veritas unit, DJ says
The sale could bring more than $8B, according to sources, DJ reports.
April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTNKE, ANNBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:41 EDTNKEPiper ups Under Armour target after meeting with Finish Line
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April 8, 2015
11:08 EDTSYMCCybersecurity stocks in focus after White House security breach
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09:36 EDTSYMCSingtel acquires cybersecurity company Trustwave for $810M
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07:58 EDTRALYRally Software management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:30 EDTVCapital One remains top card issuer pick at Citigroup
In its preview of Q1 results, Citigroup says Capital One (COF) remains its top pick among the card issuers given the company's "strong" card loan growth, capital return and "reasonable" valuation. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $95 price target. The firm continues to see a "modestly" improving U.S. consumer, and also has Buy ratings on American Express (AXP), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA), Synchrony Financial (SYF) and Visa (V). Citi thinks investor sentiment has become more negative for card issuers around provisioning for loan growth with the group posting mixed stock performance thus far in 2015.
April 7, 2015
11:02 EDTVAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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07:36 EDTRALYRally Software management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Boston on April 7 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:16 EDTVRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmEx’s margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
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