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July 2, 2015
11:47 EDTRADStocks with call strike movement; AAL RAD
American Airlines (AAL) January 44 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 38, Rite Aid (RAD) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 40 according to IVolatility.
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10:00 EDTCAGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Acadia Realty Trust (AKR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... ArcBest (ARCB) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... ConAgra (CAG) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... DuPont Fabros (DFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Galaxy Entertainment (GXYEY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... GrubHub (GRUB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... IGM Financial (IGIFF) upgraded to Sector Performer from Underperformer at CIBC... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Kimco Realty (KIM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Kosmos (KOS) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SQM (SQM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... United Community Banks (UCBI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Wynn Macau (WYNMF) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank.
08:35 EDTCAGConAgra upgraded to Overweight on further strategic action at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded ConAgra to Overweight from Equal Weight and increased its price target to $50 form $37. The firm has increased confidence that ConAgra is open to more aggressive changes in the portfolio, including a divestiture of the private label assets and portions of its Consumer segment, which would be highly earnings accretive.
08:32 EDTRADRite Aid reports June SSS up 2.4%
Rite Aid announced that for the four weeks ended June 27, same store sales increased 2.4% over the prior-year period. June front-end same store sales increased 0.3%. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 226 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 3.4%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.2% over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 2.2% to $2.04B. Prescription sales accounted for 69.0% of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8% of pharmacy sales.
07:57 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said the recent dip in Oracle is a good chance to buy the shares as their investment thesis remains unchanged. The firm noted the Q4 earnings disappointment and its recent sell-off and trimmed its estimates accordingly. Canaccord continues to expect a several point multiple expansion on its free cash flow based valuation as investors gain confidence in the company's transition to the Cloud. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
06:19 EDTCAGConAgra upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
July 1, 2015
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07:33 EDTCAGConAgra upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded ConAgra to Neutral from Underperform. The firm said management's renewed focus on cost savings to drive margin improvement and the potential for strategic changes, including more asset divestitures, will be key drivers near-term.
06:38 EDTCAGConAgra upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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June 30, 2015
13:50 EDTCAGTreeHouse tie-up with Ralcorp could be accretive by over $1 to EPS, says BB&T
BB&T noted that it has expected ConAgra (CAG) to announce plans to exit its private label business for some time and repeated its view that TreeHouse (THS) would be a logical buyer. The firm believes that a potential tie-up with Ralcorp could be accretive by "well over" $1 to TreeHouse EPS if synergies are as large as expected, but noted that its price target and rating on the stock are under review following today's rally in the stock. BB&T has a Buy rating and $86 price target on TreeHouse Foods.
13:04 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on July 1 hosted by UBS.
12:57 EDTCAGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as headlines about Greece once again dominate the news flow. Hopes that Greece may still reach a last-minute deal with its creditors were attributed for the market's early bounce, though optimism and the averages have been dropping as the day continues. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index for April rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.3% month over month, versus the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.8%. The Chicago PMI jumped 3.2 points to 49.4 in June, though that was below the expected reading of 50.0. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 101.4 in June from a revised 94.6 reading for May, beating expectations for a reading of 97.4. In Europe, Greece's government submitted a proposal for a deal with the eurozone bailout fund to cover its debt repayments due between 2015 and 2017. Jeroen Dijsselbloem said eurozone finance ministers will discuss the Greek request in a conference call tonight, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly said that no new negotiations should take place before Greek holds its scheduled referendum. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Pentair (PNR) advanced 5.5% after activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Group confirmed it has taken a 7.24% stake in the company. Trian noted it has met with the company’s senior management and communicated its view that the company can create significant value for its shareholders by facilitating "prudent industry consolidation" through accretive mergers and acquisitions as well as by making other changes, such as communicating its results as "cash" EPS... Another company in the sights of an activist, ConAgra (CAG), rose 1.5% after reporting first quarter results that were roughly in-line with expectations while also announcing that plans to exit Private Brands operations. ConAgra CEO Sean Connolly said during the associated call that he wants "constructive conversation" with Jana Partners, which reported earlier this month that it has taken a 7.2% stake in the packaged foods company and is prepared to seek three ConAgra board seats, if necessary, to help the board evaluate and address opportunities for shareholder value creation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), which jumped 19% after the company announced a ten-year global collaboration for the development and commercialization of immunotherapies with Celgene (CELG). As part of the deal, Celgene will make an initial payment of approximately $1B, which includes the purchase of approximately 9.1M shares of Juno stock at $93 per share. Also higher was TreeHouse Foods (THS), which gained 9% after peer ConAgra announced plans to exit its private brands operations. Among the noteworthy losers was Apollo Education (APOL), which dropped 16.5% and was downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after the for-profit education company reported higher than expected Q3 earnings but lowered its fiscal 2015 guidance. Also lower were shares of Tuesday Morning (TUES), which fell 13% after announcing that its CFO Jeffrey Boyer has resigned his position to take the same role with Pier 1 Imports (PIR). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 3.77, or 0.02%, to 17,592.58, the Nasdaq was up 11.24, or 0.23%, to 4,969.71, and the S&P 500 was flat near 2,057.81.
10:50 EDTCAGTreeHouse, Post rise after ConAgra plans exit from private brands
Two food companies, TreeHouse Foods (THS) and Post Holdings (POST), are trading higher after peer ConAgra (CAG) announced plans to exit its private brands operations. According to a Reuters report from earlier, KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Akshay Jagdale mentioned in a note that TreeHouse and Post could be potential acquirers of the ConAgra division. Shares of Post Holdings rose 2.8% and Treehouse Foods advanced 9% in morning trading.
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10:18 EDTCAGConAgra CEO says he wants 'constructive conversation' with Jana
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10:04 EDTCAGConAgra expects additional divestitures as it refines asset mix
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09:59 EDTCAGConAgra says SG&A and paying down debt will always be company priority
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09:41 EDTCAGConAgra 'not in position' to give comparable FY16 EPS due to divestiture
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08:20 EDTMDRXAllscripts takes $200M equity position in NantHealth
Allscripts announced they have taken a significant step forward in their strategic partnership through two cross-investments and a strengthening of their commercial agreement. The investments include Allscripts' purchase of a 10% equity stake in NantHealth for $200M in cash. In addition, NantCapital, LLC, the personal investment vehicle of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of NantHealth, has made a $100M investment into Allscripts.
07:35 EDTCAGConAgra says to take 'more aggressive approach' to cost reduction
Sees "prudent" divestitures and acquisitions.
07:34 EDTCAGConAgra sees Q1 adjusted EPS 'roughly in line' with year-ago
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07:34 EDTCAGConAgra reports Q4 Consumer Foods segment sales approx. $1.9B
Sales for the Commercial Foods segment were $1.2B and operating profit was $154M, as reported, ahead of prior year amounts. Sales for the Private Brands segment were $1B, down slightly. The company estimates that the extra week favorably impacted sales and volume by approximately 7%.
07:32 EDTCAGConAgra sees Q1 'unaffected by outcome' of Private Brands review
The company will offer details on full-year fiscal 2016 expected EPS, as well as long-term financial guidance, at an investor event likely to be scheduled for the fall of 2015. This event will be scheduled after the company completes its assessment of strategic alternatives for the Private Brands operations, and determines SG&A reduction targets and investment needs for the remainder of the company. With regard to first quarter of fiscal 2016, which the company expects to be unaffected by the outcome of the review of strategic alternatives for the Private Brands operations, the company expects EPS, adjusted for items impacting comparability, to be roughly in line with comparable year-ago amounts. With regard to plans for the rest of the company, the company’s new focus will be on: Productivity, notably within SG&A, but also in terms of supply chain and trade spending. The company sees significant margin potential through these initiatives. Driving profitable growth in the Consumer Foods segment and at Lamb Weston potato operations -- within the Commercial Foods segment. This will involve further portfolio segmentation, and investing behind the highest-potential categories in a disciplined manner. Investment may include marketing, infrastructure, innovation, and acquired businesses. The company expects some additional divestitures as it continues to refine the asset mix. Balanced capital allocation that includes growing the dividend over time, increasing share repurchases, and having an investment-grade balance sheet. Financial expectations and operating details regarding the above will be shared as part of the investor event later this year.
07:32 EDTCAGConAgra plans to exit Private Brands operations
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07:31 EDTCAGConAgra reports Q4 adjusted EPS 59c, consensus 59c
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05:59 EDTORCLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
13:56 EDTCAGConAgra technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:59 EDTCAGConAgra July volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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10:54 EDTORCLGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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06:36 EDTCAGConAgra CEO Connolly to discuss strategy at earnings conference call, WSJ says
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June 26, 2015
16:48 EDTDFSDiscover files automatic mixed securities shelf
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07:25 EDTCAGConAgra July volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:53 EDTRADRite Aid shareholders vote to change CEO payment terms, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTORCLConcerns over AWS pricing overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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June 25, 2015
16:04 EDTFOLDAmicus says EMA validates Galafold marketing authorization application
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June 24, 2015
20:00 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond shares down following Q1 earnings miss
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19:01 EDTBBBYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Herman Miller (MLHR), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Turtle Beach (HEAR), up 3.6% after partnering with AuDConnex for direct audio hearing solution. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Cree (CREE), down 5.1% after lowering fourth quarter revenue outlook... Sabra Health Care (SBRA), down 2.7% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock at a price range of $25.25-$25.65.
18:28 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond attractive despite Q1 miss, says Cantor
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17:33 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond says Q1 performance 'on track'
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16:20 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond sees FY15 EPS flat to up mid-single digits, consensus $5.25
16:19 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond repurchased approximately $385M common stock in Q1
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16:18 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond says Q1 SSS include approximate 0.3% unfavorable FX impact
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16:17 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond sees Q2 EPS $1.18-$1.23, consensus $1.23
Sees Q2 SSS up 2%-3%. Continues to model a 2.0% to 3.0% increase for the remainder of the year.
16:15 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 94c
Reports Q1 revenue approximately $2.738B, consensus $2.74B. Reports Q1 SSS up approximately 2.2%.
15:53 EDTBBBYSunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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15:12 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond June weekly June 71 straddle priced for 6.3% move into Q1
15:01 EDTBBBYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), consensus 94c.
13:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:24 EDTRADRite Aid completes acquisition of EnvisionRx in deal valued at approx. $2B
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08:27 EDTMDRXAllscripts management to meet with Evercore ISI
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June 23, 2015
14:04 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond could be attractive buyout target, WSJ says
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10:47 EDTORCLOracle new services round out cloud platform, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes Oracle's addition of 25 new cloud services rounds out the Oracle Cloud Platform. He says Oracle is now in a unique position to competitively deliver cloud solutions to enterprise customers and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $48 price target.
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06:57 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:04 EDTORCLOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
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08:22 EDTORCLOracle to hold a webinar
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07:38 EDTCAGConAgra upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded ConAgra to Overweight citing an attractive risk/reward profile following the activist stake by JANA Partners. The firm is confident the company will undergo changes, which it believes could include a breakup. It raised its price target for shares to $52 from $39.
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