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December 18, 2012
16:24 EDTGTAT, ARB, ORCL, HEB, RGR, NLSN, SWHCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, with the buying spurred on by optimism surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations. After surging higher during the first half of the trading session, the averages moved in a narrow range through the afternoon, though held onto gains and closed right near their highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders index of builder confidence increased to 47, as was forecast. Also, the current-account deficit in the U.S. narrowed in the third quarter to $107.5B from a $118.1B shortfall in the prior quarter. Economists expected the deficit would narrow to about $103B... COMPANY NEWS: After the bell, Oracle (ORCL) reported earnings and revenues that beat Street expectations. Shares, which had been up 1.67% during the trading session, moved up another 1.5% in after hours trading following the report... Gunmakers Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR) continued their recent weakness as private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management's decision to put gunmaker Freedom Group up for sale added new pressure on those stocks. Shares of Smith & Wesson lost 86c, or 9.99%, to close at $7.79, while shares of Sturm, Ruger fell $3.40, or 7.73%, to close at $40.60... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arbitron (ARB), up $8.99, or 23.63%, to $47.03 after agreeing to be bought by Nielsen (NLSN) for $48 per share in cash. Shares of acquirer Nielsen also gained $1.30, or 4.39%, to $30.92. Among the noteworthy losers was GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), which was downgraded at Raymond James and Stifel Nicolaus and saw shares fall 39c, or 11.27%, to $3.07 after issuing guidance well below consensus. Also lower was Hemispherex Biopharma (HEB), down 27.6c, or 42.86%, to 36.8c, after the FDA posted documents in advance of a review of the company's Ampligen drug, noting that the agency had concerns with the drug's efficacy and safety data... INDICES: The Dow was up 115.57, or 0.87%, to 13,350.96; the Nasdaq was up 43.93, or 1.46%, to 3,054.53; and the S&P 500 was up 16.43, or 1.15%, to 1,446.79.
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April 24, 2015
06:08 EDTNLSNNielsen 20M share Spot Secondary; price range $45.45-$45.75
Nielsen is offering 20M shares of common stock for shareholders with a range of $45.45-$45.75. Citigroup is acting as sole book running manager for the offering which will price pre-open.
April 23, 2015
16:54 EDTSWHCPoint72 Asset Management reports 5% passive stake in Smith & Wesson
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16:40 EDTNLSNNielsen files to sell 20M shares of common stock for holders
Citigroup will act as underwriter for the offering.
10:45 EDTORCLRumor: Salesforce.com active on renewed takeover speculation
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09:31 EDTRGRSturm, Ruger upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty
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April 22, 2015
07:37 EDTNLSNNielsen sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.60-$2.66, consensus $2.69
Sees FY15 revenue up 4%-6%, consensus $6.35B. Sees FY15 free cash flow $850M-$900M. Sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA margin growth 50-70bps. Reaffirms operating guidance. Says adjusted EPS view lower due to FX. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
06:33 EDTNLSNNielsen reports Q1 adjusted EPS 46c, consensus 47c
Reports Q1 revenue $1.46B, consensus $1.49B. Reports Q1 adjusted EBITDA up 1.1% to $380M. Revenues within the Buy segment decreased 4.7%, or increased 5.1% on a constant currency basis, to $798 million. Revenues within the Watch segment increased 1.2%, or 3.6% on a constant currency basis, to $660 million, driven by continued strength in Audience Measurement and Marketing Effectiveness.
06:32 EDTNLSNNielsen increases quarterly dividend by 12% 28c
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April 21, 2015
15:28 EDTNLSNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 42c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.81... McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.06... EMC (EMC), consensus 36c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 42c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.61... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 59c... TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.01... T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), consensus $1.14... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus 91c... Amphenol (APH), consensus 56c... Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 47c... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), consensus 34c... Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.31... D.R. Horton (DHI), consensus 38c... Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (WAB), consensus 95c... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), consensus 19c... SEI Investments (SEIC), consensus 49c... AutoNation (AN), consensus 89c... Gentex (GNTX), consensus 25c... Ryder System (R), consensus $1.00... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 13c... NuStar Energy (NS), consensus 58c... Six Flags (SIX), consensus (67c)... Tupperware Brands (TUP), consensus 98c... MarketAxess Holdings (MKTX), consensus 64c... Lithia Motors (LAD), consensus $1.22... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 31c... Evercore Partners (EVR), consensus 58c... Potlatch (PCH), consensus 19c... Natus Medical (BABY), consensus 29c... AZZ (AZZ), consensus 59c... United Community Banks (UCBI), consensus 29c... Sonus Networks (SONS), consensus (31c)... Angie's List (ANGI), consensus 0c... Pacific Premier Bancorp (PPBI), consensus 27c.
April 20, 2015
10:00 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 58.com (WUBA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Aduro Biotech (ADRO) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Baidu (BIDU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Callaway Golf (ELY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Changyou.com (CYOU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Ctrip.com (CTRP) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... FMC Corporation (FMC) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Granite Construction (GVA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Hershey (HSY) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... McEwen Mining (MUX) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Natural Gas Services (NGS) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Qihoo 360 (QIHU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Qunar (QUNR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... SINA (SINA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sohu.com (SOHU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team Health (TMH) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... Tuniu (TOUR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vipshop (VIPS) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... YY Inc. (YY) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Youku Tudou (YOKU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Zhaopin (ZPIN) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research.
06:23 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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April 16, 2015
15:44 EDTORCLCSC holding 'loose' deal talks, not running formal process, dealReporter says
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April 15, 2015
12:30 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
08:36 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises FY15 non-GAAP EPS to 96c-98c from 87c-89c, consensus 77c
Raises FY15 revenue to $546M-$555M from $532M-$536M, consensus $535.53M. The company indicated that orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter have been stronger than originally anticipated and it is therefore increasing its guidance.
08:35 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises Q4 non-GAAP EPS to 29c-31c from 39c-41c, consensus 26c
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April 13, 2015
12:42 EDTORCLFly Watch: Wells says ServiceNow likely to unveil upbeat revenue target
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11:56 EDTNLSNMedia companies look to back away from Nielsen guarantees for ads, Variety says
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10:00 EDTNLSNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:15 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson positioned for solid recovery, says Cowen
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06:11 EDTNLSNNielsen downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research
Pivotal downgraded Nielsen to Hold due to valuation and maintained its $49 price target.
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