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March 21, 2014
10:32 EDTPGR, ANN, ARCP, SYMC, CHSHigh option volume stocks: PGR ANN ARCP SYMC CHS
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October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:08 EDTSYMCSymantec upgraded at Raymond James
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08:49 EDTPGRProgressive reports September net premiums written up 5% to $1.42B
Reports September net premiums earned up 6% to $1.4B. Reports September net income up 49% to $92M. Reports September net income per share 16c vs. 10c last year.
08:17 EDTSYMCSymantec split unlikely to create shareholder value, says Pacific Crest
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07:51 EDTSYMCSymantec may face heightened execution risk, says Wells Fargo
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07:42 EDTSYMCSymantec upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:21 EDTSYMCSymantec price target raised to $30 from $27 at JMP Securities
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06:48 EDTSYMCSymantec volatility low into announcing plans to separate into two companies
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October 9, 2014
16:14 EDTSYMCSymantec to resume trading at 4:20 pm ET after confirming split plans
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16:05 EDTSYMCSymantec plans to separate into two public companies
Symantec announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into two, independent publicly traded companies: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management. The transaction is intended to take the form of a tax-free distribution to Symantec shareholders of 100% of the IM business in a new, independent, publicly traded stock. The expected stock distribution ratio will be determined at a future date. The company expects to complete the spinoff by the end of December 2015. The company expects to incur separation and restructuring charges through the completion of the transaction as it works to separate the two businesses. "Symantecís decision to pursue a separation follows an extensive business review of the companyís strategy and operational structure. Creating two standalone businesses will allow each entity to maximize its respective growth opportunities and drive greater shareholder value," the company stated. The security business generated revenue of $4.2B in FY14. The IM business generated revenue of $2.5B in FY14. Michael Brown will be the President and CEO of Symantec and Thomas Seifert will continue to serve as CFO. John Gannon will be General Manager of the new information management business and Don Rath will be its acting CFO.
16:03 EDTSYMCSymantec affirms Q2 guidance provided in August
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16:01 EDTSYMCSymantec plans to separate into two public companies
16:00 EDTSYMCSymantec trading halted, pending news
09:41 EDTANN, CHSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:40 EDTSYMCSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
October 8, 2014
09:20 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:27 EDTSYMCSymantec volatility flat, in advanced talks to split company in two, report
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05:46 EDTSYMCSymantec in advanced talks to split company in two, Bloomberg reports
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October 7, 2014
11:34 EDTCHS, ANNChristopher & Banks plummets after cutting Q3 revenue outlook
Shares of specialty women's apparel retailer Christopher & Banks (CBK) are sinking after the company lowered its third quarter revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Christopher & Banks lowered its Q3 revenue outlook to $114M-$118M from its previous guidance of $122M-$124, trailing the consensus of $123.98M. The company also cut the top end of its Q3 margin forecast, lowering its margin growth outlook to 75-100 basis points from its prior view of 75-125 bps. SG&A dollars for the quarter are expected to be approximately $33.5M-$34M, below its prior guidance of $34M-$34.5M. Christopher & Banks expects its inventory at the end of the quarter will remain higher than the comparable prior year period on a dollar per square foot basis, but at a level lower than at the end of Q2, due to planned higher levels of core inventory. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company believes sales have been negatively impacted by continued softness in mall traffic and lower than expected sales from its September fashion show. The company noted that the demand for fashion merchandise exceeded planned inventory levels, due to late receipts associated with the West Coast port disruptions. President and Chief Executive Officer LuAnn Via said in a statement, "We believe that the continued softness in traffic trends, coupled with the difficult overall retail environment, have adversely affected our sales as compared to our initial expectations for the quarter." She said the firm assumes promotional activity will continue to be aggressive and that the current environment will continue to be challenging, creating continued pressure on sales and margins. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Christopher & Banks fell $2.69, or about 30%, to $6.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull-back, the shares have only lost approximately 2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty women's retailers include Chico's FAS (CHS), down 1.28%, Ann Inc. (ANN), down 2.1%, and L Brands (LB), down 1.13%.
07:32 EDTANNAnn opens first LOFT store in Mexico
ANN announced the opening of its first LOFT store in Mexico, continuing the Company's international expansion. The store is located in the Antea Lifestyle Center in Queretaro, with additional locations planned for later this year in Mexico City's Parque Toreo Mall and Puebla's Angelopolis Mall. ANN INC. is working with its franchise partner Grupo Axo to establish its retail presence in Mexico.
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