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February 13, 2013
10:01 EDTVMED, SGEN, KOS, RCII, RAX, DELL, WLP, SAPE, RKUS, RXN, PIKE, MDP, HNZ, NSP, IT, FOSL, CLF, CLWR, RATEOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today’s noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Clearwire (CLWR) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fossil (FOSL) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Gartner (IT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Heinz (HNZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Insperity (NSP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Meredith (MDP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Pike Electric (PIKE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Rexnord (RXN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Sapient (SAPE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Fossil (FOSL) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Dell (DELL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Seattle Genetics (SGEN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Virgin Media (VMED) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
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July 11, 2014
11:19 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center plummets after Q2 profit warning
Shares of rent-to-own operator Rent-A-Center (RCII) are sinking after the company’s second quarter profit outlook significantly trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Rent-A-Center forecast Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 36c-38c and revenue of $773M, far short of the consensus views of 48c and $786.4M, respectively. The company’s CEO Robert Davis said, “Macro-economic pressures continue to burden our financially constrained customers contributing to softer than expected demand in our U.S. business segments. Consequently, revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. We are not satisfied with our Q2 results and hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we are excited to announce a new product line in our domestic retail stores with our entrance into the burgeoning smartphone business.” WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company’s smartphone rollout offers consumers nationwide one-stop shopping for a variety of name-brand smartphones and no-contract plans, a rent-to-own industry first, the company said. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rent-A-Center fell $3.22, or about 11%, to $25.86 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Including today’s pull back, the stock has lost approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that provide leasing and rent-to-own arrangements of consumer products include Aaron’s (AAN), which is down 3.3%, and CONN’S (CONN), which is down 3.5%.
09:18 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center tumbles on Q2 profit warning, levels to watch
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09:09 EDTRCIIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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July 10, 2014
18:35 EDTRCIIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Joe's Jeans (JOEZ), up 15.5% after reporting second quarter results above analyst estimates... Barracuda Networks (CUDA), up 2.2% after reporting quarterly results and guidance... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PriceSmart (PSMT), down 3.7% after reporting third quarter revenue below analyst estimates... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 11% after reporting disappointing preliminary second quarter results. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2% after reporting June Same Store Sales down 2%... Arotech (ARTX), down 5.6% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NOTABLE: MGIC Investment (MTG), down 4.8% and Radian Group (RDN), down 3.8% following the FHFA proposal to tighten capital rules for mortgage insurers.
18:02 EDTRAXWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
17:08 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center down 8.5% to $26.60 following weaker than expected Q2 forecast
16:48 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center reports preliminary Q2 adjusted EPS 36c-38c, consensus 48c
Reports preliminary Q2 revenue $773M, consensus $786.4M. Reports preliminary Q2 SSS up approximately 0.6%. Robert D. Davis, the CEO of Rent-A-Center stated, “Macro-economic pressures continue to burden our financially constrained customers contributing to softer than expected demand in our U.S. business segments. Consequently, revenue and earnings for the Q2 will not meet expectations. We are not satisfied with our Q2 results and hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we are excited to announce a new product line in our domestic retail stores with our entrance into the burgeoning smartphone business.” The Company’s smartphone rollout offers consumers nationwide one-stop shopping for a variety of leading, name-brand smartphones and no-contract plans, a rent-to-own industry first. It also provides ground-breaking flexibility: Phones may be rented in connection with the immediate activation of a no-contract airtime plan, or without. A choice in the brand of airtime plans is offered, and customers may even opt to activate a plan for a phone not rented through Rent-A-Center. Additionally, airtime plans may be reloaded at Rent-A-Center stores, regardless of one’s cellular carrier.
12:23 EDTCLFCasblanca Capital condemns Cliffs Natural's compensation practices in letter
Casablanca Capital LP, the beneficial owner of approximately 5.2% of Cliffs Natural Resources, issued a letter to shareholders in connection with Casablanca’s campaign for fundamental change at Cliffs and its nomination of six director candidates for election to the Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on July 29. In the letter, Casablanca details escalating management compensation while shareholder returns have plummeted, the opaque nature of the management bonus and review process, and the ways in which bonus compensation metrics have changed from year to year in an apparent effort by the Cliffs Board to justify management bonuses despite severe underperformance. Casablanca reiterates that, in contrast to the current 0.3% of Cliffs shares that the current Board and management team owns, Casablanca has economically aligned itself with the interests of fellow shareholders, with Casablanca owning 5.2% of Cliffs shares and with Lourenco Goncalves’ personal investment of $1.5M in Cliffs’ shares. Donald Drapkin, Chairman of Casablanca said, “The Cliffs Board and management team have been pursuing their own personal agendas and enrichment at the expense of shareholders for far too long. It is time for the gravy train to end and for the Board to be held accountable. We are confident that on July 29 Cliffs’ shareholders will vote to support a slate of new directors who will reverse the outrageous value destruction and stop the pattern of excessive compensation and self-dealing at Cliffs.”
09:15 EDTKOSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
09:08 EDTKOSKosmos 17M share Spot Secondary priced at $9.92
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08:35 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill steel analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Global Steel Analysts review market conditions in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and discuss recent price moves in iron ore, met coal and global steel on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Covered companies AKS, ATI, CLF, CMC, GGB, MTL, NUE, RS, SCHN, SID, STLD, TX and X may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 14 at 10 am.
07:11 EDTWLPAetna, WellPoint top large-cap Managed Care picks at Jefferies
Jefferies calls Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP) its favorite large-cap picks in the Managed Care space, with Health Net (HNT) its favored name in the small to mid-cap space. The firm believes the market is already expecting strong Q2 results from the sector, and it downgraded UnitedHealth (UNH) to Hold from Buy on valuation and below-peer earnings growth. Jefferies has Buy ratings on Aetna, Health Net, Molina Healthcare (MOH) and WellPoint.
06:43 EDTRXNRexnord resumed with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:23 EDTWLPHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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July 9, 2014
18:10 EDTRAXHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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16:23 EDTKOSKosmos files to sell 17M shares of common stock
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15:20 EDTRAXRackspace mentioned positively at Cowen
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12:23 EDTRKUSMacronix files patent infringement complaints against Spansion in Germany
Macronix International announced that they have filed a new patent infringement complaint against Spansion (CODE) and certain of their customers in Germany for infringement of certain Macronix patents covering separate aspects of non-volatile memory devices, including flash memory. The named respondents include Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH, Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), and Polycom GmbH, according to Macronix. In addition to monetary compensation, Macronix requests that the court issues an injunction barring Spansion's infringing devices or products containing such components from further importation into and/or further commerce in Germany. This additional complaint follows those litigations in the U.S. against Spansion and/or its customers, and their respective decisions will be available in Q1 or Q2 of 2015, said Macronix.
10:02 EDTSGENOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:59 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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