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April 2, 2014
10:26 EDTROST, EMES, APOL, EEFT, DARHigh option volume stocks: ROST EMES APOL EEFT DAR
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July 21, 2014
08:34 EDTROSTRoss Stores opens 30 new locations in June and July
Ross Stores announced the June and July openings of 23 Ross Dress for Less and seven dd's DISCOUNTS stores across 17 different states. These new locations are part of the off-price retailer's plans to add a total of approximately 75 Ross and 20 dd's DISCOUNTS stores during 2014.
July 16, 2014
16:24 EDTROSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
10:00 EDTROSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:39 EDTROSTRoss Stores downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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July 15, 2014
09:59 EDTAPOLApollo Education discloses new Department of Education review
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09:21 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:17 EDTAPOLApollo Education Title IV review not cause for concern, says William Blair
William Blair says Apollo Education's announcement that the Department of Education will conduct a Title IV program review is not a major cause for concern. The firm notes that all U.S. colleges whose students access federal student loans are subject to periodic program reviews of their administration of Title IV funds. William Blair views Apollo's financial aid processing systems and procedures are among the best, if not the best, and keeps an Market Perform rating on the stock.
06:50 EDTAPOLApollo Education Title IV review likely non-event, says Piper Jaffray
After Apollo Education disclosed that the Department of Education will conduct a Title IV program review, Piper Jaffray says such actions are "normal course of business" and not unusual at for-profit institutions. Piper notes that Apollo's last Title IV program review was completed in 2012 with no adverse findings. The firm sees a "high probability" the review will be a non-event and it keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
July 14, 2014
18:15 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:34 EDTAPOLApollo Education down nearly 8% after DoE review
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16:30 EDTAPOLDoE to conduct review on Apollo's University of Phoenix financial aid program
Apollo Education disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has been informed by the U.S. Department of Education that the Department intends to conduct an ordinary course program review of University of Phoenix’s administration of federal student financial aid ,Title IV, programs in which the University participates. The review, which is scheduled to commence August 4, initially will cover federal financial aid years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, as well as compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and related regulations.

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