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February 14, 2014
16:39 EDTRPM, DGX, TLM, BG, IR, HES, ITW, TKR, ESL, HOLX, VSIRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rpm International (RPM). INCREASED STAKES: Hologic (HOLX), Esterline (ESL) and Timken (TKR). DECREASED STAKES: Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Hess (HES), Ingersoll-Rand (IR) and Bunge (BG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Talisman (TLM), Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and Vitamin Shoppe (VSI).
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September 12, 2014
10:35 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe may consider selling itself, analyst says
Vitamin retailer Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) could be considering selling itself after its 52 year old CEO announced that he would retire, Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: After Vitamin Shoppe announced on September 10 that its CEO Tony Truesdale would retire effective June 2015, Sterne Agee analyst Charles Grom wrote that the news was surprising, in light of Truesdale's age and several initiatives recently carried out by the company. Given Truesdale's departure and the lack of available high-caliber retail management talent, along with Vitamin Shoppe's recent move into manufacturing via its acquisition of nutritional product maker Nutri-Force, Vitamin Shoppe's board may be considering selling the company, the analyst believes. Vitamin Shoppe could be weighing selling itself to competitor GNC (GNC) or a private equity firm, Grom wrote. He kept a $53 price target and Buy rating on Vitamin Shoppe. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on August 11, Credit Suisse predicted that GNC and Vitamin Shoppe could combine. The merger would create $135M of synergies and grow the combined entity's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization by nearly 20%, the analyst predicted. Additionally, the companies have a great deal of store overlap, and the new CEO of GNC is a former president of Vitamin Shoppe, increasing the chances that a merger would be successful, Credit Suisse stated. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Vitamin Shoppe lost 1% to $43, while GNC advanced 1% to $39.50.
09:20 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe may be weighing sale of company, says Sterne Agee
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September 11, 2014
12:03 EDTBGUSDA raises U.S. corn yield forecast to record
In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's corn yield forecast is raised 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels. Corn production for 2014/15 is forecast 363 million bushels higher at a record 14,395 million bushels. Total 2014/15 corn usage is projected at 13,605 million bushels, up 170 million from last month. Although a record, usage is expected up just 5 million bushels from 2013/14 as export prospects remain constrained by large foreign carryin stocks, the USDA wrote. Publicly traded companies in the agriculture space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT).
10:49 EDTVSIHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTITWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Airgas (ARG) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... CME Group (CME) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Colfax (CFX) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Overweight at Capital One... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... GreenHunter Resources (GRH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Lincoln Electric (LECO) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Live Nation (LYV) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Medtronic (MDT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NASDAQ (NDAQ) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Iberia... Newpark Resources (NR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nuverra Environmental (NES) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Petrobras (PBR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sensata (ST) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Stage Stores (SSI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... TE Connectivity (TEL) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Walter Investment (WAC) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Washington REIT (WRE) initiated with an Equalweight at Capital One... Yandex (YNDX) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Yara International (YARIY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse.
08:46 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast
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September 10, 2014
16:19 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe says CEO Tony Truesdale plans to retire next year
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September 8, 2014
16:06 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics: More people testing positive for chikungunya virus in U.S.
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09:03 EDTTKRTimken announces restructuring and reorganization of Aerospace business
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTIROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
September 4, 2014
17:58 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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16:18 EDTESLEsterline sees Q4 after-tax write-down of $55M-$75M
Esterline said that beginning in Q4,the Eclipse Electronic Systems, Pacific Aerospace & Electronics, and Wallop Defence Systems businesses will be reported as discontinued operations. At that time, based on the allocation of goodwill, the company expects to record a non-cash, after-tax write-down on discontinued operations of between $55M-$75M.
16:16 EDTESLEsterline says moving forward with divestiture of three units
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16:14 EDTESLEsterline reaffirms 2014 EPS outlook $5.40-$5.70, consensus $5.63
Esterline said, "Excluding integration costs and specific incremental compliance program expenses, ...our guidance remains unchanged at $5.40 to $5.70 per share. However, excluding these discontinued operations, our full-year adjusted earnings from continuing operations are now expected to be within a range of $5.70 to $6.00 per diluted share."
16:13 EDTESLEsterline reports Q3 EPS ex-items $1.38, consensus $1.40
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15:23 EDTESLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cooper Companies (COO), consensus $1.90; Esterline Technologies (ESL), consensus $1.40; Verint Systems (VRNT), consensus 60c; Finisar (FNSR), consensus 32c; Zumiez (ZUMZ), consensus 23c; SeaChange (SEAC), consensus (18c); Ambarella (AMBA), consensus 28c; Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 1c.
September 3, 2014
11:07 EDTTLMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTDGXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:17 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Quest Diagnostics to Conviction Buy from Buy based on expectations for improving industry volumes, cost cutting focus, margin expansion potential, and capital allocation. Price target raised to $78 from $66.
September 2, 2014
11:08 EDTTLMOptions with decreasing implied volatilit
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