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March 11, 2014
Stocks on Wall Street continued searching for direction near midday, after having spent time about equal time just above and just below the flat-line in the early hours of the session. The averages drifted lower and fell into negative ground near noon, but generally have been range in a band around where they ended yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.6% in January, beating expectations for an increase of 0.4%. The NFIB small business optimism index for February fell to 91.4, which was a worse than expected drop from its prior 94.1 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings rebounded 60K in January to 3.97M. COMPANY NEWS: Softbank (SFTBF) CEO and Sprint (S) Chairman Masayoshi Son confirmed his interest in buying T-Mobile (TMUS) in a number of television interviews, though clearly noted that he has no formal agreement with T-Mobile and that "steps and details" would have to be worked out if a deal were to move forward. Analysts at Wells Fargo think Son is undertaking a "targeted and very purposeful" public relations effort to help make Sprint's case to purchase T-Mobile and believe his comments regarding a "massive price war" if Sprint was given clearance to pursue a merger could pressure shares of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). Shares of both of the incumbent U.S. wireless leaders were down about 1% at midday as Son's public relations tour continues with an event planned in Washington, D.C... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed over 1% after research firm Pacific Crest upgraded the tech giant in a note to investors earlier today, citing the opportunity for a 4.7 inch iPhone 6 to increase Apple's gross profit. A number of media outlets have reported that Apple will release a larger screen iPhone this year, but the company has not confirmed the reports... Another name that spiked near midday was Jive Software (JIVE), which jumped after Re/code said the company has explored a sale in recent months, though the report added that Oracle (ORCL), SAP (SAP) and Workday (WDAY) each passed on making a bid. Shares were off their earlier highs but remained up about 5% near noon... Suit retailers Men's Wearhouse (MW) and Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) ended their long and public courtship as Men's Wearhouse struck a deal to acquire its peer for $65 per share in cash. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Boyd Gaming (BYD), which jumped more than 16% after activist hedge fund Elliott Associates disclosed a stake in the casino operator. Also higher was alternative energy company FuelCell (FCEL), which rose nearly 15% following its quarterly earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell about 10% after a judge denied the company's motion for preliminary injunctive relief against rival Ambry Genetics. Also lower following their earnings reports and cautious commentary about the current environment were mall-based clothing retailers Urban Outfitters (URBN), which slid over 4%, and American Eagle (AEO), which dropped more than 5%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 37.08, or 0.23%, to 16,381.60, the Nasdaq was down 3.20, or 0.07%, to 4,331.25, and the S&P 500 was down 4.88, or 0.26%, to 1,872.29.
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November 17, 2015
12:46 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after better than expected earnings from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) helped the Dow build on yesterday's gains. The market also received a boost from an in-line consumer prices report, which may give the Fed the ammunition it needs to begin to raising interest rates from their record-low levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. NAHB's home builder sentiment index fell 3 points to 62 in November, versus expectations for a reading of 64. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced nearly 5% after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. As part of its report, Wal-Mart noted that comp sales at Walmart U.S. rose 1.5% in the quarter compared to last year, marking the fifth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot, gained more than 3.5%. Missing out on the retail rally, however, was Dick's Sporting Good (DKS), which tumbled over 9.5% after giving guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 that both missed consensus estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nuance (NUAN), which rallied 17% after analysts raised their price targets on the company's stock following upbeat fourth quarter earnings. Also higher was TJX (TJX), which gained 4% after reporting quarterly earnings and guiding for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016. Among the notable losers was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell 21% after Deutsche Bank lowered its price target on the company's shares to $16 from $28. Also lower was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which fell 8% after no fewer than three analyst downgraded the company's shares following its Q3 earnings report. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 39.99, or 0.23%, to 17,523.00, the Nasdaq was up 17.91, or 0.36%, to 5,002.53, and the S&P 500 was up 3.54, or 0.17%, to 2,056.73.
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10:02 EDTURBNHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded on valuation at KeyBanc... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... ChipMOS (IMOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Clovis (CLVS) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Cooper Companies (COO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Five Below (FIVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Grainger (GWW) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hess Corp. (HES) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Leju (LEJU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Lombard Medical (EVAR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Osiris (OSIR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Polaris Industries (PII) downgraded on anemic ORV growth at Wedbush... SQM (SQM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... WM Morrison (MRWSY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... adidas (ADDDY) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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09:27 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters plunges after results to fresh multi-year lows
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09:20 EDTTMUST-Mobile shares attractive, likley to be acquired, says Cowen
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09:15 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.1%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 7.7%... Eros International (EROS), up 12.8%... Home Depot (HD), up 3.1%...Wal-Mart (WMT), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 14.8% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002... Fitbit (FIT), up 2.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS), down 15.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 12.8%. ALSO LOWER: Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR), up 25.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.7% after board unanimously determines not to pursue IAC (IACI) proposal... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down 4.1% after receiving downgrades from Goldman and WallachBeth... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 2.5% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Cooper Companies (COO), down 2% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
09:12 EDTFCELUIL Holdings finalizes deal with Woodbridge
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09:02 EDTAAPLAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:56 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters valuation compelling, says SunTrust
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08:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $26 from $37 at Baird
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07:21 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $32 from $37 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital lowered its price target on Urban Outfitters to $32 from $37 following Q3 results. The firm said Q4 is off to a slow start due to warmer weather, but they still believe Urban Outfitters is a best-of-breed retailer with several top and bottom-line drivers. Brean Capital maintained its Buy rating on Urban Outfitters shares.
07:19 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters long-term outlook still favorable, says Stifel
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07:18 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:11 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor
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07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
06:51 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $27 from $42 at Piper Jaffray
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06:26 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory
Telsey Advisory downgraded Urban Outfitters to Market Perform and lowered its price target to $23 from $40 on shares. Analyst Dana Telsey lowered estimates following the Q3 report and said the lack of product newness in core apparel and accessories had not impacted all of the businesses, with deceleration across brands. Telsey believes Urban's ability to post an increase in sales trends is further on the horizon and earnings visibility is further clouded.
06:12 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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