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July 2, 2014
09:16 EDTGLPI, GBX, VITC, VE, STZ, ISLE, RAX, COCO, KR, TRN, SFLYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Vitacost.com (VITC), up 27% after agreeing to be acquired by Kroger (KR) for $8.00 per share cash. Shares of Kroger are up/down xx% after confirming the news, which had been reported by The Wall Street Journal... Shutterfly (SFLY), up 14% after Bloomberg reported that the company has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners to find a potential buyer... Rackspace (RAX), up 7% after TechCrunch reported that the company has been negotiating with a private equity firm to borrow capital for a deal that would take the company private... Isle of Capri (ISLE), up 13.7% after Deutsche Bank believes Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) could pay $15.80 per share to acquire the casino company. Note that Reuters reported Monday that both companies have renewed merger talks... CASI Pharmaceuticals (CASI), up 7.7% after its hepatocellular carcinoma treatment was granted orphan drug status by the FDA... Greenbrier (GBX), up 8% after its earnings beat expectations and it boosted its full-year view. Shares of its peers Trinity Industries (TRN) are 3.4% higher as well... Constellation Brands (STZ), up 5.8% after being quarterly expectations and raising its FY15 comparable EPS view. LOWER: CalAmp (CAMP), down 13% after reporting quarterly results and second quarter guidance below analyst estimates... Corinthian Colleges (COCO), down 3.7% after saying it has not yet reached an agreement with the Department of Education, but adding that the parties continue to negotiate... Veolia Environment (VE), down 3% after the stock was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
News For SFLY;RAX;VITC;TRN;ISLE;GBX;KR;STZ;GLPI;COCO;VE From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
07:06 EDTGBXGreenbrier volatility at low end of historic range
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January 22, 2015
13:13 EDTTRN, GBXRailcar backlog rose, says Wells Fargo
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January 20, 2015
09:40 EDTRAXFollow-up: Rackspace upgraded at CLSA
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09:17 EDTRAX, RAXRackspace upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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January 16, 2015
13:34 EDTSFLYManning & Napier Advisors reports 5.58% passive stake in Shutterfly
January 15, 2015
14:45 EDTCOCOFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
10:37 EDTSTZKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
07:37 EDTSTZConstellation Brands initiated with a Buy at Argus
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05:55 EDTKRSupermarkets upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at Goldman Sachs
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January 14, 2015
17:02 EDTSTZConstellation Brands names Bill Newlands Chief Growth Officer
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09:30 EDTKRKroger Q4 trends ahead of expectations, says Cleveland Research
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08:08 EDTTRNTrinity Industries weakness overdone, says Wells Fargo
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January 13, 2015
11:48 EDTSTZConstellation Brands upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
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