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January 8, 2013
12:32 EDTFIO, SIG, SHLD, AYI, MDCO, CY, MONOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday as investors shift their focus from the fiscal cliff to the fourth-quarter earnings season, set to unofficially kick off after the closing bell when Dow component Alcoa (AA) reports. Expectations for the earnings season are muted, with S&P 500 companies forecast to post earnings growth of just 2.8% for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters. Profit-growth estimates were sharply reduced from the expected growth rate of 9.2% called for at the end of September, according to FactSet. The averages have drifted lower on fairly light volume, indicating a lack of buying rather than intense selling, as investors may be content to wait to see how the earnings season develops before stepping back in... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small-business-optimism index rose to 88.0 in December from 87.5 in November. In Europe, zone-wide unemployment hit a new record rate of 11.8% in November, though the European Commission also separately reported that its December Economic Sentiment Indicator improved by 1.3 points in the euro area, to 87.0, and remained generally unchanged at 88.4 in the broader EU. In Asia, Japan said it will use its foreign reserves to continue to buy bonds issued by the European Stability Mechanism to help weaken the yen... COMPANY NEWS: Sears Holdings (SHLD) said late Monday that CEO Louis D’Ambrosio will step down due to family health reasons and be replaced in that role by Eddie Lampert, its chairman of the board and largest shareholder. Sears also forecast adjusted earnings for Q4 that beat consensus expectations but shares fell about 5% near noon... Among companies reporting earnings after yesterday's close or before today's open, Monsanto (MON) advanced and Acuity Brands (AYI) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were The Medicines Company (MDCO), up 11% after announcing results for a Phase 3 trial of one of its drugs, and Signet Jewelers (SIG), up 9% after reporting its holiday season same-store sales rose 3.3% and issuing earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers were Cypress Semiconductor (CY), down 9% after cutting its Q4 earnings forecast, and Fusion-io (FIO), which fell 8% after William Blair downgraded the stock to Market Perform... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 68.23, or 0.51%, to 13,316.06; the Nasdaq was down 15.69, or 0.51%, to 3,083.12; and the S&P 500 was down 7.46, or 0.51%, to 1,454.43.
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April 17, 2014
12:13 EDTSHLDSears director Thomas Tisch buys 475,000 shares
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11:48 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor sees Q2 EPS 11c-13c, consensus 12c
Sees Q2 revenue $181M-$186M, consensus $182.84M. Sees Q2 gross margin approximately 51%. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
11:42 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor sees Q2 EPS 11c-13c, consensus 12c
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11:41 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor sees Q2 revenue $181M-$186M, consensus $182.84M
Guidance provided on the company's Q1 earnings conference call.
09:59 EDTMDCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:05 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor sees Q2 EPS to grow 'much faster' than revenue
The company said, "We exited the first quarter with a book-to-bill ratio of 1.08 and expect solid sequential revenue growth in the second quarter. Our Q2 earnings will grow much faster than revenue, reflecting the inherent leverage created by our efficiency improvements." Consensus for Q2 EPS and revenue are 12c and $182.84M, respectively.
08:04 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor reports Q1 adjusted EPS 7c, consensus 7c
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07:17 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co. downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
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April 14, 2014
07:43 EDTSIGSignet Jewelers potential for further upside remains, says Brean Capital
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April 13, 2014
17:45 EDTSHLDLand's End shares could head lower, Barron's says
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April 11, 2014
14:26 EDTSHLDCBL & Associates expects more J.C. Penney closures
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April 10, 2014
07:24 EDTSIGCitigroup to hold a conference
Diamond Days Conference is being held in New York on April 10.
April 9, 2014
12:04 EDTMONU.S. corn exports projected to increase 125M bushels
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April 7, 2014
09:30 EDTAYIAcuity Brands upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti
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07:31 EDTSIGZale, Signet Jewelers announce expiration of HSR Act waiting period
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07:01 EDTSHLDEquity One names David Lukes as next CEO
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April 5, 2014
19:03 EDTSHLDSears completes Land's End spin-off, receives $500M in gross proceeds
Sears Holdings (SHLD) announced that its pro-rata spin-off of Lands' End (LE) from Sears Holdings closed on April 4. Lands' End has now been separated from Sears Holdings and its common stock is expected to begin regular-way trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol LE on April 7. Sears Holdings will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SHLD. Sears Holdings received aggregate gross proceeds from the spin-off of $500M, consisting of a cash dividend paid by Lands' End prior to the spin-off to a subsidiary of Sears Holdings. In the spin-off, Sears Holdings distributed a total of approximately 32M shares of Lands' End common stock to the holders of Sears Holdings common stock as of 5:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 24, the record date. Each share of Sears Holdings common stock outstanding as of the record date entitles the holder thereof to receive 0.300795 shares of Lands' End common stock, except that holders of Sears Holdings' restricted stock that was unvested as of the record date will receive cash awards in lieu of shares. In addition, as part of the spin-off, Lands' End entered into an asset-based senior secured revolving credit facility, which provides for maximum borrowings of approximately $175M with a letter of credit sub-limit, and a senior secured term loan facility of approximately $515M. The proceeds of the term loan facility were used to pay the $500M dividend to the Sears Holdings subsidiary and to pay fees and expenses associated with the foregoing facilities of approximately $10M, with the remaining proceeds to be used by Lands' End for general corporate purposes.
April 4, 2014
10:04 EDTSHLDSears risk/reward negative, says ISI Group
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08:43 EDTMDCOPointState Capital reports 7.3% passive stake in The Medicines Co.
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