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August 25, 2014
06:15 EDTSNDK, WAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SanDisk (SNDK) 22, Walgreen (WAG) 20 according to iVolatility.
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September 30, 2014
09:13 EDTWAGWalgreen: There won't be material change in free cash flow in 2015
09:10 EDTWAGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:07 EDTWAGWalgreen: Generic drug inflation will be with us for a while
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07:37 EDTWAGWalgreen targeting cost savings of $1B by FY17
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07:36 EDTWAGWalgreen sees FY15 synergies with Alliance Boots $650M
Walgreen reports combined FY14 synergies with Alliance Boots reached $491M. FY15 synergies are expected to be approximately $650M. The company opened or acquired 46 new drugstores in Q4, compared with 33 in the year-ago quarter. In FY14, Walgreens added a net gain of 21 new drugstores in addition to 70 net new drugstores through acquisitions. At Aug. 31, Walgreens operated 8,309 locations.
07:32 EDTWAGWalgreen reports Q4 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 74c
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September 29, 2014
15:34 EDTWAGWalgreen technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have broadly underperformed the averages in the last three months, trading down over 19%. The trend was moderately down until a large gap down in share price in early August. Since then the shares have traded in a relatively narrow range defined largely by a low at $60 and a high at $65. Ahead of earnings the shares have edged below that $60 level. If the news is worse than already low expectations, the $60 area will be one to watch. A continued slide in share price below $60 would see supports as potential downside objectives at $57.75, $53.76 which is the 52-week low, and $50.33 on an extreme move on a large disappointment. If the news exceeds low expectations, there would be room for a snap-back rally. Resistance levels which could become upside objectives are at $62.49, $65.19, and $66.50. The latter level is the top of the bearish gap from early August. A bullish filling of that gap would be bullish for future price.
15:11 EDTWAGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:23 EDTWAGWalgreen October weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:38 EDTWAGWalgreen says court preliminarily approves shareholder settlement
Walgreen said in a filling on Friday that on September 19, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, issued an order preliminarily approving a proposed settlement by and among Walgreen Co, the plaintiffs, and all named individual defendants in the shareholder derivative action entitled In re Walgreen Co. Derivative Litigation, No. 13-05471. The proposed settlement implements the agreement in principle reflected in the settlement term sheet executed by the parties in June 2014, as previously disclosed in the Companyís Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2014.A hearing to determine whether the court should issue an order of final approval of the settlement has been scheduled for December 9, 2014, at 11:15 a.m. in Courtroom 1925 at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. Pursuant to the courtís order, any objections to the settlement must be filed in writing with the court by no later than November 25, 2014. Additional information concerning the terms of the proposed settlement, the December 9, 2014 hearing, and the requirements for objections can be found in the Notice of Pendency and Settlement of Shareholder Derivative Action.
September 26, 2014
15:46 EDTWAGOptions expected to be active next week
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11:35 EDTSNDKMicron advances after results, outlook beat expectations
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September 25, 2014
17:01 EDTSNDKSanDisk up 1.4% to $98.30 after Micron reports Q4 results
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12:29 EDTSNDKEarnings Preview: Several analysts positive on Micron ahead of Q4 report
Micron (MU) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, September 25, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 81c on revenue of $4.15B. The consensus range is 66c-$1.03 for EPS on revenue of $4.05B-$4.3B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On June 23, Micron reported third quarter EPS of 79c, compared to the 70c consensus estimate of analysts. Micron's quarterly revenue of $3.98B beat expectations for $3.89B. Revenues for both DRAM and NAND Flash products were down slightly for the quarter compared to the prior quarter. The companyís overall consolidated gross margin of 34% for the third quarter was consistent with the second quarter, as mix-related decreases in average selling prices were essentially offset by corresponding decreases in manufacturing costs. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last report, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target for the shares to $50 from $40. The firm said then that it expected NAND gross margins to improve in 2015 and recommended investors look past the company's Q4 margin guidance. On July 31, Goldman and Sterne Agee issued competing views on how comments from Samsung could impact Micron. On that day, Sterne Agee reported that Samsung said its DRAM bit growth in the second half of 2014 would be limited, while its 2015 bit growth will drop compared to this year. The firm saw the guidance as "a major positive" for Micron and SanDisk (SNDK) and kept Buy ratings on both. However, Goldman said Samsung's increased DRAM bit supply growth forecast was an incremental negative for Micron. Goldman continues to have a Neutral rating on shares of Micron. More recently, Sterne Agee said Micron's stock has lagged due to concerns about potentially weaker Q4 DRAM prices and worries about NAND seasonality. The firm thinks these concerns are misplaced and continues to view Micron as a beneficiary of industry consolidation over the long-term. The firm keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on Micron. Wedbush said it expects Micron's Q4 results to beat consensus expectations and for the company to provide upbeat commentary. The firm thinks that investor sentiment towards the stock has stalled on concerns about unfavorable DRAM supply/demand dynamics in 2015. However, Wedbush remains bullish on memory market dynamics heading into 2015 and keeps a $37 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. UBS believes DRAM and NAND average selling price trends continue to be favorable for Micron in the near to medium term and that the company should report Q4 EPS and revenue that are in line with consensus or better. The firm maintains its Buy rating on Micron and raised its price target on the stock to $36 from $35 ahead of tonight's Q4 report. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Micron have advanced about 1%. Ahead of tonight's report, Micron was down over 2% to $31.54 in afternoon trading.
September 24, 2014
14:16 EDTWAGWalgreen October weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and revenue outlook
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06:50 EDTWAGWalgreen mulls infusion division sale deal, Reuters says
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September 22, 2014
10:15 EDTWAGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actavis (ACT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Auxilium (AUXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... General Communications (GNCMA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Las Vegas Sands (LVS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lindsay Corp. (LNN) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Realogy (RLGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Saba Software (SABA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Valmont (VMI) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Walgreen (WAG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Watts Water (WTS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
05:55 EDTWAGWalgreen downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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September 19, 2014
08:03 EDTSNDKInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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September 18, 2014
11:55 EDTWAGRite Aid falls as drugstore chain trims FY15 view
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