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January 4, 2013
16:35 EDTAPKT, AAMRQ, FINL, SIMG, LCC, SVU, ARAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished higher on the day, with the S&P 500 closing at its highest level since December 2007. Stocks opened the session mixed after a monthly jobs report that was in-line with expectations, but gained steadily through the session, with the averages hitting their highs during the final hour of trading, with the S&P and Dow finishing just off those levels... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department said employers added 155,000 jobs in December, which was about in-line with estimates and near the average pace of job growth over the last year. The unemployment rate for November was upwardly revised to 7.8% and the Labor Department said the 7.8% rate carried over to December as well. Factory orders were flat in November, versus expectations for them to increase 0.4%. The December ISM non-manufacturing index, which measures services sector expansion or contraction, came in at 56.1, versus expectations for a 54.1 reading. Reports from the Energy Information Administration showed inventories of crude oil and natural gas both drew down more than expected last week... COMPANY NEWS: Supervalu (SVU) spiked higher following headlines from Dow Jones that said the company was close to a deal with private equity firm Cerberus Capital, and shares finished the day up 35c, or 13.51%, to $2.94... Finish Line (FINL) reported a break-even quarter and lowered its Q4 and FY12 outlooks, disappointing the Street and prompting downgrades from at least four analyst firms. Shares of Finish Line lost $1.58, or 8.30%, to $17.46 on the day... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers were shares of Acme Packet (APKT), up $2.56, or 11.97%, to $23.94 after the stock was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus with the firm putting a $27 price target on shares. Also higher were shares of US Airways (LCC), up $1.07, or 7.83%, to $14.73 after the airline reported December traffic results and following a Wall Street Journal report last night that said AMR Corp. (AAMRQ) is close to finishing its evaluation of a proposed merger with the airline. Among the noteworthy losers were Accuray (ARAY), down $1.37, or 20.23%, to $5.41 following a downgrade to Underweight at JPMorgan after the company's negative Q2 pre-announcement. Also lower were shares of Silicon Image (SIMG), down 56c, or 10.85%, to $4.60 after the company cut its Q4 revenue view to $59M-$60M from $64M-$67M... INDICES: The Dow was up 43.85, or 0.33%, to 13,435.21; the Nasdaq was up 1.09, or 0.04%, to 3,101.66; the S&P 500 was up 7.10, or 0.49%, to 1,466.47.
News For SVU;FINL;APKT;LCC;AAMRQ;ARAY;SIMG From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
09:53 EDTSVUSupervalu upgraded to Outperform at Telsey Advisory (pre-open)
Telsey Advisory upgraded Supervalu to Outperform from Market Perform prior to the open after the company reported better than expected first quarter results yesterday and announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business.
06:10 EDTSVUSupervalu upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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July 28, 2015
12:31 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
08:05 EDTSVUSupervalu reports Q1 adjusted EPS 23c, consensus 20c
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08:04 EDTSVUSupervalu to explore separating Save-A-Lot business
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July 24, 2015
11:24 EDTFINLFinish Line management to meet with Buckingham
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles on July 27 and in San Francisco on July 28 hosted by Buckingham.
10:00 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:13 EDTSVUSupervalu initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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