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November 29, 2012
16:28 EDTUSNA, KR, SVU, BKS, BLOX, LQDT, WLLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street withstood some fiscal cliff related volatility to finish in positive territory. Some positive economic data, including better than expected pending home sales and an upward revision to Q3 GDP growth, contributed to the move higher but investors remained on edge and reacted with each new headline coming out of Washington... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims dropped to 393,000, versus expectations for claims to fall to 390,0000. The Commerce Department revised its estimate for the gain in Q3 GDP to 2.7% from the previously reported 2% gain. Analysts expected growth to be revised to a 2.8% rate. However, within the report, Q3 consumer spending was lowered to a 1.4% growth rate from the 2% gain previously reported. Pending home sales rose 5.2% in October from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 1%... COMPANY NEWS: A Bloomberg report said that PE-firm Cerberus Capital Management's planned buyout of SuperValu (SVU) had stalled on financing concerns. Shares of SuperValu dropped sharply following the news, eventually closing down 52c, or 18.57%, at $2.28... A report from the Wall Street Journal said that Whiting Petroleum (WLL) had been exploring a sale but would no longer pursue that alternative. After a midday circuit-breaker halt, shares of Whiting settled down $1.34, or 3.17%, to $40.94... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infoblox (BLOX), up $4.12, or 29.53%, to $18.07 after its earnings beat consensus estimates. Also higher were shares of Kroger (KR), up $1.19, or 4.75%, to $26.25 after the company reported earnings and provided guidance that beat Street forecasts. Among noteworthy losers were Liquidity Services (LQDT), down $5.90, or 13.49%, to $37.83, and Barnes & Noble (BKS), down $1.79, or 11.15%, to $14.26, after their earnings reports. Also lower were shares of Usana Health Sciences (USNA), down $2.44, or 5.60%, to $41.17 after a report from short-selling blog Citron Research which said the company is the subject of criminal probes in China... INDICES: The Dow was up 36.71, or 0.28%, to 13,021.82; the Nasdaq was up 20.25, or 0.68%, to 3,012.03; and the S&P 500 was up 6.02, or 0.43%, to 1,415.95.
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February 8, 2016
16:43 EDTBLOXInfoblox to hold a conference call
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16:14 EDTBLOXInfoblox acquires cyberthreat intelligence firm IID for $45M
Infoblox announced the acquisition of privately held IID, a global cyberthreat intelligence company. Infoblox paid $45M in cash, subject to customary adjustments, to the former IID stockholders as consideration for the transaction. "By bringing together the deep and very rich threat intelligence from IID with the context and the central control point that Infoblox has in the network through our DDI services, we can deliver a unique value proposition to our customers and the partners that resell our products," the company remarked. IID co-founders Lars Harvey and Rod Rasmussen will become members of the Infoblox management team. Infoblox also expects that most IID employees will join Infoblox, including the threat intelligence and engineering teams.
16:12 EDTBLOXInfoblox sees Q2 adjusted EPS 16c-17c, consensus 13c
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February 5, 2016
12:26 EDTBKSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 4, 2016
10:52 EDTBKSOptions with increasing implied volatility: MPLX BOFI BKS NAT KSS
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07:14 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services remains cautious for FY16 outlook
Cites the changing mix and volume of supply in our DoD and commercial business, in part due to lower commodity prices and macro weakness in the energy sector. The company adds, "While we anticipate a benefit to earnings in FY16 compared to FY15 from the sale of the Jacobs Trading business, client engagements and the mix of property received under select retail client programs are unpredictable, resulting in lower supply and lower per unit prices in certain categories. In the longer term, we expect our business to benefit from: innovative new service capabilities and more efficient business operations from our LiquidityOne investment program; improved monetization of our buyer base through the deployment of our new integrated marketplace system and data warehouse; increased outsourcing of reverse supply chain activities in response to our new model and the rise of e-commerce and sustainability programs; and (iv) increased brand recognition as a market leader due to our proven track record, innovative scalable solutions and the ability to make a strategic impact in the reverse supply chain."
07:14 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services says difficult to forecast sales as DoD business seen changes
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06:59 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services reports Q1-end registered buyers 2.88M
Reports Q1-end auction participants 561K. Reports Q1 completed transactions 133K.
06:58 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services sees Q2 adjusted EPS (11c)-0c, consensus 3c
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06:57 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services: Q1 dampened by lower commodity prices
The company commented, "Our Q1 results were dampened by lower commodity prices which have adversely affected the pricing and volume of transactions in our DoD and capital assets marketplaces. However, we continue to expand our commercial and municipal government client base as our marketplace and integrated services are highly relevant to organizations seeking to manage total supply chain costs in the current business climate. We also continued to make progress on the design and build of our LiquidityOne platform to provide customers the next generation of cloud based marketplace, analytics and returns management solutions. We are testing our new product and service capabilities with customers and are excited by the initial feedback and the new opportunities we are uncovering to grow our business over the long term."
06:56 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services reports Q1 EPS (17c), consensus (5c)
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February 3, 2016
16:40 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in positive territory but were unable to hold their early gains. Following larger than expected builds in energy inventories, oil moved lower, taking equities with it. By the noon hour oil prices recovered and moved higher once again, helping to lift equities. While oil prices continued their advance and moved up more than 7%, stocks lagged, especially the Nasdaq, which was down as much as 1.5% this afternoon. That changed in the last hours of trading, which saw the Dow spurt higher and the Nasdaq recover most of its losses heading into another heavy dose of corporate earnings reports after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP estimated that private payrolls grew by 205,000 jobs in January, topping the consensus forecast for 190,000 job additions. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. In Asia, the Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month. Additionally, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. In Europe, Markit's composite purchasing managers index for January declined to 53.6 from 54.3 in December. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined 4.75% to $27.68 after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's chairman, said the board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) fell 2.89% to $461.92 after reporting lower than expected revenue and a 14% plunge in same-store sales for the quarter. Adding to the negative headlines, the restaurant operator also disclosed a subpoena broadening the scope of a criminal investigation that was previously limited to a single Chipotle location in California. Also punished by food safety worries were shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), which slid 4.24% to $143.64 after one of its restaurants was named a suspected source of new norovirus-like cases in suburban Kansas City, though the company disputed a link between its location and the illnesses. The stock continued to move lower in after-hours trading following the company's earnings report and lower than expected guidance... Merck (MRK) was one of the worst performers on the Dow, dipping to as low as $48.58 before ending the day down 0.7% at $50.04 after its earnings narrowly topped estimates but guidance for the new year fell short of expectations. Among other large cap names reporting earnings this morning, Comcast (CMCSA) rose 5.95% following its report, while General Motors (GM) slid 2.43%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Autodesk (ADSK), which rallied 8% to $49.56 after announcing a restructuring plan that will see its workforce cut by roughly 10%. Also higher was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 13.53% to $9.48 after the New York Post reported that InterActiveCorp (IAC) is preparing a "big run" to acquire the company. In addition, Syngenta (SYT) rose 2% to $80.21 after receiving a $43B-plus takeover offer from ChemChina. Among the noteworthy losers was Lowe's (LOW), which fell 6.2% to $67.42 after agreeing to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B. Also lower was Barnes & Noble (BKS), which declined 9.6% to $7.32 after mall operator General Growth (GGP) said during a conference call that Amazon (AMZN) plans to open 300-400 physical bookstores. After the closing bell, General Growth CEO Sandeep Mathrani indicated that his previous statement "was not intended to represent Amazon's plans." Meanwhile, Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Mondelez (MDLZ) and Match Group (MTCH) lost 7.6%, 6.5% and 12.6%, respectively, following their quarterly reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 183.12, or 1.13%, to 16,336.66, the Nasdaq fell 12.71, or 0.28%, to 4,504.24, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.50, or 0.5%, to 1,912.53.
10:00 EDTWLLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... CIT Group (CIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded at Stifel... Cypress Energy (CELP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded on weak near-term outlook at Argus... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Intersil (ISIL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LyondellBasell (LYB) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Marriott (MAR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Microchip (MCHP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Peapack-Gladstone (PGC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... QIWI (QIWI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... STORE Capital (STOR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Spark Energy (SPKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... UBS (UBS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded on oil price outlook at Stifel... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Axiom.
08:25 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum downgraded on oil price outlook at Stifel
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08:02 EDTSVUSupervalu names Mark Gross to succeed Sam Duncan as president, CEO
Supervalu announced the appointment of Mark Gross as the company's president and CEO, effective February 5, 2016. Gross, age 52, will succeed Sam Duncan who has previously announced he will be retiring. Supervalu also announced that Sam Duncan will be stepping down from the company's 11-person Board of Directors effective with his retirement on February 29, 2016, and that until that time, he will continue with the company as a special advisor to the company's Board of Directors to facilitate a smooth transition. Gross will be appointed to the Board effective March 1, 2016. Additionally, the company said that Bruce Besanko, COO, will report to Gross and continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company's Independent Business and Retail Food segments as well as the company's finance organization. From 1997 to 2006, Gross worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers, including serving as Co-President of C&S's overall operations from 2005-2006. Additionally, during his tenure with C&S, Gross served as Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and President of its affiliated retail grocery operations.
05:17 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
February 2, 2016
19:22 EDTBKSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Boot Barn (BOOT), up 16.5%... Wabash National (WNC), up 9.7%... Oclaro (OCLR), up 6.8%... Myriad Genetics (MYGN), up 8%... Ultimate Software Group (ULTI), up 6.2%... Natural Health (NHTC), up 6.2%... Edwards Lifesciences (EW), up 6.2%... Viavi Solutions (VIAV), up 2.4%... Gilead Sciences (GILD), up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Match Group (MTCH), down 7.3%... Yahoo (YHOO), down 1.2%... Chipotle (CMG), down 7.1%. ALSO LOWER: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 2.4% after General Growth (GGP) CEO Sandeep Mathrani announced that Amazon (AMZN) is going to open 300-400 brick-and-mortar bookstores.
16:14 EDTBKSAmazon.com said to plan hundreds of physical bookstores, DJ reports
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February 1, 2016
12:48 EDTKROptions with increasing call volume
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January 29, 2016
07:36 EDTWLLAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link
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