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March 7, 2014
16:34 EDTSWY, BIG, PANW, JNPR, FL, FEYE, PRGSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following a U.S. employment report for February that came in better than expected. Despite the economy adding more jobs that expected for February, the unemployment rate edged up to 6.7% from January's 6.6%. Despite continued unrest in Ukraine and mixed economic data, the averages closed the first week of the month with gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 175K non-farm jobs were added last month, beating the expected increase of 150K jobs, while the unemployment rate edged up to 6.7% from last month’s 6.6% rate. The trade balance report for January showed a deficit of $39.1B, versus the expected $38.5B deficit. January consumer credit was reported to rise $13.7B, slightly below expectations for growth of $14B. COMPANY NEWS: Grocery store owner Safeway (SWY) agreed to be acquired by Albertsons, owned by private equity firm Cerberus, for a total value estimated at $40 per Safeway share. Safeway shareholders will receive $32.50 per share in cash, will have the right to receive pro-rata distributions of proceeds from primarily non-core assets with an estimated value of $3.65 per share, and Safeway's shares of Blackhawk (HAWK), with a current value of $3.95 per Safeway share, will still be distributed. The deal, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, received a mixed reaction, with analysts at Deutsche Bank saying it views the offer as too low. Shares of Safeway closed the session down 87c, or 2.2%, to $38.60... Closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) gained $6.72, or 22.97%, to $35.97 after the company reported fourth results, said the wind-down of its Canadian operations is on schedule, and approved a $125M share repurchase program. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Palo Alto Networks (PANW), up $7.67, or 11.04%, to $77.12 after a judge declared a mistrial in the company's ongoing patent infringement lawsuit with Juniper Networks (JNPR). Shares of Juniper finished the session little changed. Also higher was Foot Locker (FL), up $3.76, or 8.80%, to $46.49 after the athletic shoe and apparel retailer reported earnings and sales that beat estimates and said its first quarter same-store sales are up low-double digits so far. Among the noteworthy losers was FireEye (FEYE), down $8.51, or 9.50%, to $81.04 after the internet security provider launched a 14M share offering of common stock, which was priced at $82.00 per share. Also lower was Progress Software (PRGS), down $2.87, or 11.31%, to $22.51 after cutting its first quarter profit and sales outlook last night. INDEXES: The Dow was up 30.83, or 0.19%, to 16,452.72, the S&P 500 was up 1.01, or 0.05%, to 1,878.04, the Nasdaq was down 15.90, or 0.37%, to 4,336.22.
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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTFLMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
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12:20 EDTFLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:48 EDTFLFoot Locker jumps after earnings beat expectations
Shares of shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker (FL) are higher after the company reported second quarter earnings which exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Foot Locker reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 64c, which surpassed analysts' consensus of 54c. The company's Q2 revenue was $1.64B, which was higher than analysts' consensus of$1.57B. Foot Locker's same-store-sales increased 7% and its gross margin rate was up 32% for the quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Foot Locker said third quarter comparable sales are positioned to experience mid-single digit gains. The company noted that it is making "good progress" on maintaining a "solid" flow of inventory and its inventory overall is well-positioned for the upcoming back-to-school and fall seasons. Foot Locker is still on-track to close just over 100 stores this year, but some closures are expected to happen at the beginning of FY15. The retailer is projecting to open 80 stores this year mostly in Europe and Kids Foot Locker, which is an increase from the company's initial projection of opening 60 stores. A high-single digit comparable sales gain has been experienced by the company so far in August. It anticipates a SG&A improvement of 30-40 basis points and gross margins to be up 20-40 basis points in Q3. ANALYST OPINION: Two days ago, Canaccord said that they were positive on Foot Locker prior to Q2 earnings results since they foresaw the results to be "solid." The firm felt that the retailer was "well-positioned" to still benefit from its target of expanding toward casual athletic footwear. The firm maintained a $56 price target on Foot Locker with a Buy rating. Yesterday, UBS increased its price target on Foot Locker to $58 from $54 right before the retailer announced its Q2 results. The firm anticipated higher than expected earnings, positive SSS trends and the potential for increased guidance and valuation. UBS kept Foot Locker with a Buy rating. OTHERS TO WATCH: Foot Locker competitor Finish Line (FINL) is scheduled to report its Q2 quarter earnings on September 25. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Foot Locker shares rose $1.60 or just over 3%, to $54.17, and Finish Line shares rose 19c, or 0.65%, to $29.62.
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09:28 EDTFLFoot Locker says Q3 comparable sales to experience mid-single digit gains
Says making good progress on solid flow of inventory. Says inventory "well-positioned" for upcoming back to school and fall seasons. Still on track to close just over 100 stores this year, but some closures expected to happen at the beginning of FY15. Projecting to open 80 stores this year mostly in Europe and Kids Foot Locker, which is up from the company's initial projection of opening 60 stores. Says has experienced a high-single digit comparable sales gain so far in August. Sees Q3 SG&A improvement of 30-40 basis points. Sees Q3 gross margin up 20-40 basis points. Comments made during the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
09:05 EDTFLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 SSS up 7%
Reports Q2 gross margin rate up to 32%
07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 adjusted EPS 64c, consensus 54c
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August 21, 2014
15:15 EDTFLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 54c; ANN INC. (ANN), consensus 68c; Hibbett Sports (HIBB), consensus 31c.
09:22 EDTFEYEFireEye has further downside, says Northland
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08:30 EDTFEYEFireEye valuation attractive, says Goldman
Goldman views Buy rated FireEye's share price as an attractive entry point for best-in-class growth, attractive positioning, reset expectations, and positive industry themes.
07:51 EDTFLFoot Locker price target raised to $58 from $54 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Foot Locker to $58 from $54 ahead of Q2 results. The firm sees higher than expected earnings, positive same store sales trends, potential for increased guidance, and valuation. Shares of foot Locker are buy rated.
August 20, 2014
08:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto expands global distribution agreement with Westcon Group
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08:00 EDTFLFoot Locker Q2 results expected to be solid, says Canaccord
Canaccord said they are positive on Foot Locker heading into Q2 results as they expect results to be solid. The firm feels Foot Locker is well positioned to continue benefiting from the expanding tend toward casual athletic footwear. Shares of Foot Locker are buy rated with a $56 price target.
August 19, 2014
13:40 EDTFLFoot Locker September volatility up into Q2 and guidance
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13:38 EDTFLFoot Locker same-store-sales tracking above consensus, says ITG Research
11:27 EDTFEYEFireEye drops sharply, levels to watch
In the last 15 minutes the shares have taken a sharp turn lower, lead by a large block trade of 4.89M shares. At the current price of $27.96, the stock is down over 2.9%. Next support at current price is at $27.25. Resistance is at $28.81.
11:05 EDTJNPRImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTJNPRImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
August 18, 2014
10:41 EDTFEYECommunity Health discloses personal data compromised in cyber attack
Earlier today, Community Health (CYH) disclosed in a filing that in July Community Health Systems confirmed that its computer network was the target of an external, criminal cyber attack that the company believes occurred in April and June. The company and its forensic expert, Mandiant, a FireEye company (FEYE), believe the attacker was an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the company’s systems.The company has been informed by federal authorities and Mandiant that this intruder has typically sought valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data. However, in this instance the data transferred was non-medical patient identification data related to the company’s physician practice operations and affected approximately 4.5M individuals who, in the last five years, were referred for or received services from physicians affiliated with the company. The company has confirmed that this data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information; the data is, however, considered protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act because it includes patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers. The company does not believe this incident will have a material adverse effect on its business or financial results.
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