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March 7, 2014
16:34 EDTFEYE, PANW, FL, BIG, PRGS, JNPR, SWYOn 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.
News For SWY;BIG;PANW;JNPR;FL;FEYE;PRGS From The Last 14 Days
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November 20, 2015
09:09 EDTFLFoot Locker says remodeled stores are doing 'quite well'
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06:46 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q3 EPS $1.00, consensus 95c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.79M, consensus $1.78B. Reports Q3 SSS up 8.7%
November 19, 2015
15:37 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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15:24 EDTFLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 94c... Sirona Dental (SIRO), consensus $1.10... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), consensus 22c... Hibbett Sport (HIBB), consensus 68c.
10:02 EDTFEYEFireEye November calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye November calls 22.5 and 23 calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. November call option implied volatility 74, December is at 54; compared to its 52-week range of 37 to 78. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:00 EDTFLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:50 EDTFLFoot Locker pullback leads to more favorable risk/reward, says Baird
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07:44 EDTFLFoot Locker trends appear mixed quarter to date, says UBS
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07:15 EDTPANWPalo Alto Fortinet seen as potential Cisco takeover targets, says Oppenheimer
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November 18, 2015
19:27 EDTFLFoot Locker initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
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09:34 EDTFEYEActive equity options trading on open
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November 17, 2015
16:08 EDTFEYESynopsys notifies on unauthorized access to web portal
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10:01 EDTFLUnder Armour, Nike slide after Dick's outlook misses expectations
Shares of Under Armour (UA) and Nike (NKE) slipped after Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) provided guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 that both missed consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Dick's Sporting Goods reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 45c on revenue of $1.64B, mostly in-line with analyst estimates of 47c on revenues of $1.64B. The company guided for Q4 EPS of $1.10-$1.25, short of the consensus estimate of $1.43. Dick's also said it anticipates FY15 adjusted EPS of $2.85-$3.00, lower than current analyst expectations of $3.19. STREET RESEARCH: Following the report, Baird analyst Justin Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods is the "strongest player" in its segment, which should enable the company to grow its sector-leading 10% market share at the expense of smaller competitors. The analyst added that profitability for the company should improve as volumes increase and as the company leverages its store base to fulfill further orders. Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods' e-commerce business will be more profitable than its brick-and-mortar business by 2017. The analyst maintained a Neutral rating and $48 price target on Dick's Sporting Goods' stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Dick's Sporting Goods dropped 17.5% to $33.67, while supplier Under Armour fell 5.6% to $84.95 and Nike was down 2% to $121.08. Dick's peers fell as well, with Finish Line (FINL) dropping 1%, Foot Locker (FL) slid 1.3% and Cabela's (CAB) dipping marginally in morning trading.
08:05 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Palo Alto November call option implied volatility is at 43, November weekly is at 69, December is at 54, January is at 46; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 66, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on November 23.
07:56 EDTFEYEUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:42 EDTPANWPalo Alto checks point to above-consensus Q1 results, says Stephens
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07:37 EDTPANWPalo Alto results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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November 16, 2015
10:28 EDTPRGSProgress Software management to meet with JMP Securities
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07:41 EDTFLFoot Locker weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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06:13 EDTFEYECyberArk CEO: Lack of data breaches won't hurt company, Bloomberg says
CyberArk (CYBR) is distancing itself from FireEye (FEYE), saying that the lack of security breaches won't hurt the company, Bloomberg reports, citing comments from CyberArk CEO Udi Mokady. FireEye blamed a lull in cyber attacks for its downbeat quarterly earnings, the report says. "That is totally not the case in our world," Mokady said by phone from San Francisco last week. "It's not our business model -- our model is to put in private account security ahead of time, and we're seeing increased demand, increased awareness of that." Reference Link
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