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March 7, 2014
16:34 EDTPRGS, JNPR, SWY, FEYE, PANW, FL, BIGOn 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 months 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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August 28, 2015
05:54 EDTBIGBig Lots announces three executive promotions
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August 27, 2015
15:14 EDTBIGBig Lots volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Big Lots September call option implied volatility is at 56, October is at 46, January is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 52, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
14:58 EDTBIGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:57 EDTBIGBig Lots technical notes before earnings
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August 25, 2015
08:08 EDTFEYEFireEye, Adobe among quality 'flushed out' tech names, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says that market disruptions like the one seen in the last several days have historically provided a unique opportunity to invest in high-quality names and identified FireEye (FEYE), Adobe (ADBE), Veeva Systems (VEEV) and Rovi (ROVI) as four particularly interesting tech stocks that "appear flushed out" and now offer "exaggerated" risk/reward. The firm has Overweight ratings on all four stocks mentioned above after having upgraded Rovi to Overweight this morning.
August 24, 2015
15:01 EDTPANW, FEYEWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
14:21 EDTFEYE, PANWJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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08:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto weakness creates buying opportunity, says JMP Securities
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08:36 EDTPANWIT security outlook still positive, says Pacific Crest
After attending a conference and analyzing IT security companies' Q2 results, Pacific Crest is more confident that IT security spending trends will continue to be strong. The firm identifies Barracuda (CUDA), Imperva (IMPV) and Palo Alto (PANW) as its favorite names in the space.
08:03 EDTFLFoot Locker price target raised to $83 from $72 at Baird
Baird raised its price target on Foot Locker to $83 from $72 and said the tough tape provides a good buying opportunity. The firm believes the company's raised guidance could be conservative, citing its recent comps momentum and reasonable valuation. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Foot Locker shares.
07:46 EDTFLFoot Locker under-earning businesses key to margins, says UBS
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August 21, 2015
14:57 EDTFLFoot Locker buy aggressively on market weakness, says Jefferies
Jefferies recommends buying Foot Locker aggressively on the market selloff. The firm expects upward revisions to earnings estimates and said strong cash flow power, disciplined capital allocation , and ongoing shareholder returns will support shares. Jefferies raised its price target on Foot Locker shares to $82 from $72 and reiterates its Buy rating.
12:13 EDTJNPRBrocade soars after Q3 results top estimates
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09:41 EDTFLFoot Locker says core business 'strong'
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09:29 EDTPANWPalo Alto results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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09:18 EDTFLFoot Locker says double digit EPS gains in Q3, Q4 'achievable'
Says forex negatively impacted margin by 20bps in Q2. Says overall traffic up "slightly" in Q2, international traffic was better than U.S. traffic. Says continuing to plan business "cautiously" for 2H. Says mid single digit comps remains "our mantra." Says with late start of back to school this year, believes there is a "good chance" for sales to be at strong end of mid single digits, both this quarter and in 2H. Says SSS month to date up mid single digits. Says double digit EPS gains in Q3, Q4 are "achievable" based on current sales trends. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:02 EDTFLFoot Locker opened 21 new stores in Q2
During the second quarter, the company opened 21 new stores, remodeled or relocated 65 stores, and closed 21 stores. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated 3,419 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, 48 franchised Foot Locker stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea, as well as 27 franchised Runners Point and Sidestep stores in Germany and Switzerland.
07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 gross margin rate of 32.6%
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07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 comparable store sales up 9.6%
07:00 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 EPS 84c, consensus 69c
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