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March 7, 2014
16:34 EDTFL, BIG, PRGS, JNPR, SWY, FEYE, PANWOn 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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March 24, 2015
11:05 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on March 27 hosted by Jefferies.
March 23, 2015
14:57 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility at low end of historic range
Palo Alto March weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, April is at 33, June is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on March 2.
March 20, 2015
15:40 EDTPANW, FEYEMore cybersecurity firms to come public amid high market demand, Reuters says
With shares of publicly traded cybersecurity companies having recently outperformed the market, a number of privately-held IT security names, including Rapid7, LogRythm and Mimecast, plan to go public in 2015 amid the high level of investor interest, said Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
07:24 EDTJNPRBroadcom chip renews competition with in-house hardware makers, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
08:45 EDTFEYEHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold a hearing
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March 17, 2015
10:42 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with Sterne Agee
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07:30 EDTFLFoot Locker analyst day highlighted growth strategies, says UBS
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06:13 EDTFLFoot Locker analyst day removes uncertainty, says Citigroup
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06:04 EDTFLFoot Locker to exit Lady Foot Locker business slowly, TheStreet says
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March 16, 2015
17:04 EDTFLFoot Locker announces updated strategic priorities
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17:02 EDTFLFoot Locker raises long term financial objectives
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11:17 EDTFEYEFireEye call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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11:02 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are moving higher on speculation Cisco (CSCO) may acquire the company.
March 13, 2015
09:12 EDTFEYE, PANWVista exploring sale of cybersecurity company Websense, Bloomberg says
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March 12, 2015
10:33 EDTFLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:11 EDTBIGBig Lots management to meet with MKM Partners
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10:01 EDTFLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:01 EDTFLFoot Locker initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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07:19 EDTFEYEUBS to hold a conference
U.S. Software Conference is being held in New York on March 12.

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