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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.
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November 20, 2014
15:28 EDTFLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 79c; ANN Inc. (ANN), consensus 68c; Hibbett Sports (HIBB), consensus 62c; Berry Plastics (BERY), consensus 37c; Sirona Dental Systems (SIRO), consensus 90c.
10:55 EDTFEYEFireEye December calls active
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09:03 EDTPRGSProgress announces partnership with DataStax
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08:00 EDTPANWPalo Alto Q1 business looks to be beating consensus, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that its checks suggest that Palo Alto's business is tracking ahead of consensus estimates. The firm thinks the company has continued strength across all core products and geographies. It raised its price target on the name to $120 from $115 and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:25 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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November 19, 2014
09:01 EDTPANW, FEYEBig data for security could reach $4B-$5B, says FBR Capital
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07:51 EDTFEYEClearing House Payments Company to hold a conference
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07:40 EDTFEYE, JNPRUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
November 18, 2014
10:15 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $120 from $110 at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital raised its price target for Palo Alto Networks to $120 ahead of the company's Q1 results and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. The firm says Palo is "emerging as a dominant player in security."
07:21 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $125 from $105 at Stephens
Stephens said it expects Palo Alto's Q1 results to beat consensus estimates, citing the firm's positive channel checks. The firm, which believes Palo Alto is continuing to take market share, raised its price target on the stock to $125 from $105 and maintains its Overweight rating on the shares.
November 17, 2014
15:22 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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06:48 EDTFEYE, PANWState Department hacked, NY Times reports
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November 16, 2014
19:34 EDTFEYE, PANWFinancial services firms plan $2B increase in cybersecurity spending, WSJ says
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November 14, 2014
07:46 EDTFEYEFireEye growth outlook has improved, says Wells Fargo
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November 13, 2014
12:19 EDTPRGSProgress Software management to meet with Benchmark Co.
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11:37 EDTJNPRJuniper says 'customer' noted in CEO change in good standing
On November 10, the company announced that Rami Rahim had been named CEO after Shaygan Kheradpir resigned as CEO and director of the company. The company said his resignation followed a review by the board of his leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer.
11:27 EDTJNPRJuniper cites significant share count reduction
11:23 EDTJNPRJuniper sees Q4 tracking in line with previous expectations
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November 12, 2014
14:17 EDTFEYEFireEye CEO says seeing geographic opportunity
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11:32 EDTJNPREZchip believes growth from ZTE will resume in the coming quarters
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