New User:

-or-
Username:
Password:
Forgot your password?

Stock Market & Financial Investment News

News Breaks
March 7, 2014
12:18 EDTHAWK, PRGS, FL, SWY, ALOG, BIG, COO, KROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite a surprisingly better than expected report on job growth in February. Most market watchers were gearing up for a miss due to weather related issues and when the number came out ahead of forecasts the buyers stepped in, which led the broader market to open sharply higher. The averages held their gains through the first hour of trading but began to weaken and turned mixed before 10 am ET. Only the bluechip Dow had been able to remain in positive ground by midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 175K non-farm jobs were added last month, beating the expected increase of 150K jobs. The unemployment rate rose 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. A report on consumer credit growth in January is expected at 3:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Grocery store owner Safeway (SWY) agreed to be acquired by Albertsons, which is 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. Analysts were mixed in their opinions about the deal, with Deutsche Bank saying it views the $40 per share price as too low and adding it believes grocery peer Kroger (KR) should bid during the deal's 21 day go-shop period. Conversely, UBS upgraded Safeway to Neutral following the acquisition news and said it does not expect a counter bid by Kroger. At midday, Safeway shares were down nearly 3% to $38.40, while Kroger was up 1.5% to trade near $44 per share... Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) spiked 19% after the company reported fourth results, said the wind-down of its Canadian operations is on schedule, and approved a $125M share repurchase program... Shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker's (FL) shares rose 7% after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat the consensus estimate. Following the company's report, analysts at Deutsche Bank raised their price target on Foot Locker shares to $48, noting that the company's FY14 guidance was in-line with Street expectations, unlike most retailers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cooper Companies (COO), which was up more than 5% near noon following its quarterly report. The results prompted analysts from at least two research firms to raise their price target on Cooper shares. Among the noteworthy losers following a disappointing quarterly report was medical technology company Analogic (ALOG), down nearly 17%. Also lower was Progress Software (PRGS), which fell 10% after cutting its first quarter profit and sales outlook last night. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 29.16, or 0.18%, to 16,451.05, the Nasdaq was down 21.37, or 0.49%, to 4,330.76, and the S&P 500 was down 0.82, or 0.04%, to 1,876.21.
News For SWY;KR;BIG;FL;COO;ALOG;PRGS;HAWK From The Last 14 Days
Sign up for a free trial to see the rest of the stories you've been missing.
January 23, 2015
17:18 EDTSWYHCA Holdings to replace Safeway in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close
Subscribe for More Information
January 21, 2015
11:18 EDTBIGSnow Capital reports 5.2% passive stake in Big Lots
January 20, 2015
11:13 EDTALOGAnalogic backs FY15 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $545.43M
Sees growth flat in 1H15, strong in 2H15. Continues to expect full year adjusted operating margin improvement of 1-2 points. Expects Medical Imaging market revenue to be flat. Expects Ultrasound to grow double digits. Expects Security and Detection to growth double-digits on strong backlog. Guidance from presentation slides.
January 16, 2015
09:34 EDTFLLeonard Green discloses stakes in Foot Locker, DSW
Subscribe for More Information
January 15, 2015
05:55 EDTKR, SWYSupermarkets upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at Goldman Sachs
Subscribe for More Information
January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTFLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:30 EDTKRKroger Q4 trends ahead of expectations, says Cleveland Research
Subscribe for More Information
06:49 EDTFLFoot Locker downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Subscribe for More Information
January 13, 2015
18:37 EDTPRGSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
Subscribe for More Information
16:35 EDTPRGSProgress Software sees FY15 EPS $1.37-$1.47, consensus $1.52
Subscribe for More Information
16:34 EDTPRGSProgress Software sees Q1 EPS 22c-24c, may not compare to consensus 32c
Sees Q1 revenue $93M-$96M, consensus $80.42M. The financial guidance includes the impact of the recent significant strengthening of the U.S. dollar and is based on current exchange rates. With approximately 55% of the company's revenue stream outside of North America, this has a negative impact on the company's 2015 business outlook of $17M-$18M on non-GAAP revenue and 10c-11c on non-GAAP EPS, when compared to 2014 actual exchange rates. To the extent that there are further changes in exchange rates versus the current environment, this may have an additional impact on the company's business outlook.
16:31 EDTPRGSProgress Software reports Q4 EPS 47c, consensus 44c
Subscribe for More Information
15:21 EDTPRGSNotable companies reporting after market close
Subscribe for More Information
January 12, 2015
11:47 EDTBIGBig Lots should react favorably to guidance, says Deutsche Bank
Subscribe for More Information
09:07 EDTBIGBig Lots backs Q4 EPS $1.70-$1.80, compared to EPS of $1.45 from last year
Backs Q4 to date comparable store sales up 2%. CEO David Campisi said, "As expected, Food, Furniture, Soft Home, and Consumables have been the strongest categories with comp increases ranging from low double digits to mid-single digits. We believe each of these are winnable businesses for Big Lots and Jennifer has recognized our progress in improving our offering. Additionally, I am also encouraged by Christmas Trim where comps were up low single digits with inventory levels down significantly to last year. Overall, the merchant, planning, and operations teams have executed our plan well in a highly competitive retail environment."
07:26 EDTBIGWedbush to hold a meetings at ICR XChange Conference
Subscribe for More Information

Sign up for a free trial to see the rest of the stories you've been missing.

I agree to the theflyonthewall.com disclaimer & terms of use