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March 7, 2014
12:18 EDTHAWK, COO, KR, PRGS, FL, SWY, ALOG, BIGOn 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
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November 21, 2014
15:57 EDTFLFoot Locker weakness a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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15:05 EDTFLFoot Locker reverses to session lows in last hour of trading
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10:03 EDTFLFoot Locker says constantly looking at M&A opportunities
09:20 EDTFLFoot Locker sees Q4 SSS gain in the mid-single digits
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09:17 EDTFLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q3 EPS 83c, consensus 79c
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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.
09:03 EDTPRGSProgress announces partnership with DataStax
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07:25 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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November 19, 2014
11:50 EDTHAWKSenate Special Aging Committee to hold a hearing
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November 17, 2014
15:22 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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November 14, 2014
12:11 EDTKRKroger subsidiary hiring 1,200 permanent positions in CA
Ralphs Grocery Company announced this week that it is hiring to fill an estimated 1,200 permanent positions at its stores in Southern California. Ralphs currently employs more than 19,000 associates at its stores in Southern California. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.
November 13, 2014
12:19 EDTPRGSProgress Software management to meet with Benchmark Co.
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