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March 7, 2014
12:18 EDTHAWK, ALOG, BIG, COO, KR, PRGS, FL, SWYOn 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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August 28, 2015
10:13 EDTBIGHigh option volume stocks
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09:57 EDTBIGCantor 'warming up' to Big Lots, raises price target to $47
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09:23 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Big Lots (BIG), up 11.1%... Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 4.8%... Splunk (SPLK), up 3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 14.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 8.46% stake in the company... United Continental (UAL), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... Activision Blizzard (ATVI), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Violin Memory (VMEM), down 23.9%... bebe stores (BEBE), down 19.8%... Autodesk (ADSK), down 4.2%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Peabody Energy (BTU), down 6.6% after Moody's downgraded the company to Caa1.
09:10 EDTKRKroger 'particularly attractive' in current environment, says Citi
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08:22 EDTBIGBig Lots leadership building company to become 'choice employer'
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08:22 EDTBIGBig Lots sees sees Q3 EPS (4c)-1c, consensus 0c
Sees Q3 SSS up 2%-3%.
06:10 EDTBIGBig Lots up 3.2% after reporting Q2 results, giving guidance
06:07 EDTBIGBig Lots sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.90-$3.00, consensus $2.87
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06:06 EDTBIGBig Lots sees Q4 EPS $1.95-$2.00 vs. $1.76 last year
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06:03 EDTBIGBig Lots reports Q2 adjusted EPS 40c, consensus 34c
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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 26, 2015
10:00 EDTCOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:22 EDTCOOCooper Companies upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc
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August 25, 2015
14:37 EDTKRKroger ratifies agreement with UFCW Local 1059
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07:55 EDTCOOK2M, Cooper favorite med tech names in current envirnoment, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien said that his favorite names in medical technology given the current environment of broader market weakness are K2M Group (KTWO) and Cooper Companies (COO) given their limited exposure to China and the fact that neither has large exposure to big capital equipment purchases or deferrable procedures nor are they in need of capital. O'Brien has Overweight ratings on both stocks.
August 24, 2015
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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