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March 15, 2013
11:04 EDTTOO, ULTA, SKS, CRK, THORHigh option volume stocks: THOR SKS ULTA CRK TOO
News For THOR;SKS;ULTA;CRK;TOO From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
16:17 EDTULTAULTA Beauty rises $6.76 to $167 per share after raising FY15 guidance
16:16 EDTULTAULTA Beauty sees Q3 EPS $1.00-$1.05, consensus $1.03
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16:15 EDTULTAULTA Beauty now sees FY15 EPS growth in high teens percentage
ULTA is raising its previously announced fiscal 2015 guidance to deliver earnings per share growth in the high teens, compared to previous guidance of the high end of the range of 15% to 17%. Consensus $4.81. The company is raising its previously announced fiscal 2015 guidance to achieve comparable sales growth of approximately 8%-10%, including the impact of the e-commerce business, compared to previous guidance of 7% to 9%. ULTA expects to increase total sales in the mid to high teens percentage range, consensus $3.85B.
16:12 EDTULTAULTA Beauty reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.12
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15:04 EDTULTAULTA Beauty September 160 straddle priced for 9.5% movement into Q2
14:58 EDTULTANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 17c... ULTA Beauty (ULTA), consensus $1.12... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 2c... GameStop (GME), consensus 25c... Veeva (VEEV), consensus 11c... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 39c... Aeropostale (ARO), consensus (55c).
13:42 EDTTHORAnalyst says Abbott-St. Jude deal looks unlikely
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12:41 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
12:16 EDTULTAULTA Beauty technical notes before earnings news
Shares are trading up ahead of earnings, last at $161. If the news is bullish, resistance areas to watch would be at $165.33, $171.21, and the life high at $176.77. If there is a bearish surprise, the shares given the extension in price recently would be vulnerable. Support levels to watch would be at $158.05, $153.26, and $149.13. There has been a strong line of support at the $150 area, going back to March of this year.
07:51 EDTTHORThoratec volatility low into report Abbott prepping offer for St. Jude Medical
Thoratec (THOR) September call option implied volatility is at 10, October is at 6; compared to its 52-week range of 8 to 54 suggesting decreasing price movement into reports Abbott (ABT) is preparing a bid for St. Jude Medical (STJ). In July St. Jude Medical and Thoratec approved an agreement under which St. Jude Medical will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec for $63.50 per share in a cash. The deal is scheduled to close in Q4.
August 26, 2015
08:07 EDTULTAULTA Beauty should report solid Q2 results, says Baird
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August 25, 2015
11:22 EDTULTAULTA Beauty volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:41 EDTULTAULTA Beauty to report above consensus Q2 results, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin predicts that ULTA Beauty will report Q2 earnings and comp-store sales above consensus estimates and said he views the current consensus forecast for Q3 comp sales and EPS as "reasonable." Hofkin maintains an Outperform rating on ULTA shares, stating that he views its valuation as defensible and he sees opportunities for the company to continue to gain "considerable" market share and exceed margin expectations.
August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTTHORWilliam Blair to hold a field trip
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06:39 EDTTHORThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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06:19 EDTTHORThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
Leerink downgraded Thoratec (THOR) to Hold from Buy ahead of the closing of its merger transaction with St. Jude Medical (STJ), which is expected to close by year-end.
August 21, 2015
08:50 EDTTHORThoratec announces end of 'go shop' period in merger agreement with St. Jude
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August 19, 2015
06:59 EDTTOOTeekay Offshore Partners files to sell 10.44M common units for holders
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August 18, 2015
10:19 EDTULTAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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