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July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTPBPB, FDO, CRAY, UAL, LL, TRWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and although they have managed recoup some ground, they remain lower. Fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The decline in the market marked its biggest drop since May, but the averages have recaptured some of their earlier session losses by midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May, and the Bank of England maintained its main bank rate and its stock of purchased assets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of airline United Continental (UAL) rose nearly 10% after reporting that its consolidated traffic, or revenue passenger miles, was flat year-over-year in June. In a note to investors following the company's update, UBS said it expected United Continental shares to trade higher given its higher than expected PRASM... Family Dollar (FDO) initially fell after reporting third quarter earnings that missed expectations. The dollar store operator stated that its same-store sales were down 1.8% in the period, but noted that its June comparable sales were approximately flat and that it was "encouraged" by its improving trends. Near noon, the stock had recovered and was up nearly 1%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY), which rallied 14.5% after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M computer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Also higher was TRW Automotive (TRW), which rose nearly 7% before being halted for pending news near noon. Prior to the trading halt, Bloomberg had reported that Germanyís ZF Friedrichshafen has approached TRW about a potential takeover offer, with one source saying that the German company values the U.s. auto parts maker at around $11B-$12B. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged 23% after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL), which sunk 21% and was downgraded at both Credit Suisse and Jefferies after the company lowered its outlook for the year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 91.13, or 0.54%, to 16,894.48, the Nasdaq was down 23.91, or 0.54%, to 4,395.13, and the S&P 500 was down 8.95, or 0.45%, to 1,963.88.
News For UAL;FDO;TRW;CRAY;PBPB;LL From The Last 14 Days
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February 11, 2016
16:14 EDTCRAYCray sees Q1 revenue about $100M, consensus $97.2M
16:13 EDTCRAYCray sees FY16 revenue in range of $825M, consensus $817.7M
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16:12 EDTCRAYCray reports Q4 EPS 79c, consensus 69c
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February 10, 2016
12:47 EDTLLCDC says cancer risk low with Lumber Liquidators flooring
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a report today on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's test of formaldehyde levels released from specific types of laminate flooring made in China between 2012 and 2014 and sold at Lumber Liquidators in the United States. The CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry evaluated possible health effects from formaldehyde released into indoor air from this laminate flooring. "We estimated the risk of cancer from exposure to this flooring and it's low," the agency said. Shares of Lumber Liquidators are up 3% to $12.43 in afternoon trading. Reference Link
12:31 EDTLLCPSC: Certain Lumber Liquidators flooring causes health issues, Reuters says
Government tests show certain types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators may cause irritation and respiratory issues, Reuters reports, citing a federal report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. CPSC is looking into the issue and has asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test the flooring samples, which were made in China between 2012-2014, the report says. The lab showed that "exposure to formaldehyde in the CPSC-tested laminate flooring sold at Lumber Liquidators could cause irritation and breathing problems. However, you can take steps to reduce formaldehyde levels in your home," the report says. Reference Link
February 9, 2016
13:21 EDTLLT Rowe Price reports 3.8% passive stake in Lumber Liquidators
07:16 EDTUALStifel to hold a conference
Transportation and Logistics Conference is being held in Key Biscayne, Florida on February 9-10.
February 8, 2016
16:50 EDTUALUnited Continental January consolidated traffic up 0.1%
UAL's January 2016 consolidated traffic, revenue passenger miles, increased 0.1 percent and consolidated capacity, available seat miles, decreased 0.1 percent versus January 2015. UAL's January 2016 consolidated load factor increased 0.2 points compared to January 2015. The company continues to expect first-quarter 2016 consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 6 to 8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015, with the decline driven largely by a strong U.S. dollar, lower surcharges, travel reductions from customers impacted by declining oil prices and softening domestic and international yields.
February 2, 2016
07:33 EDTUALExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a forum
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February 1, 2016
13:36 EDTLLLumber Liquidators to pay $13.15M in criminal fines to settle claims
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12:48 EDTLLOptions with increasing call volume
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12:13 EDTLLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but off their worst levels of the day, as oil is once again being weighed on by worries of slower growth in China. Several M&A announcements helped fuel speculation that deal-making may be set to pick up, but the headwinds of lower oil prices and weak economic data are outweighing that potential boost and keeping stocks in the red to start the month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and the below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. In China, the statistics bureau's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) advanced 9% after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. Lessin noted in the report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal talks are "active" now between Andreessen, Silver Lake and Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45% to $54 per share near midday after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other Monday M&A news, Questar (STR) rose 22% after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B, and assume Questar's outstanding debt. Meanwhile, Stryker (SYK) announced a deal to acquire Sage Products for $2.775B in cash. The buyers' shares did not fare as well in the wake of the deal announcements, as Abbott slipped 0.5%, Dominion dipped 1% and Stryker fell 1%. Also lower were shares of Smith & Nephew (SNN), which slid fractionally as investors may have been concerned that Stryker's deal decreases the likelihood that it will come after S&N. Additionally, Smith & Nephew announced that its CEO Olivier Bohuon has been diagnosed with a "highly treatable" form of cancer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which gained 8.5% after a judge accepted the company's $10M plea deal to settle timber source crime charges, according to media reports. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rose 5.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to formally declare the end to its E.coli outbreak as soon as today. In addition, Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET) were up 7% and 2%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Nokia (NOK), which fell 12% after it forecasted how much revenue it expects to gain from its IP portfolio after its patent deal with Samsung (SSNLF) and its shares were downgraded at Canaccord and BofA Merrill Lynch. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which was slid 5% after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance to be issued this week will disappoint investors. In addition, Roper Technologies (ROP) and ImmunoGen (IMGN) were down 6.5% and 5.7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 56.40, or 0.34%, to 16,409.90, the Nasdaq was down 12.25, or 0.27%, to 4,601.70, and the S&P 500 was down 6.51, or 0.34%, to 1,933.73.
11:28 EDTLLJudge accepts $10M plea deal from Lumber Liquidators, Daily Press reports
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11:01 EDTLLLumber Liquidators resumes, up 7% after Bloomberg says plea deal reached
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10:56 EDTLLLumber Liquidators jumps nearly 9.5%; halted for volatility
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10:56 EDTLLLumber Liquidators to pay $10M to settle timber source crimes, Bloomberg reports
January 31, 2016
18:30 EDTUALUnited holding special training sessions for all 12,000 pilots, Bloomberg says
United Continental is conducting day-long training sessions for its 12,000 pilots to boost safety ahead of a generational crew turnover, Bloomberg reported Saturday, citing spokesperson statements. Though United previously sent a letter to its pilots reprimanding them for several "near misses," the United spokesperson denied any connection between the new training and previous safety events. Reference Link

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