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March 12, 2014
Global Consumer Conference is being held in Boston on March 12-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on March 12 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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October 5, 2015
12:46 EDTIRBTiRobot receives IDIQ contracts with a total potential value of $96M from US Navy
iRobot announced its Defense & Security business unit has been awarded two indefinite delivery/indefinitely quantity contracts with a combined total ceiling of $96M from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. Initial orders under the contracts have been placed and total $7.9M.
10:55 EDTWFM, JWNOptions with increasing implied volatility: FOLD JWN PMCS SLH WFM
10:50 EDTDEODiageo appoints Kathryn Mikells as CFO effective November 9
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10:00 EDTDPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Amicus (FOLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Citi... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... BE Aerospace (BEAV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... C1 Financial (BNK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... International Game (IGT) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Keryx (KERX) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... OUTFRONT Media (OUT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Phoenix Companies (PNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Snap-On (SNA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Johnson Rice... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Axiom... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... bluebird bio (BLUE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
06:55 EDTDPSDr Pepper Snapple upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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05:12 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM PMCS
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whole Foods (WFM) 39, PMC-Sierra (PMCS) 59 according to iVolatility.
October 2, 2015
11:45 EDTWFMWhole Foods calls active
Whole Foods October weekly 31.5 and 32 calls are active on total call volume of 19K contracts (2K puts). October weekly call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 35, November is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 43. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:44 EDTJWNOptions with increasing volume
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07:26 EDTJWNNordstrom special dividend may disappoint some investors, says UBS
UBS analyst Michael Binetti believes Nordstrom's (JWN) decision to use $900M of the proceeds from its credit card transaction with TD Bank (TD) for a large special dividend may disappoint some investors, but thinks its significantly improved future free cash flow profile should balance things out for long-term holders. Binetti notes that Nordstrom shares are down about 9% since earnings amid sector fears of decelerating U.S. traffic, but he thinks the company's exposure to key growth areas within softlines and the low risk to its guidance continue to make the stock a Buy. The analyst keeps an $86 price target on Nordstrom shares.
October 1, 2015
19:23 EDTJWNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CalAmp (CAMP), up 9%... Micron Technology (MU), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: bebe stores (BEBE), up 12.7% after reaffirming its first quarter guidance and announcing that its September Same Store Sales turned positive... Coherus Biosciences (CHRS), up 7.5% after CHS-1701 PK/PD study met primary PD endpoints... Nordstrom (JWN), up 3.6% after announcing a special cash dividend and additional $1B repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Progress Software (PRGS), down 15.7%. ALSO LOWER: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 3.1% after disclosing the that president of U.S. sales and marketing, John Whoriskey, resigned... T-Mobile (TMUS), down 1.4% after Experian (EXPGY) disclosed a data breach affecting T-Mobile customers... XenoPort (XNPT), down 5.2% after announcing that the company will discontinue the development of XP23829.
16:25 EDTJWNNordstrom announces special cash dividend, additional $1B repurchase program
Nordstrom announced the closing of its credit card transaction with TD Bank U.S.A., N.A, including the sale of its credit card portfolio and the initiation of the long-term agreement under which TD is the exclusive U.S. issuer of Nordstrom-branded Visa and private label consumer credit cards. This transaction supports Nordstrom's strategy to enhance the customer experience while allowing for improvement in capital efficiency. As previously announced on May 26, Nordstrom will continue to perform all customer-facing account servicing functions, maintaining the customer-focused integration between its credit and retail operations. The Company will also continue to fund and manage the Nordstrom Rewards loyalty program, Nordstrom debit cards and Nordstrom employee accounts. This transaction is designed to have virtually no service impact on Nordstrom cardholders, customers and employees. The Company sold its credit card portfolio to TD for $2.2B, representing the gross value of the outstanding receivables. In conjunction with the transaction, the Company prepaid $325M of secured debt due October 2016 to provide the receivables free and clear.The Company intends to deploy net proceeds of $1.8B, after $325M in debt reduction and transaction costs between $35M and $45M, directly to shareholders through dividend and share repurchase. In connection with the closing, its board of directors authorized a special cash dividend and an additional $1B share repurchase program:The special cash dividend of $4.85 per share of outstanding common stock will be payable on October 27, to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 12. The Company expects the aggregate payment to be approximately $900M. The authorized share repurchase program is up to $1B of the Company's outstanding common stock, through March 1, 2017. The actual number, price, manner and timing of future share repurchases, if any, will be subject to market and economic conditions and applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules. This program is in addition to the Company's existing repurchase program that was approved by its board in September 2014. The existing repurchase program has $591M outstanding as of September 30, and will expire on March 1, 2016.
September 30, 2015
17:04 EDTDEODiageo could be moving ahead with wine brands sale, Telegraph says
Diageo could be proceeding with its sale of its wine brands, including Blossom Hill, as the company sells off peripheral businesses, reports the Telegraph. Reference Link
11:48 EDTDEODiageo initiated with a Buy at UBS
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10:05 EDTJWNHigh option volume stocks
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09:03 EDTJWNMetLife leads insurers giving $1B, 12-year loan to refinance luxury mall
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September 28, 2015
08:00 EDTWFMWhole Foods says to cut 1,500 jobs, or 1.6% of workforce, over 8 weeks
Whole Foods Market said in a regulatory filing that as part of its ongoing commitment to lower prices for its customers and invest in technology upgrades while improving its cost structure, the company will reduce a number of positions over the next eight weeks. The company estimates the net reduction to be approximately 1,500 jobs, which represents 1.6 percent of its workforce. It anticipates many of the reductions to be managed through natural attrition and expects a significant percentage of affected Team Members will find other jobs from the nearly 2,000 open positions across the company or via new jobs created from the more than 100 new stores in development.Whole Foods Market added over 9,000 new jobs in the past year and created nearly 35,000 over the past five years. "This is a very difficult decision, and we are committed to treating affected Team Members in a caring and respectful manner. We have offered them several options including transition pay, a generous severance, or the opportunity to apply for other jobs. In addition, we will pay these Team Members in full over the next eight weeks as they decide which option to choose." said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. "We believe this is an important step to evolve Whole Foods Market in a rapidly changing marketplace."
September 27, 2015
13:46 EDTDEODiageo could return 25% in one year, Barron's says
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September 23, 2015
06:39 EDTDEODiageo: Currency weakness could impact demand for spirits in emerging markets
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September 22, 2015
10:07 EDTNDLSHigh option volume stocks
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07:41 EDTIRBTRaymond James to hold a conference
North American Equities Conference to be held in London, England on September 22.
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