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March 5, 2014
12:41 EDTXOM, PETM, ARWR, MXWL, XOMA, BOBEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The averages have hovered in a narrow range around the flat-line, though consolidation is not necessarily surprising after yesterday’s powerful advance. The market has seen little volatility today despite the continued threat of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported private payrolls rose 139K in February, which was below the expectation for 150K job additions. The ISM services index dropped to 51.6 in February, versus expectations for a more modest pullback to 53.5. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its latest "Beige Book" report on economic activity at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, Eurostat's second estimate of fourth quarter growth in the region showed GDP rose by 0.3% in the eurozone countries and by 0.4% in the EU28, both of which were up from the prior quarter. Other data released overnight showed a surprise rebound in eurozone retail sales and an upward revision to the eurozone composite PMI. COMPANY NEWS: Energy major Exxon Mobil (XOM) slid 3% as the company hosted its annual analyst meeting and said it expects to invest $39.8B in 2014 but also forecast that its total production will be flat this year... Shares of PetSmart (PETM) fell 2% despite the company reporting better than expected fourth quarter earnings. Revenue for the pet goods and services retailer, however, fell short of expectations, as did the company's earnings outlook for its current quarter. On its earning call, PetSmart acknowledged that the start of its first quarter has been "challenged" due to weather, but also said it is seeing a "meaningful" difference in results between stores in weather-impacted markets and those where weather is less of a factor. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which rose 25% after the company's shares were initiated with a Buy rating at Deutsche Bank and with an Outperform rating at RBC Capital. Also higher was Maxwell Technologies (MXWL), which was 22% higher after Piper Jaffray raised its price target on shares to $21 from $11. Among the noteworthy losers was drug maker XOMA (XOMA), which fell 26% after saying its does not intend to launch pivotal development for the broad erosive osteoarthritis of the hand, or EOA, indication for a drug based on the results of its Phase 2 trial program. Also lower were shares of restaurant operator and packaged foods maker Bob Evans (BOBE), which fell over 8% after the company's third quarter earnings missed estimates and it lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 36.66, or 0.22%, to 16,359.22, the Nasdaq was up 5.76, or 0.13%, to 4,357.73, and the S&P 500 was little changed near 1,873.93.
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July 30, 2014
07:43 EDTXOMWEX Inc. sees FY14 adjusted EPS $4.84-$4.99, consensus $4.87
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July 29, 2014
09:17 EDTARWROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTPETMJANA sends letter to PetSmart urging full strategic review
JANA Partners, owner of 9.8% of PetSmart's outstanding shares, sent a letter to the company dated July 29, which read in part: "While PetSmart was once an industry leader, it has long trailed most of its peers in shareholder value creation and failed to keep pace with its competitors, and shareholders have lost confidence that it can reverse course. We have therefore called on PetSmart to conduct a full review of all strategic alternatives including a sale. While we typically work constructively with boards and focus primarily on changes that can be made while companies remain public, given PetSmart’s chronic underperformance and significant private equity interest in the Company, a sale in this case very likely offers the highest risk-adjusted return for shareholders...should PetSmart fail to do so, we will not hesitate to seek significant Board change at the next annual meeting."
July 28, 2014
18:31 EDTARWROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cognex (CGNX), up 16.4% after reporting second quarter results and third quarter revenue guidance above analyst expectations... HealthSouth (HLS), up 7.4% after reporting second quarter results and increasing fiscal 2014 EPS and Adjusted EBITDA guidance... Amkor Technology (AMKR), up 6.4%... Integrated Device (IDTI), up 7.6% after reporting first quarter results... Masco (MAS), up 4.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 4.6% following the company's announcement that chairman and CEO Clarence Otis will step down and the board will separate the chairman and CEO roles, appointing lead independent director Charles Ledsinger, Jr., as independent non-executive chairman... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), up 16.5% following positive comments made by CEO Christopher Anzalone, Ph.D. in an interview on CNBC. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Herbalife (HLF), down 11.5% after reporting disappointing second quarter results and giving guidance for the third quarter and fiscal 2014... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), down 9.7%... Plum Creek Timber (PCL), down 2.8%... Eastman Chemical (EMN), down fractionally after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: TCP Capital (TCPC), down 3.1% after filing to sell $5.4M shares of common stock.
18:12 EDTARWRArrowhead Research up 15% following positive CEO comments on CNBC
17:56 EDTARWRArrowhead Research CEO says company has enough cash through Phase 3
Arrowhead Research CEO was speaking in a CNBC interview.
17:51 EDTARWRArrowhead Research CEO optimistic on Hep B trial data out in Q3
Arrowhead Research CEO speaking on CNBC.
14:02 EDTBOBESandell says recently increased stake in Bob Evans to 7.6%
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07:14 EDTXOMExxon mulls broadening Texas plant into largest in country, Reuters says
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July 25, 2014
10:02 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:41 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded its rating on Exxon Mobil (XOM) shares to Underweight from Neutral citing a lack of near-term production growth and the high oil price environment. The firm sees limited upside in shares, but did raise its price target to $105 from $100. Shares of the oil giant closed yesterday up 3c to $104.28.
July 24, 2014
10:19 EDTMXWLHigh option volume stocks
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July 23, 2014
09:17 EDTBOBEBob Evans sees 10%-12% long-term EPS growth
Sees long term average annual net sales growth of 3%-3.5%. It expects to up to 10 new restaurants annually. Expects long-term SSS and new restaurants expected to contribute equally to net sales growth, for about 1.5%-1.75% each. Expects BEF Foods long-term average annual net sales growth of 6%-7%. Expects FY15 CapEx to be between $85M-$90M. Comments taken from slides for company's Investor Day in July.
06:46 EDTPETMPetSmart volatility at low end of historic range
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July 21, 2014
13:36 EDTXOMExxon Mobil files export application for Alaska LNG project
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11:05 EDTBOBEBob Evans management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in New York on July 23 hosted by Oppenheimer.
July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTPETMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
07:31 EDTXOMWEX signs definitive purchase agreement regarding Exxon's Esso Card program
WEX Inc. (WEX) announced the execution of the definitive purchase and sale agreement relating to the previously announced proposed acquisition of ExxonMobil’s (XOM) European commercial fuel card, or Esso Card, program through a majority owned joint venture, WEX Europe Services Limited. In addition, all necessary regulatory approvals have been received and the employee information and consultation processes have been cleared. The transaction is on track and is expected to close in late 2014 or early 2015. “The purchase of the Esso Card portfolio remains an important element to building our on-the-ground presence in the European market, and enhances WEX’s long-term growth profile. Our efforts to advance this transaction remain on track and position us to create a substantial and profitable European footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and CEO.
06:19 EDTPETMPetSmart downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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