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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTZUMZ, LOW, TTS, LL, SIR, GOV, RGDO, MEMP, PBPB, HELI, HELE, LNVGY, HPQ, UAL, ZNGA, HDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 10.5% after raising second quarter outlook... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after appointing Google executive Dr. Regina Dugan to the company's board... United Continental (UAL), up 6.4% after reporting June traffic... HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY), up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Helen of Troy (HELE), down 4.9% after reporting first quarter results below analyst estimates... CHC Group (HELI), down 7.3% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Potbelly (PBPB), down 16.4% after lowering second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 4.3% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Regado Biosciences (RGDO), down 2.22% after the FDA placed a clinical hold on the company's ongoing Phase 3 REGULATE-PCI trial... Government Properties Income Trust (GOV), down 1.5% after purchasing shares of Select Income REIT (SIR), which is down 2.9%. NOTABLE: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 19.3% after cutting full-year outlook... Others in the flooring space that are trading down include Tile Shop (TTS), down 5%,Lowe's (LOW), down 2.1% and Home Depot (HD), down 1.1%.
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September 23, 2014
06:33 EDTHPQHP was primarily interested in EMC's VMware stake, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) was interested in merging with EMC (EMC) primarily due to the latter company's 80% stake in VMware (VMW), according to Re/code, which cited unnamed sources. The deal discussed between HP and EMC was an all-stock transaction that would have created a combined company worth about $130B, Re/code stated. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
16:10 EDTHELICHC Group files to sell up to 100K convertible preferred shares
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12:50 EDTHPQEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTHPQEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
09:54 EDTLOWLowe's management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on September 22 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
09:38 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP in takeover, CNBC reports
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09:17 EDTHPQHP considered spinning off Printing, PC units, CNBC reports
09:16 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP, talks have ended, CNBC reports
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09:15 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), up 34% after Merck KGaA (MKGAY) to acquire the company for $17B... Viasystems (VIAS), up 44% after TTM Technologies (TTMI) acquires the company for $16.46 per share in cash and stock. TTM is up 15.5% after the deal... Clorox (CLX), up 5.4% after the New York Post said the company turned down offer to sell or merge with rival... EMC (EMC), up 2.5% after The Wall Street Journal said the company is considering options that could include merging with a rival and held on-and-off merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) for almost a year, though the Journal added that those talks recently ended... Epiq Systems (EPIQ), up 9.9% after P2 Capital confirms 16.9% stake in Epiq and that the company turned down the shareholders' $20 per share takeover offer... Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 2.7% after the company sells to Siemens (SIEGY) for $83 per share or $7.6B... TAT Technologies (TATT), up 6.6% after a division of the company signed a maintenance agreement with Republic Airways (RJET). LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 2.1% after stock was downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Bernstein... InvenSense (INVN), down 2.9% after downgraded at RW Baird... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), down 5.6% after TH-302 Phase 3 trial events to occur later than expected.
06:11 EDTHPQEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
18:20 EDTLOWLowe's CEO Niblock sells nearly $28M of company stock near record high
In regulatory filings, it was disclosed that Lowe's CEO Robert A. Niblock sold nearly $28M worth of company stock from September 9-11. Lowe's stock has been climbing steadily over the past three months, and it made both a 52-week and record high of $54.81 on Friday, September 19.
07:19 EDTHPQNew America Foundation to hold a discussion
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September 18, 2014
16:28 EDTHDHome Depot raises FY15 EPS view to $4.54 from $4.52, consensus $4.50
Based on Q3 results to date, the company confirmed its previous FY14 sales growth guidance of approximately 4.8%. The company also revised its FY14 diluted EPS growth guidance and expects that FY14 diluted EPS will grow by 21% to approximately $4.54, versus the company's prior guidance of $4.52. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance includes estimates for the cost to investigate the data breach, provide credit monitoring services to its customers, increase call center staffing, and pay legal and professional services, all of which are expensed as incurred in a gross amount of approximately $62M, partially offset by a $27M receivable for costs the company believes are reimbursable and probable of recovery under its insurance coverage. Further, the company's FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance includes a pre-tax gain of approximately $100M related to the sale of 3.6M shares of HD Supply common stock, which occurred and will be recognized in Q3. The company's ownership of HD Supply is now approximately 8.2M shares. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance does not include an accrual for other yet-to-be determined estimated probable losses related to the breach. At this time, other than the breach-related costs contained in the company's updated FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance, the company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the breach.
16:26 EDTHDHome Depot reports cyber attack put 56M unique payment cards information at risk
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16:23 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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16:22 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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13:03 EDTZNGATwo top game develoeprs leave Zynga, VentureBeat says
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10:40 EDTLOW, HDPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
10:00 EDTHELEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abengoa Yield (ABY) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Acacia Research (ACTG) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Allianz (AZSEY) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Boulder Brands (BDBD) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Discovery (DISCA) initiated with a Buy at Argus... FCB Financial (FCB) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Five Oaks (OAKS) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Furmanite (FRM) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Fusion Telecommunications (FSNN) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Helen of Troy (HELE) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... ICON plc (ICLR) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... InterOil (IOC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Jarden (JAH) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Level 3 (LVLT) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lombard Medical (EVAR) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Novatel Wireless (NVTL) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Rhino Resources (RNO) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Ryerson (RYI) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... SFX Entertainment (SFXE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... SoftBank (SFTBY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... TerraForm Power (TERP) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Vince Holding (VNCE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray.
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