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Stocks Gapping Up 2017-11-17

FOXA 21st Century Fox (FOXA) Comcast (CMCSA) has approached 21st Century Fox (FOXA) about takeover

ANF Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) on Friday reported fiscal Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.30 per share, up from $0.02 per share in the same period last year and higher than the $0.21 per share Street estimate provided by Capital IQ. ANF shares rose 20% in pre-market trading. Total revenues were $859.1 million, up from the $821.7 million reported for the same period last year and higher than the $818.9 million Street estimate.

AMAT Applied Materials (AMAT) reported Q4 EPS of $0.93, $0.02 better than the analyst estimate of $0.91. Revenue for the quarter came in at $3.97 billion versus the consensus estimate of $3.94 billion. GUIDANCE: Applied Materials sees Q1 2018 EPS of $0.94-$1.02, versus the consensus of $0.91. Applied Materials sees Q1 2018 revenue of $4-4.2 billion, versus the consensus of $3.96 billion.

CERC Cerecor Inc. (CERC) and TRx Pharmaceuticals, LLC (TRx) today announced that the companies have entered into a purchase agreement in which Cerecor will acquire TRx, including subsidiary Zylera Pharmaceuticals, LLC and its franchise of commercial medications led by Poly-Vi-Flor® (multivitamin and fluoride supplement tablet, chewable) and Tri-Vi-Flor® (multivitamin and fluoride supplement suspension/drops) and a merger agreement in which Cerecor will acquire Zylera Pharma Corp. The transactions have been unanimously approved by the Cerecor Board of Directors and are expected to close today.

DCIX Diana Containerships (DCIX), operator of seafaring container vessels, Friday reported a Q3 loss on declining revenues. The shipping company reported a Q3 loss of $8.7 million on revenue of $6.7 million, compared to loss of $126.8 million on revenue of $8 million in the year-earlier period.

ETM Entercom Communications Corp (ETM) today announced that it has completed its merger with CBS Radio Inc. ("CBS Radio"), creating a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country. Entercom is now the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States and the nation's unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. With a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, Entercom will engage over 100 million people weekly with a premier collection of highly-rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events.

SFUN Fang Holdings (SFUN), an operator of a real estate online platform in China, reported Friday Q3 non-GAAP earnings of $0.03 per American depositary share, compared to a net loss of $0.01 per ADS in the prior year period. Analysts polled by Capital IQ expected earnings of $0.02 per ADS. Revenue for the quarter was $112.2 million, down from $250.1 million reported for the same period last year. The Street estimate was for revenue of $106.4 million.

FL Foot Locker (FL), a retailer of shoes and apparel, reported Friday fiscal Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.87 per share, down from $1.13 per share in the prior-year period.The result was higher than the $0.80 per share Street estimate provided by Capital IQ. Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 28 were $1.87 billion, practically unchanged from the sales of $1.89 billion reported for the same period last year, and higher than the $1.82 billion Street estimate.

GPS Gap, Inc. (GPS) reported Q3 EPS of $0.58, $0.04 better than the analyst estimate of $0.54. Revenue for the quarter came in at $3.84 billion versus the consensus estimate of $3.76 billion. Gap, Inc. sees FY2017 EPS of $2.08-$2.12, versus the consensus of $2.06. The company now expects comparable sales for fiscal year 2017 to be up low-single-digits.

HIBB Hibbett Sports Inc (HIBB) surged in premarket trade Friday, after the sports retailer blew past estimates for its fiscal third quarter and raised guidance for the full year. Hibbett said it had net income of $7.6 million , or 37 cents a share, for the quarter, down from $14.6 million , or 66 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. Sales rose to $237.8 million from $237.0 million . The FactSet consensus was for EPS of 22 cents and sales of $219 million . Chief Executive Jeff Rosenthal said the company was "very pleased" with results for the period. "Sales in equipment and accessories remained soft, but were offset by positive comparable store sales in footwear and significant improvement in branded apparel," he said. "Our e-commerce sales exceeded even our high expectations, as we experienced good response from early marketing initiatives and strong conversion from online traffic."

KTEC Key Technology (KTEC) reported Q4 EPS of $0.18, $0.14 better than the analyst estimate of $0.04. Revenue for the quarter came in at $40.5 million versus the consensus estimate of $32 million.

NGVC Natural Grocers (NGVC) reported Q4 EPS of $0.06, $0.01 better than the analyst estimate of $0.05. Revenue for the quarter came in at $198.5 million versus the consensus estimate of $193.82 million.

NVCR Novocure (NVCR) announced today results from a retrospective post-hoc analysis of its phase 3 pivotal EF-14 trial data showing that increased compliance with Optune predicted increased survival in glioblastoma (GBM) patients. Results were highlighted in an oral presentation at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) in San Francisco. The analysis showed that an Optune compliance threshold as low as 50 percent correlated with significantly improved outcomes in patients treated with Optune together with temozolomide compared to patients treated with temozolomide alone. The results also demonstrated that the greater patients’ compliance with Optune, the better their outcomes. Patients who used Optune more than 90 percent of the time (n=43) had the greatest chance of survival: a median survival of 24.9 months from randomization and a five-year survival of 29.3 percent. The median time from diagnosis to randomization was 3.8 months for patients treated with Optune together with temozolomide.

ROST Ross Stores (ROST) reported Q3 EPS of $0.72, $0.05 better than the analyst estimate of $0.67. Revenue for the quarter came in at $3.3 billion versus the consensus estimate of $3.27 billion. Comparable store sales up 4% on top of a robust 7% increase last year. GUIDANCE: Ross Stores sees Q4 2017 EPS of $0.88-$0.92, versus the consensus of $0.92.

SCVL Shoe Carnival (SCVL) reported Q3 EPS of $0.66, $0.04 better than the analyst estimate of $0.62. Revenue for the quarter came in at $287.5 million versus the consensus estimate of $286.06 million. Shoe Carnival sees FY2017 EPS of $1.42-$1.49, versus the consensus of $1.43. Shoe Carnival sees FY2017 revenue of $1.02-1.025 billion, versus the consensus of $1.01 billion.

SPLK Splunk (SPLK) reported Q3 EPS of $0.17, $0.03 better than the analyst estimate of $0.14. Revenue for the quarter came in at $328.7 million versus the consensus estimate of $309.19 million. GUIDANCE: Splunk sees Q4 2018 revenue of $388-390 million, versus the consensus of $383.6 million. Splunk sees FY2018 revenue of $1.239-1.241 billion, versus the consensus of $1.22 billion.

SQ Square (SQ) Evercore ISI upgraded Square (SQ) to Outperform and target $51

TSLA Tesla Inc (TSLA) ran up in premarket trade Friday, with Morgan Stanley analyst Ravi Shanker saying the "new age of trucking begins today," after the unveiling of the new Tesla Semi truck. Late Thursday, Tesla unveiled its new semi-autonomous electric-powered big rig (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tesla-unveils-sleek-electric-big-rig-with-500-mile-range-2017-11-17), with a 500-mile range per charge, on tap for production in 2019. "The Tesla truck appears to best current diesel truck performance in almost every measurable way," Shanker wrote in a note to clients. "Comfort and connectivity will likely be unparalleled as well." He said that while Tesla didn't announce any launch partners as expected, product development head Jerome Guillen briefly thanked customers for many orders.


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