Earnings wrap: Healthways, Tractor Supply

Wellness services provider sees margins growing; farm and ranch retailer hits lowered guidance
Jul 24, 2014 6:44 AM

Avondale analyst sees HealthStream growth beyond ICD-10

Richard Close at Avondale Partners has reaffirmed his buy rating and target price of $33.50 for HealthStream, saying that the workforce development company has multiple avenues for growth in addition to its ICD-10 training products. Revenue growth excluding ICD-10 has accelerated above 20 percent, Close said, and the company's other service lines should "foster growth and ease headwind of ICD-10 roll-off."

Shares of HealthStream (Ticker: HSTM) climbed almost 20 percent Tuesday after a better-than-expected Q2 earnings report, but year to date, they're down 20 percent.

Jul 23, 2014 2:34 PM

Franklin Synergy maintains torrid growth pace

Profits soar 74% as loan book grows 8% during quarter, 45% from year ago
Jul 23, 2014 6:49 AM

Q2 report a tonic for HealthStream investors

At about 1 p.m. Central Tuesday, shares of HealthStream were among the market's biggest movers, climbing almost 20 percent to about $26.50 on the back of its solid second-quarter earnings. Volume was heavy, with the number of shares changing hands on track to triple the stock's daily average.

Jul 22, 2014 12:58 PM

HealthStream beats by a penny

Workforce development company tops revenue expectations by $1.5M
Jul 22, 2014 6:52 AM

Sandler lifts Pinnacle rating

Analyst Stephen Scouten at Sandler O'Neill has raised his rating on shares of Pinnacle Financial Partners to 'buy' from 'hold' after the bank holding company reported its second-quarter numbers. The move by Scouten is based on the valuation of Pinnacle, which is off about 10 percent from its recent highs (Ticker: PNFP) but is still up about 15 percent so far in 2014.

Jul 21, 2014 7:17 AM

First Horizon gains Middle Tennessee traction

It looks like Nashville was kind to First Tennessee Bank in the second quarter. The bank's parent company, First Horizon National Corp., said its Middle Tennessee loan book grew by 8 percent in the three months ended June 30. That was double the company's overall growth rate.

Jul 18, 2014 2:11 PM

Analyst action: Pinnacle, Clarcor

Kevin Reynolds at Wunderlich Securities has raised his price target for shares of Pinnacle Financial Partners to $40 from $37 after the bank holding company reported its Q2 numbers. Reynolds says investors shouldn't put too much stock in the earnings beat because of a smaller loan loss provision, but he nonetheless likes Pinnacle's long-term prospects. Pinnacle shares (Ticker: PNFP) closed Thursday trading at $36.05 and are up 11 percent so far in 2014.

At Robert W. Baird, analyst Richard Eastman has hiked his rating on Clarcor shares to 'outperform' from 'neutral,' citing better fundamentals, the benefit of recent acquisitions and a decent valuation. He sees Clarcor (Ticker: CLC), which closed Thursday at $60.46, climbing to $67 in the coming quarters.

Jul 18, 2014 7:19 AM

Analyst: HCA's Q2 could lead to 'stock-enhancing capital deployment'

Jefferies & Co. analyst Brian Tanquilut sees bigger things coming from HCA Holdings' positive earnings preview this week. He thinks that "HCA's strong cash flows open up opportunities for stock-enhancing capital deployment" such as acquisitions or share buybacks. (The company late last year spent $500 million to repurchase some of its stock.) Tanquilut also lifted his price target for HCA to $72 from $70.

Jul 18, 2014 6:47 AM

Truxton Q2 up 36%

Wealth management business powers big gains
Jul 17, 2014 2:35 PM