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May 27, 2015
15:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart settles lawsuit over NJ Turnpike accident with Tracy Morgan
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14:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart holds a management update
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10:17 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abbott (ABT) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Aldeyra (ALDX) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Black Stone Minerals (BSM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Boston Scientific (BSX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Cidara Therapeutics (CDTX) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Coach (COH) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... EPIRUS (EPRS) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Enviva (EVA) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... General Finance Corp (GFN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Jarden (JAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Kate Spade (KATE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Medtronic (MDT) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... MoneyGram (MGI) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Opexa Therapeutics (OPXA) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Paratek Pharmaceuticals (PRTK) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Progenics (PGNX) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Rite Aid (RAD) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... St. Jude Medical (STJ) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Talen Energy (TLN) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Vipshop (VIPS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Virtu Financial (VIRT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... eBay (EBAY) initiated with a Buy at Topeka.
06:35 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Buy at Topeka
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06:26 EDTAMZNEU says Amazon tax inquiry to move forward, FT reports
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06:13 EDTEBAYTech companies look for ways to fend off activist investors, WSJ reports
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May 26, 2015
16:44 EDTAMZNAmazon.com is hiring over six thousand full-time jobs
Amazon announced it is hiring for more than 6,000 full-time jobs across its U.S. fulfillment network to meet growing customer demand. Employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders. Amazon offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
13:03 EDTEBAYeBay confirms launch of promoted listings service
eBay confirmed via a blog post earlier that it is "launching a new service that challenges standard advertising models, and applies new levels of ROI rigor to guarantee the effectiveness of our advertising for our customers." It stated, "The new service, which we call promoted listings, will help sellers with an eBay Stores subscription increase their visibility and sales – and sellers will only pay when an item is purchased after a click on their promoted listing ad. This new model – cost-per-sale – purposefully diverges from the more traditional cost-per-click ad model, and is one of the first examples of how eBay is developing new advertising models and products that allow our sellers – and us – to win in the commerce space."
10:27 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:14 EDTEBAYeBay to test Promoted Listings ad service, internetRetailer reports
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09:58 EDTSCOROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:58 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: L Brands (LB) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... The Fresh Market (TFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Health Care REIT (HCN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Axiom... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... BB&T (BBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... InterXion (INXN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:47 EDTAMZNActives on open:
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08:18 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy at Axiom ahead of PayPal spin-off
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07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon German unit paid $16M in taxes on $11.9B in sales, Reuters says
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07:06 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Axiom
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06:30 EDTSCORcomScore initiated with a Buy at Needham
Target $66.
06:16 EDTTGTAbbott to start selling G.M.O-free Similac Advance formula, NY Times reports
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May 25, 2015
18:35 EDTAMZNAmazon changes tax policy for European sales, WSJ says
Amazon has begun registering its European sales in individual countries rather than reporting all sales in Luxembourg, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing a company spokesperson and a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the policy was enacted May 1, and has been implemented in the U.K., Spain, Germany, and Italy thus far. The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of Amazon's European tax practices, and the Journal notes that it could raise the company's tax bill. Reference Link
18:12 EDTWMTWal-Mart asks suppliers for less antibiotics, better animal conditions, WSJ says
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May 22, 2015
18:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com targets Etsy with artisan goods marketplace, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) is preparing a marketplace for artisan goods to compete with Etsy (ETSY) and has named it Handmade, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:41 EDTWMT, BBYStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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14:38 EDTBBYBest Buy downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research
14:09 EDTTGTTarget $19M settlement with MasterCard rejected by banks, Star Tribune reports
Target (TGT) and MasterCard (MA) have both confirmed that their proposed $19M settlement over Target's data breach was not approved by the requisite 90% of banks affected, which appears to send the dispute back to a federal lawsuit that is seeking class action status, reported The Star Tribune. “At this stage we will continue to work to resolve the matter,” stated MasterCard, according to the report. Reference Link
09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA AMZN FB MU BIDU SDRL BAC INTC EXPE CHK FEYE
08:42 EDTBBYBest Buy share gains should continue, says SunTrust
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05:50 EDTEBAYPayPal's Dan Schulman expects new services for mobile world, AP reports
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May 21, 2015
17:34 EDTTGTGoogle data shows link between mobile ads, store visits, WSJ says
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16:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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13:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks above short-term bearish price channel, levels to watch
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12:52 EDTEBAYESPN and StubHub agree to content distribution deal, Variety reports
Disney's (DIS) ESPN has agreed to a content distribution deal with eBay's (EBAY) StubHub, reports Variet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN plans to feed scores, team stats and articles to StubHub's app, a feature that will be available in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Reference Link
12:49 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:06 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in New York on May 26 hosted by SunTrust.
10:04 EDTBBYHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: MTZ LQD LBTYA AGEN OCR CVC NTAP BBY BRKR VOC
09:40 EDTBBYBest Buy trades up on beat, levels to watch
Shares are off the best level of the day, last at $35.49 and up over 5% on the session. At that price next resistance is at $36.61, the session high. Support is at $34.49.
09:36 EDTBBY, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quality Systems (QSII), up 9.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), up 7.1%... Best Buy (BBY), up 7.5%... Kirkland's (KIRK), up 4.3% after reporting quarterly results, guidance, and announcing a $1.50 per share special dividend... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 3.8%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 4.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1.2%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 30.7% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International... Omnicare (OCR), up 1.3% after CVS Health (CVS) agrees to acquire the company for $98.00 per share, CVS Health is up 1%... Telenav (TNAV), up 3.3% after being initiated with an Outperform at Northland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: NetApp (NTAP), down 11.7%... Rexnord (RXN), down 9.9%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 22.9% after 7.3M share Spot Secondary priced at 65c... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 16.5% after CEO resigns... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), down 5.8% after 2.75M share Secondary priced at $17.75.
09:03 EDTBBYOptions expected to be active
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08:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $520 on bullish trends at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Amazon.com's price target to $520 from $450 on bullish trends and multiple sources of potential upside. The firm's analyst believes the 2016 consensus gross profit view is 5% too low and implies a deceleration to 0% in 2016, which has never happened. Morgan Stanley said fulfillment costs per unit are falling for the first time since 2010 and will continue in 2015, but expects a return to investment in 2016. The firm also said international retail losses aren't as bad as perceived and believes they will moderate in 2016, given recent incremental discipline. Morgan believes Street estimates for AWS are too conservative, given its easy comps and the Q1 margin upside. As a result, Morgan Stanley raised its gross profit estimates for Amazon by 1% for 2015 and by 2% for 2016 and keeps its Overweight rating on the shares.
07:26 EDTBBYBest Buy rises 9.5% to $37 after Q1 earnings beat expectations
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07:09 EDTTGTTarget reported solid results, says Wells Fargo
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says strategy resonating with customers
Hubert Joly, Best Buy president and CEO, said, "In the Domestic business, against a backdrop where the NPD-reported consumer electronics categories, which represent approximately 65% of our revenue, were down 5.3%7, our comparable sales, excluding the impact of installment billing, declined only 0.7% as we continued to take advantage of strong product cycles in large screen televisions and iconic mobile phones and continued growth in the major appliance category. Throughout the quarter, our strategy of delivering ‘Advice, Service and Convenience at Competitive Prices’ continued to resonate with our customers. While merchandising, marketing and operational execution were the tactical drivers of our better-than-expected first quarter financial results, strategically, we believe the cumulative impact of the progress we have made to improve our multi-channel customer experience is what has allowed us to consistently outperform the market. We have made real progress and it is showing up in our results."
07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q2 revenue growth flat to negative low-single digit
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q1 adjusted EPS 37c, consensus 29c
Reports Q1 revenue $8.56B, consensus $8.46B. Reports Q1 domestic comparable sales up 0.6%
06:05 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR BBY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Altera (ALTR) 68, Best Buy (BBY) 40 according to iVolatility.
05:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces Prime Now service from local stores in Manhattan
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May 20, 2015
18:44 EDTAMZN, EBAYeBay tests Amazon.com Prime-type program in Germany, WSJ reports
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18:40 EDTTGTTarget looks cheap, Barron's says
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17:36 EDTEBAYTwitter announces full launch of objective-based ad service
In a company blog post, Twitter (TWTR) stated, "Last year, we launched a... way for advertisers to create and optimize their ad campaigns, and only pay for the actions that are aligned with their marketing objectives. After seeing strong results in beta, we’re excited to offer objective-based campaigns, reports and pricing to all advertisers globally, starting today." Based on the beta test of the service, Twitter claims that eBay (EBAY) was able to drive a 59% quarter-over-quarter decrease in average paid cost per link click, while Tableau (DATA) reduced its cost per link click by over 40% quarter-over-quarter. Twitter went on to say, "When creating a new campaign, you can select from one of six objectives -- and our customized workflow will help you choose the best ad format. For example, if you want to drive traffic to your brand’s website, you can select a website clicks or conversions campaign... You’ll only be charged when a user clicks on a link to your website -- all other engagements, like a favorite or a retweet, are free. You’ll never pay for actions that aren’t relevant to your goal." Reference Link
15:21 EDTBBYBest Buy May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Best Buy May weekly call option implied volatility is at 104, June is at 39, September is at 34; compared to its 90-day average of 32, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 earnings on May 21.
15:00 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 75c... Best Buy (BBY), consensus 29c... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), consensus $2.48... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 65c... Donaldson Company (DCI), consensus 35c... Booz Allen Hamilton Holding (BAH), consensus 33c... The Buckle (BKE), consensus 78c... Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO), consensus 39c... Brady Corp. (BRC), consensus 37c... Trina Solar (TSL), consensus 9c... Quality Systems (QSII), consensus 15c... Kirkland's (KIRK), consensus 11c... Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), consensus ($1.56).
13:37 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts concerned with competition hurting NetApp results
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10:59 EDTTGTTarget sees Q2 comparable sales up 2%-2.5%
Sees Q2 gross margin rate to improve 50 basis points.
10:55 EDTTGTTarget plans to review with board for need to increase share repurchases
10:54 EDTTGTTarget reports Q1-end inventory 9% higher than a year ago
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10:42 EDTTGTTarget expects to open six additional Target Express locations in 2015
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09:36 EDTAMZN, TGTActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTBBYBest Buy trends moderating, says Cleveland Research
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08:06 EDTTGTTarget CEO says pleased with Q1 traffic, sales
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08:05 EDTTGTTarget incurred breach-related expenses of $3M in Q1
Target incurred breach-related expenses of $3M in Q1, compared with $18M of net pre-tax expense last year. Since 4Q13, Target has incurred net expense related to the data breach of $166M, reflecting $256M of gross expense, partially offset by the recognition of a $90M insurance receivable. As of April 12, Target Canada completed its inventory liquidation efforts and closed the last of its 133 Canadian retail stores. A court-approved real estate sales process is underway and expected to be complete by the end of June, Target said. Consistent with expectations, after-tax losses from discontinued operations were $16M in Q1, compared with $153M last year. Certain assets and liabilities of Target’s discontinued operations are based on estimates. "The company believes it is reasonably possible that future adjustments to these amounts could be material to its results of operations in future periods. Any such adjustments would be recorded in discontinued operations," Target stated.
08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees Q2 adjusted EPS $1.04-$1.14, consensus $1.12
08:02 EDTTGTTarget raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.50-$4.65 from $4.45-$4.65
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.10, consensus $1.03
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07:49 EDTTGTCherokee partnerships add to long-term growth, says Brean Capital
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06:07 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS BBY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Michael Kors (KORS) 40, Best Buy (BBY) 37 according to iVolatility.
May 19, 2015
16:23 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTWMTOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
15:00 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:41 EDTTGTTarget (TGT) May weekly 78 straddle priced for 3.6% movement Q1
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14:38 EDTTGTTarget volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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13:04 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Lowe's sees FY15 EPS $3.29, strongest comps of year in Q1
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its first quarter before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 74c on revenue of $14.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 69c-80c on revenue of $13.97B-$14.52B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported fourth quarter EPS of 46c on revenue of $12.54B, beating analyst's estimates of 44c and $12.31B, respectively. The company also reported Q4 same-store sales rose 7.3%, with U.S. comparable sales up 7.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS $3.29 against estimates at that time for $3.28 and said it expects revenue up 4.5%-5% in the fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS up 4%-4.5% and said it expects to report the highest comp for FY15 in Q1. On its earnings conference call, the company said it expects higher comps in the first half of 2015 than the second half. The company said it expects jobs, incomes and household financial conditions to improve in 2015. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's announced a new $5B share repurchase program, which has no expiration date and adds to the previous program's balance, which was $2.4B at January 30. Seeking Alpha contributor Xuhua Zhou, described as a hedge fund analyst, recently wrote in a blog post that "research confirms Lowe's is guilty of formaldehyde noncompliance in sourcing laminate flooring from China." The Consumer Products Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency should include Lowe's products in their safety testing of Lumber Liquidators' (LL) wood, the writer believes. A Lowe's spokesperson told Bloomberg that the Tescun flooring is being removed from stores. Lowe's Canada recently reached an agreement to acquire the leases of 13 former Target (TGT) Canada Locations and will buy Target's Milton, Ontario distribution center for approximately C$151M. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, UBS raised its price target on Lowe's to $83 from $75, citing the company's big ticket comp growth, the improving economy and pent up demand from consumers putting projects on hold since the downturn. Argus also raised its price target, to $82 from $70, and said its confidence in the company's ability to generate profitable growth has increased. In March, Oppenheimer raised its price target on Lowe's to $85 from $77 and said the stock has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement space is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommends buying Lowe's. The firm remains positive on the company's earnings growth and lack of negative catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up nearly 1%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's is fractionally lower at $72.77.
12:47 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Target’s business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailer’s 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
12:29 EDTEBAYPayPal to pay $25M to settle CFPB charges of deceptive advertising
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced earlier that it is filing a complaint and a proposed consent order against PayPal (PYPL) for illegally signing up and billing tens of thousands of consumers for its online credit product, PayPal Credit. The Bureau alleges that PayPal, which is scheduled to be separated from eBay (EBAY), lured in consumers to this product with deceptive advertising, signed up people without them knowing it, and then mishandled billing disputes when they arose. Under the CFPB's proposed order, PayPal would return the $15M that it illegally took from consumers and it would pay a $10M penalty for its wrongful actions.
12:25 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:52 EDTAMZNDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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09:53 EDTBBYBest Buy May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:37 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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07:32 EDTEBAYPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart now sees forex hurting FY16 net sales by $14B
Wal-Mart CFO Charles Holley said on the company's Q1 earnings call that the company expects currency to remain a "significant headwind" for the year. Assuming exchange rates remain where they are today, the impact on full year net sales would be approximately $14B, which compares to guidance in February of approximately $10B. Assuming exchange rates remain where they are today, the impact on FY16 EPS would be approximately 13c per share, compared to prior guidance of 10c per share.
07:18 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Q1 Sam's Club results 'disappointing'
Rosalind Brewer said on Wal-Mart's Q1 earnings call that Sam’s Club Q1 results were "disappointing, as comp sales missed guidance, and we delivered softer net sales and profit than last year." Sam's Club reported Q1 comp sales without fuel up 0.4%, with traffic down 0.2% and ticket up 0.6%. Sam's Club expects comp sales for the 13-week period ending July 31 to be between flat and up 2%.
07:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q1 global e-commerce sales up about 17%
Walmart U.S. e-commerce saw double-digit comp growth across many departments, the company said. Walmart U.S. mobile traffic was up over 100% for the quarter Walmart U.S. saw higher conversion rates as well, the company added. Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.06-$1.18, consensus $1.17
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q1 EPS $1.03, consensus $1.04
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May 18, 2015
15:35 EDTWMTWal-Mart May 79.5 weekly straddle priced for 2.4% movement into Q1
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15:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart May weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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15:00 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:35 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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14:04 EDTWMT, AMZNEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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11:47 EDTAMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart Q1 should benefit from lower gas, stronger consumer, says Stephens
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06:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart to repair stores in labor dispute, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart said it would seek permits to rip up floors and replace plumping lines at five stores that justified its abrupt closure, reports Reuters. The move follows a union-backed complaint to the National Labor Relations Board last month after Wal-Mart temporarily closed the stores. The union accused the company for shutting down the stores to stop workers from organizing. Reference Link
May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTTGTTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
17:08 EDTEBAYSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:13 EDTEBAYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
11:08 EDTEBAYOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:55 EDTEBAYJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:13 EDTEBAYISS, Glass Lewis advise Intel investors to vote 'no' on eBay CEO, WSJ reports
ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co, two influential proxy advisory firms, are recommended Intel (INTC) investors vote against the reelection of eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe to the company's board, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing what it characterized as a poor attendance record, Glass Lewis commented "We view this as a failure by this director to fulfill a fundamental responsibility to represent shareholders at such meetings," while ISS said Donahoe "lacked a valid excuse" for attending less than 75% of the meetings held by the Intel board and committees he serves on in 2014. Intel's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for May 21. Reference Link
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18:55 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to expand Prime product selection, Re/code says
Amazon is in talks with select merchants to include products in the Prime two-day shipping program without requiring them to be stored in Amazon warehouses, reports Re/code, citing multiple people familiar with the program. The report notes that Amazon previously required that all Prime products be stored in the company's own warehouses, indicating that the move is a concession to sellers in exchange for improving the Prime experience. Reference Link
17:36 EDTEBAYeBay, PayPal separation remains on-track to be completed in Q3
17:35 EDTEBAYPayPal names board following separation from eBay
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17:33 EDTEBAYeBay names board following separation from PayPal
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14:32 EDTTGTTarget to sell commercial interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace
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14:30 EDTEBAYPayPal to trade on Nasdaq with symbol 'PYPL' after separation completed
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07:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart risk/reward favorable into Q1 results, says Baird
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