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July 25, 2014
16:18 EDTAMZN, WCG, Z, P, V, TRLAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Earnings and guidance disappointments from a few notable names, particularly Visa (V) and Amazon.com (AMZN), put pressure on the averages from the outset. Buyers moved to the sidelines ahead of the weekend, as reports circulated that no truce accord was reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. Also late in the day, Goldman Sachs warned that it believes a sell-off in bonds could lead to a temporary sell-off in equities over the next three months. However, Goldman also noted that it has "strong conviction" that equities are the best positioned asset class over the next 12 months. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders rebounded 0.7% in June after a 1.0% decline in the prior month, beating expectations for June increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon fell $34.60, or 9.65%, to $324.01 after the e-commerce giant reported in-line second quarter revenue but a much higher than expected loss. A number of analysts responded to the news by downgrading the stock, while several others cut their price targets on the shares... Visa reported Q3 earnings per share and revenue that topped consensus forecasts. However, the company trimmed its fiscal year revenue growth view to be in the 9%-10% range from its prior forecast for low double-digit constant revenue growth of around 10%-11%. Shares of the Dow Jones Industrial Average component slid $7.97, or 3.58%, to $214.77 following the report and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were online real estate listing companies Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA), which climbed for a second session in a row after Bloomberg reported yesterday that the former was negotiating to buy the latter. Deutsche Bank analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note to investors that the Bloomberg story is "credible" as there is a "compelling" rationale for the companies to combine and Zillow ended the day up $13.10, or 8.99%, at $158.86 while Trulia added another $2.61, or 4.86%, to close at $56.35. Among the noteworthy losers was WellCare (WCG), which plunged $15.24, or 19.83%, to $61.61 after the managed care company pre-announced significantly weaker than expected results. Also lower following its earnings report and guidance was online music service operator Pandora (P), which declined $2.97, or 10.34%, to $25.75. INDEXES: The Dow fell 123.23, or 0.72%, to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq dropped 22.54, or 0.5%, to 4,449.56, and the S&P 500 slid 9.64, or 0.48%, to 1,978.34.
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November 12, 2014
13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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10:00 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advent Software (ADVS) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Brookline Bancorp (BRKL) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DCT Industrial (DCT) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DDR Corp. (DDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Demandware (DWRE) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Douglas Emmett (DEI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Equity One (EQY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hudson Pacific (HPP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kimco Realty (KIM) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Macerich (MAC) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Prologis (PLD) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Regency Centers (REG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryerson (RYI) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Simon Property (SPG) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sunstone Hotel (SHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Taubman Centers (TCO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... VWR (VWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Vornado (VNO) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Westfield Financial (WFD) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... XPO Logistics (XPO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL CLSN TWTR BABA NFLX TSLA AMZN CSIQ C
08:06 EDTZ, VPacific Crest to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTPWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:28 EDTVBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Visa (V) 18 according to iVolatility.
November 11, 2014
16:23 EDTVVisa initiated with a Hold at Topeka
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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12:55 EDTWCGWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 10, 2014
15:54 EDTVVisa, MasterCard could be hurt by new Canadian credit card rules, WSJ says
Canada is preparing to announce broad changes to its code of conduct for the credit- and debit-card industry, which could make it the first country to give merchants the right to reject mobile payments through Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) even if the merchants accept their physical cards, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a draft copy of rules that could be announced this week. Reference Link
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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15:17 EDTVCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industry’s biggest players don’t allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
07:23 EDTPRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTVCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:11 EDTTRLAOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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