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January 10, 2014
10:26 EDTANF, STI, TGT, VTR, WLH, CNQ, AVY, BIDU, LM, ATK, QLIK, MSFT, APAM, BBRY, BMY, CQP, INCY, IRWD, JNS, LRY, M, AYIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Artisan Partners (APAM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Incyte (INCY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ironwood (IRWD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Janus Capital (JNS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Liberty Property (LRY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... William Lyon Homes (WLH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Canadian Natural (CNQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Avery Dennison (AVY) upgraded at Topeka... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... ATK (ATK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.
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August 20, 2014
08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Celgene enter collaboration agreement for OPDIVO, ABRAXANE
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 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 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:53 EDTANFAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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05:33 EDTAVYAvery Dennison RBIS, Ningbo Shenzhou Knitting announce JV
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