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August 30, 2013
16:42 EDTSPLK, LCC, PSUN, CRM, APA, KKD, AAMRQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower as each of the major indexes finished the month with losses, lead by the Dow and S&P, which each lost more than 3% in August. The averages drifted lower for the beginning of the session, turning more volatile after statements regarding Syria were made by both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama, with the indexes closing off their worst levels of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer spending rose less than forecast in July as income growth slowed. Personal income in the month rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%, while personal spending rose 0.1%, versus an expected 0.3% increase. The Chicago ISM rose 0.7 points to 53.0 in August, matching the forecast of analysts. The final August reading of the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey was revised up to 82.1, which was higher than the preliminary August estimate of 80.0, but lower than July?s reading of 85.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of energy explorer Apache (APA) rose $7.04, or 8.95%, to $85.68 after the company last night announced a deal to sell a 33% stake in its Egyptian business to China's Sinopec for $3.1B in cash. A number of analysts reacted positively to the news, notably RBC Capital, which upgraded the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform... A federal judge set a November 25 trial date in the U.S. Justice Department's challenge to the proposed merger between US Airways (LCC) and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was cloud software company salesforce.com (CRM), up $5.48, or 12.55%, to $49.13 after beating second quarter estimates and raising its full year 2014 outlook. Also higher following a better-than-expected earnings report was another software company, Splunk (SPLK), which gained $6.29, or 12.86%, to $55.21, as the stock was also upgraded at FBR Capital. Among the noteworthy losers were shares of doughnut maker Krispy Kreme (KKD), down $3.51, or 15.11%, to $19.72 after its earnings and guidance missed expectations. Also lower was teen retailer Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), down 66c, or 16.84%, to $3.26, which reported an in-line second quarter but gave an earnings and revenue outlook for the third quarter that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: The Dow was down 30.64, or 0.21%, to 14,810.31; the S&P 500 was down 5.20, or 0.32%, to 1,632.97; the Nasdaq was down 30.43, or 0.84%, to 3,589.87.
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May 20, 2015
05:57 EDTCRMSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
13:05 EDTCRMSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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12:59 EDTCRMSalesforce drops after dealReporter says potential sale may take time
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07:31 EDTAPAUBS to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTCRMSalesforce.com volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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May 18, 2015
20:16 EDTPSUNUrban Outfitters down over 16% after disappointing Q1 results
Urban Oufitters (URBN) is down sharply after reporting first quarter earnings per share and revenue that missed analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Oufitters reported Q1 EPS of 25c on revenue of $739.01M, below consensus expectations of 30c and $758.25M, respectively. Urban Outfitters also reported Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%, with Q1 retail segment net sales increasing 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters, and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q1 earnings conference call, Urban Outfitters announced that Urban Outfitters Group CEO Ted Marlow, who oversaw the direction of the namesake brand, would retire at the end of August. While Urban Outfitters did not provide guidance, Urban Outfitters Anthropologie Group CEO David McCreight commented on the Anthropologie brand, "We're expecting we could see Q2 shaping up like Q1 in terms of low single-digit comps. We could also see being in the low-mid-single digit comps. It's hard to tell at this point." ANALYST REACTION: Two analyst firms lowered their respective price targets on Urban Outfitters following the company's earnings report. Sterne Agee, which rates Urban Outfitters a Neutral, lowered its 12-month price target to $34 from $46, noting the company has had trouble getting both its Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie brands to perform at the same time. Cantor, which maintained its Buy rating, lowered its price target to $53 from $54, saying that Anthropologie sales disappointed, but noting that a "later catalog release appears to us to have pushed some sales at Anthropologie into May." PRICE ACTION: Urban Outfitters fell 16.4% to just over $34 in after-hours trading. PEERS: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Five Below (FIVE), Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), and Zumiez (ZUMZ).
15:50 EDTKKDKrispy Kreme signs development agreement to open 31 shops in South Africa
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12:00 EDTSPLKSplunk selloff following CTO change unwarranted, says Cantor
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08:07 EDTSPLKSplunk appoints Snehal Antani as Chief Technology Officer
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07:24 EDTCRMSalesforce buyout rumors may cloud earnings focus, says Susquehanna
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May 14, 2015
08:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $87 from $78 at Goldman
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06:21 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 57 at upper end of index
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May 12, 2015
16:33 EDTCRMSalesforce, Sage announce strategic partnership, new small business platform
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11:38 EDTCRMLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
06:02 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 64 at upper end of index
May 11, 2015
10:03 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a press event
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10:00 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a meeting
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08:14 EDTAPAMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:06 EDTCRMSalesforce removed from Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley removed Salesforce.com from the Best Ideas List and maintained its Buy ratting and $80 price target. The firm said Salesforce.com's secular growth and margin expansion remain in place but shares are trading on an acquisition premium and risk/reward is balanced near-term. The firm views an acquisition as unlikely and said the sheer size would make it extremely complicated, with few bidders.
06:04 EDTCRMSalesforce removed from Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley removed Salesforce from its Best Ideas list saying the near-term risk/reward is more balanced with shares trading at an "acquisition premium." The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the name with an $80 price target.
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