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May 20, 2014
10:00 EDTTSCDY, ONEXF, GD, CPB, RYAAY, MCP, DTV, APC, QCOR, JCP, DKS, APDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Air Products (APD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BGC Financial... Anadarko (APC) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Campbell Soup (CPB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... General Dynamics (GD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... LifeLock (LOCK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Molycorp (MCP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Onex (ONEXF) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Questcor (QCOR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Ryanair (RYAAY) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
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November 17, 2015
10:16 EDTDKSDick's Sporting says this is a 'difficult environment' for many retailers
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10:14 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees margin pressure in Q4
Says working with key vendors to return slow moving product as well as canceling some orders. Says warm weather putting pressure on sales and traffic, affecting inventory levels. Says more promotional holiday season to create additional margin pressure.
10:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney management to meet with Buckingham
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10:07 EDTDKSDick's Sporting says 'off to a slow start' in Q4
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10:02 EDTDKSHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTDKSUnder Armour, Nike slide after Dick's outlook misses expectations
Shares of Under Armour (UA) and Nike (NKE) slipped after Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) provided guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 that both missed consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Dick's Sporting Goods reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 45c on revenue of $1.64B, mostly in-line with analyst estimates of 47c on revenues of $1.64B. The company guided for Q4 EPS of $1.10-$1.25, short of the consensus estimate of $1.43. Dick's also said it anticipates FY15 adjusted EPS of $2.85-$3.00, lower than current analyst expectations of $3.19. STREET RESEARCH: Following the report, Baird analyst Justin Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods is the "strongest player" in its segment, which should enable the company to grow its sector-leading 10% market share at the expense of smaller competitors. The analyst added that profitability for the company should improve as volumes increase and as the company leverages its store base to fulfill further orders. Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods' e-commerce business will be more profitable than its brick-and-mortar business by 2017. The analyst maintained a Neutral rating and $48 price target on Dick's Sporting Goods' stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Dick's Sporting Goods dropped 17.5% to $33.67, while supplier Under Armour fell 5.6% to $84.95 and Nike was down 2% to $121.08. Dick's peers fell as well, with Finish Line (FINL) dropping 1%, Foot Locker (FL) slid 1.3% and Cabela's (CAB) dipping marginally in morning trading.
09:20 EDTDKSDick's Sporting drops sharply after earnings and outlook
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09:15 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.1%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 7.7%... Eros International (EROS), up 12.8%... Home Depot (HD), up 3.1%...Wal-Mart (WMT), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 14.8% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002... Fitbit (FIT), up 2.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS), down 15.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 12.8%. ALSO LOWER: Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR), up 25.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.7% after board unanimously determines not to pursue IAC (IACI) proposal... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down 4.1% after receiving downgrades from Goldman and WallachBeth... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 2.5% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Cooper Companies (COO), down 2% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
08:38 EDTAPCApache assets do not warrant a premium, says Canaccord
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08:10 EDTAPCMitsubishi UFJ to hold a conference
Oil & Gas Conference is being held in New York on November 17.
07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY15 CapEx $245M on net basis, $365M on gross basis
07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees Q4 EPS $1.10-$1.25, consensus $1.43
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07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY15 non-GAAP EPS $2.85-$3.00, consensus $3.19
The company's consolidated earnings per diluted share guidance contemplates the $300M of share repurchases executed in 2015.
07:32 EDTDKSDick's Sporting opened 27 new Dick's Sporting Goods stores in Q3
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07:31 EDTDKSDick's Sporting reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 45c, consensus 47c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.64B, consensus $1.64B. Reports Q3 SSS up 0.4%.
November 16, 2015
16:29 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces plans to retire $500M asset-based term loan
J. C. Penney Company announced that it has received $500M of incremental bank commitments to increase the size of the Revolving Line of Credit under its existing Senior Secured Asset-Based Credit Facility to $2.35B from $1.85B. In connection with upsizing the revolving credit facility, the Company also intends to prepay and retire the outstanding principal amount of its $500M Term Loan previously issued under the ABL, which is scheduled to mature in June 2019. The Company expects to close these transactions in December.The Company expects that retirement of the ABL Term Loan will reduce interest expense by approximately $20M annually, beginning in 2016. The $2.35B ABL revolving line of credit, which will also mature in June 2019, will remain available for seasonal working capital needs and general corporate purposes. Marvin Ellison, chief executive officer, said, "We proactively pursued this transaction to reduce our long-term debt and ongoing interest expense and to further enhance our financial flexibility while maintaining our strong liquidity position as we continue to make progress on our goal of $1.2B in EBITDA by 2017."
15:08 EDTDKSDick's Sporting November 41 straddle priced for 9.4% movement into Q3
15:02 EDTDKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:35 EDTJCPDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
07:42 EDTAPCAnadarko named a Top Pick at Cowen
Cowen moved Anadarko (APC) to a Top Pick, citing valuation and the company's ability to execute large, complex mergers. Cowen noted Anadarko approached Apache (APA) and declined when the deal did not happen, but the firm sees material upside for Anadarko shares. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $87 price target on Anadarko.
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