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January 9, 2013
10:21 EDTAPU, HA, WU, SON, ICE, SPH, SEP, MON, M, KSS, FDO, DG, CVA, CMA, BAC, BJRI, APOL, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AmeriGas (APU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Apollo Group (APOL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bank of America (BAC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Covanta (CVA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Monsanto (MON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Walter Energy (WLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sonoco Products (SON) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
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August 13, 2014
10:44 EDTMMacy's sees Q3 SSS lower than Q4
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10:01 EDTCMAComerica Chief Credit Officer John Killian to retire in May 2015
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09:15 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTMMacy's cuts FY SSS view to up 1.5%-2% vs. previous 2.5%-3% view
08:02 EDTMMacy's still sees FY14 EPS $4.40-$4.50, consensus $4.47
“We are approaching the second half of 2014 with confident optimism in our business strategies, merchandise assortments and marketing plans, tempered with the reality that many customers still are not feeling comfortable about spending more in an uncertain economic environment,” CEO Terry Lundgren said. “Thus, we remain focused on outperforming our competitors through innovation in omnichannel, which has added new dimensions in how consumers can shop us and how our company can satisfy customer demand. This includes a robust Buy Online Pickup in Store process, which has been rolled out to all full-line Macy’s stores nationwide so that it is fully available this fall and into the holiday shopping season. Moreover, our Millennial strategies have sharpened our merchandising and marketing to customers in the age range of 13 to 30. This has created new positive energy as our customers begin back-to-school shopping.”
08:02 EDTMMacy's says expectations for 2H14 'on track'
Expectations for the second half of 2014 remain on track, with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, even with an improved sales trend in the second quarter, the company was unable to make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. This calculates to expectations for a full-year 2014 comparable sales increase of 1.5%-2%. Full-year 2014 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties now are expected to increase by 2%-2.5%. Previous guidance was for full-year comparable sales to increase by 2.5%-3%. The company continues to expect full-year 2014 earnings per diluted share in the range of $4.40 to $4.50, consistent with guidance previously provided.
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 86c
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07:05 EDTKSSKohl’s August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Kohl's August call option implied volatility is at 65, September is at 27, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 14.
05:58 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; SFUN M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; SouFun (SFUN) 65, Macy's (M) 26 according to iVolatility.
August 12, 2014
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:22 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
In the past three months the shares have moderately outperformed the broader averages. The trend has been neutral for the most part with range-bound trading at $56.50 at the low and $60 at the high. This range is the last portion of a broader range of similar magnitude stretching back to late February of this year. As a result, a break of this range whether to the upside or downside will be significant technically and would resolve the range bearishly or bullishly Ranges that take long periods of time to form tend to persist in the direction of the break for an extended period. On a move above $60 on better than expected news there is only one established resistance level, which is the life high and 52-week high at $61.26. Additional upside moves would likely be anchored to common options strike prices such as $62.50 and $65. A breakdown below the low of the range at $56.50 on worse than expected news or outlook would break the uptrend in place since March 2009. Support below $56.50 would be at $55.10 and then at $53.20.
13:43 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
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13:32 EDTMMacy's August 60 straddle priced for 4% move into Q2
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09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
07:48 EDTBACBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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07:36 EDTDG, FDODollar Tree filing shows Family Dollar talks underway before Icahn involvement
A regulatory filing explaining the history of the merger agreement between Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar (FDO) showed that, on February 24, a representative of Dollar Tree's financial advisor, JPMorgan, made a telephone call to a representative of Morgan Stanley to express Dollar Tree's interest in discussing a potential business combination transaction with Family Dollar. The filing also states that on June 6 Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliates filed a Schedule 13D disclosing that together they beneficially owned approximately 9.39% of the then-outstanding shares of Family Dollar common stock and that they wished to discuss with Family Dollar its business and strategies to enhance stockholder value. That day, Icahn telephoned Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, to discuss the Schedule 13D filing and to express an interest in additional communications with Family Dollar's management regarding the company's current operations and future plans, including potential strategic opportunities and potential business combination transactions. Levine asked Icahn whether he would be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement and Icahn declined, the filing stated. Additionally on June 6, a member of the board of directors of "Company A" emailed Levine to suggest that they speak. On June 7, Levine and the member of the board of directors of Company A had a telephone conversation, during which the representative of Company A "indicated that Company A would be reluctant to participate in the negotiation of a transaction with Family Dollar if Mr. Icahn were to have a role in or control over the process," the filing states, without identifying Company A. Many, including the Wall Street Journal, have surmised that "Company A" in the filing may refer to Dollar General (DG).
06:53 EDTMMacy's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Macy's August call option implied volatility is at 50, September is at 24, January is at 23; compare to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August on 13.
August 11, 2014
11:33 EDTMCDWorkday rises after reportedly winning record deal with McDonald's
Shares of cloud-based human capital management solution provider Workday (WDAY) are rising after the company is said to have won a deal with global fast food giant McDonald's (MCD) that would be the biggest in its history. WHAT'S NEW: JMP Securities analysts Patrick Walravens and Peter Lowry wrote in a note to investors this morning that the firm's checks indicate that Workday was awarded the human capital management business at McDonald’s, which the analysts said could be the biggest deal in the company’s history. The firm increased its estimate for Workday's Q2 billings to $185M from $182M, noting that both are above the company's guidance of $180M in billing for Q2. JMP maintains its Market Outperform rating and $126 price target on Workday, but the analysts noted that they like the stock over the longer-term, citing its market leading position in the Software-as-a-Service Enterprise Resource Planning space, which is set to triple from 2013 to 2020. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, shares of Workday gained $2.43, or 2.9%, to $86.34.
06:58 EDTICEUBS to hold a conference
UBS Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Chicago on August 11.
06:49 EDTMCDWorkday won human capital business at McDonald's, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its due diligence indicates Workday (WDAY) won the human capital management business at McDonald's (MCD). JMP believes the contract could be the biggest deal in Workday's history and it raised its Q2 billings estimate to $185M from $182M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Workday with a $126 price target.
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