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November 5, 2012
10:01 EDTARO, WPZ, STT, TGT, QCOM, PRGO, NRG, MNKD, MON, MSG, HES, GCO, ENB, EPB, CBS, BRO, HGGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aeropostale (ARO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Brown & Brown (BRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Disney (DIS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Enbridge (ENB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Genesco (GCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... MannKind (MNKD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Monsanto (MON) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... NRG Energy (NRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... State Street (STT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Target (TGT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Williams Partners (WPZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... hhgregg (HGG) upgraded to Above Average from Average at Caris.
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTMSG, TGTNotable 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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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 arenít 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 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
10:42 EDTMNKDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:07 EDTEPBKinder Morgan price target raised to $45 from $40 at RBC Capital
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
August 18, 2014
19:26 EDTENBU.S. Court says Enbridge midwest pipeline can move forward, Bloomberg reports
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18:21 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:04 EDTAROAeropostale up 7% after CEO change, Q2 guidance
16:36 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 adjusted EPS (45c)-(42c), consensus (58c)
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16:32 EDTAROAeropostale announces Julian Geiger to rejoin company as CEO
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14:54 EDTENBU.S. Court says Enbridge midwest pipeline can move forward, Bloomberg reports
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11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
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