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March 28, 2014
16:28 EDTBBRY, KING, RH, PCG, CLVS, BIIBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, but closed well off their best levels, as the averages traded in a now-familiar pattern of a higher open followed by afternoon weakness. With just one trading day remaining in March, the Dow and S&P 500 are roughly flat for the month, while the Nasdaq has declined more than 3%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income and consumer spending both rose 0.3% in February, matching expectations. The core PCE price index rose 0.1% in the month, which was also in-line with estimates. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for March came in at 80.0, which was down from February's 81.6 reading and a bit below expectations. In Europe, an index of executive and consumer sentiment rose to 102.4 in March from 101.2 in February, beating the consensus estimate of economists. COMPANY NEWS: BlackBerry (BBRY) reported a fourth quarter loss that was narrower than expected on revenue that missed expectations and fell below $1B for the first time since 2007. The handset maker said it sold 3.4M smartphones during the quarter. BlackBerry also said its cash and equivalents totaled $2.7B at March 1, down from $3.2B at the end of the prior quarter, and the company said it is targeting break-even cash flow by the end of its fiscal 2015. Shares of the company initially traded higher following the report, but closed down 64c, or 7.07%, to $8.41... King Digital (KING) lost another 41c, or 2.22%, to $18.08 to finish its first abbreviated week of trade down more than 14% following the "Candy Crush" maker's Wednesday initial public offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was home furnishing retailer Restoration Hardware (RH), up $8.12, or 12.73%, to $71.93 after its first quarter profit view beat estimates. Also higher were shares of Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 69c, or 17.78%, to $4.57 after the company's Phase 2 trial of its treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis met its primary objective. Among the noteworthy losers was PG&E Corporation (PCG), down $1.75, or 4.01%, to $41.89 after reporting that they expect that the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the 2010 San Bruno natural gas transmission pipeline accident. Following the announcement the stock was downgraded at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Also lower were a number of biotech names, including Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down $9.99, or 12.44%, to $70.33, and Biogen (BIIB), down $15.94, or 5.05%, to $294.12 as the sector continued to see significant weakness, as it often has in recent trade. INDEXES: The Dow was up 58.83, or 0.36%, to 16,323.06; the S&P 500 was up 8.58, or 0.46%, to 1,857.62; the Nasdaq was up 4.53, or 0.11%, to 4,155.76.
News For BBRY;KING;RH;PCG;CLVS;BIIB From The Last 14 Days
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September 25, 2014
06:08 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; IBM BBRY
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September 24, 2014
12:42 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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12:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry's Passport unlikely to win considerable share, says Credit Suisse
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11:58 EDTBBRYBlackBerry launches smartphone geared towards mobile professionals
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11:42 EDTBBRYMobileiron advances after analyst sees easing competition
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11:00 EDTRHBed Bath & Beyond climbs after Q2 earnings beat expectations
Shares of home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are rising after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 EPS was $1.17, which was 3c higher than analysts' consensus. The company's Q2 revenue of $2.95B topped analysts' consensus of $2.89B. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up approximately 3.4%. The retailer sees Q3 EPS in the range of $1.17-$1.21, compared with analysts' consensus view of $1.20. Bed Bath & Beyond expects fiscal year 2014 EPS to be between $5.00-$5.08, compared to analysts' view of $5.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Bed Bath & Beyond said that it was investing "significantly" in its business. It expects FY14 capital expenditures of approximately $350M. The retailer is opening a new distribution facility and is working on a new point of sale system. Bed Bath & Beyond said it is "cautiously optimistic" on its balance for the rest of the year. Next quarter, the company is expecting SSS growth of 2%-3%, and for Q4 it foresees 4%-5% of same-store growth. ANALYST REACTION: Yesterday morning, prior to the release of Bed Bath and Beyond's Q2 earnings report, William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Hofkin cited his continued worries regarding the retailer's above-average exposure to e-commerce competitors. He feels that Bed Bath & Beyond waited too long before developing a strong multichannel platform and that competition from other e-commerce rivals will continue accumulating. He noted that while the company's price premium relative to Amazon (AMZN) has gotten smaller in the past few years, it still is material. Today, UBS analyst Michael Lasser raised his price target on the stock to $68 from $62 after Bed Bath & Beyond reported sales that surpassed expectations. Still, he felt that the good sales numbers occurred at the expense of its margin. He expects the retailer's operating margin decrease to impact the company's PE multiple. Lasser believes that the retailer's Q3 and Q4 comp outlook could be "aggressive," but he noted that he won't have much of an idea about those numbers until early January. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and Restoration Hardware (RH). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.99, or 6.4%, to $66.68.
September 23, 2014
13:11 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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11:11 EDTRHRestoration Hardware shares higher after CEO buys shares
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07:28 EDTBBRYBlackBerry prices 'Passport' below competing high-end smartphones, WSJ says
BlackBerry, whose Passport smartphone marks its first global launch since its BB10 operating system, is pricing the new phone at $599 in the U.S. without subsidies, which is below Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6, which starts at $649 without contract, and Samsung's (SSNLF) Galaxy S5, which was similarly priced at about $650 at launch, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
07:21 EDTBIIBEBD Group to hold a conference
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06:30 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO's plan to abandon consumer market showing results, WSJ says
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September 19, 2014
13:16 EDTKINGKing Digital lower ahead of Monday lock-up expiration
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10:06 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
09:26 EDTBBRYBlackBerry global units stabilizing, says ITG Research
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08:34 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Blackberry September weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, October weekly is at 75, October is at 59, November is at 52, December is at 54; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 26.
September 18, 2014
16:24 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital
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10:40 EDTRHPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
05:56 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; AMD BBRY
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September 17, 2014
11:02 EDTRHOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:57 EDTRHRestoration Hardware implied volatility of 36 at lower end of index mean range
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