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August 27, 2014
12:52 EDTBBYBest Buy rebounds after analysts defend stock
Shares of Best Buy (BBY) are advancing after a number of analysts defended the stock in the wake of the weaker than expected guidance that the company provided yesterday. WHAT'S NEW: After Best Buy yesterday morning reported slightly lower than expected second quarter revenue and estimated that its same-store sales would rise by a weaker than expected low single digit percentage in the second half of 2014, Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Keith said the results were solid while the guidance looks conservative. Best Buy's consumer electronics sales rose for the first time in several years last quarter and its U.S. comparative sales numbers were "decent," while its online sales surged 22%, Keith noted. Best Buy's sales guidance looks conservative because the retailer should benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 next month, while its TV sales, which are rebounding, historically become a larger part of its total sales in Q3 and Q4, the analyst wrote. He reiterated a $34 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank wrote that Best Buy is significantly cutting its costs, as the firm had predicted. It believes that the retailer can reduce its costs meaningfully going forward and it kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Best Buy advanced $1.49, or 5%, to $31.29. Yesterday, the stock fell nearly 7% following the company's quarterly report, which was issued before the opening bell.
11:49 EDTBBYBest Buy rallies on heavy volume, levels to watch
Volume is already running at more than 150% of the daily average, with the shares up 5.4% to $31.41. The move has nearly filled the bearish gap from yesterday, the top of which is at $31.99. That level remains resistance. Positive commentary from Piper Jaffray and Deutsche Bank this morning have helped spur the rally. Support is at $30.95.
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07:45 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy can cut costs further, says Deutsche Bank
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06:56 EDTBBYBest Buy 2H14 guidance looks conservative, says Piper Jaffray
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August 26, 2014
16:22 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:24 EDTBBYBest Buy valuation compelling, says BofA/Merrill
14:58 EDTBBYBest Buy still poised to beat Q4 expectations, says Jefferies
After Best Buy reported lower than expected Q2 revenue, Jefferies still expects the company to rebound in 2H14, with Q4 results beating expectations. The firm expects the company to benefit from positive product cycle trends in 2H14 and says that its Q2 sales were in-line with its expectations. Jefferies keeps a $38 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
14:54 EDTBBYBest Buy risk/reward favorable, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse remains a buyer of Best Buy and said risk/reward is favorable. The firm was not surprised by negative comps and lower earnings forecasts for the rest of the year and believes the company is poised to report Q4 upside. Shares are Outperform rated with a $40 price target.
14:47 EDTBBYBest Buy shares defended at Jefferies
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14:17 EDTBBYInvestors should sell Best Buy, Barron's reports
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12:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:23 EDTBBYTRW September volatility elevated
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11:09 EDTBBYBest Buy shares decline as Best Buy reports Q2 sales drop
Shares of multi-channel Best Buy (BBY) are retreating after the firm reported that sales declines continued through the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's Q2 earnings per share from continuing operations was 44c, exceeding analysts' consensus estimates of 31c. The company's Q2 revenue was $8.9B, which was slightly lower than analysts' $8.99B consensus. Same-store-sales for the quarter declined 2.7%, which is better than the overall industry sales decline of 2.5% as reported by NPD. Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly noted that traffic to the company's brick and mortar stores continued to decline as consumers research and buy online. Joly noted that in-store conversion and online traffic continued to increase during the quarter. Joly said that in the back half of the year, the retailer plans to intensify its investments in customer-facing initiatives. Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Sharon McCollam reiterated that industry-wide sales are continuing to decline in many of the consumer electronics cateogries in which it competes, and said the retailer is seeing "ongoing softness" in the mobile phone category ahead of new product launches. She forecast SSS down in the low single digits for both the third and fourth quarters and sees Q3 and Q4 operating income in line with the first half of the year. For the back half of the year, McCollam sees continued industry softness and higher promotionality in Canada and China. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Best Buy said that it is "encouraged" by the response to 4K televisions and aims to expand its holiday gift centers within stores. The company's CFO McCollam said that the firm's mobile phone category is "complicated to forecast." She feels that the disruption of carriers "could have impact" that the technology retailer did not anticipate. McCollam said that despite great excitement for some high-profile phone launches, there is still a great deal of competition in the lower-end of the phone market. In terms of the start of the upcoming quarter, Best Buy feels that the beginning has been "in-line" with expectations. ANALYST OPINION: ISI analyst Greg Melich feels that Best Buy's Q2 EPS beat was due to a slightly less dramatic decrease in gross margins and improved cost controls. He feels that the market is likely to pay close attention to continued sales decreases when predicting the rest of the year despite the better than anticipated quarterly EPS results. Melich said that he will keep an eye out for positive signs that Q4 will experience an improvement given the highly promotional and competitive landscape last year. The analyst keeps the stock with a neutral rating and a $31.99 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Best Buy fell $1.59, or 4.97%, to $30.40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Best Buy peers include RadioShack (RSH) and hhgregg (HGG).
11:01 EDTBBYBest Buy shares defended at Morgan Stanley
08:56 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Tim Hortons (THI), up 10.5% after announcing merger agreement with Burger King (BKW), which is up 4% after the news. Burger King CEO Schwartz will become group CEO of the new company and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) has committed $3B of preferred equity financing for the deal... DSW (DSW), up 12% after reporting Q2 earnings beat, FY14 outlook above consensus... Kite Pharma (KITE), up 17% after announcing phase 1-2a results from trial of potential treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.4% after coverage of stock initiated at several research firms, including Morgan Stanley which started with an Overweight rating and $46 price target and named it a new top pick... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 9% following Bloomberg report on Chinese government considering funding for electric car chargers. LOWER: Best Buy (BBY), down 3.7% after reporting Q2 revenue below consensus, Q2 same-store sales decline of 2.7%... Sanderson Farms (SAFM), down 5.9% after Q3 earnings, revenue miss estimates... Movado (MOV), down 5.1% after Q2 revenue miss expectations... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Prospect Capital (PSEC), down 3.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), down 7.6%.
08:54 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says beginning of quarter has been 'in-line with expectations'
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08:44 EDTBBYBest Buy CFO says mobile phone category 'complicated to forecast'
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08:18 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says 'encouraged' by response to 4K televisions
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07:10 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q3, Q4 operating income rate up in line with 1H
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07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy sees ongoing softness in mobile phone category
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy CFO sees SSS down in low single digits in Q3, Q4
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy: Benefits of Renew Blue cost reduction drove Q2 results
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q2 continuing ops EPS 44c, consensus 31c
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August 25, 2014
15:18 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Best Buy (BBY), consensus 31c; Golar LNG (GLNG), consensus (7c); DSW (DSW), consensus 32c; Tech Data (TECD), consensus 77c; Sanderson Farms (SAFM), consensus $3.82; Movado (MOV), consensus 54c; Trina Solar (TSL), consensus 14c.
14:14 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments ahead of results
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12:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises, levels to watch
The stock is holding above what was strong resistance at the $10 area. JPMorgan earlier recommended the shares as a long idea, and the stock is up over 4.6% on greater than average daily volume to $10.65. At that price, next resistance is at $11.22. Support is at $10.42.
10:24 EDTBBYBest Buy weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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10:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst predicts more store closures coming
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07:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney recommneded as a Long Trade Idea at JPMorgan
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August 22, 2014
06:37 EDTBBYBest Buy weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 21, 2014
10:35 EDTJCPSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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August 20, 2014
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August 19, 2014
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August 18, 2014
11:57 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP GPRO
J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 43, GoPro (GPRO) January 48 call option implied volatility decreased 8% to 45 according to IVolatility.
August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTJCPStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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16:38 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
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12:39 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
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09:35 EDTJCPActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comps get more difficult from here, says Maxim
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08:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comp run rates does not support quick recovery, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said J.C. Penney's underlying comp run-rate of 4% does not support a quick turnaround and believes comps will decelerate from current levels. The firm trimmed its 2015-2017 base assumptions and believes the company will struggle to reach +6% comps. Shares are Underweight rated with a reduced price target of $7 from $7.50.
07:19 EDTJCPWells says 'no reason to get too excited' about J.C. Penney
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06:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney turnaround 'very much underway,' says Piper Jaffray
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August 14, 2014
19:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:18 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney off session highs, now up 2.7%
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16:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees some anomalies in expense in Q3
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16:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says 'Kids' unit had a challenging spring
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16:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says CEO unable to attend conference call, recovering from surgery
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16:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney expects profitable sales this back to school season
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16:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rallies 9% to $9.74 after Q2 earnings beat
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16:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees 2014 SSS up mid-single digits
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16:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q3 SSS up mid-single digits
Sees Q3 gross margin in-line with Q2 and SG&A expenses slightly above last year's levels.
16:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q2 adjusted EPS (75c), consensus (93c)
Reports Q2 revenue $2.8B, consensus $2.79B. Same store sales increased 6.0 %. Online sales through jcp.com were $249M for the quarter, up 16.7 % versus the same period last year.
15:03 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:24 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August 9.5 straddle priced for 11.2% move into Q2
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J.C. Penney (JCP) November 12 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 53, King Digital (KING) February 17 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 52 according to IVolatility.
10:36 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney reporting positive Q2 comps
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05:54 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP P
Stocks with implied volatility movement; J.C. Penney (JCP) 67. Pandora (P) 59 according to iVolatility.
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