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December 27, 2012
06:10 EDTWLP, TOSBF, RSH, NDAQ, JCP, BBY, FTE, CBI, SHLDOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Home prices are on track to record their first yearly gain since 2006, the strongest performance since the housing bust and a development that could accelerate the real-estate rebound, the Wall Street Journal reports...While 2013 will be a tough year for retailers because of the weak economic recovery, a few in particular face a critical 12 months: Best Buy (BBY), RadioShack (RSH), Sears Holdings (SHLD) and J.C. Penny (JCP), the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: This holiday season may have been the worst for retailers since the financial crisis, forcing many to offer massive post-Christmas discounts in hopes of shedding excess inventory. Shares of retailers declined yesterday, helping to pull down the broader indexes, as investors realized they were likely to be disappointed when companies start to report results, Reuters reports...Toshiba Corp. (TOSBF) is in talks with three parties, including Chicago Bridge and Iron Company (CBI), to sell a portion of its stake in its nuclear power unit Westinghouse, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ), WellPoint (WLP) and France Telecom (FTE) are among 21 large companies facing potential goodwill write downs for underperforming acquisitions, Bloomberg reports...Global mergers and acquisitions jumped to the highest level in four years this quarter, as a surge in U.S. deals provided ground for optimism in what has been the worst year for takeovers since the financial crisis, Bloomberg reports.
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September 30, 2015
18:36 EDTNDAQBATS to pay companies to list exchange-traded funds, WSJ says
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16:52 EDTBBYRichard Schulze reports 13.1% stake in Best Buy
09:12 EDTSHLDSears volatility at low end of 52-week range
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08:01 EDTCBICB&I awarded $100M federal fuel services contract
CB&I announced it has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $100M by the U.S. Federal Government to provide fuel services at military installations around the world.
05:27 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ASHR BBY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 (ASHR) 50, X-trackers, Best Buy (BBY) 33 according to iVolatility.
September 29, 2015
09:35 EDTBBYActive equity options trading on open
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September 28, 2015
10:18 EDTSHLD, JCPJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
10:00 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) upgraded on valuation at Roth Capital... AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Astec (ASTE) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Atmel (ATML) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Endologix (ELGX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Lexicon (LXRX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Gabelli... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natera (NTRA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... RBC Bearings (ROLL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Repsol (REPYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stoneridge (SRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Wabash (WNC) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
08:52 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
IN FOCUS: Apple (AAPL) after announcing it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. HIGHER: Media General (MEG), up 22% after Nexstar (NXST) announced a proposal to acquire the company for cash Nexstar shares currently valued at $14.50 per Media General share... Alcoa (AA), up 5.4% after announcing that its board has unanimously approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies - an Upstream company that will operate under the Alcoa name and a new Value-Add company whose name will be announced at a later date... Atmel (ATML), up 7% after Reuters reported that Cypress Semiconductor (CY) is working on a competing bid to Dialog Semiconductor's (DLGNF) takeover offer... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 3% after Sterne Agee CRT upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral after meeting with the company's new CEO. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Cal-Maine Foods (CALM), down 8%. ALSO LOWER: Verastem (VSTM), down 50% after stopping enrollment in the Phase 2 study of VS-6063 for patients with mesothelioma for futility after a Data Safety Monitoring Board review of a pre-planned interim analysis... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3.7% after the Detroit Free Press said some local UAW workers rejected a four-year tentative pact between the United Auto Workers and the company... Williams (WMB), down 3% after Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) announced a business combination transaction valued at approximately $37.7B, including the assumption of debt and other liabilities. Under the deal, an affiliate of ETE, will acquire Williams at an implied current price of $43.50 per Williams share.
07:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT
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07:22 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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05:36 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney implied volatility of 44 at lower end of index mean range
September 24, 2015
06:17 EDTTOSBFToshiba to sell stakes of 5% in white goods manufacturing units to Skyworth
Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services announced reforms of sales strategy and operations for white goods in China and ASEAN and for countering the impacts of the stagnating Japanese market and yen depreciation. The reforms will support the company in strengthening competitiveness and improving profitability. In China, Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services will tie-up with consumer appliance manufacturer Skyworth Co., Ltd. in the manufacture and sales of refrigerators, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. The agreement, which comes into effect in October, will give Skyworth nationwide sales rights for the three products. Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services' two sales subsidiaries, Toshiba HA Sales and Toshiba Products & Services will be wound down. On the manufacturing side, Toshiba HA Manufacturing, a manufacturer of refrigerators and washing machines, and Toshiba Home Appliances Manufacturing, a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners, will both receive a 5% capital injection from Skyworth.
September 23, 2015
16:07 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron awarded contract for ethylene cracker project
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10:44 EDTNDAQChinese Internet stock pullback a buying opportunity, CLSA says
Shares of multiple Chinese Internet companies are down again in morning trading amid more weak economic data from the Asian nation. However, research firm CLSA released a note making favorable comments and evaluations of several of the country's largest Internet players amid the economic slowdown. LITTLE IMPACT FROM SLOWDOWN: After 25 Chinese Internet and telecom companies attended CLSA's Investors' Forum, analyst Elinor Leung stated that Internet companies in China reported that they have been little affected by growing weakness in the nation's economy. Leung said that such companies have attributed their successful performance to a high savings rate, which increases consumer spending power, as well as gains in offline market share. Additionally, companies already listed may benefit from a weak A-share market in China, since smaller companies do not have access to financing and the slow market speeds up consolidation, Leung noted. RATINGS CHANGES: CLSA upgraded online travel service provider Ctrip (CTRP) to Buy from Outperform and maintained an $85 price target on its shares, while also raising its rating on Baidu (BIDU) two notches, to Buy from Underperform. Leung, who lowered Baidu's price target to $180 from $225, said the firm's top sector picks in the country are (JD), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Ctrip. The analyst added that Tencent and Ctrip shares are the "most defensive" stocks, while JD and Alibaba could rebound even more after sentiment improves. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Last Thursday, TechInAsia reported that Baidu chief executive officer Robin Li said that the company was weighing the idea of delisting from the Nasdaq (NDAQ) and re-listing on the A-shares market in China. TechInAsia later added that a spokesperson from the Chinese internet giant "downplayed" the potential move, saying that Li's comments referred to an "unlikely hypothetical situation" in which U.S. investors don't recognize the importance of the online-to-offline market. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Baidu shares fell 1.4% to $134.21, Ctrip shares were flat near $66.64, shares slid 2% to $25.04 and Alibaba shares declined 2% to $60.69.
07:08 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney names John Tighe chief merchant
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06:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney seeks new chief merchant to replace Sweney, WSJ reports
J.C. Penney is searching for a new chief merchant, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. The new executive would replace Elizabeth Sweney, who has held the role since 2012. It is unclear whether the new chief merchant would be an internal or external candidate, but one source says that an announcement relating to the role will be made "early Wednesday morning." Reference Link
05:30 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU BBY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 38, Best Buy (BBY) 32 according to iVolatility.
September 22, 2015
07:30 EDTNDAQNASDAQ management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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