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December 27, 2012
06:10 EDTFTE, CBI, SHLD, WLP, TOSBF, RSH, NDAQ, JCP, BBYOn 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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January 15, 2015
16:20 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
15:33 EDTRSHRadioShack in talks for bankruptcy loan with lenders, Bloomberg says
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14:51 EDTBBYFollow-up: Best Buy guidance likely conservative, says BofA/Merrill
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14:28 EDTBBYBest Buy guidance likely conservative, says BofA/Merrill
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12:26 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:19 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:44 EDTBBYBest Buy tumbles on outlook, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTRSHActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTRSH, BBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:20 EDTNDAQNASDAQ may enter energy derivatives market, Reuters reports
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07:07 EDTBBYBest Buy sees y/y pressure on operating income rate as early as 1Q16
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy sees impact of external pressures continuing in FY16
The company says, "We do expect the impact of the external pressures he laid out to continue throughout FY16 and the impact of the incremental investments to begin in the first quarter. Additionally, we believe that the positive Domestic sales trends that we saw in mobile phones and home theater during the holiday period, in addition to the share gains we saw across other NPD-reported Consumer Electronics categories, were partially driven by the excitement around high-profile products and will not likely continue at holiday levels. As such, while we are excited about these investments and confident in our ability to execute against them, we are also appropriately cautious about the pressures. Therefore, we are currently expecting enterprise comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding the estimated impact of installment billing, to be flat to negative low-single digits and the non-GAAP operating income rate to be down approximately 30 to 50 basis points reflecting a more modest sales environment and the impact of our incremental investments and SG&A inflation. We will more deeply discuss our growth initiatives, investments and external pressures in our fourth quarter earnings call in March after we have completed our FY16 operating plans.
07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy says increases Q4 outlook ex-Five Star business
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07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says holiday period growth rate lower than previous quarters
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy reports holiday period domestic revenue $10.13B, up 4.1% from last year
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports holiday domestic SSS up 2.6%
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06:27 EDTRSHRadioShack could file for bankruptcy as early as next month, WSJ reports
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January 14, 2015
10:21 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTCBIChicago Bridge downgraded to Overweight from Focus List at Johnson Rice
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05:52 EDTRSHStocks with implied volatility movement; RSH ECOM
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