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February 4, 2014
11:52 EDTWTW, BID, JCPOptions with increasing implied volatility: UVXY BID WTW JCP SVXY
News For BID;WTW;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
16:11 EDTWTWWeight Watchers reports Q4 EPS 7c, consensus 7c
Reports Q4 revenue $327.8M, consensus $332.7M.
16:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q4 adjusted EPS 0c, consensus 11c
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15:30 EDTWTW, JCPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney February weekly 9 straddle priced for 10.2% movement into Q4
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12:48 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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12:01 EDTJCPAppeals court revives two claims by Macy's against J.C. Penney, Reuters says
A New York appeals court has revived two claims by Macy's (M) against J.C. Penney (JCP) that accuse J.C. Penney of contract interference and unfair competition related to a Martha Stewart contract, though the appeals court reaffirmed the prior decision that Macy's did not deserve punitive damages, reports Reuters, citing court statements. Reference Link
11:52 EDTJCPMacy's claims against J.C. Penney to be reinstated after appeal, Bloomberg says
07:36 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
J.C. Penney February weekly call option implied volatility is at 168, March weekly calls are at 91, April is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
February 24, 2015
09:24 EDTWTWWeight Watchers volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Weight Watchers March call option implied volatility is at 70, April is at 59, July is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 26.
06:48 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga reiterates J.C. Penney as a top pick for 2015 ahead of the retailer's year-end 2014 earnings report. Tamminga believes Penny's comp for February, the first month of its fiscal year, could be tracking up 4%. The analyst also thinks Penny management could express conviction in the retailer's plan to recapture share among moderate consumers on Thursday's earnings call. Tamminga has an Overweight rating on Penny with a $12 price target.
February 20, 2015
17:50 EDTBIDSotheby's to deter capital allocation decisions until new CEO selected
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14:30 EDTBIDMarcato filing confirms request for Sotheby's buyback, potential CFO search
Marcato Capital Management reported a 9.53% stake in Sotheby's and disclosed in a regulatory filing that it sent a letter to the company's board. In its letter, Marcato states: "In the 18 months since Marcato’s initial investment in Sotheby’s, we have outlined numerous opportunities both publicly and privately for Sotheby’s to use its capital more intelligently to create shareholder value. Despite our dialogue with you and other members of the board, a substantial portion of Sotheby’s invested capital continues to earn a poor return or worse yet, earns no return at all...We submit that any new CEO’s first order of business may need to include the recruitment of a new CFO who will serve the interests of shareholders rather than defend misguided policies of the past...Today, we present a specific and straightforward roadmap that we believe can immediately release $12.33 per share without materially affecting the company’s continued earnings power. With this increased flexibility, we recommend the immediate repurchase of $500M of Sotheby’s shares...As one of Sotheby’s largest shareholders, we also look forward to a thorough discussion with its new CEO regarding the importance of intelligent capital allocation in creating value for shareholders."
10:13 EDTBIDMarcato sends letter to Sotheby's board, CNBC's Kelly reports
Richard McGuire's Marcato Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Sotheby's, which now includes Third Point's Dan Loeb, pressuring for a CFO change and more leadership, CNBC's Kate Kelly reports. Shares of the auction house moved higher following the report and are up 11c to $44.11 in early trading.
10:08 EDTBIDMarcato applying activist pressure to Sotheby's, CNBC's Kelly reports
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February 19, 2015
14:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
18:06 EDTBIDSotheby's acquires 25% interest ownership interest in RM Auctions
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10:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney move higher attributed to real estate speculation
The move higher in shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) is being attributed to speculation the company may look to monetize its real estate assets. The speculation seems to be originating from a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) employee's webpage showing the retailer as a client. The JLL employee, Stephen Bridges, specializes in "assisting industrial users with the lease, purchase, and sale of real estate." It is not clear when Penny became a client of JLL. Shares of Penny rallied to a high of $8.50, and are trading up 16c to $8.29 in early trading. Reference Link
February 17, 2015
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:00 EDTBIDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:17 EDTBIDSotheby's downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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