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February 27, 2013
05:55 EDTBKS, BKS, WEN, WEN, SHLD, SHLD, RDC, RDC, ORN, ORN, KSS, KSS, IRM, IRM, DPZ, DPZ, CVC, CVC, WPX, WPXCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Thursday, February 28
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell on Thursday include Barnes & Noble (BKS), Cablevision Systems (CVC), Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Iron Mountain (IRM), Kohl's (KSS), Orion Marine Group (ORN), Rowan Companies (RDC), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Wendy's (WEN), and WPX Energy (WPX).
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November 24, 2015
06:20 EDTSHLD, KSSRetailers hunt for new breaches after warning on malware, Reuters says
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November 20, 2015
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09:44 EDTWPXAres EIF Group completes $185M Van Hook Gathering System acquisition
Ares Management (ARES) announced that a fund managed by its Ares EIF group has completed its acquisition of the Van Hook Gathering System in North Dakota from WPX Energy (WPX) in a transaction valued at $185M. The transaction was originally announced on August 31, 2015. The acquisition consists of pipeline systems that currently gather approximately 11,000 barrels of oil, 6,500 million cubic feet of natural gas, and 5,000 barrels of water per day from WPX Energy's Bakken shale oil assets. WPX Energy will continue to operate the Van Hook Gathering System, and MCP Operating, LLC, a subsidiary of MCP Asset Development Group, will provide asset management services for the investment.
November 19, 2015
10:00 EDTWENOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... Fairchild (FCS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... General Dynamics (GD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... National Grid (NGG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... ON Semiconductor (ON) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Papa John's (PZZA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... QEP Resources (QEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy on selloff, dividend yield at Craig-Hallum... Sunoco (SUN) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tetraphase (TTPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Wendy's (WEN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:58 EDTIRMIron Mountain stockholders approve issuance of shares for Recall acquisition
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09:38 EDTWENWendy's rallies after Goldman adds to Conviction Buy List
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06:12 EDTWENWendy's upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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November 18, 2015
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06:12 EDTDPZApple Pay coming to Domino's by end of year, Cinnabon in 2016, AP reports
Apple (AAPL) yesterday said that company-owned Domino's (DPZ) pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016, The Associated Press reports. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
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08:01 EDTKSSKohl's names Sona Chawla as COO
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November 16, 2015
11:35 EDTSHLD, KSSDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
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09:06 EDTWENWendy's says unit received $54.9M dividend from interest in ARG Holding
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06:16 EDTCVCAltice targeting NYC internet expansion for Cablevision, NY Post reports
Altice (ATCEY), which sees its takeover of Cablevision (CVC) closing next year, is in discussions over expanding the cable company's fiber optic network to tis 3.1M customers in the New York City area, the New York Post reports. Altice has held talks with the New York City Department of Information Technology and the Public Service Commission, noting the company's progress in developing high-speed service in France and Portugal, the report says. Reference Link
November 13, 2015
16:45 EDTWENTrian gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:34 EDTKSSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following worse than expected retail sales data in the U.S. and a report showing that the Eurozone's economic growth slowed last quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined on Friday morning following the weaker than expected retail sales data reported by the government as well as third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Each of the aforementioned department store operators slid following their reports, as did Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS), which reported on their own results earlier in the week. TJX Companies (TJX) and Ross Stores (ROST), which are both scheduled to report quarterly earnings next week, were also among those caught up in the weakness... Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped 13% after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid 7% in the wake of the shareholder vote... Cisco (CSCO) fell 6% after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations but its guidance for the new quarter disappointed. A number of analysts that had been bullish on the name trimmed their price targets in response but also recommended the post-earnings weakness as a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Syngenta (SYT), which rallied 5% after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected an initial $42B offer from ChemChina. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained 4% after it reported positive year over year same store sales growth for its China division in October. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which fell 14% after its stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest and NPD estimated that video game software sale declined 3% last month compared to the same month of last year. Also lower was Fossil (FOSL), which plunged 33% after the watchmaker gave lower than expected profit guidance for the upcoming quarter and said it continues to expect this fiscal year's results to be "significantly" negatively impacted by foreign currency changes. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 88.19, or 0.51%, to 17,359.88, the Nasdaq was down 34.22, or 0.68%, to 4,970.86, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.45%, to 2,036.73.
10:19 EDTKSSRetailer weakness renewed following Nordstrom, J.C. Penney reports
Shares of department store retailers, and others in the retail space, plunged on Friday morning following third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). WHAT'S NEW: Nordstrom reported Q3 earnings per share of 42c, against analyst estimates of 72c, Q3 revenue of $3.24B below consensus estimates of $3.37B. Same-store sales for the quarter increased 0.9%. Nordstrom said its quarterly performance reflected softer trends that were generally consistent across channels and merchandise categories. The company also lowered its FY15 adjusted EPS view to $3.40-$3.50 from $3.70-$3.80, against analysts' expectations of $3.75, lowered its FY15 revenue guidance to up 7.5%-8% from 8.5%-9.5% and lowered its FY15 SSS view to 2.5%-3% from 3.5%-4.5%. Meanwhile, J.C. Penney reported a smaller than expected loss, with adjusted EPS of (47c) on revenue of $2.9B, beating analysts' estimates of (55c) and $2.88B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter were up 6.4%. The company reaffirmed its fiscal year 2015 view for a 4%-5% increase in SSS and said on its earnings conference call that it believes fourth quarter comps will be in line with FY15 expectations and also reaffirmed expectations of $1.2B in EBITDA in 2017. The company still expects to be cash flow breakeven in FY15 and confirmed reports that it recently cut 300 positions at its Plano, Texas office. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Macy's (M), which generally competes more with Nordstrom, reported Q3 revenue that missed analysts' expectations on Wednesday, and the retailer cut its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 excluding charges from $4.70-$4.80, also well below estimates calling for $4.65, with total sales down 2.7%-3.1%, compared to previous guidance of down about 1%. Macy's now sees FY15 SSS on an owned plus licensed basis down by 1.8% to 2.2%, compared with previous guidance of approximately flat. Macy's noted "tepid" spending by U.S. customers in Q3, and provided Q4 EPS of $2.54-$2.64, well below analysts' consensus estimates of $2.90. Kohl's (KSS), which competes more closely with J.C. Penney, reported Q3 results that beat analysts' estimates on Thursday, with EPS of 75c on revenue of $4.43B, against estimates for 69c and $4.4B, respectively, and SSS up 1%. The company said it believes it can "hit" FY15 EPS guidance of the low end of $4.40-$4.60, but forecast negative weather trends in Q4. Macy's is more dependent on tourist spending than Kohl's. ANALYSTS' REACTION: Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell says he's "disappointed and shaken" by Nordstrom's weaker than expected Q3 results and guidance and cut his price target to $66 from $84. Citi analyst Paul Lejuez cut his price target on Nordstrom to $65 from $92 and called the retailer's results a "sucker punch." Credit Suisse analyst Michael Extein also lowered his target on Nordstrom to $60 from $75. Stifel maintained its price target on Nordstrom and said it expects ROIC to improve and EPS growth to accelerate over the longer term. REPORTS TO COME: TJX Companies (TJX) and Ross Stores (ROST), which are also being hit by the plunge in the retail sector, will report quarterly earnings on November 17 and November 19, respectively. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of Nordstrom are down 17% to $52.56 and shares of J.C. Penney are lower by nearly 9% to $8.01. Much of the rest of the retail sector is lower this morning, with Macy's down over 3%, Kohl's plunging 8%, TJX down more than 5% and Ross down nearly 5%. Fossil (FOSL), which also reported earnings yesterday, is down almost 32%.
09:21 EDTWENWendy's '4 for $4' a hit, McDonald's promo may be next
An analyst at Citi believes Wendy's (WEN) has seen strong results from its ongoing "4 for $4" promotion, prompting him to add the stock to the firm's Focus List and predict that the company's same-store sales growth this quarter will beat expectations. 4 FOR $4: Under an ongoing promotion that was launched in October, Wendy's offers a junior bacon cheeseburger, four piece chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink for $4. Citi analyst Gregory Badishkanian told investors in a research note this morning that his analysis and talks with those in the fast-food industry suggest that the promotion continues to drive strong results, leading to a rise in transactions at Wendy's with little to no impact on restaurants' average check total. Badishkanian predicts Wendy's will post fourth quarter same-store sales growth of at least 4%, versus the First Call consensus forecast of 2.7% and the 3.3% growth implied by the high-end of the company's fiscal year guidance. INDUSTRY VALUE FOCUS: Wendy's management has emphasized value offerings recently, but other quick service restaurant peers are also increasing their focus on value, Badishkanian noted. The analyst sees a good chance that McDonald's (MCD) will roll-out a "2 for $2" promotion soon, which he believes could have a "modest" impact on Wendy's, but more of an impact on Restaurant Brands' (QSR) Burger King. Badishkanian predicts McDonald's same-store sales growth should accelerate further in the fourth quarter, but not at the expense of Wendy's. He keeps a Buy rating on Wendy's shares with an $11 price target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yum! Brands (YUM), which also competes in the quick service food space with its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, is rallying this morning after reporting last night that its China division's same-store sales grew an estimated 5% in October. PRICE ACTION: Wendy's stock has gained over 5% in the last month, closing yesterday at $9.63 per share. In that same period, McDonald's shares have risen over 8% while Restaurant Brands has declined 3%.
07:30 EDTWENWendy's added to Focus List at Citi
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