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January 16, 2014
05:44 EDTC, TGTCitigroup replacing debit cards in Target breach, Reuters reports
Citigroup (C) says it will replace all of the customer debit cards that were involved in the Target (TGT) data breach, reports Reuters. Reference Link
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August 19, 2014
13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results arenít yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
12:14 EDTCCitigroup considers selling Japan retail-banking unit, WSJ reports
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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06:47 EDTCU.S. banks consider Ireland fitting spot for EU divisions, FT says
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August 15, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
14:56 EDTCCitigroup reports July credit loss 1.98% vs. 2.33% last month
Reports July delinquencies 1.51% vs. 1.43% last month.
11:20 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CRM URBN TGT
07:38 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Target August weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, September is at 19, January is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
August 14, 2014
17:27 EDTCAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:40 EDTCCarlyle hires firms for Axalta IPO, Reuters says
Carlyle Group (CG) gave Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) leading positions in the possible IPO of Axalta Coating Systems just eighteen months after it acquired the firm from DuPont (DD) for $4.9B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. One of the sources said that the IPO could bring in nearly $1B. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
06:21 EDTTGTTarget says supply chain repair will relieve Canada worries, Reuters says
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August 12, 2014
09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
07:48 EDTCBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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August 11, 2014
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:58 EDTCUBS to hold a conference
UBS Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Chicago on August 11.
06:43 EDTCCitigroup, Mercuria Energy battle in court over metals payments, WSJ says
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