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May 2, 2012
17:26 EDTCMCSA, END, TRIP, MCHP, SMSC, BKS, AAPL, AMZN, TGT, CHK, CBS, TWX, OPENOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, as generally good earnings reports were dampened by a weak private-sector jobs report. Stock futures traded slightly lower this morning ahead of the ADP employment change report. The report, which measures U.S. service sector jobs, missed expectations, precipitating a sell-off in futures and a lower open for the broader market. The market hit its low point about an hour into the session, with averages subsequently beginning to trade with an upward drift. The indices turned mixed around midday, with the Nasdaq crossing into positive territory after noon. From there, the averages continued to limp along in what was a lackluster session… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said that 119,000 private-sector jobs were added in April, missing expectations for 170,000 job additions. Factory orders declined 1.5% in March, versus expectations of a 1.6% drop. In Europe, two pieces of disappointing data were reported: unemployment rose to 10.9% in the shared-currency bloc, and the eurozone's manufacturing sector contracted, with the manufacturing PMI for the region falling to 45.9 in April from 47.7 in March… COMPANY NEWS: A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement. CBS shares gained 2.30%, while Comcast fell 0.60% and Time Warner moved 1.66% lower... Chesapeake (CHK) fell 14.59% after its earnings missed consensus and Reuters reported on new potential conflicts of interests for its CEO Aubrey McClendon… Target (TGT) has announced it will stop selling Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle while continuing to offer similar products from Apple (AAPL) and Barnes & Noble (BKS)… MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Standard Microsystems (SMSC), up $10.19, or 38.83%, to $36.43, on news it will be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $37 per share in cash, and TripAdvisor (TRIP), up $6.10, or 16.70%, to $42.63, following a better-than-expected Q1 earnings report. Noteworthy losers included Endeavour International (END), down $3.05, or 23.79%, to $9.77, as its Q1 net loss widened on poor natural gas sales in the U.K. and falling gas prices, and OpenTable (OPEN), down $6.56, or 15.02%, to $37.12, after the company missed on revenues and lowered its Q2 EPS and revenue guidance… INDICES: The Dow lost $10.75, or 0.08%, to $13,268.57; the Nasdaq rose $9.41, or 0.31%, to $3,059.85; and the S&P 500 dropped $3.51, or 0.25%, to $1,402.31.
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August 19, 2014
13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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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 aren’t 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.
12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTCHKNatural gas companies worried about regulatory outlook, The Hill says
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
August 17, 2014
20:16 EDTCMCSAFCC must decide on TWC arrangement as it reviews Comcast deal, WSJ says
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18:38 EDTAAPLToo early to sell Apple, Barron's says
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