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January 28, 2014
11:23 EDTCOH, IGT, FFIV, WDCOptions with decreasing implied volatility: COH IGT FFIV WDC
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August 27, 2014
11:32 EDTCOHTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
07:43 EDTFFIVJefferies to hold a summit
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August 25, 2014
18:27 EDTWDCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:17 EDTWDCWestern Digital CFO Leyden to retire, Olivier Leonetti to succeed
Western Digital (WDC) announced that CFO Tim Leyden is retiring. He is being succeeded by Olivier Leonetti, who has served as vice president, finance at Amgen (AMGN) from 2011. Leyden will remain with the company through January 2015 in a transition role and advisory capacity to president and chief executive officer Steve Milligan and to Leonetti for an interim period to ensure a smooth transition. The changes are effective as of September 8.
August 20, 2014
10:04 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:32 EDTFFIVF5 Networks upgraded at ISI Group
As noted earlier, ISI Group upgraded F5 Networks to Strong Buy from Buy. The firm thinks the company's positioning vis-a-vis NFN/SDN has improved, while its momentum from a number of growth drivers, including security, has increased. The firm is now more confident that the company's EPS could approach $7 in 2015. Target $135.
August 19, 2014
21:06 EDTFFIVF5 Networks upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group
11:05 EDTFFIVImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTFFIVImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.

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