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October 4, 2012
12:24 EDTCOST, NUVA, CX, VRNG, FB, GOOG, BKE, ROST, KSS, APP, GPS, TGT, INFAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after initial jobless claims stayed below 370K for another week. The market opened slightly higher and drifted in positive territory during the early hours of trading. The market reached its highs near the time the headline number for factory orders showed a decline of more than 5% for the month. When transportation items were removed from the data, orders managed to show a slight increase. The market briefly reached new five year highs but then backed off and the averages have been drifting near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims rose 4,000 to 367,000 in the week ended September 29, versus expectations for 370,000 claims. The Challenger job cuts report showed job cuts were roughly 70% lower than in the same period a year ago. Factory orders were down 5.2% in August, versus expectations for a decrease of 5.9%. In Europe, the Bank of England left its interest rates and stimulus unchanged and the European Central Bank left its benchmark rate unchanged as well. In his post announcement press conference, ECB president Mario Draghi refused to comment directly on the chances Spain was on the verge of a bailout, but said the ECB's Outright Monetary Transactions bond buying program could act quickly if a country asks for help... COMPANY NEWS: Numerous retailers reported September same-store sales figures, with a number of discount and specialty-apparel chains topping analystsí estimates and some department stores trailing projections. Stocks advancing after the reports included Costco (COST), Target (TGT), Gap (GPS) and American Apparel (APP), while decliners included Kohl's (KSS), Ross Stores (ROST) and The Buckle (BKE)... Google (GOOG) said it is expanding its plan to cut jobs from its Motorola Mobility unit and will take $340M in related charges in Q3... Facebook (FB) now has 1B active users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a statement on its Web site... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vringo (VRNG), which extended yesterday's gains to rise another 20% the day after a federal judge ordered the company and Google to engage in patent litigation settlement talks. Also higher were shares of CEMEX (CX), which rose nearly 5% after it said that it expects its Q3 net sales to grow about 3% when adjusted for currency fluctuations. Among the noteworthy losers was NuVasive (NUVA), which fell over 32% following at least seven downgrades of its stock after the company lowered its outlook for Q3. Also lower was Informatica (INFA), down 26% following downgrades at Oppenheimer and Evercore after the company's Q3 outlook missed expectations... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 84.98, or 0.63%, to 13,579.59; the Nasdaq was up 7.33, or 0.23%, to 3,142.56; and the S&P 500 was up 8.98, or 0.62%, to 1,459.97.
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October 8, 2014
16:50 EDTGPSGap CEO Glenn Murphy says board planned CEO succession
Gap's outgoing chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy stated that the CEO transition to Art Peck was planned in advance and was a part of the company's growth plan. Murphy stated that the board asked him to stay but he is not able to make a personal commitment to be at the company to execute long-term plans. Murphy says he will work closely with Peck during the transition period. Comments made during CEO transition conference call.
16:08 EDTGPSGap trades sharply lower in the extended session
The stock is down over 8% to $38.49 in the after hours market. At that price next support is at $37.25. Resistance is at $39.48.
16:05 EDTGPSGap reports September net sales up 1% vs. last year
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16:03 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
Gap Inc. announced that Art Peck, the president of its Growth, Innovation and Digital division, has been selected by the board to succeed Glenn Murphy as the companyís next CEO, effective February 1, 2015. Murphy made the personal decision to retire from the company at the end of the fiscal year, allowing for a smooth leadership transition. Peck joined the company in 2005. As part of the transition, Bob Fisher will become non-executive Chairman of the board, and Peck will join the board, effective February 1, 2015.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
16:01 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
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15:58 EDTCOSTCostco price target raised to $140 from $130 at RW Baird
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13:43 EDTKSSDepartment stores fall after J.C. Penney cuts view due to difficult environment
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12:25 EDTCOSTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:23 EDTCOSTCostco sees FY15 CapEx $2.5B-$2.7B
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11:16 EDTKSSKohlís October volatility elevated
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11:14 EDTCOSTCostco expects to open 31 new warehouses and relocate 4 locations in FY15
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11:10 EDTCOSTCostco reports September SSS up 4%, September revenue $10.57B
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09:48 EDTGOOGGoogle says new movies can be pre-ordered, watched on first day of availibility
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTCOSTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:46 EDTGOOGcomScore well positioned for change, says Brean Capital
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07:24 EDTFBFacebook feature allows advertisers to find clients via location
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06:00 EDTFBInstagram still most used social network for teens, says Piper Jaffray
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05:21 EDTCOSTCostco reports Q4 EPS $1.58, consensus $1.52
Reports Q4 revenue $34.75B, consensus $35.47B. Reports Q4 SSS up 6%. Reports Q4 SSS, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, up 7%.
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