|October 4, 2012|
|12:24 EDT||GPS, CX, GOOG, KSS, TGT, INFA, VRNG, BKE, APP, COST, NUVA, FB, ROST||On 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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|November 17, 2015|
|09:02 EDT||TGT||Analyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit|
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
|08:01 EDT||KSS||Kohl's names Sona Chawla as COO|
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|06:35 EDT||GOOG||Google's Project Aura working on three new wearables, the Information says|
Google's revamped Google Glass project, known as Project Aura, is developing a wearable with a screen and at least one without, the Information reports. Three versions of the head-mounted device are currently in development, though three may be consolidated into two, the report says. The two without a screen rely on bone conduction, much like the original Google Glass, the report says. Reference Link
|05:36 EDT||GPS||Gap implied volatility of 42 at upper end of index mean range|
|November 16, 2015|
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|11:35 EDT||KSS||Dillard'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).
|10:25 EDT||KSS||Options with decreasing implied volatility|
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|09:59 EDT||FB||Omega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison|
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
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|09:33 EDT||GOOG||eBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says|
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|06:27 EDT||GOOG||Yandex extends Google antitrust battle to EU, Bloomberg reports|
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|November 15, 2015|
|17:54 EDT||FB||Facebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks|
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
|November 13, 2015|
|16:24 EDT||COST, ROST||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday|
Stocks on Wall Street ended a tough week on a down note, falling after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales grew by an anemic 0.1% last month. This data comes on the heels of this week's downbeat quarterly report from Macy's (M) and a similarly disappointing report last night from peer Nordstrom (JWN). 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 following the weaker than expected retail sales data reported by the government as well as third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom and J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 15% and 15.5% respectively. Virtually every mass-market, brick-and-mortar retailer was down today, from giants like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Costco (COST), to smaller retailers like Ross Stores (ROST) and Urban Outfitters (URBN)... Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped 12.9% to $48.78 after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drug makers. 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 6.16% to $146.90 in the wake of the shareholder vote... Cisco (CSCO) fell 5.8% 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 Springleaf Holdings (LEAF), which surged $5.07, or 11.5%, to $49.27 after reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the company to proceed with closing its previously announced acquisition of OneMain Financial from Citi (C). On the closing of the acquisition, the company will be renamed OneMain Holdings and has applied to the New York Stock Exchange to change its ticker symbol to "OMF," Springleaf noted. Also higher was Illumina (ILMN), which gained $10.26, or 6.6%, to $165.65 after being selected to replace Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) in the S&P 500. Among the noteworthy losers was Fossil (FOSL), which plunged $18.62, or 36.5%, to $32.39 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. Also lower were shares of Vipshop (VIPS), which fell $5.03, or 27%, to $13.60 after issuing weaker than expected preliminary third quarter revenue guidance, which it said was partially driven by the warmer-than-expected fall weather in China. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 202.83, or 1.16%, to 17,245.24, the Nasdaq lost 77.20, or 1.54%, to 4,927.88, and the S&P 500 declined 22.93, or 1.12%, to 2,023.04.
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|14:15 EDT||TGT||Target volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook |
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|12:34 EDT||KSS||On 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.
|11:57 EDT||GOOG||Google rolls out Chrome beta for iOS, 9to5Mac reports|
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|11:05 EDT||TGT||Target comparable sales likely within guidance, says Piper Jaffray|
Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton acknowledged that sentiment is challenging on Target's stock amid the weakness being reported by a number of retailers this week, but he asserts that Census Bureau data this morning, combined with the firm's observations, leave him thinking that Target's third quarter comparable sales are within the company's guidance of up 1%-2%. The analyst, who thinks Target's fundamentals may be holding up better than some expect, has an Overweight rating and $88 price target on the stock.
|10:19 EDT||KSS, ROST||Retailer 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%.
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