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February 27, 2015
16:22 EDTJCPStocks have another winning week after Greek deal, Yellen reassurance
Stocks ended higher this week after the euro zone sealed its deal to extend Greece's bailout and Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated that the central bank would take a patient approach to raising interest rates. MACRO NEWS: Last Friday afternoon, Greece reached a framework deal with its euro zone partners to extend its bailout by four months, contingent on a reform proposal being accepted. The proposals were accepted by the EU early this week... In testimony before Congress, Janet Yellen reiterated that the Federal Reserve can remain patient in deciding when to hike interest rates... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the Q4 GDP growth revision, durable goods orders for January, and an index of consumer sentiment beat expectations, but weekly jobless claims and existing home sales for January missed expectations... Somewhat positive economic data came out of China, as the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.1, representing a four month high. However, China's export orders declined at the fastest rate in 20 months. COMPANY NEWS: Drug maker Valeant (VRX) agreed to buy Salix (SLXP), which develops gastrointestinal products, for $158 per share. In another development on the M&A front, Bloomberg reported that HP (HPQ) is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), which provides Wi-Fi products. Additionally, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) rose after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN)... Solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) was one of this week's big winners after its quarterly results topped expectations, and the company announced that it's in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar also rallied after the news... Among the noteworthy losers this week was Lumber Liquidators (LL), after the company reported Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations. The flooring retailer also warned on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light and disclosed in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act... Companies that rose after reporting their quarterly results included Home Depot (HD) and Gap (GPS), while HP, TASER (TASR), and J.C. Penney (JCP) dropped after reporting their results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.04% to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq was up 0.15% to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 was down 0.27% to 2,104.50.
16:14 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower for the day, but still rose for the week and the month of February. The market moved in a narrow range for most of today's session despite a host of economic reports that were released earlier in the day. In spite of today's modest declines, the market put the finishing touches on one of its best months ever, with the Dow and S&P posting their best monthly rises since October 2011 and the Nasdaq notching its best month since 1998. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department estimated GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the last quarter of 2014, which is weaker than the 2.6% rate first estimated last month, but above the consensus forecast for the GDP growth rate to be cut to 2%. The Chicago PMI fell 13.6 points to 45.8 in February, which was much worse than the expected reading of 58.0. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment final February print came in at 95.4, which is a little better that the 93.6 preliminary February print and above the consensus forecast for a 94.0 reading. The pending home sales index bounced 1.7% to 104.2 in January, versus expectations for it to be up 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Two notable retailers moved in opposite directions following their quarterly reports, as Gap (GPS) rose and J.C. Penney fell. Gap gained $1.23, or 3.05%, to $41.60 after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat expectations. The owner of Old Navy, Banana Republic and its flagship nameplate also announced a $1B share repurchase program and plans to increase its dividend. J.C. Penney, meanwhile, reported earnings that missed expectations and gave a 2015 gross margin outlook that disappointed some analysts and its shares slid 62c, or 6.8%, to $8.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which jumped $16.38, or 13.13%, to $141.12 after the energy drink maker's fourth quarter results surpassed analystsí consensus estimates and announced plans to expand distribution with Coca-Cola (KO) bottlers into additional territories. Among the noteworthy losers was Weight Watchers (WTW), which dropped $6.23, or 35.48%, to $11.33 after reporting lower than expected quarterly revenues and issuing a worse than expected profit forecast for its new fiscal year. Also lower were shares of Southwestern Energy (SWN), which fell $1.27, or 4.82%, to $25.08 after becoming the latest oil production company to lower its 2015 capital expenditure forecast. INDEXES: The Dow fell 81.72, or 0.45%, to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq lost 24.36, or 0.49%, to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 declined 6.24, or 0.3%, to 2,104.50.
12:54 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:04 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP DDD
J.C. Penney (JCP) August 10 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 44, 3D Systems (DDD) August 34 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 44 according to IVolatility.
09:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney tumbles, levels to watch
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09:24 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:23 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney 2017 financial targets are unattainable, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum said J.C. Penney's 2015 gross margin outlook supports its view the company's 2017 financial targets are unattainable. Given the continued double digit growth of the margin dilutive e-commerce channel, the firm does not see meaningful upside to gross margin targets and reiterates Sell rating.
07:11 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney remains a 'show me story,' says Deutsche Bank
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06:46 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sell-off a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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February 26, 2015
18:43 EDTJCPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 sales to be impacted less than 1% due to West Coast ports
Management stated that they believe that the West Coast port shutdown impacted holiday business. The company did see a slowdown in January and ended FY14 $30M-$50M lower than was expected. The company is attempting to leverage other ports on the East Coast and Gulf Coast. The company is mitigating late shipments by transporting more goods via roadway than by rail. The company expects Q1 sales to be impacted less than 1% and Impacts to gross margins to be less than $20M. Both the Q1 sales and Q1 gross margin impact is accounted for in the company's FY15 guidance.
17:35 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEO Ullman says company is 'back and competing effectively'
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17:25 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports men's apparel, home, fine jewelry were top performers in Q4
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17:21 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports FY14 positive free cash flow of $57M
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16:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney down 5.6% after Q4 earnings miss expectations
16:12 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees FY15 comparable store sales up 3%-5%
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16:11 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney ended year with liquidity of approximately $2.1B
For Q4, gross margin improved 540 basis points to 33.8% of sales, compared to 28.4% in the same quarter last year. Gross margin was positively impacted by significant improvement in the company's merchandise mix and margin on clearance sales over the prior year quarter.
16:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q4 adjusted EPS 0c, consensus 11c
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15:30 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney February weekly 9 straddle priced for 10.2% movement into Q4
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12:48 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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12:01 EDTJCPAppeals court revives two claims by Macy's against J.C. Penney, Reuters says
A New York appeals court has revived two claims by Macy's (M) against J.C. Penney (JCP) that accuse J.C. Penney of contract interference and unfair competition related to a Martha Stewart contract, though the appeals court reaffirmed the prior decision that Macy's did not deserve punitive damages, reports Reuters, citing court statements. Reference Link
11:58 EDTCRMSalesforce hits 52-week high after raising FY16 revenue outlook
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11:52 EDTJCPMacy's claims against J.C. Penney to be reinstated after appeal, Bloomberg says
11:15 EDTCRMStocks with call strike movement; AAPL CRM
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10:19 EDTCRMHigh option volume stocks
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09:35 EDTCRMActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:55 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $75 at Credit Suisse
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07:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $70 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Salesforce.com to $80 from $70 following its Q4 report, citing increased guidance, margin expansion, and an increase in large deal transactions. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating on Salesforce.com shares.
07:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $79 from $70 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Salesforce.com after the company reported in-line results but higher than expected billings. The firm thinks the company's margins are continuing to expand and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:36 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
J.C. Penney February weekly call option implied volatility is at 168, March weekly calls are at 91, April is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
07:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com guidance conservative, says Pacific Crest
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07:05 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $70 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Salesforce.com shares to $80 after the company posted 37% constant currency billings growth in Q4. It reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
06:38 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $78 from $71 at Citigroup
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February 25, 2015
18:24 EDTCRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTCRMSalesforce.com FY16 EPS 67c-69c, consensus 69c
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16:07 EDTCRMSalesforce.com sees Q1 EPS 13c-14c, consensus 15c
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16:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com reports Q4 EPS 14c, consensus 14c
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15:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com technical notes ahead of results
Shares have been trading in a range largely bound between $55 at the low and $65 at the high for the last several months. There is a bullish bias within the range. The two extremes of the range may be helpful for understanding where price could go post-earnings. A move up to and above the high at $65 would mean a potential breakout to the 52-week high and life high at $67. That high was set nearly a year ago to date. A breakout above $67 would set up a run to $70. The $70 area would be the top of the long-term price channel, projected forward in time. If the news is not as bullish as traders appear to expect, a move down to the $55 area would be possible. Support prior to that range low is at $58.92, the 50-day moving average, which could be a downside objective on a less severe disappointment. A breakdown below $55 would see next support at $52.74.
15:05 EDTCRMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 14c... Avago Technologies (AVGO), consensus $1.94... L Brands (LB), consensus $1.80... Workday (WDAY), consensus (6c)... BioMarin (BMRN), consensus (59c)... Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 84c... Antero Resources (AR), consensus 28c... Medivation (MDVN), consensus $1.34... Transocean (RIG), consensus 77c... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 9c... SINA Corporation (SINA), consensus 18c.
14:52 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly 62 straddle priced for 7.2% movement into Q4
07:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 24, 2015
06:48 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga reiterates J.C. Penney as a top pick for 2015 ahead of the retailer's year-end 2014 earnings report. Tamminga believes Penny's comp for February, the first month of its fiscal year, could be tracking up 4%. The analyst also thinks Penny management could express conviction in the retailer's plan to recapture share among moderate consumers on Thursday's earnings call. Tamminga has an Overweight rating on Penny with a $12 price target.
February 23, 2015
06:20 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Salesforce.com February weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, March is at 35, April is at 33, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close on February 25.
February 19, 2015
17:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com CEO sold 125K shares for $7.39M, Barron's says
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14:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
10:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney move higher attributed to real estate speculation
The move higher in shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) is being attributed to speculation the company may look to monetize its real estate assets. The speculation seems to be originating from a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) employee's webpage showing the retailer as a client. The JLL employee, Stephen Bridges, specializes in "assisting industrial users with the lease, purchase, and sale of real estate." It is not clear when Penny became a client of JLL. Shares of Penny rallied to a high of $8.50, and are trading up 16c to $8.29 in early trading. Reference Link
07:53 EDTCRMSalesforce.com Q4 closed well, says Oppenheimer
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February 17, 2015
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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