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August 18, 2014
11:05 EDTTGT, URBN, CRMOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CRM URBN TGT
News For CRM;URBN;TGT From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
08:20 EDTTGTTarget August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Target August call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 27 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce dip post earnings should be bought, says Canaccord
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07:47 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reported 'enviable' results, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters remains one of best positioned retailers, says Baird
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05:48 EDTURBNStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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August 17, 2015
20:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters shares fall after reporting mixed Q2 results
After the close, Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported second quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Outfitters reported Q2 earnings per share of 52c, above consensus estimates of 49c, and Q2 revenue of $867.46M, below analyst expectations of $881.16M. Urban Outfitters reported comparable retail segment net sales up 4%. Broken down by segment, comparable retail sales at Anthropologie increased 2%, Urban Outfitters increased 4%, Free People increased 14%, and wholesale segment net sales increases 21%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the earning conference call, CFO Frank Conforti said that during the third quarter, the gross margin rate could increase, driven by improvements in the Urban Outfitters brand. Conforti also said that the opportunity exists to increase gross margins for the fiscal year, though the magnitude of the increase depends on Q3 and Q4. Conforti also reaffirmed the company's fiscal 2016 capital expenditures guidance of $140M-$150M. ANALYST REACTION: On August 17, Wolfe Research initiated coverage of the stock with a Peer Perform and set a price target of $34.00. The firm said it believes that Urban Outfitters could see improving SSS trends in the second half of fiscal 2015 and said that the Urban Outfitters brand has showed "considerable improvement" and the firm estimates that the brand's gross margins could be in the high 20% range. After Urban Outfitters earnings were released, Nomura released a note indicating that the magnitude of the gross margin decline was "not as bad as expected" with Urban's Q2 gross margin of 36.7% vs. Nomura's estimate of 36.2%, and that shares have been discounting an additional cut to annual gross margins. The firm has a Neutral rating on the stock and a price target of $35.00. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Urban Outfitters are lower by 2.26% to $31.50 in after-hours trading.
19:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fabrinet (FN), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 10.6% after announcing that it is on track to initiate ETC-1002 Phase 3 program by the end of 2015... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), up 3.3% after announcing FDA approval of Adcetris for HL treatment. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: MasTec (MTZ), down 7.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 1% after announcing a $500M perpetual convertible preferred stock offering.
17:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Target $34.
16:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 Anthropologie SSS up 2%
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16:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 EPS 52c, consensus 49c
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14:52 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August 32 straddle priced for 9.8% movement into Q2
14:48 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent (A), consensus 41c... Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c... MasTec (MTZ), consensus 15c... Fabrinet (FN), consensus 39c.
14:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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13:30 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
11:27 EDTTGTTarget promotes Mulligan to COO, names Smith to CFO role
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09:14 EDTCRMSalesforce checks decent heading into Q2 results, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said checks look decent for Salesforce.com heading into Q2 results. The firm expects difficult foreign exchange and macro headwinds but sees ongoing demand for Service Cloud with some large deals closing during the quarter. Brean Capital expects the shares to continue to perform well in the second half of the year and reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Salesforce.com shares.
08:48 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
Target Corporation (TGT) promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO, effective Sept. 1. Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target's chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell. Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company's CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer's interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX).
08:47 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
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08:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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