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November 14, 2012
12:39 EDTCSCO, ANF, FB, IAG, STMPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as the sluggish trading that has persisted since the end of the U.S. election continues. The averages began the session in positive territory but were unable to improve on their opening prices. The fiscal cliff continues to weigh on the market as lawmakers continue to comment to the press regarding its urgency but have not offered any solutions. The lack of movement on the issue, coupled with new, more aggresive revenue demands from the president, have kept investors anxious and unwilling to bid up the market... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales fell 0.3% in October, versus expectations for a decline of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% in the month, versus forecasts for them to have increased 0.2%. Excluding food and energy, the core reading fell 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Business inventories rose 0.7% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. In Europe, industrial production dropped the most in more than three years in September, declining 2.5% from August and 2.3% from the prior year... COMPANY NEWS: Cisco (CSCO) reported stronger than expected first quarter results and generally in-line second quarter earnings guidance, sparking an upgrade at Pacific Crest and a 6% rally in its shares... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which surged over 27% after its better than expected quarterly results and full year guidance prompted at least four upgrades of its stock. Also higher were shares of Facebook (FB), up 9% in spite of a massive IPO lock-up expiration that allowed employees and early investors in the company to sell their shares. Among the noteworthy losers were IAMGOLD (IAG), down 18% after reporting its quarterly results and revising its gold production guidance for its next fiscal year, and Stamps.com (STMP), down 11% after Craig-Hallum said the company's site experienced a number of outages in November due to IT issues... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 75.18, or 0.59%, to 12,681.00; the Nasdaq was down 7.48, or 0.26%, to 2,876.41; and the S&P 500 was down 6.54, or 0.48%, to 1,367.99.
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August 27, 2014
09:53 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTCSCOAruba Networks upgraded to Overweight at Stephens
As previously reported, Stephens upgraded Aruba Networks (ARUN) to Overweight from Equal Weight and raised its price target on the stock to $25 from $22, citing the company's strong Q4 results and the firm's belief that Cisco (CSCO) has become increasingly less competitive over the last several quarters.
07:53 EDTFBFacebook LiveRail buy could set up competition with Google, says William Blair
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06:36 EDTFBNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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06:07 EDTFBFacebook downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital downgraded Facebook to Neutral based on valuation and sees headwinds in 2015 from a deceleration in top-line growth, engagement, and monthly active users. Price target remains $82.50.
06:04 EDTFBSnapchat's valuation hits $10B, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTFBFacebook says did not acquire WaveGroup Sound, VentureBeat reports
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August 26, 2014
11:55 EDTFBInstagram announces Hyperlapse from Instagram app
Instagram announced on its blog Hyperlapse from Instagram, "a new app to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment." Reference Link
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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August 25, 2014
13:44 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 48, October is at 44, December is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 45 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
13:06 EDTFBWhatsApp grows to 600M monthly active users
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August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
August 21, 2014
12:59 EDTFBPrivacy lawsuit against Facebook draws support from 60,000 users, Reuters says
A class action lawsuit against Facebook Ireland, the division that runs the company's international business activities, has received support from more than 60,000 users and passed its first legal review, Reuters reports, citing the creator of the lawsuit, Australian law student Max Schrems. The lawsuit claims damages of $663 per Facebook user for alleged privacy violations. The Vienna Regional Court has ordered Facebook Ireland to respond to the claims made by the lawsuit within four weeks, Schrems added. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
07:34 EDTIAGIAMGOLD updates exploration on Monster Lake Project, Canada
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06:26 EDTCSCOCisco COO says annual layoffs 'wrong way to do it,' Business Insider reports
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August 19, 2014
11:53 EDTANFAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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11:05 EDTCSCOImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTCSCOImperva 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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