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August 12, 2014
20:25 EDTDE, DE, SRLP, SRLP, EPZM, EPZM, CSIQ, CSIQ, AIT, AIT, SEAS, SEAS, IOC, IOC, PF, PF, M, M, NCFT, NCFTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Deere (DE), consensus $2.20; Macy's (M), consensus 86c; Pinnacle Foods (PF), consensus 33c; InterOil (IOC), consensus 23c; SeaWorld (SEAS), consensus 59c; Applied Industrial (AIT), consensus 75c; Canadian Solar (CSIQ), consensus 58c; Epizyme (EPZM), consensus (50c); Sprague Resources (SRLP), consensus 2c; Norcraft Companies (NCFT), consensus 27c.
News For DE;M;PF;IOC;SEAS;AIT;CSIQ;EPZM;SRLP;NCFT From The Last 14 Days
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February 23, 2015
13:56 EDTMEarnings Preview: Macy's sees FY14 EPS $4.35-$4.37, SSS up 2.5%
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.40 on revenue of $9.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.21-$2.59 on revenue of $9.32B-$9.56B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported third quarter EPS of 61c, above estimates for 50c, on revenue of $6.2B, slightly below estimates for $6.34B. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were down 0.7% from the prior year. Q3 comparable sales exclusive of licensed businesses were down 1.4%. Macy's chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said the company was "optimistic" for Q4, though the company commented on the Q3 earnings conference call that it was "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for the holiday season. Macy's said Q4 gross margin "could be flat or could be down." NEWS: In early February, Macy's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.35-$4.37 from its previous outlook of $4.25-$4.35. Estimates at that time called for FY14 EPS of $4.35. Macy's said the outlook excludes charges of approximately $100M-$110M related to the previously announced merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17M of interest expense related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. Macy's said Q4 comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis was 2.5%. This calculates to growth in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis 2014 of 1.4%. On an owned basis, Q4 comparable sales were 2%. The retailer said its Q4 performance represents a "strengthening trend" from Q3 and spring season. The company said Jeff Gennette, president of Macy’s, will oversee Macy’s merchandise planning, as well as maintain oversight responsibility for merchandising and marketing of Macy’s stores and digital, and private brand product development. Gennette relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities as Macy’s chief merchandising officer. Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer since 2012, moved to a new role as Macy’s Chief for Innovation and Business Development. Jeff Kantor, previously chairman of macys.com, was named Macy’s Chief Stores Officer. The company also said R.B. Harrison would continue in his role as Macy’s. Chief Omnichannel Officer and that Julie Greiner, Macy’s Chief Merchandise Planning Officer since 2009, will retire from the company in August. During the quarter, Macy's said it would close 14 stores and restructure merchandising and marketing functions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. In conjunction with the merchandising and marketing restructuring and store and field adjustments, as well as store closings and asset impairment charges, an estimated $100M-$110M of charges, of which approximately $80M-$90M is expected to be cash, will be booked in Q4. The retailer named RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) Chief Financial Officer Leslie Hale to its board of directors, sued Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names and acquired Bluemercury for $210M in cash. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley downgraded Macy's to Equal Weight and removed shares from the Best Ideas List based on share and earnings outperformance. The analyst believes valuation appropriately values Macy's superior execution and sees balanced risk/reward going forward. Evercore ISI initiated Macy's with a Buy and $74 price target given its scale and stability, competitive advantages, strong vendor relationships and significant cash-flow generation. During the quarter, Macy's was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up fractionally. In afternoon trading, he stock is down 0.3% to $63.51 ahead of Tuesday's report.
February 20, 2015
16:20 EDTDEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory with time running out for Greece to reach an extension of its bailout agreement. The morning was filled with headlines from both Greek and eurozone finance leaders, many of which indicated that prospects for a deal looked grim. When reports surfaced that an agreement on an extension had been reached the Dow took off and hit its first new high of 2015. The S&P 500 followed to its own new high and the Nasdaq continued to close in on the 5,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash PMI rose to 54.3 in February, versus the consensus forecast for a preliminary reading of 53.6 for the month. In Europe, the Eurogroup and Greece reached a tentative deal for an extension of the current EFSF Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement for up to four months. The deal is predicated on Greek authorities presenting a first list of reform measures, based on the current arrangement, by the end of Monday. Also, the Eurozone flash composite PMI came in at 53.5, versus expectations for a reading of 53. The services PMI was better than expected, while the manufacturing PMI was lower than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Deere reported Q1 earnings per share of $1.12 and revenue of $6.38B, which beat consensus forecasts of 84c and $5.59B, respectively. However, Deere said company equipment sales are projected to decrease about 17% for fiscal 2015 and now sees net income to be about $1.8B, which is down from the company's prior net income outlook of $1.9B. Analysts at Wells Fargo calculate that the implied EPS guidance from Deere dropped to $5.25 from $5.50. Consensus for FY15 EPS prior to Deere's report was $5.51. Shares of the farm, construction and forestry equipment maker rose 72c, or 0.79%, to $92.43 following this morning's report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was National Bank of Greece (NBG), whose shares trading in New York jumped 35c, or 21.74%, to $1.96 after the Greek aid extension deal was negotiated. Also higher was Springleaf (LEAF), which gained $4.40, or 12.88%, to $38.57 after Reuters reported that the company has beaten out rival bidders and is in advanced talks to buy consumer finance unit OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for more than $4B. Two stock that dropped after their earnings reports prompted multiple analyst downgrades were Noodles & Company (NDLS), which plunged $8.84, or 31.87%, to $18.90, and Rocket Fuel (FUEL), which fell $3.95, or 26.74%, to $10.82. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.67, or 0.86%, to 18,140.44, the Nasdaq gained 31.27, or 0.63%, to 4,955.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 12.85, or 0.61%, to 2,110.30.
12:49 EDTDEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:19 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 net income to be about $1.8B
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10:08 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 cash receipts to be down 6%, crop receipts to be down 23%
Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
09:59 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 sales growth down 17%, consensus $28.52B
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09:58 EDTDEDeere sees Q2 sales growth down 19%, consensus $7.98B
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09:57 EDTDEDeere says economic growth in FY15 continues at slow rate
The company says crop prices have weakened but are stabilizing at levels close to the long-term average. Adds livestock margins are lower but at sound levels. Sees strong headwinds persist in Commonwealth of Independent States. In China, the company said economic growth is slower than expected and lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy. In India, the growth forecast is expected to improve as positive sentiment continues with new government. The below normal monsoon also resulted in lower overall agricultural output. Comments taken from slides for Q1 earnings conference call.
08:49 EDTDEDeere drops after lowering fiscal year income view
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07:04 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 Financial Services net income to be about $630M
The outlook reflects the expected impact of the previously announced agreement to sell the crop insurance operations and growth in the average credit portfolio. These factors are projected to be partially offset by lower financing spreads, an expected increase in the provision for credit losses from the low level in 2014 and a less favorable tax rate.
07:04 EDTDEDeere sees FY!5 Construction & Forestry sales to increase by 5%
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07:03 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 Agriculture & Turf sales to decrease 23%
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07:02 EDTDEDeere reports Q1 net sales of equipment operations $5.61B
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07:01 EDTDEDeere reports Q1 EPS $1.12, consensus 84c
Reports Q1 revenue $6.38B, consensus $5.59B
February 19, 2015
15:32 EDTDENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTDEDeere February 92 straddle priced for 2.6% movement into Q1
13:18 EDTCSIQIsrael's SolarEdge to launch IPO
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11:59 EDTDEJohn Deere volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
03:20 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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