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February 22, 2012
17:00 EDTATRI, DELL, CHS, GRMN, TOL, MGM, HSTM, FIRE, CETVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as the market took a breather from its steady move higher so far this year. The open was slightly lower following a weak pre-market session by the futures. The weakness was attributed to concerns over whether Greece could adhere to its austerity measures over the medium term, as well as disappointing manufacturing data from Europe and China. The market moved to its lowest levels of the session near mid-day, following statements by the Obama administration that corporate tax rates would be reduced but that interest would be taxed as ordinary income. The market quickly found a level where it sat for a couple of hours before moving back towards the flat line. There was little in the way of catalysts to move the buyers off the sidelines, as the domestic economic calendar remained quiet and there were few headlines of note from Europe... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, existing home sales rose by 4.3% in January, but the prior month's growth rate was revised lower. The resulting annual sales rate of 4.57M homes sold was down slightly from the annual rate of 4.61M reported a month ago. Also of note was a proposal from the Obama administration to cut the maximum U.S. corporate tax rate to 28% from 35% while eliminating many existing tax loopholes. Internationally, a euro zone composite PMI and a separate Chinese PMI reading both came in at 49.7, indicating contraction... MARKET NEWS: Dell (DELL) fell about 6% in heavy trading as it was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup following its Q4 report. Citi cited weakening prospects for additional margin expansion and lowered its price target in the name to $19 from $20... Among others reporting earnings, winners included Chico's FAS (CHS) and Garmin (GRMN); losers included Toll Brothers (TOL) and MGM Resorts (MGM)... MAJOR MOVERS: Notable gainers included Healthstream (HSTM), up $5.21, or 30.05%, to $22.55, and SourceFire (FIRE), up $9.36, or 26.13%, to $45.18, following their earnings reports. Noteworthy losers included Central Euro Media (CETV), down $1.55, or 18.24%, to $6.95, and Newfield Exploration (NFX), down $5.37, or 12.71%, to $36.88, after disappointing quarterly results... INDICES: The Dow fell 27.02, or 0.21%, to 12,938.67; the Nasdaq slid 15.40, or 0.52%, to 2,933.17; and the S&P 500 dropped 4.55, or 0.33%, to 1,357.66.
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September 23, 2014
11:38 EDTCHSAscena Retail plummets to 52-week low after results, guidance trail consensus
Shares of Ascena Retail (ASNA), a national specialty retailer of apparel for women and teen girls, are falling after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Ascena Retail reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 13c and revenue of $1.18B, far below analysts' consensus estimates of 18c and $1.21B, respectively. Same store sales for the period declined 2%. Looking ahead, Ascena Retail forecast FY15 adjusted EPS of 90c-$1.00 excluding any acquisition-related, integration and restructuring costs that may be incurred during the fiscal year, significantly trailing the consensus of $1.25. The company sees EPS down compared to last year in the first half, but expects growth in the second half. The company sees flat to modest positive total comparable store growth for the year, with Fall flat to down low-single digits, and Spring up low-single digits. EBITA growth for the year is seen in the mid-to-high single digits, with the EBITDA rate flat to up 20 basis points, with 80-100 basis points of improvement in gross margin rate mostly offset by operating expense rate de-leverage. Ascena also sees a net new store increase of 30-40 units, capital expenditures of $350M-$375M and an effective tax rate of 37% vs. 32% in fiscal year 2014. The company sees FY15 double digit growth in depreciation, with projected expenses between $210M-$215M. The company's guidance is based on an ongoing challenging retail environment. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Ascena President and Chief Executive Officer David Jaffe commented that Q4 EPS was "in line" with expectations, despite mixed results across its portfolio and soft traffic patterns. Jaffe said the company is maintaining a conservative outlook for the Fall season, as the company has "yet to see sustained evidence of market improvement." Ascena also said it plans to increasingly focus on adjusted EBITDA as an indicator of underlying financial performance because it normalizes for major changes in non-cash depreciation and tax rates. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm SunTrust lowered its price target on Ascena Retail to $17 from $21 after the company reported results that were weak across the board. The firm believes that the company is making appropriate changes and seems well-positioned for the future, while its brand integrity is intact across divisions. SunTrust reiterated a Buy rating on shares. Another firm, Oppenheimer, said Ascena's retail strategies should help stem margin pressure. The firm added that the profitability of the company's new brands is rising significantly, while its guidance looks conservative. Oppenheimer cut its price target on the shares to $19 from $22, but kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Ascena Retail fell $2.69, or 16.24%, to $13.85 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock notched a fresh 52-week low of $13.72. Including today's pull-back, the shares have lost approximately 22% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty retailers catering to women include Christopher & Banks (CBK), Chico's FAS (CHS), and Ann Inc. (ANN).
08:38 EDTGRMNBofA/Merrill airlines/aerospace analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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September 22, 2014
07:37 EDTMGMLarge-Cap Gaming sector downgraded at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded the Large-Cap Gaming sector to Market Weight from Overweight while cutting its ratings on Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL) to Market Perform from Outperform. Wells believes near-term uncertainty in Macau has increased, making the risk/reward on shares balanced for the next 6-12 months. The firm thinks second half of 2014 and 2015 EBITDA estimates still need to come down another 10%. Wells cuts its price target range for Las Vegas Sands to $60-$70 from $80-$85, for Wynn to $180-$200 from $245-$250 and for Melco to $28-$31 from $38-$40. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on MGM Resorts (MGM) with a slightly reduced price target range of $23-$26.
September 19, 2014
10:06 EDTMGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:29 EDTMGMMGM Resorts downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
Argus downgraded MGM Resorts based on disappointing Macau gaming revenue.
September 18, 2014
07:26 EDTGRMNGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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06:47 EDTMGMMacau stocks getting closer to bottom, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says most Macau stocks have a 2:1 upside/downside ratio, making the risk/rewards favorable. The firm prefers MGM Resorts (MGM) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) over Melco Crown (MPEL) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) in the near-term, but keeps Overweight ratings on all four names. JPMorgan lowered its price target for Las Vegas Sands to $69 from $83, for Melco to $31 from $40, for MGM to $30 from $31 and for Wynn to $210 from $239. The firm says the stocks are getting closer to a bottom.
September 16, 2014
13:52 EDTMGMMacau casino owners drop after negative note from analyst
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11:22 EDTMGMMorgan Stanley sees negative revisions to Macau consensus estimates
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09:51 EDTMGMMGM Resorts falls, levels to watch
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September 12, 2014
14:07 EDTMGMNew Jersey reports August Atlantic City gaming win up 2.3% to $305M
New Jersey reports total Gaming Win from Atlantic City casino hotels and Internet gaming operations was $305M in August, compared to $298.1M in the same month of 2013 including discontinued operators Atlantic Club and Showboat, reflecting a 2.3% increase. Total Gaming Win from the current operators of casino hotels open for the entire month of August and Internet gaming operations was $289.9M in August. Internet gaming win was $10.5M in August, consisting of $2.2M in peer-to-peer win and $8.3M in other authorized games. As of August 31, 431,617 Internet gaming accounts have been created, up 6.5% from the 405,390 accounts as of July 31. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesar's (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
September 10, 2014
18:11 EDTMGMBoyd Gaming issues statement on MGM Resorts relicensing in New Jersey
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18:06 EDTMGMMGM Resorts approved as holding company of casino license in New Jersey
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11:37 EDTGRMNGarmin bounces back, Fossil continues slide after Apple Watch unveiled
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08:48 EDTGRMNGarmin unlikely to be derailed by Apple Watch, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer does not view Apple Watch as "a category killer" in the running or fitness band markets. The firm says that the necessity of pairing the Apple Watch with an iPhone, along with Apple Watch's use of a built-in optical hear rate sensor which is likely to be prone to malfunction are disadvantages. Additionally, Apple Watch's price is much higher than the prices that Garmin (GRMN) charges for its watches, while the Apple Watch's battery life is likely much shorter, according to Oppenheimer. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Garmin.
07:18 EDTGRMNApple Watch does not compete with Garmin, says Citigroup
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