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November 9, 2012
12:26 EDTSCLN, PCLN, JCP, LGF, KYAK, DIS, STRA, ZIP, GRPNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as positive economic data in the U.S. and China temporarily distracted investors from worrying over political deadlock getting in the way of progress. The averages opened lower but two economic reports issued near 10 am ET provided a catalyst for a bounce. The averages moved into positive territory ahead of House Speaker John Boehner’s speech on tackling the fiscal cliff crisis and the averages stood near session highs around noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices rose 0.5% in October from the prior month, versus expectations for them to be flat. Export prices in October were unchanged. The preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for November came in at 84.9, versus the expected 82.9. Wholesale inventories were reported to have increased 1.1% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Also, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that going over the fiscal cliff would cut U.S. economic output by about 3%, driving the nation back into recession next year. In Europe, French industrial production fell 2.7% in September from August and the Bank of France warned its economy, Europe’s second-largest, may be poised to tip into recession. In China, factory output rose 9.6% in October from a year earlier, beating expectations, and inflation unexpectedly cooled to the slowest pace in 33 months... COMPANY NEWS: Three well known brand names were down after their companies' quarterly reports: Disney (DIS), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Groupon (GRPN). Disney was the Dow Industrial average's worst performer, falling nearly 6%, after its earnings were in-line with consensus but revenues were lighter and Janney Capital downgraded the stock to a Neutral rating. J.C. Penney shares slid about 6% as well after it reported a worse than expected loss and said same store sales dropped 26.1%, making for its third straight quarter of losses and double digit sales declines. Groupon's stock was hardest hit, plunging 27% in midday trading, after it was downgraded by at least four firms and price targets were lowered at several others following the company's disappointing Q3 results and Q4 guidance... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kayak Software (KYAK), which jumped 27% after agreeing to be acquired by Priceline.com (PCLN) in a stock and cash transaction equivalent to $40 per share of Kayak stock. Shares of Priceline advanced fractionally after the deal announcement. Advancers after their earnings reports included Zipcar (ZIP), which jumped over 21%, and Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), which rose almost 13%. Among the noteworthy losers were SciClone (SCLN), down 24% after cutting its 2012 adjusted earnings view, and Strayer Education (STRA), down 16% after its full-year earnings outlook was well below consensus estimates and the company suspended its dividend... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 65.43, or 0.51%, to 12,876.75; the Nasdaq was up 30.87, or 1.07%, to 2,926.45; and the S&P 500 was up 12.46, or 0.90%, to 1,389.97.
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November 12, 2014
07:51 EDTDISDisney trades at a premium despite low forward growth, says Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Disney shares to $83 from $75, but reiterated its Market Perform rating on Disney shares, citing the stock's premium trading valuation despite the lowest forward earnings growth of its peer group. The firm also cited higher sports programming costs, as well as difficulty envisioning outperformance to current estimates.
07:42 EDTGRPNGroupon price target raised to $10 from $8 at Brean Capital
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07:22 EDTSTRAPiper says time to increase exposure to Education sector
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05:58 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Visa (V) 18 according to iVolatility.
November 11, 2014
18:19 EDTDISCBS, Disney look to block FCC Comcast merger disclosures, Bloomberg says
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12:38 EDTGRPNGroupon reports 53M total customers, sold 88M Groupons in the last quarter
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10:02 EDTGRPNGroupon sets target for 20%+ revenue growth by 2017
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10:00 EDTGRPNGroupon sees FY15 revenue growth 15%+, consensus $3.61B
Groupon sees FY15 AEBITDA growth of 25%. 2015 growth targets in slides for analyst day presentation.
09:59 EDTGRPNGroupon repeats view of Q4 EPS ex-items 2c-4c, consensus 4c
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09:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continue, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Shares are Neutral rated.
05:58 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 10, 2014
16:16 EDTSCLNSciClone raises 2014 EPS outlook to 64c-68c from 51c-57c
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16:15 EDTSCLNSciClone reports Q3 EPS 17c, one estimate 12c
Reports Q3 revenue $34.3M, one estimate $34.85M.
15:57 EDTDISWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:36 EDTJCPAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
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09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:59 EDTPCLNPriceline guidance cuts usually buying opportunities, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that over the last six years there have been three other instances where Priceline guided the mid-point of bookings growth more than 500 basis points below consensus, and that each time proved to be "excellent opportunities to buy" the stock. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Priceline after the company guided Q4 well below consensus on November 4.
November 9, 2014
16:36 EDTDISDisney's 'Big Hero 6' comes out on top at box office, Bloomberg says
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