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May 9, 2012
16:59 EDTCQB, RBGPY, DIS, DTEGY, DF, AVP, MELI, PCS, MOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were down for the day. Stock futures were lower in early trading leading to a sharply lower open for the broader market. The weakness was attributed to continuing concern over Europe's debt crisis and political events in Greece. The averages began the day down roughly 1% but began to reverse their course following a report that Europe’s bailout fund will pay the next installment of aid to Greece, which was later confirmed by the EFSF. The averages briefly turned mixed in the afternoon but were unable to make the trip all the way back into the green to break the market's losing streak… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.3% in March, versus the expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Spanish 10-year bond yields rose above 6% and more reports indicated that efforts to form a new government in Greece were expected to fail, putting the country's bailout deal in doubt and renewing concerns about Greece intentionally exiting or being forced off the euro. However, the EFSF stated that it would approve the latest bailout payment due to Greece in spite of the ongoing political dealings... COMPANY NEWS: Disney (DIS) shares gained nearly 2% after its earnings beat expectations, while Macy's (M) slid almost 4% in spite of earnings that also came in above consensus... Meanwhile, Avon Products' (AVP) shares were up 9.26% after JAB Holdings, which owns Coty, sold a substantial portion of its stake in Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPY) in order "to raise cash for other investment opportunities, including Avon… MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were MetroPCS (PCS), up $0.94, or 14.33%, to $7.50, after Bloomberg reported that Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) was in talks with the company on a potential T-Mobile deal, and Dean Foods (DF), up $1.43, or 11.24%, to $14.15, after reporting a rise in Q1 profits of nearly 50% and raising both the company’s Q2 and FY12 EPS view. Noteworthy losers included Chiquita Brands (CQB), down $2.32, or 28.93% to $5.70, after its earnings fell short of consensus and it warned that it sees 2012 continuing to be "a challenging year," and Mercado Libre (MELI), down $10.91, or 12.40%, to $77.08, after reporting disappointing Q1 revenues... INDICES: The Dow lost $97.03, or 0.75%, to $12,835.06; the Nasdaq fell $11.56, or 0.39%, to $2,934.71; and the S&P 500 dropped $9.14, or 0.67%, to $1,354.58.
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February 24, 2015
08:03 EDTMMacy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.84
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07:27 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom partnering with Mozilla on 'privacy phone,' WSJ says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY), owner of T-Mobile (TMUS), is partnering with Mozilla to develop a "privacy phone" set for an official unveil at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5, reports the Wall Street Journal. The phone will use a version of Mozilla's Firefox operating system and will include features such as location hiding. Reference Link
06:40 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:57 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Applied Materials (AMAT) 43, Macy's (M) 28 according to iVolatility.
February 23, 2015
18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
14:03 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
The shares are in a topping pattern, with the $62 area a key support level. If there were a break below $62, the topping pattern would be confirmed. Next support in that event would be at $60.57, and then at $59 to $57.03. If the news is a positive surprise, next resistance would be at $65.74 and then at the 52-week high and life high at $68.30.
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.
11:35 EDTDISAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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February 20, 2015
06:47 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom lifts fast Internet target, Reuters reports
Deutsche Telekom intends to provide fast Internet service to 5.9M more homes in Germany than it previously planned, Reuters quoted the company as saying. The company eventually wants to connect 80% of German houses to fast Internet services, the news service stated. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
10:44 EDTAVPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
10:32 EDTAVPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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03:20 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 17, 2015
12:56 EDTDISDecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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10:51 EDTAVPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Box, Inc. (BOX) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Omega Healthcare (OHI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pandora (P) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Pattern Energy (PEGI) coverage resumed with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Trovagene (TROV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen.
04:58 EDTMNordstrom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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04:54 EDTMMacy's initiated with an Underweight at Barclays
Barclays started shares of Macy's with an Underweight rating saying it expects comps to remain under 2% as the retailer lacks exposure to the growing off-price segment. The firm put a $55 price target on shares. Shares of Macy's closed Friday down 34c to $64.32.
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