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May 9, 2012
12:38 EDTDTEGY, CPWM, M, DVAX, PCS, SODA, DIS, CQB, BBBY, TMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but the major averages were well off the lows seen about an hour into trading. The market is down for the sixth consecutive session, its longest losing string of the year. The weakness is being attributed to concern about the fate of the euro zone as a new leader takes over in France and Greece struggles to form a government and may need to hold another round of elections. The past several sessions have seen the market open lower but rally during the later hours of the session to reduce the day's losses. So far today that trend is continuing as the averages have recovered significantly from their worst levels... 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. A Reuters report, citing EU sources, said the EU is more likely than not to agree to the latest EUR 5.2B bailout payment due tomorrow to Greece from the EFSF bailout fund, which may have contributed to a late morning rally seen here in the States... COMPANY NEWS: Disney (DIS) shares gained over 2% after its earnings beat expectations, while Macy's (M) slid more than 3% in spite of earnings that also came in above consensus... Toyota (TM) reported a surge in its Q4 net income and forecast a doubling of profits in the current fiscal year, sending its stock up more than 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SodaStream (SODA), up over 26%, after it reported much stronger than expected results and boosted its 2012 guidance, and Cost Plus (CPWM), up about 22%, after agreeing to be acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) for $22 per share. Also higher were shares of MetroPCS (PCS), up about 19%, after Bloomberg reported Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) was said to be in talks with the company on a potential T-Mobile deal. Noteworthy losers included Chiquita Brands (CQB), down 32%, after its earnings fell short of consensus and it warned that it sees 2012 continuing to be "a challenging year," and Dynavax (DVAX), down more than 22%, after pricing 17.5M shares at $4.25 in a secondary stock offering... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 98.05, or 0.76%, to 12,834.04; the Nasdaq was down 17.19, or 0.58%, to 2,929.08; and the S&P 500 was down 9.58, or 0.70%, to 1,354.14.
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January 26, 2015
08:55 EDTSODASodastream volatility at low end of range as shares near historic lows
Sodastream overall option implied volatility of 50 compares to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:43 EDTBBBYOppenheimer upgrades Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1 on better macro outlook
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05:37 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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January 23, 2015
09:02 EDTMMacy's Sacramento fulfillment center to relocate to larger facility
Macy’s announced it plans to relocate its West Sacramento, CA, direct-to-consumer fulfillment center to a larger facility in a nearby location in Sacramento County to support continued sales growth driven by Macy’s omnichannel strategy. Contingent on approvals by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Macy’s will begin operations in summer 2015 at a 385,000-square-foot facility at 6200 Franklin St., creating approximately 100 new jobs. The current 92,000-square-foot fulfillment center is located about 10 miles away at 3919 Channel Drive in West Sacramento. The current workforce of 72 associates is planned to grow to more than 175 after the move. Macy’s multi-million-dollar upgrade to the new fulfillment center will include building modifications and the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.
January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTSODAOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded at Wells Fargo... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Era Group (ERA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Exterran (EXH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... RSA Insurance (RSNAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Rockwell Automation (ROK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... SodaStream (SODA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
07:08 EDTSODASodaStream upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel
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January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTTMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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13:53 EDTTMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
12:12 EDTMBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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08:39 EDTDISDisney reports five employees affected by California measles outbreak, AP says
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08:20 EDTDTEGYBT, Deutsche Telekom said to be in talks on partnerships, Reuters reports
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06:59 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field’s, and Filene’s, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
06:52 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field's, and Filene's, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
06:17 EDTDISOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTDISNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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14:00 EDTDISFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
12:51 EDTTMToyota sees 2015 global sales dropping to about 10.15M units, Nikkei says
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09:44 EDTMSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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06:24 EDTDTEGYT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
17:19 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom plans to raise spending on German operations, Bloomberg says
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