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May 9, 2012
12:38 EDTDIS, CQB, BBBY, TM, DTEGY, CPWM, M, DVAX, PCS, SODAOn 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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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.
12:37 EDTSODASodaStream not a likely target of PepsiCo, NY Times says
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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
11:51 EDTSODASodastream weekly volatility elevated at 106 into Q4 and outlook
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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
06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
06:38 EDTTMCar sales rose in Europe last month, NY Times says
European car sales increased 6.7% in January, versus the same period a year earlier, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association indicates, according to The New York Times. January was the 17th straight month that European car sales have increased, but they remain well below the levels they reached before the financial crisis, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
03:20 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 17, 2015
13:02 EDTTMToyota announces recall of 230 Yaris hatchbacks, 20 Tacomas
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12:56 EDTDISDecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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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.
February 13, 2015
17:52 EDTBBBYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:22 EDTDISDisney spoke to California authorities over measles health messages, AP says
Disneyland executives sent multiple emails to the California Department of Public Health urging it to emphasize that the theme park was not responsible for the recent measles outbreaks and was safe for vaccinated people, reports the Associated Press, citing obtained documents. The report notes that "there is no evidence" the company tried to downplay the seriousness of the issue or give misleading statements. Reference Link
07:06 EDTDTEGYLiberty Global settles anti-trust objections from Deutsche Telekom, Reuters says
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