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August 21, 2014
17:00 EDTEBAY, SHLD, HRLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in lackluster fashion as the averages opened just above yesterday’s close. There was little early reaction to the morning’s economic reports including the jobless claims data, Philadelphia Fed report, leading economic indicators, and natural gas storage change report. But by mid-day, the Dow had asserted itself as the day’s leader while the Nasdaq struggled to stain positive territory. As the afternoon progressed the Dow continued its advance, the Nasdaq hit 14-year highs, and the S&P also touched a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) rose almost 5% after a report said that a PayPal spin-off was under consideration... Hormel (HRL) gained almost 5% and hit a 52-week high after reporting better than expected earnings before the market opened... Sears Holding (SHLD) fell over 7% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 60.36, or 0.36%, to 17,039.49, the Nasdaq closed up 5.62, or 0.12%, to 4,532.10, and the S&P 500 closed up 5.86, or 0.29%%, to 1,992.37.
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November 25, 2015
10:29 EDTEBAYeBay says working to resolve issues some users are experiencing
In a tweet to its official Twitter account, eBay states: "We're aware that some users are experiencing issues & we're working to resolve. We apologize for any inconvenience! Stay tuned for updates." Reference Link
10:04 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21Vianet (VNET) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Boulder Brands (BDBD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... HP Inc. (HPQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... SunEdison (SUNE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... TerraForm Power (TERP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Valspar (VAL) downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman.
10:03 EDTHRLHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTHRLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Actelion (ALIOY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Alliance Data (ADS) assumed with an Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Cubic (CUB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark... Frontline (FRO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Hormel Foods (HRL) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... ImmunoGen (IMGN) assumed with a Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Metro (MTTRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Pfizer (PFE) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... Tech Data (TECD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James.
07:10 EDTHRLHormel Foods upgraded to Overweight at Stephens
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07:01 EDTHRLHormel Foods upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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06:46 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman analyst Heath Terry removed eBay from the Conviction Buy List due to share outperformance. Terry maintains his Buy rating and increased his price target to $33 from $30 on shares, citing a more focused strategy following the PayPal spinoff, investments in technology and marketing to support Marketplaces, ongoing capital returns and what he views as a favorable risk/reward ratio.
06:33 EDTHRLHormel Foods authorizes two-for-one stock split
Hormel Foods has authorized a two-for-one split of the company's common stock. This would be the 10th stock split in the company's history. Stockholder approval of the stock split is required during the company's Annual Meeting being held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Under the proposal, the number of authorized shares of voting common stock would increase from 800M to 1.6B.
November 24, 2015
06:32 EDTHRLHormel Foods sees FY16 EPS $2.85-$2.95, consensus $2.83
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06:31 EDTHRLHormel Foods reports Q4 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 69c
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06:20 EDTSHLDRetailers hunt for new breaches after warning on malware, Reuters says
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November 23, 2015
16:32 EDTHRLHormel Foods boosts annual dividend 16% to $1.16 per share
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15:28 EDTHRLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 83c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 69c... Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 53c... Campbell Soup (CPB), consensus 76c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus 39c... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 75c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.31... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 60c... Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 59c...Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 23c... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), consensus $1.59.
13:33 EDTHRLHormel Foods volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
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November 20, 2015
12:40 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility:TERP CHK NMBL SHLD POM
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November 16, 2015
17:16 EDTEBAYIcahn liquidated eBay stake, took Paypal stake
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17:02 EDTEBAYPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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11:35 EDTSHLDDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
09:59 EDTEBAYOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:33 EDTEBAYeBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
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