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April 10, 2014
09:21 EDTEBAY, RT, CSH, MRK, HPQ, RAD, BBBY, QLYS, FEYE, IMPV, PIROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rite Aid (RAD), up 13%... Ruby Tuesday (RT), up 7%... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 4%. ALSO HIGHER: Merck (MRK), up 1.5% after announcing data from C-WORTHy study... Cash America (CSH), up 15% after earnings report, announcing plans to evaluate separation of online business... HP (HPQ), up 1.7% after initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 5.3%. ALSO LOWER: EBAY (EBAY), down 1% after settling proxy contest with Carl Icahn, who withdrew his PayPal spin-off proposal... Imperva (IMPV), down 35% after slashing its first quarter profit and sales outlook, shares downgraded at Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer. Several of its security software peers are lower in pre-market trade as well, including FireEye (FEYE), which is down 3%, and Qualys (QLYS), which is down 1.5%.
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September 18, 2014
12:12 EDTPIRStocks with call strike movement; PIR GILD
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11:55 EDTRADRite Aid falls as drugstore chain trims FY15 view
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10:40 EDTBBBY, PIRPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
10:34 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Note this is the fifth downgrade of the day.
10:34 EDTPIRHigh option volume stocks
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10:27 EDTRADOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTPIROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:48 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports tumbles after results, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTRAD, PIRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL YHOO TWTR VVUS RAD PWE WFM TSLA PIR SHLD
09:24 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
Note this is the fourth downgrade of the day.
09:15 EDTRADRite Aid remains 'optimistic' about FY16
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09:02 EDTRADRite Aid sees current competitive enviornment to remain promotional in FY15
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08:59 EDTRAD, PIROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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08:47 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Alibaba IPO
eBay September call option implied volatility is at 33, October is at 31, November is at 27, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA) on September 19.
07:35 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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07:04 EDTRADRite Aid cuts FY15 EPS view to 22c-33c, consensus 34c
Based upon current estimates for reimbursement rates and anticipated lower profitability from new generics and generic drugs that recently lost exclusivity, the company is expecting decreases in pharmacy margin in the second half of Fiscal 2015 as compared to its prior estimates and therefore is lowering its guidance for Adjusted EBITDA, net income and net income per diluted share. Previous EPS view was 30c-40c. Cuts FY15 high end of revenue view to $26B-$26.3B from $26B-$26.5B, consensus $26.29B. Now sees FY SSS up 3%-4% over FY14. Sees FY CapEx $525M. Sees adjusted EBITDA $1.2B-$1.275B.
07:02 EDTRADRite Aid reports Q2 EPS 13c, consensus 6c
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05:25 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight citing accelerating expenses and slower revenue growth following the company's Q2 earnings report. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $14 from $18. Pier 1 was also downgraded this morning at Wells Fargo.
05:23 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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