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November 16, 2011
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at mid-day, as the price of crude spiked above $101. Futures were negative in the pre-market, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The averages moved quickly to the downside right out of the gate, marking session lows and remaining in a lower range for about the first hour of trade. The report on energy inventories from the DOE, followed by the close of trading in Europe, helped spark a move higher, but the attempt to retake the baseline fell flat. Near noon, the market is down about 0.6%, but off its lowest levels of the day... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the Consumer Price Index fell 0.08% in October, versus the consensus estimate of unchanged. The "core" CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.14%, versus the consensus estimate of a 0.1% increase. The Federal Reserve said that industrial production rose 0.7% in October. Economists had expected an increase of 0.4%. Capacity utilization also beat estimates, rising to 77.8%, compared with the forecast of 77.6%. The NAHB Housing Market Index had a 20 reading, beating expectations of 18. The DOE report on energy inventories showed that crude inventories dropped by 1.06M barrels, versus the consensus of a 1.20M draw. Gasoline inventories built by 992K barrels, versus the forecast of a 1.00M barrel draw. From Europe, the European Central Bank was believed to have bought Spanish and Italian bonds, though yields on both continue to be very high despite the intervention. Also, in Greece, the country's new Prime Minister passed his first test, winning a confidence vote. In Asia, Japan's central bank lowered its assessment of its economy and kept its key interest rate at virtually zero... MARKET NEWS: An announcement from Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) and Enbridge (ENB) that they would seek regulatory permission to reverse the direction of crude oil flows on the Seaway pipeline sent oil prices higher and the share prices of refiners lower... Target (TGT) reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 87c, soundly beating analyst estimates. Dell (DELL) reported Q3 earnings above estimates, but revenue fell below expectations as the company gave up “low-value” PC opportunities to preserve margins. Among others reporting, winners included Autodesk (ADSK) and Tyco (TYC); losers included Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and Agilent (A)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Tessera Technologies (TSRA), following Samsung Electronics exercising its renewal option in a license agreement with the company, and Pacific Ethanol (PEIX), after the company announced that it has retired in full its $35M senior convertible notes. Noteworthy losers included Zoom Technologies (ZOOM), after its Q3 revenue missed estimates and the company cut its FY11 revenue view, and Unilife (UNIS), which priced a 8.25M share secondary offering at $4.35... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 77.91, or 0.64%, to 12,018.25; the Nasdaq was down 16.23, or 0.60%, to 2,669.97; and the S&P 500 was down 7.65, or 0.61%, to 1,250.16.
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October 2, 2015
11:32 EDTTGTAnalyst sees Amazon becoming #2 player in $425B consumables market
Amazon (AMZN) will advance to the number two position in the $425B U.S. consumables market, excluding food and beverages, by 2018, research firm Cowen predicted in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon's "multi platform approach around Prime" is enabling it to gain share in the U.S. market for goods including personal care, household, pet and baby products, Cowen analyst John Blackledge stated. Specifically, the e-commerce giant is effectively using its Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh offerings to sell consumables and it has significantly increased the number of fulfillment centers it operates, lowering its delivery times, according to Blackledge. The company's delivery times are now "well ahead of (the) competition," the analyst reported. The e-commerce giant's strategy in the consumables market appears to be working, as Cowen's proprietary data indicates that the company is gaining share in the category, Blackledge wrote. Additionally, Amazon is beginning to attract more customers from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), he believes. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Amazon slipped 0.4% to $518.70.
10:03 EDTTGTTarget to begin selling Apple Watch at stores this week
Target (TGT) announced that the Apple (AAPL) Watch is coming to Target stores this week and all stores by October 25. At, Apple Watch will be available beginning Oct. 18. Reference Link
08:21 EDTTGTAmazon to be number two player in U.S. consumables by 2018, says Cowen
John Blackledge and the research team at Cowen project that (AMZN) will grow to be the number two player in the $425B market for U.S. consumables - which they define as personal care, household, pet and baby products - by 2018. The firm expects Amazon to use its multi-platform approach, centered around Prime, to help the e-commerce giant gain share in consumables at the expense of Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS). Cowen has Outperform ratings on Amazon and Target and a Market Perform rating on shares of Wal-Mart.
October 1, 2015
12:54 EDTEPDOptions with increasing call volume
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10:31 EDTEPDEnterprise Products increases quarterly dividend to 38.5c per share
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September 30, 2015
12:00 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on October 5 hosted by Jefferies.
11:13 EDTTGTTarget announces expansion of price matching policy
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08:44 EDTADSKAutodesk requires more patience but end still compelling, says Cowen
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September 29, 2015
15:26 EDTADSKAutodesk took 'major step' in right direction with analyst day, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty said that Autodesk took a "major step in the right direction" by giving transparency on what the company should look like through its subscription transition and beyond during its analyst day meeting. Among the "number of positives" coming from the meeting are the company's explicit revenue and margin guidance through the transition, its outlook for cash flow greater than $4 per share in FY20, and its assertion that the subscription shift is expanding its market opportunity, Auty said. The analyst has an Overweight rating on Autodesk shares.
15:08 EDTADSKAutodesk sees strong growth in ARR and subscriptions from FY16 to FY20
Autodesk sees strong growth in ARR and subscriptions from FY16 to FY20. The company notes that FY17 is the inflection point as perpetual license sales end. the company sees traditional financial metrics to normalize by FY20. Autodesk sees revenue of at least $3.5B in FY20 with sustainable double-digit growth. Sees Non-GAAP operating margin in the mid-20% range in FY20 and increasing to 30% plus. Sees free cash flow of $1B in FY20 and increasing. The company added that model acceleration continues beyond FY20. Information from company slides presentation.
10:58 EDTTSRATessera management to meet with Sidoti
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08:32 EDTADSKAutodesk still sees FY16 adjusted EPS 60c-72c, consensus 67c
Sees FY16 revenue $2.47B-$2.51B, consensus $2.48B. Sees billings up 2%-4%. Sees net subscription additions 375,000-425,000.
08:31 EDTADSKAutodesk still sees Q3 adjusted EPS 5c-10c, consensus 7c
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07:11 EDTTGTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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September 28, 2015
19:57 EDTTGTRetailers urge courts to reject Visa, MasterCard settlement, Reuters says
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13:01 EDTEPDAnalyst says Sanchez Energy's asset sale to strengthen liquidity position
Shares of Sanchez Energy (SN) surged after the company said it plans to sell certain Eagle Ford Shale midstream assets to Sanchez Production Partners (SPP) for $345M. WHAT'S NEW: Sanchez Energy said it reached an agreement with Sanchez Production Partners under which SPP will acquire and operate certain midstream assets located on the Western part of its Catarina asset in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas for cash consideration of roughly $345M. As part of the divestiture, Sanchez Energy said it will sell roughly 150 miles of midstream gathering lines and associated midstream infrastructure concentrated in four gathering and processing facilities. The deal is expected to close in October. In a statement, Sanchez Energy chief Executive Officer Tony Sanchez III said the midstream sale "highlights our ability to capture the full spectrum of value in our asset base, raise capital outside of traditional markets and improve our financial flexibility." Sanchez Energy also confirmed this morning that its third quarter 2015 average production will "likely meet or exceed" the high end of the previous guidance range of 46,000-50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The company said it is still confident that it can build a 20-30 well bank toward its 50-well per year drilling commencement at Catarina at its current rig count. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Affiliates of Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Reliance Holding USA sold off pipelines and other midstream assets in the Eagle Ford to Enterprise Product Partners (EPD) in July for $2.15B to be paid in two installments, and Matador Resources (MTDR) recently sold off similar assets to EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK) for $143M. Meanwhile, Sanchez Production Partners said it will recommend that the board of directors of its general partner approve a plan to start distributions at an initial annualized rate of $1.60 per share. STREET RESEARCH: Northland Capital Markets analyst Jeff Grampp said that the proceeds from the announced asset sale will strengthen Sanchez Energy's "already meaningful" liquidity position and set up the company well for opportunistic acquisitions. The analyst said that even though the company previously discussed the possible sale of midstream assets, the move's value capture is "meaningfully positive" and underappreciated by the market. Grampp reiterated an Outperform rating and $12 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, Sanchez Energy is up 5.82% to $5.64 and Sanchez Production Partners is up 88.89% to $8.84.
06:42 EDTTGTPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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September 27, 2015
12:43 EDTADSKAutodesk shares could rise 50% in 18 months, Barron's says
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September 25, 2015
14:43 EDTPEIXPacific Ethanol management to meet with Craig-Hallum
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08:59 EDTADSKAutodesk, Workday, Veeva weakness present buying opportunities, says Canaccord
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