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November 16, 2011
12:18 EDTEPD, ZOOM, PEIX, TSRA, A, ANF, TYC, ADSK, DELL, TGT, ENB, UNISOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
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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August 25, 2014
13:44 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 48, October is at 44, December is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 45 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
06:19 EDTTGTU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTTGTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
August 21, 2014
07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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August 20, 2014
12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:26 EDTZOOMZoom Technologies trading halted for additional information
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11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:53 EDTANFAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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