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November 28, 2012
12:19 EDTEXPR, TFM, KCG, GMCR, COST, BP, GES, ARO, ANN, AEO, JOSBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower for much of the morning before recovering significantly near midday. Just as a late day sell-off yesterday was prompted by some cautious fiscal cliff commentary from a notable politician, today's turn-around was sparked by optimism from one. In today's case, the averages turned following comments from House Speaker John Boehner, who said he's "optimistic" a deal with Obama can be reached and that he is willing to put revenues on the table if accompanied by spending cuts... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new single-family home sales fell 0.3% in October to a seasonally adjusted 368,000-unit annual rate. Also, the government revised sharply lower its estimate for the prior month's sales, cutting its estimate for sales in September by 20,000 to a 369,000-unit rate. The EIA reported crude oil inventories drew down by 347,000 barrels last week, versus expectations for a 350,000 barrel build up. In Europe, Spainís bank restructuring was approved, paving the way for euro zone aid to be disbursed... COMPANY NEWS: The Environmental Protection Agency announced BP (BP) will be suspended from winning new contracts from the federal government until the oil major can demonstrate it meets business standards set by the U.S., though the action does not affect existing contracts. Shares of BP fell about 0.7% near noon... Several apparel retailers reported better than expected results and saw their shares advance, including Express (EXPR), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Ann Inc. (ANN). This may or may not bode well for some of their peers expected to report after the bell, including Aeropostale (ARO) and Guess (GES)... Costco (COST) shares rose over 4% after reporting its November same store sales rose 6% and declaring a $7 per share special dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), which soared 24% after its better than expected earnings and guidance set off a wave of price target increases around the Street. Also higher were shares of Knight Capital (KCG), which rose 14% to $3.39 after shareholder Getco proposed a complex takeover bid that values shares at $3.50 apiece but involves a cash component and a share dispersal following a merger. Among the noteworthy losers was The Fresh Market (TFM), down 14% after its CFO unexpectedly resigned to take another position and its shares were downgraded at Deutsche Bank and Northcoast. Also lower were shares of Jos. A Bank (JOSB), down 7% after it was unable to participate in the rally among clothing retailers as its revenue beat consensus but its earnings fell short... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 16.36, or 0.13%, to 12,894.49; the Nasdaq was down 2.31, or 0.08%, to 2,965.48; and the S&P 500 was down 0.88, or 0.06%, to 1,398.06.
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September 12, 2014
10:51 EDTBPBP signs 17-year LNG deal with Tokyo Electric
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September 11, 2014
05:46 EDTCOSTStocks with implied volatility movement; XLP COST
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Consumer Staples Sector SPDR (XLP) 11, Costco (COST) 13 according to iVolatility.
September 10, 2014
17:04 EDTBPOceaneering's contract with BP Angla extended
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11:49 EDTEXPRExpress looks cheap, likely to be acquired by Sycamore, Barron's says
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08:22 EDTBPBofA/Merrill oil and gas analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:39 EDTBPBP says North Sea prospects best served by maintaining integrity of U.K.
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05:50 EDTCOSTStocks with implied volatility movement; XLU COST
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Utilities SPDR (XLU) 16, Costco (COST) 13 according to iVolatility.
September 9, 2014
09:04 EDTANNMorgan Stanley views a potential IPO of Ann Inc. as unattractive
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07:47 EDTBPBP weakness overdone, says Oppenheimer
After BP (BP) was found 67% culpable and grossly negligent for the Gulf oil spill, Oppenheimer thinks the case could drag on for years, while the company may have to pay less than the maximum possible Clean Water Act fine of $17.6B. Additionally, the firm says that the company could make the payment over an extended period. Oppenheimer reduced its price target on the name to $55 from $60 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
September 8, 2014
10:34 EDTKCGKCG Holdings to sell certain assets of KCG Futures to Wedbush
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07:26 EDTBPHigher potential damages could pressure BP to settle, WSJ reports
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06:52 EDTBPUK urges U.S. Supreme Court to examine BP Gulf spill decisions, Reuters says
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06:00 EDTBPStocks with implied volatility movement; BP XLP
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTBPMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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12:19 EDTEXPR, AEOGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
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11:43 EDTARO, AEOZumiez sinks as company provides 'disappointing' Q3 outlook
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10:05 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:09 EDTKCGAnonymous letter warns KCG of employee 'rebellion,' WSJ says
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06:20 EDTBPBP upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its rating on BP shares to Buy from Neutral, saying the sell-off yesterday after a judge found the company grossly negligent for the Macondo spill presents a buying opportunity. Citi expects BP to lose its appeal of the ruling, but feels the financial implications will fall well below the maximum. Shares of BP dropped 6% yesterday, or $2.82, to $44.89.
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