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November 28, 2012
12:19 EDTJOSB, GMCR, GES, AEO, TFM, COST, ARO, EXPR, KCG, BP, ANNOn 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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March 16, 2015
10:14 EDTEXPROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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March 15, 2015
17:49 EDTBPBP and Egypt in $12B energy deal, Reuters says
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March 13, 2015
16:24 EDTAROOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:03 EDTKCGKCG completes sale of KCG Hotspot, reduces headcount by 40 employees
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12:33 EDTAROOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after data showed that U.S. wholesale prices unexpectedly declined in February for a fourth straight month. The Dow has lost more than 200 points, giving back most of what it had gained yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the producer price index decreased 0.5% in February, versus expectations for a gain of 0.3%. The "core" PPI, which excludes food and fuel, also declined 0.5%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 91.2 in the preliminary reading for March, which was down from February's 95.4 reading and below the 95.5 consensus forecast. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count for the week of March 13 is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. Outside the U.S., Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%. COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) shares advanced nearly 13% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the FBI and Manhattan's federal attorney's office are investigating whether the stock has been manipulated. In response, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman said his firm is not aware of any statements that it has made that are untrue, nor is it aware of any unlawful conduct on its part or by any consultants that it has hired, in relation to Herbalife, which Ackman reiterated he believes is a pyramid scheme. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy advancers was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which gained 4% after Needham initiated coverage of with a Strong Buy and $140 price target. Also of note, the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate certain electronic products with near field communication systems made by Dell that NXP claims infringe its patents. Also higher was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which rose 12.5% after the restaurant operatorís quarterly results surpassed consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Whiting Petroleum (WLL), which slid 8.5% following a report from Reuters that said the company may look to sell certain assets, not the whole company as had previously been suggested by media reports. Also lower following its earnings reports was teen apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell more than 17%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 211.25, or 1.18%, to 17,683.97, the Nasdaq was down 44.12, or 0.9%, to 4,849.17, and the S&P 500 was down 20.01, or 0.97%, to 2,045.94.
10:37 EDTEXPROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTANNAnn Inc. sees impact of $4M in Q1, Q2 from West Coast port slowdown
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09:25 EDTANN, AROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FXCM (FXCM), up 15.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), up 9.9%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 7.1%... Hibbett Sports (HIBB), up 5.1%... Ann Inc (ANN), up 5.5%... Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 5.1% following a Wall Street Journal report that federal prosecutors are investigating potential stock manipulation... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.7% after being upgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.7% after being initiated with a Strong Buy at Needham. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 13.2%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 7.7%... Civeo (CVEO), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 10.4% after announcing public offering of common stock and warrants... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), down 7.6% following a report from Reuters that explains that the company looks to sell certain assets instead of the whole company... Continental Building (CBPX), down 7.5% after 5M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.70.
09:21 EDTANNAnn Inc. expects external challenges of 2H14 will continue to impact 1H15
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09:19 EDTANNAnn Inc. says identifying opportunities to reduce costs, increase efficiencies
Says inventory plan for 2015 is "conservative." Says "fully committed" to restoring positive growth and momentum over the course of 2015. Says "headed down the right path" in 2015. Says Loft "well positioned" for spring season. Says evaluating all aspects of supply chain. Says identifying additional opportunities to further increase efficiencies, reduce costs. Says "excited" about growth potential for Lou & Grey. Says working on standalone Lou & Grey ecommerce site. Sees opportunities for thoughtful investments in growth of fleet in 2015, but says mindful of evolving retail environment. Says store opening plans for 2015 focused on low cost, high return markets. Expects to open approx. 40 stores in 2015, including 10 new Factory stores, 10 Loft full price stores, 15 Loft outlet stores; plans to close approx. 35 stores in FY15. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call. Ann Inc is up 5.53% in pre-market trading.
08:06 EDTAROAeropostale still lacks a path to profitability, says Goldman
Following the Q1 report, Goldman said Aeropostale's fundamentals remain weak and still has no clear path to profitability. The firm said the markdown rate is improving, but is not enough, and negative free cash flow will make renegotiation of its revolver, expiration September 2016, more difficult. Shares are Neutral rated with a $3 price target.
07:49 EDTANNAnn Inc. sees FY15 revenue $2.57B, consensus $2.60B
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07:48 EDTANNAnn Inc. sees Q1 revenue $605M, consensus $605.14M
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07:47 EDTANNAnn Inc. reports Q4 total comparable sales up 1%
At Ann Taylor, total brand comparable sales declined 0.4%, reflecting flat comparable sales at Ann Taylor, which includes Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com, and a decline of 1.5% in the Ann Taylor Factory channel. At LOFT, total brand comparable sales increased 1.9%, reflecting an increase of 1.0% at LOFT, which includes LOFT stores and LOFT.com, and an increase of 6.6% in the LOFT Outlet channel.
07:47 EDTANNAnn Inc. reports Q4 EPS 12c, consensus (3c)
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07:37 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports Feb. trade volumes
KCG Holdings released trade volumes for the month of February. In Market Making, KCG averaged $30.8B dollar volume traded, 5.0B shares traded, and 4.0M trades per day in U.S. equities. In Global Execution Services: KCG electronic execution averaged 298.2M shares traded per day in U.S. equities. KCG Hotspot averaged $26.3B per day in notional foreign exchange dollar volume. KCG BondPoint averaged $151.5M per day in fixed income par value. As for the overall market conditions in February, consolidated U.S. equity volume averaged $275.8B in dollar volume and 6.8B shares traded per day. The realized volatility for the S&P 500 was 9.7. In February, there were 19 trading days in U.S. equities and fixed income, and 20 in foreign exchange.
07:36 EDTGESGuess March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:32 EDTBPIEA says oil price pressure likely to resume, Reuters reports
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06:29 EDTBPOil companies reach tentative agreement with union, WSJ says
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06:02 EDTBPBP to sell Australian bitumen business to Puma Energy
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