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February 26, 2015
16:59 EDTGPSGap sees FY15 EPS $2.75-$2.80, consensus $3.01
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16:06 EDTGPSGap announces $1B share repurchase, plans to increase dividend
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16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q4 EPS 75c, consensus 74c
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15:30 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
14:48 EDTGPSGap technical remarks before results
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13:25 EDTFBGerman watchdog issues cease-and-desist letter to Facebook, WSJ says
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12:12 EDTFBFacebook climbs after analyst says Oculus could be used for NBA, NHL games
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12:01 EDTMAppeals court revives two claims by Macy's against J.C. Penney, Reuters says
A New York appeals court has revived two claims by Macy's (M) against J.C. Penney (JCP) that accuse J.C. Penney of contract interference and unfair competition related to a Martha Stewart contract, though the appeals court reaffirmed the prior decision that Macy's did not deserve punitive damages, reports Reuters, citing court statements. Reference Link
11:56 EDTMMacy's falls, levels to watch
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11:52 EDTMMacy's claims against J.C. Penney to be reinstated after appeal, Bloomberg says
10:41 EDTFBFacebook retakes the $80 level, runs higher, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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February 25, 2015
19:46 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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10:10 EDTGPSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Head of European General Retail Equity Research Steegers, along with Head of U.S. General Retail Equity Research Hutchinson, discuss the global apparel sector, focusing on international expansion, pricing and sustainability of margins and returns on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
05:56 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 24, 2015
11:06 EDTMMacy's says will continue to be aggressive in buying back stock
10:54 EDTMMacy's doesn't see Bluemercury accretive to EPS in 2015
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10:52 EDTMMacy's says 2015 a 'transition' year
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09:40 EDTFBFacebook says over 2M advertisers now active, launches Ads Manager app
There are now more than 2 million active advertisers on Facebook, the company announced. Facebook also announced the launch of Ads Manager, a new mobile app that gives marketers more power to manage ads from anywhere. Reference Link
09:33 EDTMMacy's expects to launch offprice outlet stores in 2015
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08:39 EDTMMacy's sees completing Bluemercury transaction in Q1
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08:05 EDTMMacy's reports Q4 EPS $2.44 ex-charges, consensus $2.41
Reports Q4 revenue $9.36B, consensus $9.4B. Comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis for the fourth quarter was 2.5%. On an owned basis, fourth quarter comparable sales grew 2%. The fourth quarter charges of $87 million were lower than the estimate of $100 million to $110 million provided in the company’s Feb. 3 news release on investments for sales growth. This was primarily the result of lower severance expense as the company was able to place more associates than expected in new jobs within the company in the course of its workforce reductions.
08:03 EDTMMacy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.84
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06:40 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
05:57 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Applied Materials (AMAT) 43, Macy's (M) 28 according to iVolatility.
February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
14:03 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
The shares are in a topping pattern, with the $62 area a key support level. If there were a break below $62, the topping pattern would be confirmed. Next support in that event would be at $60.57, and then at $59 to $57.03. If the news is a positive surprise, next resistance would be at $65.74 and then at the 52-week high and life high at $68.30.
13:56 EDTMEarnings Preview: Macy's sees FY14 EPS $4.35-$4.37, SSS up 2.5%
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.40 on revenue of $9.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.21-$2.59 on revenue of $9.32B-$9.56B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported third quarter EPS of 61c, above estimates for 50c, on revenue of $6.2B, slightly below estimates for $6.34B. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were down 0.7% from the prior year. Q3 comparable sales exclusive of licensed businesses were down 1.4%. Macy's chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said the company was "optimistic" for Q4, though the company commented on the Q3 earnings conference call that it was "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for the holiday season. Macy's said Q4 gross margin "could be flat or could be down." NEWS: In early February, Macy's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.35-$4.37 from its previous outlook of $4.25-$4.35. Estimates at that time called for FY14 EPS of $4.35. Macy's said the outlook excludes charges of approximately $100M-$110M related to the previously announced merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17M of interest expense related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. Macy's said Q4 comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis was 2.5%. This calculates to growth in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis 2014 of 1.4%. On an owned basis, Q4 comparable sales were 2%. The retailer said its Q4 performance represents a "strengthening trend" from Q3 and spring season. The company said Jeff Gennette, president of Macy’s, will oversee Macy’s merchandise planning, as well as maintain oversight responsibility for merchandising and marketing of Macy’s stores and digital, and private brand product development. Gennette relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities as Macy’s chief merchandising officer. Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer since 2012, moved to a new role as Macy’s Chief for Innovation and Business Development. Jeff Kantor, previously chairman of macys.com, was named Macy’s Chief Stores Officer. The company also said R.B. Harrison would continue in his role as Macy’s. Chief Omnichannel Officer and that Julie Greiner, Macy’s Chief Merchandise Planning Officer since 2009, will retire from the company in August. During the quarter, Macy's said it would close 14 stores and restructure merchandising and marketing functions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. In conjunction with the merchandising and marketing restructuring and store and field adjustments, as well as store closings and asset impairment charges, an estimated $100M-$110M of charges, of which approximately $80M-$90M is expected to be cash, will be booked in Q4. The retailer named RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) Chief Financial Officer Leslie Hale to its board of directors, sued Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names and acquired Bluemercury for $210M in cash. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley downgraded Macy's to Equal Weight and removed shares from the Best Ideas List based on share and earnings outperformance. The analyst believes valuation appropriately values Macy's superior execution and sees balanced risk/reward going forward. Evercore ISI initiated Macy's with a Buy and $74 price target given its scale and stability, competitive advantages, strong vendor relationships and significant cash-flow generation. During the quarter, Macy's was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up fractionally. In afternoon trading, he stock is down 0.3% to $63.51 ahead of Tuesday's report.
09:48 EDTFBFacebook experiencing likely service disruption, downrightnow says
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTFBBelgian commissioned study finds Facebook privacy policy violates European law
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06:21 EDTFBFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTJWNDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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12:49 EDTJWNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:16 EDTGPSGap weekly volatility increases into Q4 and spring outlook
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:10 EDTJWNBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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05:21 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 19, 2015
16:10 EDTJWNNordstrom down 3% after FY15 earnings miss expectations
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16:09 EDTJWNNordstrom sees FY15 EPS $3.65-$3.80, consensus $4.11
Sees FY15 net sales up 7%-9%, consensus $14.54B. Sees FY15 comparable sales up 2%-4%. Earnings per diluted share growth in the first half of FY15 is expected to be below the full-year outlook range of a 2 percent decrease and 2 percent increase, primarily due to store pre-opening expenses and the full year impact of the Trunk Club acquisition.
16:07 EDTJWNNordstrom reports Q4 EPS $1.32, consensus $1.35
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTJWNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Public Storage (PSA), consensus $2.19... Intuit (INTU), consensus (13c)... Consolidated Edison (ED), consensus 55c... Nordstrom (JWN), consensus $1.35... Mohawk Industries (MHK), consensus $2.21... Newmont Mining (NEM), consensus 10c... Frontier Communications (FTR), consensus 5c... Brocade Communications (BRCD), consensus 24c... Bruker (BRKR), consensus 29c... Rovi (ROVI), consensus 41c... Marvell Technology (MRVL), consensus 24c... MRC Global (MRC), consensus 46c... Equinix (EQIX), consensus $1.03.
15:07 EDTJWNNordstrom February 77 straddle priced for 4.2% movement into Q4
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13:32 EDTJWNNordstrom February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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11:47 EDTFBFacebook breaks above its 50-day moving average
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11:40 EDTFBFacebook rises after analyst pegs Instagram value at $33B
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09:35 EDTFBOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
07:58 EDTFBFacebook remains a top pick for 2015, says Cowen
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06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:17 EDTFBFacebook Seattle gets new office, 1500 hires in 2016, TechFlash says
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05:36 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 18, 2015
11:49 EDTFBFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook in talks with media about hosting news content, Re/code says
Facebook is speaking to media publishers about hosting news content "that would otherwise go on a publisher’s own website," reports Re/code, citing statements by Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox at the Code/Media conference. Cox said Facebook could provide a larger audience and improved design, though he noted potential partnerships "aren't coming anytime soon." Additionally, Cox said the company's video efforts have been "a massive success" but the company "isn’t rushing" to pay content creators. Reference Link
06:29 EDTFBFacebook engagement data remains strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes that according to comScore, Facebook’s share of mobile Internet time excluding Instagram and WhatsApp in January was 21%, up from 20% in December, and its share of total Internet time including desktop was 17%. The firm believes the data suggests continued strong engagement for Facebook. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target, calling the stock a favorite idea for 2015.
06:10 EDTFBFacebook is developing virtual reality apps, Re/code says
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03:20 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTFBPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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15:05 EDTFBFacebook announces official launch of Marketing Partner program
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13:14 EDTFBFacebook introduces customizable product ads solution
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10:04 EDTFBFacebook receives patent for identifying, marketing to "influencers"
Facebook has received a patent allowing it to identify "influencers" within its social network - those whose recommendations results in a significant increase of word-of-mouth and re-sharing. The patent describes a process for identifying which users are most influential, and then advertising to those specific people in order to capitalize on any potential recommendations they may make.
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Box, Inc. (BOX) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Omega Healthcare (OHI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pandora (P) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Pattern Energy (PEGI) coverage resumed with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Trovagene (TROV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen.
10:00 EDTJWNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:39 EDTFBMarathon Patent Group subsidiary files patent infringement suit against Facebook
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TLI Communications GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook (FB) and Facebook Ireland Limited in the Regional Court of Munich in Germany. TLI Communications is asserting infringement of the German part of European patent 0 814 611 B1 by the social media platform "Facebook" operated by the defendants, as well as the associated application software for smartphones and tablet computers.
07:22 EDTFBMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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04:58 EDTM, JWNNordstrom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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04:54 EDTMMacy's initiated with an Underweight at Barclays
Barclays started shares of Macy's with an Underweight rating saying it expects comps to remain under 2% as the retailer lacks exposure to the growing off-price segment. The firm put a $55 price target on shares. Shares of Macy's closed Friday down 34c to $64.32.
February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTFBAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:15 EDTJWNNordstrom raises quarterly dividend 12% to 37c per share
The dividend is payable on March 13 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 27.
10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:51 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse downgraded GAP to Underperform from Neutral. The firm is increasingly cautious due to the pick up in deflationary pressure in the U.S. apparel market combined with increased FX headwinds and further share losses to deep value retailers. Price target lowered to $37 from $40.
06:37 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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06:30 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
February 12, 2015
14:52 EDTFBRocket Fuel expands programmatic inventory sources, to integrate Facebook API
Rocket Fuel (FUEL) announced an expansion of inventory options and data sources beyond RTB exchanges. Rocket Fuel’s placement-based buying capability is designed to be additive to Rocket Fuel’s real-time bidding, or RTB, platform which accesses inventory across 20 ad exchanges for display, video, and mobile. Closer integration with social and mobile sources, app developers, direct publishers, and addressable TV properties will bring access to expanded inventory, previously unavailable or limited within exchanges, Rocket Fuel said earlier. Rocket Fuel’s first integration will be with the Facebook API (FB) and will be available to clients in March. This integration will bring clients a wider range of ad unit options to expand Rocket Fuel’s social offering, including new support for mobile and video on Facebook, which was previously not available via FBX, Rocket Fuel noted.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA WFM BIDU TWTR GILD FB AMAT EXPE TRIP
08:09 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:29 EDTFBFacebook designing own network equipment, WSJ says
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05:56 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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