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August 20, 2014
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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August 19, 2014
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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August 18, 2014
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTFBFacebook Q3 North American revenue tracking slightly above, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q3 North American revenue is tracking to $1.45B vs. consensus of $1.4B.
06:47 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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August 17, 2014
18:10 EDTJWN, MInvestors should buy Nordstrom over Macy's, Barron's says
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTMStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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13:35 EDTFBFacebook July metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
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12:39 EDTJWNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:30 EDTJWN, MJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
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10:18 EDTJWNNordstrom management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:10 EDTJWNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:25 EDTFBFacebook Messenger said to receive harsh criticism, FT reports
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06:00 EDTFBFacebook's Sam Lessin leaving company, Business Insider reports
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August 14, 2014
19:08 EDTJWNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:27 EDTFBAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTFBSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
16:26 EDTJWNNordstrom sees Trunk Club acquisition dilutive to FY14 EPS by 3%-5%
On July 31, Nordstrom announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service for men. Trunk Club is a high-growth company and expects to achieve operational profitability and more than double its annual sales to over $100M. The company believes this acquisition represents a natural extension of its core business, aligns with its strategic priorities around a relevant customer experience and accelerates entry into this fast-growing market. The company will acquire Trunk Club for $350M in Nordstrom stock, a portion of which is retention-based and subject to future vesting. In addition, the transaction includes a long-term management incentive plan of up to $100M subject to Trunk Club's performance. The transaction is expected to be dilutive to earnings per diluted share for the next several years primarily due to share issuance, performance incentives and amortization of intangibles. The company estimates the acquisition, including Trunk Club’s projected operating performance, will reduce earnings per diluted share in FY14 by 3%-5%. Trunk Club will operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary and will be managed by its current leadership. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to closing conditions including customary regulatory and shareholder approvals.
16:09 EDTJWNNordstrom to open three full-line stores later this year
Nordstrom plans to open three full-line stores (The Woodlands, Texas; Calgary, Canada and Jacksonville, Florida) later this year. To date in fiscal 2014, the company opened 11 Nordstrom Rack stores and plans to open 16 additional stores during the remainder of the year. In the second quarter, the company opened a Nordstrom Rack store in Manhasset, New York.
16:08 EDTJWNNordstrom narrows FY14 EPS view to $3.80-$3.90 from $3.75-$3.90
FY14 consensus $3.90. Narrows FY14 net sales growth view to 6.5%-7.5% from 5.5%-7.5%, consensus $13.42B. Narrows FY14 comparable store sales growth view to 3%-4% from 2%-4%.
16:05 EDTJWNNordstrom reports Q2 EPS 95c, consensus 95c
Reports Q2 revenue $3.3B, consensus $3.39B. Total company comparable sales for the second quarter increased 3.3%.
15:03 EDTJWNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:24 EDTJWNNordstrom August 67 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q2
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12:05 EDTJWNNordstrom technical commentary ahead of results
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10:36 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney reporting positive Q2 comps
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:25 EDTFBCLSA to hold meetings
Silicon Valley Meetings consisting of meeting with various companies in the Silicon Valley area will be held on August 14-15.
August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:15 EDTFBFacebook launches cross-device reporting for ads
Facebook announced a way to track performance of advertising across devices. The company said in a blog post: "Today we’re launching cross-device reporting for Facebook ads, enabling advertisers to see for the first time how people are moving between devices — across mobile apps and the web — before they convert." Facebook continued, "Imagine seeing an ad for a product on your mobile phone while in line at the bank. Do you immediately make a purchase on your phone? Probably not. But perhaps you go back to your office later that day and buy on your desktop computer. Such cross-device conversions are becoming increasingly common as people move between their phones, tablets and desktop computers to interact with businesses." Reference Link
12:07 EDTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:00 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; YHOO FB
Yahoo (YHOO) January 42 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 82.5 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 35 according to IVolatility.
11:46 EDTM, JWNMacy's shares trading lower as Q2 results fall short of expectations
Shares of Macy's (M), a retailer that sells a range of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and home furnishings, are lower after the company's second earnings missed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported Q2 earnings per share 80c on revenue of $6.23B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Comparable sales were up 3.4% for the quarter and comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties were up 4%. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren noted that even with an improved sales trend in Q2, the company could not make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. Looking ahead, Macy's reaffirmed its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of $4.40-$4.50 against estimates of $4.47, but cut its FY14 SSS view to 1.5%-2% from 2.5%-3%. Second half same store sales are expected to be up 2%-3%, and the company said expectations for the second half of the year are "on track." Lundgren said the company is approaching 2H with "confident optimism." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Macy's Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet said the retail expects third quarter SSS to be lower than fourth quarter, adding that it "feels good" about the back half of the year. Macy's said that it sees fall season EPS, or the combined EPS for Q3 and Q4, of $3.04-$3.14 and expects total sales for the second half of the year to be about 30 basis points lower than comp growth. Macy's sees gross margins flat to down slightly for the year and fall season. ANALYST OPINION: This morning, UBS analysts said the Q2 miss could signal Macy's have been unable to generate incremental margin support from brands into increasingly promotional sales trends. Morgan Stanley analysts, meanwhile, believes the Q2 miss and the pullback in shares will be temporary and it presents a buying opportunity. The firm expects more margin misses over the next few weeks due to the promotional environment and remains convinced that Macy's key strategies are still in the early stages of delivering results. PRICE ACTION: In late-morning trading, shares of Macy's dropped $2.89, or 4.84%, to $56.88. OTHERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney (JCP), which reports earnings tomorrow, is down 2.15%. Nordstrom (JWN), which also reports earnings tomorrow, is relatively flat.
11:14 EDTMMacy's CFO says early back-to-school sales very strong, particularly active
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11:04 EDTFBInstagram names James Quarles as new ad chief, Re/code reports
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10:47 EDTMMacy's sees fall season EPS $3.04-$3.14
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10:44 EDTMMacy's sees Q3 SSS lower than Q4
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09:15 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTMMacy's cuts FY SSS view to up 1.5%-2% vs. previous 2.5%-3% view
08:02 EDTMMacy's still sees FY14 EPS $4.40-$4.50, consensus $4.47
“We are approaching the second half of 2014 with confident optimism in our business strategies, merchandise assortments and marketing plans, tempered with the reality that many customers still are not feeling comfortable about spending more in an uncertain economic environment,” CEO Terry Lundgren said. “Thus, we remain focused on outperforming our competitors through innovation in omnichannel, which has added new dimensions in how consumers can shop us and how our company can satisfy customer demand. This includes a robust Buy Online Pickup in Store process, which has been rolled out to all full-line Macy’s stores nationwide so that it is fully available this fall and into the holiday shopping season. Moreover, our Millennial strategies have sharpened our merchandising and marketing to customers in the age range of 13 to 30. This has created new positive energy as our customers begin back-to-school shopping.”
08:02 EDTMMacy's says expectations for 2H14 'on track'
Expectations for the second half of 2014 remain on track, with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, even with an improved sales trend in the second quarter, the company was unable to make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. This calculates to expectations for a full-year 2014 comparable sales increase of 1.5%-2%. Full-year 2014 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties now are expected to increase by 2%-2.5%. Previous guidance was for full-year comparable sales to increase by 2.5%-3%. The company continues to expect full-year 2014 earnings per diluted share in the range of $4.40 to $4.50, consistent with guidance previously provided.
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 86c
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06:33 EDTFBFacebook coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
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05:58 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; SFUN M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; SouFun (SFUN) 65, Macy's (M) 26 according to iVolatility.
August 12, 2014
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:22 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
In the past three months the shares have moderately outperformed the broader averages. The trend has been neutral for the most part with range-bound trading at $56.50 at the low and $60 at the high. This range is the last portion of a broader range of similar magnitude stretching back to late February of this year. As a result, a break of this range whether to the upside or downside will be significant technically and would resolve the range bearishly or bullishly Ranges that take long periods of time to form tend to persist in the direction of the break for an extended period. On a move above $60 on better than expected news there is only one established resistance level, which is the life high and 52-week high at $61.26. Additional upside moves would likely be anchored to common options strike prices such as $62.50 and $65. A breakdown below the low of the range at $56.50 on worse than expected news or outlook would break the uptrend in place since March 2009. Support below $56.50 would be at $55.10 and then at $53.20.
13:43 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
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13:32 EDTMMacy's August 60 straddle priced for 4% move into Q2
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06:53 EDTMMacy's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Macy's August call option implied volatility is at 50, September is at 24, January is at 23; compare to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August on 13.
August 11, 2014
15:36 EDTFBFacebook unique desktop visitor growth turns positive, says Goldman
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10:19 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:07 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:12 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 31 at lower end of index mean range
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August 8, 2014
18:07 EDTGPSGap shares poised to rise, Barron's reports
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14:18 EDTJWNNordstrom August volatility elevated into Q2 results and outlook
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09:15 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:39 EDTMGoldman says to buy Macy's and sell Kohl's
Goldman continues to recommend Buy rated Macy's and expects it to beat on the top and bottom line and reiterate fiscal year guidance and views it as one of the cheapest names under coverage. The analyst reiterated its Sell rating on Kohl;s given premium valuation, execution risk, margin pressures and increased competitive threats.
August 7, 2014
16:10 EDTGPSGap pops higher after results, first look
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16:07 EDTGPSGap sees Q2 EPS ex-benefit 68c-69c, consensus 66c
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16:02 EDTGPSGap reports July SSS up 2%
Gap reports comparable sales for July were up 2% versus a 1% increase last year. Comparable sales by global brand for July were as follows: Gap Global negative 2% versus positive 7% last year; Banana Republic Global positive 6% versus negative 1% last year; Old Navy Global positive 3% versus negative 5% last year.
15:33 EDTFBFacebook in talks with studios on content for Oculus Rift, The Information says
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10:37 EDTFBPrivateCore to join Facebook
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10:24 EDTFBFacebook acquires security startup PrivateCore, VentureBeat reports
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08:23 EDTMMacy's August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook hires former BBM head Bocking to run Internet.org app, Re/code says
Facebook (FB) has hired Andrew Bocking to run its new Internet.org mobile app, reports Re/code. Bocking was previously head of BlackBerry Messenger (BBRY). Reference Link
August 6, 2014
07:47 EDTMRetailers pare store openings as shopper visits slide, WSJ says
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07:40 EDTMMacy's added to Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley added Macy's to the Best Ideas List citing consistent execution, leading free-cash-flow yield, strong management and strategies, and superior omni-channel capabilities. Shares are Overweight rated with a $66 price target.
06:50 EDTFBFacebook not ready for small businesses to use video ads, Re/code says
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