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September 1, 2014
10:52 EDTFBEU regulators begin probe of Facebook deal with WhatsApp, WSJ says
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August 29, 2014
13:47 EDTFBFacebook volatility at historic lows
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August 28, 2014
12:03 EDTGPSGuess hits 52-week low as Q2 results miss estimates, FY15 outlook lowered
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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August 27, 2014
17:02 EDTJWNNordstrom files to sell common stock, no amount given
16:28 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:07 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:32 EDTJWNTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
10:54 EDTFBFacebook retreats following Janney downgrade
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10:32 EDTFBFacebook slips, levels to watch
The shares are down 1.4% at time of writing to $74.83. Janney Capital earlier downgraded the name to Neutral from Buy, but left their price target unchanged at $82.50. At current price next support is at $73.63. Resistance is at $75.29. Both of those levels are prior pivot points on a closing basis.
10:02 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:53 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook LiveRail buy could set up competition with Google, says William Blair
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06:36 EDTJWN, FBNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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06:07 EDTFBFacebook downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital downgraded Facebook to Neutral based on valuation and sees headwinds in 2015 from a deceleration in top-line growth, engagement, and monthly active users. Price target remains $82.50.
06:04 EDTFBSnapchat's valuation hits $10B, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTFBFacebook says did not acquire WaveGroup Sound, VentureBeat reports
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August 26, 2014
11:55 EDTFBInstagram announces Hyperlapse from Instagram app
Instagram announced on its blog Hyperlapse from Instagram, "a new app to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment." Reference Link
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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August 25, 2014
13:06 EDTFBWhatsApp grows to 600M monthly active users
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August 22, 2014
13:21 EDTJWNNordstrom completes Trunk Club acquisition
Nordstrom announced the closing on August 22 of its acquisition of Trunk Club. The company previously announced its proposed acquisition of Trunk Club by press release on July 31. 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 market.
12:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTGPSGap 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).
10:19 EDTGPSGap hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
Following an earnings beat last night after the close, the shares have traded to a fresh 52-week high at $45.46. That move may presage a climb to the life highs in the higher $40s. Next resistance above the new high is at $46.18. Support is at $44.68.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTGPSGap valuation very attractive, says Sterne Agee
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09:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:38 EDTGPSGap well positioned for upside, says UBS
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 cops driven by ecommerce. Shares of Gap are Buy rated with a $50 price target.
07:16 EDTGPSGap upgraded at Janney Capital
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06:20 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTGPSGap announces plans to open first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015
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16:05 EDTGPSGap raises FY14 EPS view to $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.95
The company updated its guidance forFY14 diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.95-$3.00, 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.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 69c
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15:15 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:59 EDTFBPrivacy lawsuit against Facebook draws support from 60,000 users, Reuters says
A class action lawsuit against Facebook Ireland, the division that runs the company's international business activities, has received support from more than 60,000 users and passed its first legal review, Reuters reports, citing the creator of the lawsuit, Australian law student Max Schrems. The lawsuit claims damages of $663 per Facebook user for alleged privacy violations. The Vienna Regional Court has ordered Facebook Ireland to respond to the claims made by the lawsuit within four weeks, Schrems added. Reference Link
10:35 EDTMSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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August 20, 2014
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08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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August 19, 2014
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