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May 21, 2012
12:21 EDTAEO, RGR, RENN, CBE, KKD, FB, DVA, LOW, ETN, CPB, YHOOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, rebounding a bit from last week's dismal performance, which was the worst this year for U.S. equity markets. Near noon the market was off of its best levels and had been drifting in a narrow range since mid-morning. The market move is due more to a bounce from an oversold condition than from any data reported in either Europe or the U.S. There was little on the U.S. economic calendar, with the exception of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, which went largely unnoticed when reported during the pre-market trading session... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index rebounded a bit to a reading of +0.11 for the month of April, up from -0.29 a month ago. In Europe, stocks gained in spite of little in the way of concrete plans for the region coming out of the weekend's meeting of the G-8 leaders... COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) shares fell below their $38 issue price in premarket trading and continued to slide as much as 13.7% before stabilizing near $33. Near noon, shares were down $4.49, or 11.59%, to $33.74... Yahoo! (YHOO) reached a deal for a plan to sell out of its 40% stake in Alibaba, including an initial sale of 20% of Alibaba back to the company for $7.1B. Yahoo! said it intends to return substantially all of the after-tax cash proceeds to shareholders from the deal and did not finalize the form of the return of capital but did increase its share buyback authorization by $5B. However, Yahoo shares only moved up about 0.3% on the news... Shares of Lowes (LOW) slid almost 10% in spite of sales and profits that beat estimates, as the company's yearly earnings guidance came in below consensus. Among other companies reporting earnings, Krispy Kreme (KKD) advanced while Campbell Soup (CPB) declined... DaVita (DVA) agreed to purchase HealthCare Partners for $4.42B, which investors applauded by driving shares up more than 4%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cooper Industries (CBE), up nearly 27%, after agreeing to be acquired by Eaton Corporation (ETN) in a cash and stock deal valued at $72.00 per share, representing a premium of 29% to Cooper's closing price on Friday, and American Eagle (AEO), up more than 10%, following an upgrade to Buy at Brean Murray ahead of Wednesday's earnings report and after the company announced it plans to eliminate children's brand 77kids and its CFO stepped down. Noteworthy losers included Renren (RENN), down almost 3%, as it was dragged down in concert with the steep decline seen in Facebook, and Sturm, Ruger (RGR), down about 6%, after being initiated with a Sell rating at Off Wall Street Research... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 96.57, or 0.78%, to 12,465.95; the Nasdaq was up 44.42, or 1.60%, to 2,823.21; and the S&P 500 was up 14.44, or 1.11%, to 1,309.66.
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August 18, 2015
14:51 EDTAEO, LOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:30 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle August 18.5 straddle priced for 9.3% movement into Q2
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14:08 EDTLOWLowe's August 72.50 straddle priced for 3.5% movement into Q2
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14:07 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the daily chart is a bullish ascending triangle pattern that has already triggered when price crossed above $18. On bullish news, the pattern could complete which would take price to the $20 area. Resistance above $20 is at $20.50. If the news is a bearish surprise, the first significant support would be at the 21-week moving average at $17.25. A breakdown below this uptrend support line proxy would break the bullish trend in place since October of last year. Support below $17.25 would be at $16.54, $16, and $15.47.
12:54 EDTLOWEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Lowe's ahead of Q2 earnings
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.24 on revenue of $17.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.21-$1.27 on revenue of $16.97B-$17.48B. LAST QUARTER: On May 20, Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 70c on revenue of $14.13B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 74c and $14.28B, respectively. The company also said Q1 same-store sales rose 5.3% year-over-year. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29 against estimates at the time of $3.31 and said it expects revenue to grow 4.5%-5%. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS to grow 4%-5% and added that it expected to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in FY15. On its Q1 conference call, Lowe's forecast FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 38.1%, operating margin up 80-100 basis points, capital expenditures of roughly $1.4B, and cash flow from operations of approximately $5.1B. The company added that it continues to expect steady recovery within the housing market including positive trends in turnover and moderate home price appreciation. NEWS: On May 29, Lowe's announced that its board declared a 21.7% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share, payable August 5 to shareholders of record as of July 22. On June 10, the company said at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference that it was seeing modestly improving wages and saw the income environment as constructive to the industry. It added that it was starting to see pickup from the bottom in housing and modest home price appreciation in 2015. At the Oppenheimer Global Consumer Conference on June 24, Lowe's said it was more focused on asset productivity than square footage, that it was contemplating new geographies, and that it expected to further capitalize on market opportunity in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: The day Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine lowered her price target for the company's shares to $68 from $75 due to lower-than-expected results. Cantor maintained its Hold rating on the stock. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the company was still a top pick and reiterated its Buy rating, saying that, despite the Q1 earnings miss, it continued to expect Lowe's to benefit from investments. The day after Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, UBS said it believed the company's shares had room to run from at the time current levels. UBS reiterated its Buy rating for the company and lowered its price target to $82 from $83 on its shares. On June 8, Atlantic Equities initiated its coverage on Lowe's shares with a Neutral rating and a $79 price target. Exactly one week later, Wedbush upgraded Lowe's to Outperform from Neutral, saying it thought at the time that the company was benefiting from strong housing trends as well as Sears' (SHLD) increasing share losses, its previous investments, and macro tailwinds. Wedbush said the company will be a "winner" as long as interest rates remain low and increased its price target for the company's shares to $82 from $80. On June 30, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73, citing expectations of stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. BMO added that sales in the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. On July 20, Deutsche Bank lowered its Q2 comparable sales and earnings estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot below consensus to reflect "weak" industry data for building material, garden equipment, and supplies. Deutsche cut its Q2 comp estimate for Lowe's to 3.0% from 4.5% and earnings estimate to $1.23, below the consensus at the time of $1.25. Deutsche maintained its Buy rating on Lowe's stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up fractionally. In early trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's are up over 1% to $73.34.
12:27 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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10:51 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $120 on growth and engagement at MKM Partners
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08:03 EDTLOWLowe's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Lowe's August call option implied volatility is at 48, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 29, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
07:33 EDTFBPiper's Munster sees virtual reality moving Facebook shares higher
Three themes centering on virtual reality could move shares of Facebook higher over the next three months, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells investors in a research note. First up in September, Facebook's Oculus unit will host a developer conference in Los Angeles which will address investor questions around the virtual reality use case, Munster writes. Second, the consumer version of Oculus, called Rift, will be available slightly earlier than investors expect with sales starting in January of next year, Munster believes. And third, based on his analysis on LinkedIn profiles, Munster thinks Facebook is making the most aggressive investment in VR talent. He has increased confidence in the social media giant's long term virtual position and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $146 price target. Facebook closed yesterday down 49c to $93.93.
August 17, 2015
19:54 EDTFBComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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19:29 EDTYHOO, FBFacebook tests expanded blog capabilities, CNET says
Facebook (FB) is testing an expanded version of its "notes" feature, allowing users to include large background photos in the blog-like service, reports CNET. The new look puts the service more in line with Yahoo's (YHOO) Tumblr blogging platform, said the report, and a Facebook spokesperson remarked that the test aims to "make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook." Reference Link
17:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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13:34 EDTYHOOBuzzFeed and Yahoo Japan in JV, FT reports
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12:55 EDTLOWEarnings Watch: Home Depot up 6% over last three months
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
07:57 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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