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May 21, 2012
12:21 EDTRGR, RENN, AEO, ETN, CBE, DVA, CPB, KKD, LOW, YHOO, FBOn 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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07:22 EDTFBFacebook poised to report stronger than expected Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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06:05 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Israeli video startup RayV, terms not disclosed
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July 11, 2014
18:18 EDTYHOOAlibaba may expand board to 11 after IPO
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15:59 EDTFBOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
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11:16 EDTYHOOAOL, Yahoo CEOs have late-night talk, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:42 EDTFBFacebook should move higher on strong quarter, says Deutsche Bank
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06:10 EDTFBJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
17:49 EDTYHOOAlibaba may begin IPO process by end of month, WSJ reports
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16:25 EDTLOWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 10, 2014
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12:53 EDTFBFacebook research practices investigated by Irish watchdog, WSJ says
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11:35 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAL
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11:26 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FB
Twitter (TWTR) July 42 call option implied volatility increased 11% to 54, Facebook (FB) August 72.5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 53 according to IVolatility.
11:18 EDTAEOZumiez rallies after raising second quarter outlook
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10:18 EDTLOWHome Depot, Lowe's estimates cut after warnings from floor, farm retailers
Weak results from Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) do not bode well for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) near-term outlook, Deutsche Bank warned in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators and farm products retailer Tractor Supply pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and Lowe's. The comparative sales of Home Depot and Lowe's have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, explained Baker. Lumber Liquidators, like Home Depot and Lowe's, is exposed to housing markets, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, like Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowe's are exposed to the outdoor/weather sensitive sector, according to Baker. However, there are differences in the companies' business models, and comparative sales at Home Depot and Lowe's are probably trending better than at Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, Baker believes. He lowered his second quarter comparative sales growth forecast for Lowe's to 4% from 4.5%, and for Home Depot to 4.5% from 5%. Baker's Q2 EPS estimates for both home improvement companies are now 1c below consensus levels. He kept a Buy rating on Lowe's and Hold ratings on Home Depot and Tractor Supply. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Home Depot fell 2% to $79.07, Lowe's declined 1.8% to $47.02, Tractor Supply tumbled 5% to $58.23, and Lumber Liquidators plunged 22% to $54.70. Shares of Tile Shop (TTS), which is also exposed to housing markets, fell 11% to $11.55 in early trading.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTETNMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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06:48 EDTLOWHome Depot, Lowe's estimates lowered at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) preannounced Q2 comp misses. The firm says that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Deutsche calls its negative earnings revisions "relatively minor," as it thinks comps are probably holding up better at Home Depot and Lowe's. It keeps a Buy rating on Home Depot and a Hold rating on Lowe's.
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