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March 22, 2012
16:23 EDTX, RGR, SONC, SCVL, GOLD, PCLN, GME, FDX, SWHC, MCD, DGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as reports of contraction in manufacturing in both China and the euro zone fueled worries about global growth prospects. Stock futures indicated a lower open and the market reacted as expected after the opening bell. The averages opened in negative territory and were never able to put together any semblance of a rally. The move lower was broad based as evidenced by the market internals, which saw declining stocks heavily outpace advancers. The market generally ignored the day’s domestic economic data, including a drop in weekly jobless claims and a better than expected report on the leading economic indicators. The market has now lost ground for the third consecutive day after recently hitting fresh recovery highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 5K to 348K, versus the expected 350K. The leading economic indicators for February increased 0.7%, versus expectations of an increase of 0.6%. Home prices held flat on a seasonally-adjusted basis in January, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. In China, a "flash" purchasing managers index fell to 48.1 from 49.6 the month prior. In Europe, a composite euro zone PMI reading also fell, hitting 48.7... MARKET NEWS: FedEx (FDX) topped the list of companies reporting results this morning and saw its shares fall $3.32, or 3.46%, to $92.50 after its earnings beat expectations but its revenues and guidance disappointed. Among others reporting earnings, advancers included Shoe Carnival (SCVL) and Dollar General (DG); decliners included GameStop (GME) and Sonic (SONC)... McDonald's (MCD) CEO Jim Skinner announced his retirement, to be replaced by the company's current President and COO Donald Thompson... Priceline.com (PCLN) shares moved higher, up $8.34, or 1.19%, to $711.99, after Piper Jaffray said in a note to investors this morning that the company's shares could hit $1,000 by mid-2014 and that $50.00 of non-GAAP earnings per share in 2015 is realistic... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Sturm Ruger (RGR), up $5.63, or 13.31%, to $47.93, after saying its had to temporarily stop accepting new orders after its Q1 bookings topped 1M units, and Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 78c, or 11.30%, to $7.68, as it also appeared to benefit from Sturm Ruger's news. Noteworthy losers included Randgold Resources (GOLD), down $12.80, or 12.38%, to $90.60, after reports of a coup attempt in Mali, and US Steel (X), down $1.82, or 5.82%, to $29.47, as one of the many materials names that moved lower on the signs of weakness in China... INDICES: The Dow fell 78.48, or 0.60%, to 13,046.14; the Nasdaq lost 12.00, or 0.39%, to 3,063.32; and the S&P 500 dropped 10.11, or 0.72%, to 1,392.78.
News For FDX;SCVL;DG;GME;SONC;MCD;PCLN;RGR;SWHC;GOLD;X From The Last 14 Days
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March 18, 2015
07:33 EDTFDXFedEx CEO says company had 'very successful' peak season
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07:32 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q3 FedEx Express segment revenue $6.66B
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07:31 EDTFDXFedEx sees FY15 EPS $8.80-$8.95, consensus $8.87
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07:30 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q3 EPS $2.01, consensus $1.87
Reports Q3 revenue $11.7B, consensus $11.79B.
06:02 EDTPCLNPriceline shares inexpensive 'by many measures,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its conclusion from several valuation analyses is that shares of Priceline are inexpensive "by many measures." When compared to a comp group of hotel companies, the stock trades at a "material discount," Piper states. It believes shares are worth in excess of its $1,375 price target. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
March 17, 2015
16:58 EDTDGGIC Private Limited reports 5.02% passive stake in Dollar General
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15:18 EDTFDXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:38 EDTFDXFedEx technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have been trading in a range largely bound by $170 at the low and $180 at the high since December of last year. So well-defined is the range that the 50-day moving average has gone flat, neatly bisecting the range at $174.63. These bounds may help us better understand where the shares may move following results. A breakout above $180 on strong news or outlook would resolve this range bullishly. The life high at $183.51 would very likely be tested, opening up a run to the $185 to $190 area. When ranges resolve, they tend to exhibit strong price reactions which could easily exceed the reaction expected by straddle pricing. On neutral news, the stock may fall near the 50-day moving average. If the news is a bearish surprise, we could expect the low of the range to be tested at the $170 area. It would take a break below that range low to turn the trend to bearish. Next support in that event would be at $167.62.
14:28 EDTFDXFedEx March 177 straddle priced for 3.6% movement into Q3
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10:45 EDTXStocks with call strike movement; X BBRY
U.S. Steel (X) March 24 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52, BlackBerry (BBRY) September 11 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 50 according to IVolatility.
08:34 EDTFDXFedEx March volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:46 EDTMCDMcDonald's burn complaints to focus on corporate reponsibility, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTMCDMcDonald's employees file complaints of burns, injuries, LA Times says
McDonald's employees have filed complaints against 28 McDonald's locations -- including nine owned by the corporation itself -- alleging they received burns on the job, reports the LA Times, citing statements by union-backed group Fast Food Forward. The complaints were lodged with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and claim that greasy floors, lack of staff, and an extremely fast-paced environment elevate the risk of injury in McDonald's restaurants. Reference Link
March 16, 2015
12:42 EDTXU.S. Steel trades lower with peers, levels to watch
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12:39 EDTXSteels stocks lower after report of rising China exports, analyst note
Steel stocks are lower after a Wall Street Journal report on increasing Chinese steel exports and an analyst note that lowered price targets on the sector. WHAT'S NEW: A Wall Street Journal report from Sunday night pointed out that China's steel exports rose 63% to 9.2M tons in January from a year earlier. China produces as much steel as the rest of the world combined and as the country's growth slows it is shipping its excess steel overseas, resulting in lower prices and spurring steel producers around the globe to seek government protection. ANALYST VIEW: In a note to investors, Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout the first quarter and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel (X) to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61, and trimmed its target on AK Steel (AKS) to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of its contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in the second quarter and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group. PRICE ACTION:In midday trading, United States Steel is down 1.24%, AK Steel is lower by 2%, Schnitzer Steel Industries is down 4.3%, Steel Dynamics is down 0.96%, and Nucor is up fractionally.
11:49 EDTXChina steel exports set to rise from last year's level, WSJ says
As China's economy slows it is exporting its excess steel in greater amounts and is causing a backlash from other steel producers who are seeking government protection from falling prices, says the Wall Street Journal. China's steel exports in January were up 63% to 9.2M tons from a year earlier, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NUE). Reference Link
10:02 EDTGOLDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Avago (AVGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... King Digital (KING) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L.B. Foster (FSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Petrobras Argentina (PZE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Qorvo (QRVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Seagate (STX) upgraded at Needham... Standex (SXI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... West Corp. (WSTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
09:00 EDTSCVLShoe Carnival price target lowered to $26 from $29 at Susquehanna
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08:11 EDTXSteel seen as likely to bottom in Q2 after weak Q1, says Jefferies
Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout Q1 and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61 and trimmed its target on AK Steel to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of it contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in Q2 and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group.
06:12 EDTGOLDRandgold upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
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