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February 10, 2014
12:44 EDTFSLR, FOSLStocks with call strike movement; FOSL FSLR
Fossil (FOSL) February 130 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 112, First Solar (FSLR) March 61 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 78 according to IVolatility.
News For FOSL;FSLR From The Last 14 Days
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September 2, 2015
11:07 EDTFOSLVera Bradley surges on better-than-expected Q2 earnings, upbeat FY16 view
Shares of Vera Bradley (VRA) surged in morning trading after the company reported better-than-expected second quarter results and raised its outlook for fiscal year 2016. Vera Bradley is a designer of women's handbags, accessories, luggage and travel items and eyewear. WHAT'S NEW: Vera Bradley reported Q2 earnings per share from continuing operations of 15c on revenue of $120.7M, beating analysts' expectations of 11c and $114.99M, respectively. Same-store sales decreased 15% for the quarter, though Robert Wallstrom, the company's chief executive officer, said that the company's comparable sales trend began to improve toward the end of the quarter due to new product offerings, improved in-store execution and initial marketing efforts. Looking ahead, Vera Bradley forecast third quarter EPS from continuing operations of 19c-21c on revenue of $120M-$123M, against analysts' consensus estimates of 15c and $117.2M, respectively. Wallstrom said that the company's turnaround will take time, but noted "meaningful progress" being made, and that Vera Bradley is "confident" in its long-term strategic plan. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Vera Bradley raised its FY16 continuing operations EPS view to 72c-82c from 64c-74c, higher than analysts' expectations of 66c. Additionally, the company's FY16 revenue view was narrowed to $487M-$495M from $480M-$495M, still ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $481.57M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, Vera Bradley forecast sees Q3 and FY16 same-store sales down in the low double-digit percentage range. The company added that it eliminated hyperpromotions and pared back promotional days in Q2 and noted that it is seeing "green shoots" from its turnaround efforts. Vera Bradley said it sees a decline in hyperpromotional activity in FY16. PRICE ACTION: Vera Bradley shares are up 23.49% to $12.88 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Vera Bradley peers include Coach (COH), down 0.54%, Michael Kors (KORS), up 1.92%, and Fossil Group (FOSL), up 0.64%.
11:02 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR CVC
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09:36 EDTFSLRActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTFSLRSouthern Company subsidiary acquires interest in Desert Stateline Facility
Southern Company (SO) subsidiary Southern Power announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company's largest solar asset - the 300-megawatt Desert Stateline Facility in California - from First Solar (FSLR), which will retain the remaining interest in the project. This project represents Southern Power's and First Solar's fourth shared acquisition. Southern Power's seventh solar acquisition in California, the Desert Stateline Facility, will be located on 1,685 acres of federally managed public land in San Bernardino County and is expected to consist of approximately 3.2 million of First Solar's thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on fixed-tilt tables. Once operational, the Desert Stateline Facility is expected to be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of nearly 100,000 average homes. First Solar is building and will operate and maintain the Desert Stateline Facility. Construction of the plant began in October 2014 and is expected to be completed in phases. The plant is slated to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016.
September 1, 2015
05:40 EDTFSLRBarclays rolls out solar coverage, names First Solar Top Pick
Barclays analyst Jon Windham initiated coverage of the U.S. Alternative Energy industry with a Neutral rating citing the pullback in energy prices and risk to demand from emerging markets given the step-down of the U.S. investment tax credit at the end of 2016. Windham, however, expects alternative energy demand to "remain robust" over the longer term. He started shares of First Solar (FSLR) with an Overweight rating and $71 price target. The stock closed yesterday at $47.84. The solar company's "strong" $15 per share of net cash will internally fund its international growth, Windham tells investors in a research note. He named First Solar his Top Pick in the space. The analyst rounded out his coverage in the space with Equal Weight ratings on SunPower (SPWR) and 8point3 Energy (CAFD).
05:31 EDTFSLRFirst Solar initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Target $71.
August 31, 2015
11:12 EDTFSLRJPMorgan says buy SunEdison after recent pullback
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August 27, 2015
15:18 EDTFOSLMovado spikes after reporting Q2 results, backing FY16 guidance
Movado Group (MOV), which designs, sources, markets and distributes watches, is trading sharply higher after reporting better than expected second quarter earnings and revenue, as well as backing its fiscal 2016 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Movado reported Q2 earnings per share of 50c against a consensus of 42c, and Q2 revenue of $145.6M against a consensus of $142.25M. The company also backed its FY16 EPS view of $2.00-$2.10 against a consensus of $2.05, and backed its FY16 revenue view of $590M-$600M against a consensus of $593.13M. Movado said it anticipates recording the remainder of the previously announced $3M-$4M pre-tax charge related to operating efficiency initiatives by the end of FY16, which is excluded from its guidance. ANALYST RESEARCH: On August 25, Barrington Research released an earnings preview that advised staying "on the sidelines" with Movado, forecasting the company's EPS at 40c and its revenue at $144.3M. The firm, which had rated Movado at Market Perform, correctly predicted the company would maintain its guidance. PRICE ACTION: In late afternoon trading, Movado is higher by $3.93, or 17.6%, to $26.25. PEERS: Competitor Fossil Group (FOSL) is trading higher by 2.6%.
August 25, 2015
11:41 EDTFSLRSolarCity rises again after Chairman Musk buys shares
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August 24, 2015
16:46 EDTFSLRPresident Obama announces new renewable energy commitments
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11:09 EDTFSLRGoldman says SolarCity attractive after sharp pullback
SolarCity (SCTY) shares are climbing in the down market after Goldman Sachs contended in a note to investors today that the stock is attractive following its recent sharp retreat, The company probably won't be affected by issues that are causing investors to worry about the solar sector, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that SolarCity's stock had tumbled 27% in the last month before today's open, Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee wrote that the shares are being dragged down by worries about financing and cost of capital that are affecting the entire solar sector. However, he contended that these issues are having only a "limited" impact on SolarCity. On August 13, the company successfully sold asset-backed securities and it said that more such sales are likely to occur in the near-term, Lee noted. Meanwhile, SolarCity isn't being affected by the cost of capital increases that other solar companies are experiencing, the analyst reported. Before today's open, the stock was near a two year low, even though SolarCity's fundamentals are still "strong," Lee believes. Additionally, the largest U.S. solar trade show, which is expected to begin on September 14, could boost solar stocks, as it has historically been a catalyst for the sector, the analyst stated. SolarCity may provide guidance about the outlook for its Silevo solar panel manufacturing subsidiary in the second half of 2015, and the guidance could boost the stock, Lee believes. The risk/reward ratio of SolarCity's stock is positive, according to the analyst, who has a Conviction List Buy and $85 price target on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SolarCity advanced 5.3% to $43.18.
09:49 EDTFOSLFitbit being sold at Macy's seen as near-term catalyst
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August 21, 2015
06:56 EDTFSLRSolar companies spending $1B in Texas projects, WSJ says
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August 20, 2015
10:00 EDTFOSLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:55 EDTFOSLFossil upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc
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August 19, 2015
13:11 EDTFSLRCanadian Solar plummets after Q3 guidance, YieldCo comments
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