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December 4, 2012
10:00 EDTFTE, SBAC, PTNR, GFI, WFM, DLTR, RENN, OMER, FRAN, MPO, SFD, PSA, HNTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Health Net (HNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Omeros (OMER) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Partner Communications (PTNR) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Renren (RENN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Smithfield Foods (SFD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... France Telecom (FTE) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast.
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July 29, 2015
16:07 EDTWFMWhole Foods sees 2015 sales growth of 9%
Sees 2015 comparable store sales growth in the low single digits. The company said, "In this rapidly changing marketplace, we believe we are taking the necessary steps to position ourselves for the longer term," added Robb. "We remain focused on innovating and evolving to best serve our customers' diverse purchasing preferences. From the unique experience of our Whole Foods Market stores, to our growing online channel for home delivery, to the exciting launch of our 365 by Whole Foods Market stores, we are making investments to extend our reach to both new and existing customers."
16:07 EDTWFMWhole Foods sees Q4 EPS 34c-35c, consensus 45c
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16:06 EDTWFMWhole Foods reports Q3 EPS 43c, consensus 45c
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15:59 EDTWFM, SBACNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 47c... MetLife (MET), consensus $1.48... Williams (WMB), consensus 24c... Vertex (VRTX), consensus (58c)... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.26... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.37... Marriott (MAR), consensus 81c... Fiserv (FISV), consensus 94c... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.45... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 9c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 45c... Lincoln National (LNC), consensus $1.53... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.47... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus (2c)... Qorvo (QRVO), consensus $1.06... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 39c.
15:28 EDTPSAPublic Storage technical notes before earnings
The shares have been in a stable uptrend until a consolidation phase that began earlier this year. If the news is strongly bullish, a breakout above the life high at $206.92 would be possible. Based on the bounds of the consolidation phase, the potential upside on a breakout could be to the $218 to $220 area. If the news is instead a bearish surprise, then the 50-week moving average at $189.22 is the first important support level. The 50-week has been a good proxy for an uptrend support line. If it were broken, the long-term uptrend would also be broken. Next support levels to watch below as potential downside objectives would be at $182.06 and then at $178.26.
15:08 EDTWFM, SBACNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:15 EDTWFMWhole Foods technical comments ahead of earnings
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14:12 EDTWFMWhole Foods July weekly 41 straddle priced for 8.1% movement into Q3
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13:17 EDTWFMEarnings Preview: Whole Foods 'value' concept in focus ahead of earnings
Whole Foods Market (WFM) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, July 29, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Whole Foods Market is a retailer of natural and organic foods and grocer, with over 400 stores through the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting earnings per share of 45c on revenue of $3.69B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 43c-47c on revenue of $3.58B-$3.8B. LAST QUARTER: On May 6, Whole Foods reported second quarter EPS excluding special items of 43c, matching consensus estimates, on revenue of $3.65B, falling just short of analyst expectations of $3.7B. Whole Foods also reported second quarter same store sales growth of 3.6%. The company backed its expectation for fiscal year 2015 same store sales growth in a low to middle single digits percentage range. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its second quarter earnings conference call, Whole Foods announced that it will launch a lower-cost concept that will offer its "industry-leading quality standards at value prices," geared toward millennial shoppers while appealing to "anyone looking for high-quality fresh food at great prices." The company said at the time it plans to begin opening stores next year and sees a "fairly rapid expansion" from there. On June 11, Whole Foods said the name of its value-focused brand will be "365 by Whole Foods Market," slated to begin opening stores in 2016. On July 1, regarding pricing issues in its New York stores, Whole Foods released a video in which co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb stated, "Straight up, we've made some mistakes. We want to own that, and tell you what we're doing about it... We know [the mistakes are] unintentional because the mistakes are both in the customer's favor, and sometimes not in the customer's favor... We're doing a number of things [to fix this issue]. Most importantly, we're going to increase our training in our New York stores and around the country, because we want to be perfect in this area... Secondly, we're implementing a third-party auditing system so that we can see whether we're making progress in this area or not - and in another 45 days, we're going to begin reporting back to you, the customer, exactly what kind of progress we're making here. The final thing is that we want to give [a] 100% guarantee to our customers. If for any reason you think there's a mistake... if there's a mistake that's not in your favor, we promise to give you that item for free." STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last earnings report, the stock received at least one upgrade and at least one downgrade. RBC Capital upgraded the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform, thinking that its comparable sales can accelerate, driven by easier comparisons and store refreshes. RBC also lowered Whole Foods' price target to $51 from $54. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded Whole Foods to Neutral and cut its price target on shares to $48 from $65, citing an uncertain same store sales outlook and the potential impact of its new store concept on its core business. Credit Suisse maintained its Neutral rating on the company, but lowered the price target to $40 from $52 due to weaker Q2 comps and the strategy shift to a value-oriented format. Deutsche Bank also lowered its price target for Whole Foods to $40 from $54 for similar reasons. On June 9, Macquarie initiated Whole Foods with a Neutral rating and a $44 price target. On July 13, Cowen said its survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers regarding their food behaviors indicated that that buyers are in an early stage of demand for more transparent grocery and restaurant offerings. Cowen added in that note that it was concerned about how Whole Foods' rollout of a second concept could potentially impact its core brand. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Whole Foods have slid more than 13.5% over the past three months. In afternoon trading, Whole Foods shares were up 1.6% to $41.60 ahead of the company's earnings report tonight.
July 28, 2015
07:10 EDTHNTCognizant removed as a top pick at Deutsche Bank
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July 27, 2015
06:55 EDTWFMWhole Foods July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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July 24, 2015
10:31 EDTGFIHigh option volume stocks
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08:32 EDTWFMWhole Foods July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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July 23, 2015
10:00 EDTPSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ARRIS (ARRS) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... AVG Technologies (AVG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Aaron's (AAN) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Antero Midstream (AM) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... CommScope (COMM) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Digirad Corp (DRAD) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Dominion Midstream (DM) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Enterprise Products (EPD) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Harmonic (HLIT) initiated with a Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Imprimis (IMMY) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... PLC Systems Inc (PLC) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Preferred Apartment (APTS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Realty Income (O) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... RingCentral (RNG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... SeaChange (SEAC) initiated with a Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... U-Store It Trust (YSI) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Whitestone REIT (WSR) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... eBay (EBAY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:28 EDTOMEROmeros' aHUS candidate granted Fast Track designation by FDA
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July 22, 2015
16:23 EDTPSAPublic Storage initiated with a Neutral at Baird
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10:10 EDTHNTHigh option volume stocks
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTHNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:20 EDTHNTHealth Net downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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July 19, 2015
14:30 EDTPTNRPartner Communications reaches labor agreement, sees NIS35M charge in Q3
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