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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTGME, INTU, MRVL, ROST, ARO, GPS, CRM, HD, OGXI, TFMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 6.3%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 1.4%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 6.3%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 8.1%... Gap (GPS), up 1.2% after reporting second quarter results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015... Marvell Technology (MRVL), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: OncoGenex (OGXI), up 6.4% after Phase 3 ENSPIRIT Trial passes early interim futility analysis. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 6.7%... Intuit (INTU), down 1.2%. ALSO LOWER: Home Depot (HD), down fractionally after announcing that Craig Menear will replace Frank Blake as CEO.
News For GME;CRM;ROST;TFM;GPS;MRVL;OGXI;ARO;INTU;HD From The Last 14 Days
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November 13, 2014
10:01 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
08:24 EDTCRMSalesforce.com November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Salesforce.com November call option implied volatility is at 50, December is at 38, January is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
07:27 EDTMRVLMarvell volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTGMEGameStop November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:15 EDTGMEGameStop board authorizes $500M share repurchase program
GameStop said in a filing yesterday that on November 11, its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend to its stockholders. The quarterly dividend of 33c per share of Class A Common Stock will be paid on December 16, 2014 to stockholders of record on the close of business on November 25, 2014. Additionally, GameStop Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized $500M of funds to be used in the company’s share repurchase plan. This new authorization replaces the $500M stock repurchase plan announced in November 2013, which had approximately $176.4M remaining at the time of the new authorization.
06:04 EDTGMEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME LULU
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05:28 EDTMRVLMarvell downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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November 12, 2014
17:02 EDTCRMSalesforce.com signs agreement to purchase 50 Fremont Street building
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13:32 EDTHDEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney lowered Q3 SSS view, affirms FY14 metrics in Q3
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (80c) on revenue of $2.81B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (95c)-(54c) on revenue of $2.72B-$2.93B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second quarter adjusted EPS of (75c) against estimates for (93c), on revenue of $2.8B against estimates for $2.79B. Comparable store sales increased 6% for the quarter and online sales through jcp.com were up 16.7% from the year-ago period to $249M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, the company said that expected a "profitable" sales in the back-to-school season, adding that the company could see some "anomalies" in expense during Q3. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, EVP of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board, and succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of the company on August 1, 2015, at which time Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year. At its analyst day in October, the retailer lowered its Q3 SSS view to low single digit growth from its previous view of mid single digit growth. J.C. Penney also warned investors that its September sales were weaker than expected. Despite lowering its SSS forecast, the retailer reaffirmed the rest of its quarterly guidance, including gross margins and SG&A expenses, and maintained all of its fiscal year 2014 guidance metrics, including mid-single digit SSS growth and positive free cash flow. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Wells Fargo, which has an Underperform rating on the stock, said that Ellison lacks expertise in apparel and accessories, where J.C. Penney is having a tough time. J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's said. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down almost 20%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q3 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up almost 6% to $7.61.
08:01 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $113 from $102 at Jefferies
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05:57 EDTGMEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME LOCO
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November 11, 2014
07:49 EDTAROBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:09 EDTHDHome Depot November volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Home Depot November call option implied volatility is at 24, December is at 20, January is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
05:56 EDTGMEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME ACHN
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November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTINTU, GPSWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
08:06 EDTINTUQlik Technologies, Intuit partner to deliver accounting analytics solutions
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07:54 EDTCRMChecks on Salesforce.com positive, says Oppenheimer
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07:22 EDTGPSU.S. Retail Softlines sector downgraded to Negative at Barclays
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07:05 EDTGMEGameStop November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:48 EDTGPSU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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