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March 18, 2014
09:13 EDTSFLY, FF, RNA, GME, YGE, GALE, HTZ, KIOR, HDY, HPQ, WMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FutureFuel (FF), up 21%. ALSO HIGHER: Prosensa Holding (RNA), up 20% after reporting results from a Phase II trial of drisapersen for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy... Hyperdynamics (HDY), up 12% after announcing it wishes to recommence drilling plans of an exploratory well offshore Guinea... Yandex (YNDX), up 4% after reported acquisition of KitLocate... HP (HPQ), up 1.8% following upgrade to Overweight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yingli Green Energy (YGE), down 7%. ALSO LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 1%, after earnings report, new $1B share repurchase program, confirming approval for separation of equipment rental business... Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 15.8% after disclosing an SEC investigation into the company related to an outside investor relations firm retained in 2013... GameStop (GME), down 5% after Wal-Mart (WMT) announces used videogame trade-in program... Shutterfly (SFLY), down 6.5% after downgrade at Cowen... KiOR (KIOR), down 44% after saying it has "substantial doubts" about ability to continue as going concern.
News For GME;WMT;HTZ;RNA;HPQ;GALE;FF;HDY;YGE;SFLY;KIOR From The Last 14 Days
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May 15, 2015
05:52 EDTGMEApril NPD video game software sales rose 13%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes April NPD video game software sales increased 13% year-over-year with next-generation software revenue up 200% versus the prior year. Piper keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
May 14, 2015
17:32 EDTHTZHertz anticipated filing Form 10-Q before mid-FY15
As previously announced, the previously issued financial statements must be restated and should no longer be relied upon. As a result of the completion of Management's examination of additional accounts in connection with our accounting review and investigation, the company has identified an additional $30M in errors above that which had been previously identified. As a result, the impact on GAAP pre-tax income of cumulative errors identified to date, on an unaudited basis, is approximately $42M, $85M and $56M for 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively, inclusive of $9M in 2012 and $19M in 2011, previously disclosed and reflected in the financials included in the company's 2013 Form 10-K/A. The review and investigation of the company's financial records are ongoing, and amounts are therefore subject to change. The financial information set forth in this release is subject to change based on the completion of the investigation and review, and such changes may be significant. The company anticipates filing a Form 10-K for 2014 that will contain audited restated financial statements for 2012 and 2013 and audited financial statements for 2014, as well as selected restated financial information for 2011. This 2014 Form 10-K will also contain quarterly information for the quarters in 2014 and we intend to seek waivers from certain of our lenders in connection with using this format. Hertz continues to expect that it will not be able to file this 2014 Form 10-K, as well as its first quarter 2015 Form 10-Q, before mid-2015, and there can be no assurance that the process will be completed at that time, or that no additional adjustments will be identified.
17:30 EDTHTZHertz equipment rental separation won't occur until after accounting review
Hertz remains committed to the separation of its equipment rental business and is continuing to advance those plans, although the actual separation will not occur until after the Company has completed its accounting review, filed its financial statements with the SEC, and has completed the audited carve out financial statements for the equipment rental business and requisite SEC filing activities for the separation.
17:29 EDTHTZHertz sees international fleet capacity up 1%-2%
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17:26 EDTHTZHertz reducing fleet capacity, to close 200 locations
Hertz released Q1 operating results and updated the status of its fleet renewal and capacity plans, $200M annual cost reduction program, senior management hiring initiatives and financial restatement process. During the first quarter, the company made progress in the following areas: The U.S. fleet has been significantly renewed since late September with a 47% improvement in the number of vehicles at or below 30,000 miles. An aggressive disposition program as well as new fleet acquisitions have culminated in improved product quality. Customer confidence is returning as a result of the younger fleet and investments in service delivery. Hertz's U.S. car rental Net Promoter Score, a measure of customer satisfaction, eclipsed last year's level and continues to improve. Hertz has further strengthened its leadership team by adding expertise in the areas of revenue management, sales, customer service, information technology, and fleet and procurement, which will enable the company to deliver on its performance improvement plan. Data management and forecasting systems have been enhanced for more reliable visibility to fleet, pricing and demand trends. The cost structure is improving as the company has made significant progress toward its goal of delivering $200M in annualized cost savings by year end 2015. As part of the company's continued, comprehensive review of the profitability of its operations, it has conducted a location-by-location assessment of its U.S. off-airport retail store profitability. While the company remains committed to its off-airport operation, by the end of Q2, it will have closed approximately 200 stores, representing 5% of the total off-airport locations and less than 1% of the vehicle fleet. Closing these stores will result in approximately $10M in annual savings. The company will continue to rigorously review new store openings and the ongoing profitability of the existing locations on a quarterly basis.
17:22 EDTHTZHertz reports Q1 revenue $2.44B, consensus $2.53B
12:54 EDTSFLYShutterfly says open to considering transactions that provide 'compelling' value
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09:40 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research
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07:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart risk/reward favorable into Q1 results, says Baird
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q2 sales weakness largely expected, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes HP's Q2 revenue on May 21 could miss the consensus expectation of $25.8B due to PC weakness and currency pressure. Citi thinks sales weakness is largely expected, however. The firm says HP shares "will start to work again" as management will likely address and quantify the additional costs of operating as two separate companies. Uncertainty around the size of the dis-synergy costs has been a key factor behind the stock's recent underperformance, Citi believes. It keeps a Buy rating on HP with a $41 price target.
May 13, 2015
18:52 EDTSFLYShutterfly urges shareholders to vote for company's director nominees
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18:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart to launch $50 unlimited shipping service in summer, AP says
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13:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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12:43 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:06 EDTWMTAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
09:14 EDTWMTApps World to hold a conference
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08:27 EDTWMTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a summit
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08:19 EDTHTZHertz delays filing of March quarterly report
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08:08 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy and Borrego Solar sign 40 MW supply agreement for 2015
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