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January 3, 2013
12:24 EDTALLT, SPWR, LTD, FDO, MLNX, F, TJX, GPS, SONS, GM, ROSTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the Dow narrowly underperformed the Nasdaq and S&P after yesterday's big run-up. The averages began the session in negative territory, which was not surprising given the gains of the last two sessions, but the economic releases, particularly the ADP employment change report, encouraged investors to drive the indices off their opening lows and back into positive territory near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Challenger, Gray & Christmas said planned job cuts announced in December fell to 32,556, down 43% from November and 22% below December of last year. Payroll processor ADP said private employers added 215K jobs in December, which was up from November's total of 148K and above analyst forecasts for 140K new hires. Weekly jobless claims rose to 372K, versus expectation for an increase to 360K... COMPANY NEWS: Results were mixed among retailers reporting December same-store sales, with Ross Stores (ROST) and TJX (TJX) among those beating consensus and Limited (LTD) one notable name that disappointed. Family Dollar (FDO), in addition to having December SSS growth miss expectations, reported quarterly earnings and revenues below consensus and gave guidance below the Street's view, sending its shares down over 11%... In addition to reporting December SSS up 5%, Gap (GPS) made additional news with the approval of a $1B share buyback and the purchase of multi-brand specialty retailer Intermix for $130M... Increased December vehicle sales were also reported though out the morning, leading shares of both General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) up about 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SunPower (SPWR), up 35% following an upgrade to Buy at Lazard Capital, and Sonus Networks (SONS), up 10% after Northland Securities said Verizon (VZ) is adding more of Sonus' products on its wire-line side of its business. Among the noteworthy losers were Allot Communications (ALLT), down 23% following a downgrade to Perform at Oppenheimer, and Melanox (MLNX), down 13% after its Q4 revenue warning prompted at least three firms to cut their price targets on its stock... INDICES: Near noon, the Nasdaq was up 5.26, or 0.17%, to 3,117.52; the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.15%, to 1,464.62; and the Dow was virtually up 6.59, or 0.05%, to 13,419.14.
News For GPS;FDO;ROST;TJX;LTD;GM;F;SPWR;SONS;MLNX;ALLT From The Last 14 Days
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February 2, 2016
10:17 EDTFFord sees 2016 U.S. industry volume in 17.5M-18.5M vehicle range
Sees January U.S. industry sales at 1.14M vehicles, down about 2%-3% from a year ago. Says January started "fairly normally," was "pretty slow" mid-month with weather activity, closed month at "very normal healthy pace." Says small SUVs accounted for 1 in 5 industry sales. Says working to fill fleet orders for F-series pickups. Says "looking forward" to another strong 2016. Says outlook for housing this year "positive." Still sees 2016 U.S. industry volume in 17.5M-18.5M vehicle range. Estimates total January industry SAAR in mid-17M unit range including medium and heavy trucks. Comments taken from Ford's January U.S. Sales conference call. Ford is down 1.3% to $11.91 in morning trading.
10:01 EDTMLNXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BlackBerry (BBRY) initiated with a Buy at TD Securities... British American Tobacco (BTI) initiated with a Buy at Berenberg... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Celestica (CLS) initiated with a Hold at TD Securities... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) initiated with a Buy at Berenberg... Kite Pharma (KITE) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Mellanox (MLNX) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
10:00 EDTTJXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: DuPont Fabros (DFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Integrated Device (IDTI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Julius Baer (JBAXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Kohl's (KSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Mattel (MAT) upgraded on positive catalysts at Stifel... Mitsubishi sees limited downside for Tableau (DATA), ups to Neutral ... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Realty Income (O) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... TJX (TJX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
09:46 EDTTJXTJX upgraded on lower costs at BMO Capital
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09:35 EDTROSTRoss Stores initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research
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09:34 EDTTJXTJX initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research
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09:34 EDTGMGM reports January U.S. sales up 0.5% to 203,745 vehicles
General Motors said dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January, up 0.5% compared to last year. GM's retail sales rose 9%. The carmaker estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate for light vehicles in January was 17.5M units. GM ended the month with 74 days supply, or 629,878 vehicles, compared to 630,950 units at the previous month end. GM said, "We believe industry fundamentals such as the age of the vehicle fleet, well managed inventory levels, firm used car pricing, good credit availability and low fuel prices will support higher industry sales in 2016."
09:31 EDTGMGM reports January U.S. sales up 0.5% to 203,745 vehicles
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09:16 EDTFFord reports January U.S. sales down 3% to 173,723 vehicles
Ford Motor Company's total U.S. sales of 173,723 vehicles declined 3% last month versus a year ago. Ford SUVs totaled 50,212 sales last month - a 3 percent increase versus a year ago and the brand's best sales start since 2004. The all-new Edge was the biggest driver, posting a 26 percent jump on sales of 9,533 vehicles. Transit sales increased 51 percent in January with 9,631 vehicles sold, lifting overall Ford van performance 20 percent for their best start since 1985.
09:15 EDTFFord reports January U.S. sales down 3% to 173,723 vehicles
07:51 EDTMLNXMellanox initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
Roth Capital analyst Brian Alger initiated Mellanox with a Buy rating and $60 price target. The analyst said Mellanox has a full suite of end to end products serving networking across Ethernet and Infiniband and is well positioned to outpace peers.
07:09 EDTGM, FTrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached $38B in January
TrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached a record high for the month of January of $38 billion, up 1.4 percent from a year ago. January marked the auto industry's 25th consecutive month of year over year revenue expansion. Higher average transaction prices helped automakers post a $520 million gain in revenue versus January 2015, despite a likely increase in incentive spending and somewhat lower sales compared with a year ago. As previously announced, TrueCar projects sales of new cars and light trucks contracted 0.3 percent last month. Publicly traded companies in the space include Daimler AG (DDAIF), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:28 EDTGMGM waiting on credit from investors, WSJ says
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06:02 EDTTJXTJX upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
February 1, 2016
18:46 EDTF, GMAutomakers hit with additional costs due to China regulatory shift, Reuters says
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13:42 EDTFEarnings Watch: Alphabet to report Q4 results under new corporate structure
Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, February 1 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Alphabet is a multinational conglomerate that serves as the parent company of Google, Calico, GV, Google Capital, and Nest Labs. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $8.09 on revenue of $20.77B. The consensus range is $7.32-$8.59 for EPS, and $20.33B-$21.68B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Alphabet reported third quarter EPS of $7.35 against estimates of $7.21, on revenue of $18.7B against estimates of $18.53B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 23%, paid clicks on Google websites down 5%, aggregate cost-per-clicks down 11%, and cost-per-click on Google websites down 4%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue up 16% to $13.08B and Q3 Total advertising revenue up 13% to $26.78B. During its Q3 earnings report, the company said it will begin to disclose the Google business as a single segment in Q4. It also announced that the board authorized the company to repurchase $5.1B of Class C shares in Q4. GOOGLE SEGMENT: Alphabet announced that it will report Google as a single segment within its company beginning in Q4. It stated, "The new operating structure is being introduced in phases. For financial reporting purposes, we expect the reorganization will result in disclosing our Google business as a single segment and all other Alphabet businesses combined as Other Bets beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015." Within Alphabet, the Google segment now has 6 products with over 1B users, including Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Android and Google Play. Gmail is also closing in on the mark with its 900M user base. RBC Capital believes that the disclosure of segment results by Google in conjunction with its Q4 results will cause the stock to rerate. The firm believes that the segment results will highlight the high profits of core Google, supporting an increase in the stocks' sum of the parts valuation. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, Alphabet had a strong holiday season with ChannelAdvisor reporting Google Shopping was up 31.7% over the entire holiday period. Specifically, Google Shopping was up 35.9% on Thanksgiving, up 40.3% on Black Friday, up 25.7% on Cyber Saturday, and up 18.6% on Cyber Monday. Alphabet announced the redesigned launch of Google+ in November, the exploration of Fiber in Chicago and Los Angeles, and announced plans to open its first retail store in New York City. The company also targets the China launch of the Google Play app store in 2016, according to multiple reports. Lenovo (LNVGY) CEO Chen Xudong confirmed that Google Play is expected to come to China at some point this year. The company is expected to make its self-driving car company under the Alphabet structure as a stand-alone business. Ford (F) and Google are in discussions over self-driving cars, with the currently negotiated contract likely to "last a long time." According to a Reuters report, Google expects fewer software failiures in self-driving cars as it learns from its mistakes. Google tested solar-powered Internet drones and expects consumer package delivery via drone to begin in 2017. Google is also in talks with the NFL for streaming rights for London games next year. STREET RESEARCH: Oppenheimer said cloud providers like Alphabet may have a huge opportunity in the coming years. The firm said Alphabet may look for a major partner like Salesforce (CRM) to drive its cloud business. Cantor said Google ad revenue growth should continue to be strong and BMO Capital said Alphabet's outlook has improved as valuation has become more reasonable. Bernstein said the Street continues to underestimate the resilience and growth potential of Alphabet's search ad business and YouTube. Barron's, in particular, was extremely positive on YouTube, saying its revenue per viewer could potentially double in five years. It added it could be twice as valuable as Netflix (NFLX). JMP Securities was also bullish on the company, saying Alphabet benefitted from a relatively strong holiday season for online advertising. Ahead of its Q4 earnings report, JMP Securities expects the company to report "relatively strong" results. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have gained about 6% over the last three months. In Monday afternoon trading ahead of the Q4 report, Google shares are up almost 2%
13:24 EDTFTesla bull cuts target as competition ramps more quickly than new models
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) dipped significantly in early trading before later rebounding after Morgan Stanley cut its price target on the automaker to $333 from its previous $450, with the research firm citing a slow production ramp for its new car models, potentially weakened consumer demand amid cheap oil, and clearly heightening competition in the electric and autonomous vehicle space. LOW DEMAND, MORE COMPETITION: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones cut his price target on Tesla to $333 from $450, arguing Monday that the carmaker is facing a slow production ramp for the Model X as well as the Model 3, which Jones said may launch in late 2018, missing the company's internal target by at least one year. It is reasonable to assume, Jones said, that Tesla is taking a deliberate, quality-conscious pace for Model X production while also shuffling personnel to help with the car's early rollout, impacting the launch of the mass-market Model 3 even as the company grapples with potentially reduced consumer demand in today's cheap oil environment. Given his assumption of lower volumes, the analyst's revised his 2020 forecast for complete vehicle deliveries to less than half of Tesla's own 500,000 target. For 2016, the analyst cut his total delivery forecast 2% to roughly 70,000 units, including a revision of Model X expectations to 15,000 from 18,500. Contributing to Tesla's headwinds, its consumer energy storage solution looks to be more expensive than previously thought, while competition in the shared and autonomous mobility arena has increased markedly. Indeed, competing efforts from Ford (F), Volkswagen (VLKAY), Alphabet (GOOG) and many others appear "genuine" and are likely to see significant investment follow-through, potentially pressuring Tesla's margins as it increases R&D spend to keep pace, Jones argued. That said, the analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the shares, explaining that while Tesla remains a high risk name that burns plenty of cash to fuel its ambitious plans, it may still be the best positioned company in the ongoing "Auto 2.0" transition. PRICE ACTION: After quickly dropping as low as $182.75 in early trading, shares of Tesla are now up 2.6% to $196.14 in afternoon trading.
10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:55 EDTTJXTJX names Ernie Herrman as CEO; Carol Meyrowitz becomes executive chairman
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08:54 EDTTJXTJX names Ernie Herrman as CEO; Carol Meyrowitz becomes executive chairman
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