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May 20, 2014
16:27 EDTSPLS, ICPT, CAT, URBN, ARX, DKS, HD, TJX, RRGB, GMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and were never able to make it back to unchanged. There was little to lure buyers off the sidelines to buy, as the economic calendar remained quiet. Adding to the pressure was a speech by Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser, in which he mentioned the eventual raising of rates and the potential for that to come sooner than expected if the economy picks up steam. The retail sector led the losers following disappointing earnings reports from Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS), Staples (SPLS), TJX (TJX) and Urban Outfitters (URBN). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released for the second day in a row. COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) led the few advancers on the Dow, rising $1.46, or 1.91%, to $77.96, after the company's earnings narrowly beat expectations and it raised its FY14 EPS view to come in-line with analyst consensus estimate. Caterpillar (CAT) was the weakest member of the blue chip index, sliding $3.83, or 3.63%, to $101.56, after it reported April dealer retail sales trends that weakened relative to March... General Motors (GM) shares fell $1.18, or 3.45%, to $33.07 after the company announced it is recalling an additional 2.42M vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls. The automaker added $200M to the charge it expects to take in Q2 related to its recalls, bringing the total potential charge up to $400M. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aeroflex (ARX), which rose $2.11, or 25.39%, to $10.42 after Cobham agreed to acquire the company for $10.50 per share in cash. Also higher was Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), which advanced $7.95, or 12.45%, to $71.80 after its sales and profits beat expectations for its fiscal first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Dick's Sporting Goods, which fell $9.56, or 17.98%, to $43.60 after it issued a worse than expected outlook for the current quarter and fiscal year, pointing to weakness it sees continuing in its golf and hunting segments. Also lower were shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which fell $36.66, or 14.1%, to $223.34 as The Street reported that the company knew last January that a trial of its liver disease drug was halted partially due to patients' abnormal cholesterol levels, but did not disclose the information to investors. INDEXES: The Dow was down 137.55, or 0.83%, to 16,374.31, the Nasdaq was down 28.92, or 0.7%, to 4,096.89, and the S&P 500 was down 12.25, or 0.65%, to 1,872.83.
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April 23, 2015
07:39 EDTGMGeneral Motors says Q1 headline EPS of 56c included $500M of items
General Motors said its Q1 EPS 56c included special items of $0.4B related to the decision to change the company’s business model in Russia and $0.1B for an adjustment to the estimated costs of the ignition switch compensation program.
07:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors ended Q1 with $34.2B in total automotive liquidity
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07:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors Q1 automotive cash flow $0 vs. $2B last year
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07:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors reaffirms outlook for 2015
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07:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q1 EPS ex-items 86c, consensus 97c
Reports Q1 revenue $35.7B, consensus $37.61B.
07:00 EDTSPLSStaples acquires iOS application Makr
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05:44 EDTICPTIntercept FLINT trial data shows OCA treatment increases fibrosis resolution
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April 22, 2015
15:50 EDTCAT, GMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:30 EDTCATCaterpillar technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:54 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors sentiment positive ahead of Q1 report
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report first quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 23 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. General Motors is a global designer and builder of cars, trucks and automobile parts. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $37.61B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.07 on revenue of $35.71B-$39.36B. LAST QUARTER: GM reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.19 against estimates for 83c on revenue of $40.5B against estimates for $40.12B. In Q4, GM reported the following: Retail vehicle sales of 2.55M units; Total U.S. retail vehicle sales of 727K units and total North America retail vehicle sales of 854K units; Europe retail sales of 298K units; APMEA retail sales of 1.165M units; South America retail vehicle sales of 236K units; Total worldwide automotive market share of 11.4%, with total U.S. market share of 17.4%; Total Europe share of 6.3% and total APMEA share of 10.5%; North America capacity utilization of 98.9%. GM announced it intends to increase the second quarter dividend on its common stock by 20% to 36c per share. On March 9, GM announced a $5B share repurchase program. On April 22, GM said it sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to GM’s Q1 earnings report. On February 5, Craig-Hallum upgraded General Motors to Buy from Hold. The analyst said the company's Q4 report was superb and expects a very strong year ahead given recall issues that are mostly behind it and a continuation of impressive truck/SUV sales. Additionally, Craig-Hallum expects more shareholder-friendly actions following the announcement of a 20% common dividend increase. They raised their price target on the shares to $44 from $34. On March 10, Citigroup raised its price target for shares of General Motors to $50 from $49 saying the car maker's "earnings and overlooked progress" should hold more weight now that its capital allocation is in place. The firm continues to believe shares will trade at premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. It thinks the GM bears have "run out of excuses" and kept a Buy rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: GM shares have gained approximately 8% since Q4 results were released and notched a 52-week high of $38.99 in March. In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, GM shares are down 0.4%.
13:50 EDTCATCaterpillar volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Caterpillar April weekly call option implied volatility is at 66, May is at 23, June and August is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 on April 23.
13:33 EDTCATEarnings Watch: Caterpillar sales appear negative for earnings, Wells Fargo says
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11:08 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CZR FMSA PSEC CSX AEO CRM BBY SPLS HPQ DTV
11:01 EDTTJXTJX: Ben Cammarata to retire as chairman, Carol Meyrowitz to be named chairman
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10:47 EDTCATCaterpillar sales report, checks appear negative for earnings, says Wells Fargo
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10:42 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 12% in three months end March
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07:07 EDTICPTEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASL will be held in Vienna, Austria on April 22-26.
06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors says sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year
General Motors sold 2.4 million vehicles globally in the first quarter of 2015, up 2% compared to a year ago. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. Opel/Vauxhall increased its sales by 3% in Europe. “The momentum our brands are building in China, the U.S. and Western Europe more than offset difficult conditions in some other large markets like Russia and Brazil,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “We are in the early days of a very aggressive onslaught of new products and customer-driven innovation,” she said. “Already, the Chevrolet Trax and Colorado are redefining segments in the United States, Cadillac is growing rapidly in China and establishing a new formula for prestige sedans with the CT6 and Opel’s revitalization is accelerating across Europe. At the same time, we are deploying OnStar with 4G LTE in North America, Europe and China to give our customers the best connectivity experience in the industry.”
April 21, 2015
10:01 EDTURBN, TJX, HDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:03 EDTSPLSMartha Stewart, Staples announce multi-year strategic collaboration
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) and Staples (SPLS) announced a new, multi-year strategic direct retail collaboration for the manufacture and distribution of Martha Stewart Home Office products. The assortment will be available at more than 1100 Staples retail stores and online, and will include a wide array of home organizing and home office products across multiple categories, including: stationery and paper products, office essentials and tools, personal technology accessories, and storage and organization products. The new Martha Stewart Home Office products will be available exclusively at Staples’ stores nationwide, Staples.com and Quill.com beginning November 2015.
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