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May 20, 2014
16:27 EDTHD, TJX, SPLS, ARX, RRGB, ICPT, DKS, GM, CAT, URBNOn 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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September 22, 2014
07:25 EDTCATCitigroup to hold a conference
Industrials Conference to be held in Boston on September 22-24.
07:02 EDTGMJPMorgan prefers shares of GM and Ford to Tesla
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06:52 EDTGMCalifornia to add additional incentives for electric cars, NY Times says
California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that are supposed to make electric cars more affordable for low income residents of the state, according to The New York Times. The bills, among other things, will boost rebates that low income earners receive when buying an electric car, and install charging stations in apartment buildings in low income areas, the newspaper stated. GM (GM), Nissan (NSANY) Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are among the companies that make electric cars. Reference Link
September 20, 2014
21:44 EDTGMGM recalls 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans, WSJ says
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September 19, 2014
14:50 EDTGMJudge orders General Motors must hand over defect files, WSJ reports
A U.S. Judge has ordered General Motors to turn over internal files and documents regarding its ignition-switch flaw and how it handled the defect to plaintiff attorneys, The Wall Street Journal says. The attorneys are representing plaintiffs who have sued the auto manufacturer alleging economic loss, personal injury, and deaths related to the company's recall of older cars with the ignition-switch defect. While General Motors is protected from liabilities that occurred before its bankruptcy in 2009, the recent ruling paves the way for plaintiff attorneys to obtain records they could use in cases before and after General Motor's bankruptcy petition, The Wall Street Journal added. Reference Link
11:11 EDTCATCaterpillar sales trends for August mixed, says Wells Fargo
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10:06 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
09:13 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Machines sales down 10% in three months end August
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07:27 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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07:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to launch new Cadillac sedan next year, AP reports
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September 18, 2014
16:28 EDTHDHome Depot raises FY15 EPS view to $4.54 from $4.52, consensus $4.50
Based on Q3 results to date, the company confirmed its previous FY14 sales growth guidance of approximately 4.8%. The company also revised its FY14 diluted EPS growth guidance and expects that FY14 diluted EPS will grow by 21% to approximately $4.54, versus the company's prior guidance of $4.52. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance includes estimates for the cost to investigate the data breach, provide credit monitoring services to its customers, increase call center staffing, and pay legal and professional services, all of which are expensed as incurred in a gross amount of approximately $62M, partially offset by a $27M receivable for costs the company believes are reimbursable and probable of recovery under its insurance coverage. Further, the company's FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance includes a pre-tax gain of approximately $100M related to the sale of 3.6M shares of HD Supply common stock, which occurred and will be recognized in Q3. The company's ownership of HD Supply is now approximately 8.2M shares. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance does not include an accrual for other yet-to-be determined estimated probable losses related to the breach. At this time, other than the breach-related costs contained in the company's updated FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance, the company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the breach.
16:26 EDTHDHome Depot reports cyber attack put 56M unique payment cards information at risk
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16:23 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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16:22 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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10:40 EDTHDPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to recall 3,200 natural gas-fueled vans, WSJ reports
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September 17, 2014
13:51 EDTHDJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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09:36 EDTSPLSActive equity options trading on open
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07:37 EDTGMEU car registrations up 2.1% in August, up 5.6% in July
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported new passenger car registrations were up by 5.6% in July and by 2.1% in August. Eight months into the year, demand for new cars amounted to 8,336,159 units, or 6.0% more than in the same period last year, the group noted. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
07:26 EDTGMGM to cut supply, but not prices, as it seeks to revive Cadillac, WSJ says
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