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May 20, 2014
16:27 EDTICPT, CAT, URBN, ARX, DKS, HD, TJX, RRGB, GM, SPLSOn 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.
News For HD;CAT;GM;DKS;ICPT;RRGB;ARX;SPLS;TJX;URBN From The Last 14 Days
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November 14, 2014
06:22 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SPLS SINA
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05:45 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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November 13, 2014
12:39 EDTDKSDick's Sporting volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:49 EDTTJXTJX November volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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10:51 EDTSPLSStaples November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:19 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility up into Q3 and holiday sales outlook
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06:24 EDTGMHeidrick & Struggles picked by GM to find new general counsel, WSJ reports
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November 12, 2014
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.
12:00 EDTICPTKOLs say 'remains to be seen' if OCA can get accelerated approval, says Leerink
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11:55 EDTICPTIntercept not part of talks with journals, says Deutsche Bank
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09:54 EDTCATCaterpillar reaffirms 2014 EPS outlook about $6.50, consensus $6.56
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08:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors' Ammann leading push for change, WSJ says
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08:01 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $113 from $102 at Jefferies
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November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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12:00 EDTICPTIntercept results said to be rejected by New England Journal, Bloomberg says
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07:49 EDTDKSBofA/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.
November 10, 2014
08:36 EDTICPTIntercept price target lowered to $125 from $172 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital lowered its price target for Intercept shares to $125 saying its talks with experts and cardiologists indicate the company's OCA drug is unlikely to be a "silver bullet" for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. FBR notes that while OCA appears to improve the liver, the drug worsens many of the other derangements like lipid and glucose homeostasis. FBR decreased the probability of success in NASH to 55% from 60%, and lowered its peak OCA sales estimate to $5.2B. It keeps an Underperform rating on Intercept shares.
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
05:48 EDTURBNU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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