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May 20, 2014
12:24 EDTHD, URBN, ARX, NVS, OPHT, SPLS, DKS, GM, CAT, TJXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. With the economic calendar quiet again and earnings season just about to wind down, there was little to bring investors off the sidelines and reverse the trend. Among the many retailers that reported earnings last night and this morning, a number, including Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS), Staples (SPLS), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and TJX (TJX), missed Wall Street estimates. 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 all advancers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, rising more than 2.5%, 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 Dow member, sliding 2%, after it reported April dealer retail sales trends that weakened relative to March... General Motors (GM) shares fell 1.5% near noon 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 25% after Cobham plc agreed to acquire the company for $10.50 per share in cash. Also higher was Ophthotech (OPHT), which gained 21% after it signed a licensing and commercialization agreement for its Fovista drug outside of the U.S. with Novartis (NVS). Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were sporting goods retailer Dick's, which slumped 17%, and office supplier Staples, which dropped 13%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 91.32, or 0.55%, to 16,420.54, the Nasdaq was down 19.57, or 0.47%, to 4,106.25, and the S&P 500 was down 8.89, or 0.47%, to 1,876.19.
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August 18, 2014
15:36 EDTDKSDick's Sporting September 43 straddle priced for 8.9% move into Q2
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15:35 EDTDKSDick's Sporting technical comments before earnings
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15:26 EDTTJX, DKS, HDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:26 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c; Fabrinet (FN), consensus 35c.
15:12 EDTTJXTJX technical notes before results
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14:49 EDTHDHome Depot August weekly 83.5 straddle priced for 2.3% move into Q2
14:32 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:22 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:14 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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13:01 EDTGMFord, Chevrolet launching incentives earlier than usual, Autmotive News says
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12:32 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:46 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters consensus estimates to come down, says Maxim
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11:39 EDTHDHome Depot weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:25 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
11:05 EDTURBNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:08 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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09:28 EDTSPLSCleveland Research remains concerned on Staples
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07:37 EDTGMReport says Russia may bar car imports if new sanctions enacted, Reuters says
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07:35 EDTNVSApricus Biosciences launches topical ED treatment in Germany
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06:24 EDTURBN, TJX, HDOptions expected to be active
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