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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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September 18, 2014
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
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
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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September 16, 2014
13:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add third shift, 750 jobs at Wentzville Assembly plant
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12:19 EDTGMGM ups U.S. mid-sized pickup production, Reuters says
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08:46 EDTGMGeneral Motors concerns about Ford's new F-Series are overdone, says Goldman
Goldman believes concerns about Ford's new F-Series impact on General Motors is overdone. The analyst said investors are underestimating F-150 capacity constraints if the launch is successful, which will limit General Motors share loss.
08:01 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters September volatility elevated at 29
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07:32 EDTOPHTOphthotech announces Fovista Phase 2b trial presentation
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07:31 EDTNVSEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:26 EDTCAT, GMUltima Media to hold a conference
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07:24 EDTDKSDick's Sporting announces retirement of president and COO Joseph Schmidt
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07:19 EDTHDCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:54 EDTGMGM's Opel realigns Russian operations
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06:43 EDTGMNHTSA exec knocks GM for distorted recall protocol, Reuters says
The acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration David Friedman said that GM placed its own reputation before customer safety when it did not quickly report and recall vehicles that are now connected to at least 19 deaths, according to Reuters, citing comments from Friedman. Friedman said that he has been meeting with top worldwide car manufactures to develop a "new normal" for safety recall protocol. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGM Opel unit to reduce production in Russia, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTGMNHTSA chief calls for 'new normal' for recalls, Detroit News reports
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