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November 13, 2012
12:22 EDTHD, MSFT, GBX, DKS, HCLP, BHI, WFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as the averages struggle to regain some portion of their losses from last week. The market opened moderately lower on the heels of the futures, which ended the premarket session below fair value. The major equity indices have traded in a narrow range again today, though they all stand near session highs at the lunch hour, with the Dow the biggest winner and the Nasdaq fighting to get back into positive territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the October federal budget is scheduled to be reported at 2:00 pm ET and is seen widening to $113B from $98.5B a month ago. In Europe, euro-zone leaders failed to agree on the release of the latest round of aid for Greece, though the nation was granted a two-year extension by the EU to repay its current bailout loans. Also, a measure of German economic sentiment unexpectedly fell more than was forecast and U.K. inflation rose faster than expected... COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) leads all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, up 3.7% after its earnings and revenue beat expectations and the company raised its full year guidance. Microsoft (MSFT) is the Dow's laggard, down 2.7% after the head of its Windows unit resigned, though Stifel Nicolaus suggested that the departure could help the company over the long term... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Greenbrier (GBX), up 17% after investor Carl Icahn reported a 9.99% stake in the company and called its shares undervalued. Also higher were shares of Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), up nearly 5% following its better than expected quarterly report and increased full year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP), down 21% after its quarterly results missed consensus and it announced the termination of a supply agreement with Baker Hughes (BHI). Also lower were shares of Weatherford (WFT), down almost 14% after the company reported a disappointing preliminary revenue estimate and said it sees material weakness in its internal controls, prompting it to restate some prior financial statements... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 47.73, or 0.37%, to 12,862.81; the Nasdaq was down 0.68, or 0.02%, to 2,903.58; and the S&P 500 was up 5.64, or 0.41%, to 1,385.67.
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July 10, 2014
16:25 EDTHDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
10:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO prepares reshaping plans
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10:18 EDTHDHome Depot, Lowe's estimates cut after warnings from floor, farm retailers
Weak results from Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) do not bode well for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) near-term outlook, Deutsche Bank warned in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators and farm products retailer Tractor Supply pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and Lowe's. The comparative sales of Home Depot and Lowe's have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, explained Baker. Lumber Liquidators, like Home Depot and Lowe's, is exposed to housing markets, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, like Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowe's are exposed to the outdoor/weather sensitive sector, according to Baker. However, there are differences in the companies' business models, and comparative sales at Home Depot and Lowe's are probably trending better than at Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, Baker believes. He lowered his second quarter comparative sales growth forecast for Lowe's to 4% from 4.5%, and for Home Depot to 4.5% from 5%. Baker's Q2 EPS estimates for both home improvement companies are now 1c below consensus levels. He kept a Buy rating on Lowe's and Hold ratings on Home Depot and Tractor Supply. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Home Depot fell 2% to $79.07, Lowe's declined 1.8% to $47.02, Tractor Supply tumbled 5% to $58.23, and Lumber Liquidators plunged 22% to $54.70. Shares of Tile Shop (TTS), which is also exposed to housing markets, fell 11% to $11.55 in early trading.
10:05 EDTHCLPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Cincinnati Bell (CBB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eldorado Gold (EGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Gerdau (GGB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Northern Tier (NTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... S&T Bancorp (STBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... T. Rowe Price (TROW) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Tractor Supply (TSCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim.
09:27 EDTHDHome Depot will standout as stable in current retail storm, says RW Baird
Baird believes Home Depot will stand out as stable in the current retail storm, citing its rising sales and margins and its return on invested capital profile. The firm's positive view was reinforced following meeting with management and Baird keeps its Outperform rating and $93 price target on the name.
08:51 EDTHCLPHi-Crush Partners downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg
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06:48 EDTHDHome Depot, Lowe's estimates lowered at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) preannounced Q2 comp misses. The firm says that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Deutsche calls its negative earnings revisions "relatively minor," as it thinks comps are probably holding up better at Home Depot and Lowe's. It keeps a Buy rating on Home Depot and a Hold rating on Lowe's.
06:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Vitalwerks settle lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTMSFTIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTHDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:09 EDTHDLumber Liquidators plummets after cutting full-year outlook
Shares of hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) are sinking in after-hours trading after the company cut its fiscal 2014 outlook. It also forecast second quarter results far below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, Lumber Liquidators forecast Q2 earnings per share of 59c-61c, far short of the consensus estimate of 90c. Q2 sales came in at $263.1M, also well below estimates of $303.21M. Comparable store sales decreased 7.1% for the quarter, and the company expects gross margin in Q2 to contract year over year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Due to the weak Q2 performance, the company cut its FY14 EPS view to $2.65-$3.00 from $3.25-$3.60, versus consensus of $3.34. It also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $1.05B-$1.1B from $1.15B-$1.2B, versus consensus of $1.16B. It forecast comparable store net sales in the low single digits, either positive or negative, compared to its previous view of an increase ranging from mid to high single digits. It sees opening a total of 33 to 37 new store locations in the expanded showroom format, down from the previous view of 35 to 40. CEO Lynch said, "A number of the factors weighing on our second quarter results are likely to continue in the second half of 2014. While we believe the third quarter may be weaker than we originally anticipated, we have a strong sense of urgency and we expect to regain traction to deliver operating margin expansion in the second half and in coming years." PRICE ACTION: In evening trading, Lumber Liquidators fell $13.52, or 19.2%, to $56.90 on heavy trading volume. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the flooring space include Tile Shop (TTS), down 5%, Home Depot (HD), down 1%, and Lowe's (LOW), down 1.8%.
11:00 EDTMSFTWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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08:31 EDTMSFTVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:24 EDTMSFTGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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July 8, 2014
17:09 EDTDKSDick's Sporting checks show 'aggressive' markdowns, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital said its store visits and online research indicate "aggressive clearance markdowns" in Q2 beyond golf, guns and ammunition at Dick's Sporting stores. BMO sees potential risk to its Q2 gross margin estimate and company guidance of a 60 basis point decline. The firm adds that its Q3 gross margin forecast could be at risk as management continues to align inventory ahead of the holidays. BMO has a Market Perform rating on Dick's with a $46 price target.
07:47 EDTMSFTThe Cato Institute holds a discussion
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07:32 EDTMSFTSemiconductor Equipment & Materials International to hold a conference
SEMICON West to be held in San Francisco on July 8-10.
06:10 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports June international rig count down 14 to 1,336
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