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November 13, 2012
16:29 EDTHD, MSFT, MBI, BAC, GBX, AMD, TROX, AKSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were unable to rally after the major averages spent the majority of the day near their starting points. The U.S. reported its October federal budget at midday and the market met the data with a shrug. Dow member Cisco Systems (CSCO) is among those reporting earnings after today's close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., October's budget deficit grew to $120B from a $98.5B shortfall a month ago. Analysts forecast a $113B deficit for October. 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... COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) reported better than expected earnings before the bell and outpaced all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, advancing $2.22, or 3.63%, to $63.38... Microsoft (MSFT) saw shares trade down 90c, or 3.22%, to $27.09 after the head of its Windows unit resigned, though Stifel Nicolaus suggested that the departure could help the company over the long term... Shares of MBIA (MBI) slipped $1.60, or 19.02%, to $6.81 after midday news broke that Bank of America (BAC) commenced a debt tender offer in a bid to stop MBIA from getting consent from bondholders to make certain changes to its bond covenants... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Greenbrier (GBX), up $2.78, or 19.93%, to $16.73 after activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 9.99% stake in the company and called shares undervalued. Also higher were shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which spiked as high as $2.26 but closed up 10c, or 5.03%, at $2.09 after Reuters said the company has hired JPMorgan (JPM) to explore options potentially including the sale of patents or an outright sale of the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Tronox (TROX), down $3.54, or 18.91%, to $15.18 after the company reported Q3 earnings that missed consensus estimates, though the company's CEO said he sees sales increasing in 2013. Also lower were shares of AK Steel (AKS), down 96c, or 17.58%, to $4.50 after the company warned its Q4 losses are likely to be worse than analysts estimated... INDICES: The Dow lost 58.90, or 0.46%, to 12,756.18; the Nasdaq fell 20.37, or 0.70%, to 2,883.89; and the S&P 500 shed 5.50, or 0.40%, to 1,374.53.
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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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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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14:08 EDTBACBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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12:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft laying off 2,100 employees today, company tells CNBC
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lays off 2,100 employees, Seattle Times reports
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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).
07:17 EDTAKSAK Steel reinstated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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05:56 EDTAMDStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; AMD BBRY
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05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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September 17, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
13:51 EDTHDJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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13:16 EDTBACHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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12:08 EDTAKSSteel stocks rally as U.S. Steel, Nucor provide improved outlooks
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09:10 EDTAKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:54 EDTBACNY Attorney General announces NYC bank identity-theft ring takedown
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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06:02 EDTGBXGreenbrier announces orders for 15,000 railcars valued at $1.37B
Greenbrier announced that it received new orders in its fourth quarter ended August 31 and through the date of this release for 15,000 railcar units valued at $1.37B. The announced orders comprise a broad range of railcar types including tank cars, small cube covered hopper cars for sand and cement service, medium cube covered hopper cars for grain service, automotive carrying cars, and a recent award for 3,100 double-stack intermodal units. In addition, Greenbrier received a recent deck cargo barge order which brings total marine backlog to $112 million and extends Greenbrier's marine backlog to 2016. Since September 1, 2013 through the date of this release, Greenbrier has received orders for almost 39,000 railcars in North America and Europe valued at $3.72B. The average sales price of $95,000 reflects the diversity of railcar types ordered.
05:55 EDTAMDStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; AMD ADBE
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