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November 20, 2012
12:40 EDTKKD, CS, HPQ, PDCO, KO, JPM, CLF, GMCR, BBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as a surprisingly large write-down, and associated charges of fraud, from Dow component Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) somewhat overshadowed better than expected U.S. housing data. Stocks began the day moderately lower, with the early weakness attributed to a downgrade of French sovereign debt. The averages found a level almost immediately from which they began paring their losses. The averages were mixed and sitting on either side of the flat line as Fed Chairman Bernanke gave a speech stating that the fiscal cliff has the potential to influence economic growth significantly, for better or worse, this coming year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts increased 3.6% in October from the prior month, to an annual rate of 894K, versus expectations for a decline of 3.7%. Building permits declined 2.7%, to an 866K annual rate, versus expectations for a decline of 2.9%. In Europe, Moody's downgraded France's government bond rating to Aa1 from Aaa... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard shares plunged 11% to a 10-year low after the company recorded a $8.8B write-down "linked to serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations” related to its purchase of U.K. software company Autonomy. Almost lost in the scandal were H-P's results, as its quarterly earnings beat expectations but its view for profit next quarter trailed Street estimates... Best Buy's (BBY) earnings fell short of lowered expectations, its same store sales declined 4.3% and the company lowered its free cash flow view by almost a half a billion dollars, sending shares down 12%... In the financial sector, JPMorgan (JPM) announced a new Chief Financial Officer and Credit Suisse (CS) said it will combine its asset management unit with its private bank resulting in a simplified corporate structure with only two arms... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), which rose 6% after it named former Coca-Cola (KO) executive Brian Kelley as its new CEO. Also higher were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), up 22% after its Q3 results topped expectations. Among the noteworthy losers were Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), down 9% following a downgrade to Sell at Goldman, and Patterson Companies (PDCO), down 7% after the company lowered its FY13 EPS view... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 2.42, or 0.02%, to 12,798.38; the Nasdaq was down 3.44, or 0.12%, to 2,912.63; and the S&P 500 was down 0.33, or 0.02%, to 1,386.56.
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14:51 EDTBBYFollow-up: Best Buy guidance likely conservative, says BofA/Merrill
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14:28 EDTBBYBest Buy guidance likely conservative, says BofA/Merrill
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12:26 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:37 EDTGMCRKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
10:19 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:44 EDTBBYBest Buy tumbles on outlook, levels to watch
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09:15 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan valuation attractive, says Argus
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07:14 EDTCSCredit Suisse volatility elevated as shares trade at two-year low
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07:07 EDTBBYBest Buy sees y/y pressure on operating income rate as early as 1Q16
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy sees impact of external pressures continuing in FY16
The company says, "We do expect the impact of the external pressures he laid out to continue throughout FY16 and the impact of the incremental investments to begin in the first quarter. Additionally, we believe that the positive Domestic sales trends that we saw in mobile phones and home theater during the holiday period, in addition to the share gains we saw across other NPD-reported Consumer Electronics categories, were partially driven by the excitement around high-profile products and will not likely continue at holiday levels. As such, while we are excited about these investments and confident in our ability to execute against them, we are also appropriately cautious about the pressures. Therefore, we are currently expecting enterprise comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding the estimated impact of installment billing, to be flat to negative low-single digits and the non-GAAP operating income rate to be down approximately 30 to 50 basis points – reflecting a more modest sales environment and the impact of our incremental investments and SG&A inflation. We will more deeply discuss our growth initiatives, investments and external pressures in our fourth quarter earnings call in March – after we have completed our FY16 operating plans.”
07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy says increases Q4 outlook ex-Five Star business
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07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says holiday period growth rate lower than previous quarters
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy reports holiday period domestic revenue $10.13B, up 4.1% from last year
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports holiday domestic SSS up 2.6%
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06:58 EDTCSCredit Suisse to ask regulators to continue managing pensions, Reuters says
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06:55 EDTHPQHP removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTCSECB most likely will unveil bond buying program, NY Times says
The European Central Bank is "all but certain" to announce at its next meeting that it will buy government bonds, according to The New York Times. But the ECB may announce that it will buy bonds but say that it will only provide details about the program in March, some believe, the newspaper reported. Some economists contend that the initiative could be a case of "too little, too late," The Times added. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan, Citi fire or suspend Forex employees after Justice Dept probe, WSJ say
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06:21 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports December credit losses 2.56% vs. 2.61% last month
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