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June 12, 2014
16:24 EDTLUV, LULU, HPQ, DAL, TWTR, RH, INTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after retail sales rose less than expected, first-time unemployment claims increased, and oil prices continued their move higher as Islamic militants threaten to take over more Iraqi cities, including the capital. The major averages opened just slightly below the flat line and that was about as close to positive territory as they would get for the session. The commodity sector, which is often a safe haven for money during times of geopolitical turmoil, had its biggest rally in more than three months. In contrast, the equity market continued its losing streak. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose only 0.3% in May, and were up 0.1% excluding autos, as both growth figures missed the consensus forecast. Initial jobless claims rose to 317K in the week ended June 7, which was above the expectation for 310K new claims. Import and export prices both rose 0.1% in May. Business inventories rose 0.6% in April, with sales up 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) confirmed a report from Re/code that Ali Rowghani has resigned from his position as Chief Operating Officer. Rowghani will continue to be an employee and act as a strategic advisor to the CEO and the company does not intend to hire a replacement for the COO role, Twitter stated. Shares of the social network operator advanced $1.25, or 3.52%, to $36.79 after the management shake-up. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware (RH), which advanced $9.05, or 12.68%, to $80.40 after the company's first quarter quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher was Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which rose 14c, or 0.42%, to $33.39 after Goldman Sachs changed its view on its negative thesis on the stock and upgraded the shares to Neutral from Sell. In after-hours trading, however, HP was up nearly another 1% after chipmaker Intel (INTC) raised its Q2 revenue view, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Shares of Intel, meanwhile, were up more than 4% in after-hours trade following the increased outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was yoga wear maker lululemon (LULU), which fell $7.05, or 15.91%, to $37.25 and was downgraded at both William Blair and Stifel after the company reported Q1 results, lowered its FY14 guidance and announced the retirement of CFO John Currie. Also lower amid the recent spike in oil prices were a number of airline stocks, including Delta Air Lines (DAL), which slid $2.21, or 5.43%, to $38.50, and Southwest (LUV), which dropped $1.22, or 4.53%, to $25.72. INDEXES: The Dow was down 109.69, or 0.65%, to 16,734.19, the Nasdaq was down 34.30, or 0.79%, to 4,297.63, and the S&P 500 was down 13.78, or 0.71%, to 1,930.11.
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June 19, 2015
09:37 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTDALDelta Air Lines upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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07:44 EDTHPQTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
07:43 EDTDALDelta instituted $2 domestic fare increase yesterday, says JPMorgan
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06:26 EDTINTCIntel CEO confirms recent reports of layoffs, The Oregonian reports
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June 18, 2015
15:36 EDTTWTRLowercase Capital's Sacca 'bullish' on Twitter, hopes it stays independent
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15:28 EDTTWTRLowercase Capital's Chris Sacca says he doesn't want to be Twitter CEO
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15:05 EDTHPQOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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14:03 EDTTWTRTwitter to focus on live events with new 'Project Lightning,' BuzzFeed reports
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12:02 EDTTWTRTwitter to increase marketing efforts, run television ads, CNBC reports
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10:33 EDTRHOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:21 EDTDAL, LUVSouthwest, Spirit retreat after analysts downgrade shares
Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Spirit Airlines (SAVE) are falling after both airline stocks received downgrades from research firms this morning. Barclays downgraded Southwest, while Credit Suisse cut its rating on Spirit. WHAT'S NEW: Barclays analyst David Fintzen lowered his rating on Southwest to Underweight from Overweight, saying that the stock's valuation is above peer levels even though its outlook is no better than its large competitors. Moreover, the company's margins could drop in 2016 because of its "outsized growth," the analyst warned. Credit Suisse analyst Julie Yates downgraded Spirit Airlines to Neutral from Outperform, as she believes the airlines is facing more aggressive competitor fares. American Airlines (AAL) is offering lower fares than Spirit on five of the latter company's ten top ten routes for travel two months from reservation dates, the analyst stated. Moreover, Spirit's second quarter margins may come in below its guidance and the airline will probably reduce its margin outlook when its reports its Q2 results in late July, Yates predicted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Barclays' Fintzen was more upbeat on Spirit, continuing to identify it as his top pick among airlines. More broadly, Fintzen remains generally upbeat on airline stocks, predicting that the industry's profitability will be "far more durable" than the market believes. The sector's competition is balanced, and it has increased its capacity and airplane purchases much less than in prior periods of oil price declines, according to Fintzen. Additionally, the airline stocks' multiples remain overly depressed, he believes. He says that the following stock in the sector can climb about 50%: Spirit, American, Delta (DAL), and United (UAL). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Southwest dropped 2.2% to $33.11 and Spirit slid 2.4% to $60.91.
10:01 EDTLUVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Arch Capital (ACGL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Bankrate (RATE) downgraded on revenue headwinds at SunTrust... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Lumenis (LMNS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Nimble Storage (NMBL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Southwest (LUV) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit... Webster Financial (WBS) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:57 EDTRHRestoration Hardware announces pricing of $250M convertible notes offering
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09:33 EDTRHRestoration Hardware trading halted, pending news
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09:07 EDTLUVWillis Lease, Southwest sign five-year lease support agreement for spare engines
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07:30 EDTTWTRSalesforce initiatives should help social media companies, says Brean Capital
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06:09 EDTRHRestoration Hardware implied volatility of 29 at lower end of index mean range
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05:56 EDTINTCIntel to debut Skylake at Gamescon in early August, DigiTimes reports
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05:41 EDTDAL, LUVSouthwest downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst David Fintzen downgraded Southwest (LUV) two notches to Underweight from Overweight saying the company has moved from a margin expansion story to an "average" big four airline trading at a premium valuation. Fintzen expects Southwest's growth to normalize in 2016 and cut his price target for shares to $39 from $50. The stock closed yesterday down 7c to $33.84. The analyst coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Align Technology (ALGN) to Equal Weight. He remains bullish on airlines, with Spirit Airlines (SAVE) remaining his top pick, followed by Delta Air Lines (DAL), American Airlines (AAL) and United Continental (UAL). Fintzen sees 50% average upside in those four names.
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