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June 12, 2014
16:24 EDTRH, INTC, LUV, LULU, HPQ, DAL, TWTROn 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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May 13, 2015
11:12 EDTLUVSouthwest raises dividend 25%, announces new $1.5B share repurchase plan
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11:10 EDTLUVSouthwest raises dividend 25%, announces new $1.5B share repurchase plan
09:56 EDTDALEquity options with increasing volume
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09:50 EDTDALDelta Air Lines rallies after boosting dividend, buyback program
Shares are up over 3.5% to $47.72 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $49.19. Support is at $47.28.
09:49 EDTLULUlululemon April channel checks appear strong, says Bernstein
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09:39 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTDALDelta Air Lines raises 2015-2017 EPS growth outlook to 15%-plus
Delta Air Lines in presentation slides raised its 2015-2017 earnings growth outlook to 15%-plus from 10%-15%. Delta raised its 2015-2017 operating margin guidance to 14%-16% from 11%-14%. It sees return on invested capital 20%-25% versus a prior outlook of 15%-18%. The airliner also raised its operating cash flow outlook to $7B-$8B from $6B. "Strong progress drives the third upward revision to our targets in three years," Delta said in the slides. It added, "Strong operating cash flow, combined with disciplined capital spending, produces sustainable free cash flow of $4-5 billion annually."
09:21 EDTDALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:32 EDTINTCCLSA to hold a conference
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07:13 EDTDALBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2015 Transportation Conference is being held in Boston on May 13-14.
07:04 EDTDALDelta Air Lines to return additional $6B to shareholders through 2017
Delta's board announced a new $5B share repurchase program, to be completed no later than December 31, 2017. In addition, the company's quarterly dividend will increase by 50% to 13.5c per share beginning in the September 2015 quarter. These two programs are expected to return more than $6B to shareholders through 2017. The company also announced that it is on track to complete the remaining $725M of its prior $2 billion share repurchase authorization by June 30. When this authorization is completed, Delta will have returned a total of $3B in dividends and share repurchases since announcing its initial program two years ago. Going forward, the company intends to return at least 50% of free cash flow to shareholders through 2017. The new $5B repurchase authorization and 50% increase to the quarterly dividend approved by Delta's board are expected to return more than $6B to shareholders through 2017. Delta ended the March 2015 quarter with $7.4B of adjusted net debt, a reduction of $2B since the end of 2013 and roughly $10B since the company began its debt reduction efforts in 2009. The company has set a target to achieve and maintain $4B of adjusted net debt by year end 2017. This debt level is expected to result in annual net interest expense of ~$200M, a $1.1B reduction compared to 2009. Since 2009, Delta has increased its pension plan assets by $1.7 billion, net of $5.2 billion in distributions, through a combination of contributions and asset returns. The company plans to maintain its current $1 billion annual funding level through 2020, with a goal of achieving 80% funded status by that date. Delta made a one-time additional $200M contribution in 2015, for a total contribution of $1.2B for the year, to keep the company on track to achieve its 2020 target.
07:02 EDTLULUlululemon announces resignation of EVP, Global Retail Delaney Schweitzer
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May 12, 2015
18:30 EDTLUVSouthwest pilots union begins strike preparedness, says 'time for a deal'
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16:01 EDTTWTROptions Update; May 12, 2015
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12:04 EDTINTCIntel, eASIC collaborate on customized Intel-based solutions for the Cloud
Intel Corporation announced plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the “cloud.” The new parts will enable acceleration of up to two times that of a field programmable gate array for workloads like security and big data analytics while also speeding the time to market for custom application specific integrated circuit development by as much as 50 percent.
11:37 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
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10:28 EDTLULUOptions with increasing implied volatility: YELP HUM LULU CTRX
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09:38 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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07:51 EDTINTCDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTTWTRTwitter spent over $85M to buy Periscope, Niche, Re/code reports
Twitter paid over $86M to buy Periscope, a live streaming app, and Niche, a social media talent agency, earlier this year, Re/code reports. Re/code previously said Twitter acquired Niche for approximately $30M, including earn-out payments. Reference Link
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