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June 12, 2014
12:31 EDTRH, GERN, TWTR, LULU, HPQ, WAVXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after retail sales rose less than expected in May and first-time unemployment claims increased last week. In addition to the mixed bag of economic data, there has also been increased anxiety about Iraq in recent days amidst a backdrop of an Islamist militant uprising there, as evidenced by a seven month high in the price of crude oil. The market opened in negative territory and has remained there throughout the morning, though the averages have drifted in a fairly narrow range again. 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%. In Europe, the euro zone's industrial output rose 0.8% in April, versus expectations for a 0.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) climbed nearly 2% near noon after Goldman Sachs admitted that its negative thesis on the stock was wrong and upgraded the shares to Neutral from Sell. Among 34 research firms tracked by Bloomberg, none now have a "Sell" or equivalent rating on shares of HP following Goldman's upgrade... Twitter (TWTR) shares gained 4% after the company 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. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Geron (GERN), which advanced 26.5% after the FDA removed its partial clinical hold on the company's trial of imetelstat in myelofibrosis. Also higher were shares of home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware (RH), which rose 13% after the company's first quarter quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was yoga wear maker lululemon (LULU), which dropped over 15% 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 following was Wave Systems (WAVX), which fell 22% after it announced plans to sell about 5.2M shares of its common stock at a price of $1.90 per share. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 51.99, or 0.31%, to 16,791.89, the Nasdaq was down 10.49, or 0.24%, to 4,321.45, and the S&P 500 was down 5.57, or 0.29%, to 1,938.32.
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June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; June 26, 2015
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10:23 EDTLULUAnalyst warns lululemon seeing increased competition in Canada
lululemon's (LULU) Canadian stores will probably be under pressure as new competitors have entered the company's core yoga apparel market there, research firm Macquarie warned in a note to investors earlier today. The firm highlighted one such competitor, Lole's Learning. WHAT'S NEW: Canada based Lole’s Learning and lululemon have similar products, similar prices, similar marketing events and similar store locations, Macquarie analyst Laurent Vasilescu reported. However, Lole's prices are "a tad more competitive," the analyst stated. Lole's started out as a wholesaler, but now has about 2,000 retail locations, many of which are within walking distance of lululemon stores, the analyst stated. Lole's has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 29% over the last five years, according to Vasilescu, who kept a $42 price target and Underperform rating on lululemon. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 9, lululemon reported slightly stronger than expected first quarter results and said that its U.S. stores were posting strong same-store sales trends in the initial weeks of Q2, while its Canadian stores were seeing positive Q2 comp trends. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, lululemon rose 1% to $68.29.
10:00 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:04 EDTRHRestoration Hardware upgraded to Buy on RH Modern launch at BB&T
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06:52 EDTRHRestoration Hardware upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTHPQMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
13:31 EDTHPQWi-LAN unit enters into license agreement with Acuity Brands
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10:19 EDTLULUlululemon recalling women's tops with elastic draw cords due to injury hazard
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09:34 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB NFLX AMZN BAC CVX TWTR INTC GILD BBBY
June 24, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTRActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
14:13 EDTTWTRApple blocks use of app data to target ads, The Information reports
Apple (AAPL) is "quietly moving" to block companies from accessing data from other, unrelated apps, a practice which was used to target ads, says The Information. The report notes that Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) often analyze information from other apps on a user's phone in order to better target ads. Reference Link
10:26 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) December 40 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 44, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 20 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 42 according to IVolatility.
June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:54 EDTHPQPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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06:05 EDTHPQNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
11:21 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR BBRY
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09:16 EDTTWTRTwitter retains Spencer Stuart to assist in CEO search process, CNBC says
According to a tweet from CNBC, Twitter has retained Spencer Stuart to assist in the CEO search process. Twitter will reportedly only consider "full-time" candidates. Reference Link
06:02 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QIHU LULU
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