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June 12, 2014
12:31 EDTHPQ, TWTR, RH, LULU, GERN, 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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September 22, 2014
09:38 EDTHPQ, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP in takeover, CNBC reports
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09:17 EDTHPQHP considered spinning off Printing, PC units, CNBC reports
09:16 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP, talks have ended, CNBC reports
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09:15 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), up 34% after Merck KGaA (MKGAY) to acquire the company for $17B... Viasystems (VIAS), up 44% after TTM Technologies (TTMI) acquires the company for $16.46 per share in cash and stock. TTM is up 15.5% after the deal... Clorox (CLX), up 5.4% after the New York Post said the company turned down offer to sell or merge with rival... EMC (EMC), up 2.5% after The Wall Street Journal said the company is considering options that could include merging with a rival and held on-and-off merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) for almost a year, though the Journal added that those talks recently ended... Epiq Systems (EPIQ), up 9.9% after P2 Capital confirms 16.9% stake in Epiq and that the company turned down the shareholders' $20 per share takeover offer... Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 2.7% after the company sells to Siemens (SIEGY) for $83 per share or $7.6B... TAT Technologies (TATT), up 6.6% after a division of the company signed a maintenance agreement with Republic Airways (RJET). LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 2.1% after stock was downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Bernstein... InvenSense (INVN), down 2.9% after downgraded at RW Baird... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), down 5.6% after TH-302 Phase 3 trial events to occur later than expected.
06:11 EDTHPQEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 19, 2014
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11:24 EDTTWTRTD Ameritrade:Alibaba premarket orders approaching Facebook levels, Reuters says
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10:06 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
07:40 EDTLULUVF Corp. upgraded to Buy, could target lululemon, says KeyBanc
As previously reported, KeyBanc upgraded VF Corp (VFC) to Buy from Hold with an $80 price target. The firm cited momentum at its Timberland brand, VF's strong brand portfolio, and the potential for another large M&A transaction. The analyst said VF Corp. is well positioned to complete another large deal and could target lululemon (LULU). KeyBanc believes lululemon's quality issues, forecasting and store operational challenges play into VF Corp.'s strengths and that such an acquisition would be 10c accretive initially and 80c accretive over time.
07:19 EDTHPQNew America Foundation to hold a discussion
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September 18, 2014
16:24 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital
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10:40 EDTRHPier 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).
09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL YHOO TWTR VVUS RAD PWE WFM TSLA PIR SHLD
September 17, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions 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.
11:02 EDTRH, LULUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
05:57 EDTRHRestoration Hardware implied volatility of 36 at lower end of index mean range
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September 16, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 16, 2014
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10:37 EDTLULU, RHOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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