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August 29, 2014
16:40 EDTBBYStocks finish week higher after upbeat U.S. data reported
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 29, 2014
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08:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart challenges Alibaba with additions to online site in China, WSJ says
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07:49 EDTAMZNPublishers claim Amazon used tactics for better contract conditions, AFP says
Amazon is facing backlash from a consortium of Japanese publishers after authors from the U.S. and EU claim that the online company used strong-arm negotiation tactics to obtain better contract conditions, according to Agence France Presse, citing comments from an anonymous publishing source. Reference Link
06:38 EDTIBMFord, IBM 12-year apartheid case granted dismissal, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin granted Ford (F) and IBM (IBM) dismissal of a 12-year case which accused the companies of backing human rights abuses in South Africa during the apartheid-era, according to Reuters, citing comments from Scheindlin. The judge decided that the lawsuit does not belong in the U.S. court system. Reference Link
August 28, 2014
19:36 EDTAMZNGoogle has been developing delivery drones for two years, The Atlantic reports
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12:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hires Visa executive, Re/code reports
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11:13 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP PBR
J.C. Penney (JCP) February 12 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 43, Petrobras (PBR) December 23 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 45 according to IVolatility.
09:57 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Brown Forman (BFA, BFB, BF.A, BF.B) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Visa (V) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
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08:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded at BTIG
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07:43 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:39 EDTAMZNAmazon.com acquisition raises concerns, says Argus
After Amazon (AMZN) agreed to buy privately held video game internet broadcast platform Twitch for about $970M in cash plus the potential for another $100M, Argus thinks that Twitch appears to be a promising start-up that targets a coveted demographic, young men 18-32. However, the firm is concerned about Twitch's profitability and whether Amazon's ROI will justify the purchase price. The firm, however, keeps a $480 price target and Buy rating on Amazon.
07:29 EDTAMZNSamsung says Amazon to begin 4K streaming in October
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August 27, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 26c to 27.89 Option volume leaders: AAPLTWTR TSLA PBR RSH GILD MCD AMZN WFM according to Track Data.
12:52 EDTBBYBest Buy rebounds after analysts defend stock
Shares of Best Buy (BBY) are advancing after a number of analysts defended the stock in the wake of the weaker than expected guidance that the company provided yesterday. WHAT'S NEW: After Best Buy yesterday morning reported slightly lower than expected second quarter revenue and estimated that its same-store sales would rise by a weaker than expected low single digit percentage in the second half of 2014, Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Keith said the results were solid while the guidance looks conservative. Best Buy's consumer electronics sales rose for the first time in several years last quarter and its U.S. comparative sales numbers were "decent," while its online sales surged 22%, Keith noted. Best Buy's sales guidance looks conservative because the retailer should benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 next month, while its TV sales, which are rebounding, historically become a larger part of its total sales in Q3 and Q4, the analyst wrote. He reiterated a $34 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank wrote that Best Buy is significantly cutting its costs, as the firm had predicted. It believes that the retailer can reduce its costs meaningfully going forward and it kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Best Buy advanced $1.49, or 5%, to $31.29. Yesterday, the stock fell nearly 7% following the company's quarterly report, which was issued before the opening bell.
11:50 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services says Zocalo now generally available
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11:49 EDTBBYBest Buy rallies on heavy volume, levels to watch
Volume is already running at more than 150% of the daily average, with the shares up 5.4% to $31.41. The move has nearly filled the bearish gap from yesterday, the top of which is at $31.99. That level remains resistance. Positive commentary from Piper Jaffray and Deutsche Bank this morning have helped spur the rally. Support is at $30.95.
11:32 EDTNILETiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
10:36 EDTBBY, SHLDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:01 EDTIBMIBM, Monitise form global go-to-market and resourcing alliance
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07:45 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy can cut costs further, says Deutsche Bank
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06:56 EDTBBYBest Buy 2H14 guidance looks conservative, says Piper Jaffray
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06:36 EDTTGTNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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August 26, 2014
16:22 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 26, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 27c to 27.69. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD JNS NFLX according to Track Data.
16:00 EDTAMZNAmazon steps point to digital health entry, VentureBeat says
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15:24 EDTBBYBest Buy valuation compelling, says BofA/Merrill
14:58 EDTBBYBest Buy still poised to beat Q4 expectations, says Jefferies
After Best Buy reported lower than expected Q2 revenue, Jefferies still expects the company to rebound in 2H14, with Q4 results beating expectations. The firm expects the company to benefit from positive product cycle trends in 2H14 and says that its Q2 sales were in-line with its expectations. Jefferies keeps a $38 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
14:54 EDTBBYBest Buy risk/reward favorable, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse remains a buyer of Best Buy and said risk/reward is favorable. The firm was not surprised by negative comps and lower earnings forecasts for the rest of the year and believes the company is poised to report Q4 upside. Shares are Outperform rated with a $40 price target.
14:47 EDTBBYBest Buy shares defended at Jefferies
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14:17 EDTBBYInvestors should sell Best Buy, Barron's reports
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13:26 EDTAMZNData suggests Amazon has sold no more than 35K Fire Phones, Guardian reports
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13:09 EDTAMZNAntitrust, breakup fee concerns hinder Google's Twitch acquisition, Forbes says
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12:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:23 EDTSHLD, BBYTRW September volatility elevated
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11:09 EDTBBYBest Buy shares decline as Best Buy reports Q2 sales drop
Shares of multi-channel Best Buy (BBY) are retreating after the firm reported that sales declines continued through the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's Q2 earnings per share from continuing operations was 44c, exceeding analysts' consensus estimates of 31c. The company's Q2 revenue was $8.9B, which was slightly lower than analysts' $8.99B consensus. Same-store-sales for the quarter declined 2.7%, which is better than the overall industry sales decline of 2.5% as reported by NPD. Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly noted that traffic to the company's brick and mortar stores continued to decline as consumers research and buy online. Joly noted that in-store conversion and online traffic continued to increase during the quarter. Joly said that in the back half of the year, the retailer plans to intensify its investments in customer-facing initiatives. Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Sharon McCollam reiterated that industry-wide sales are continuing to decline in many of the consumer electronics cateogries in which it competes, and said the retailer is seeing "ongoing softness" in the mobile phone category ahead of new product launches. She forecast SSS down in the low single digits for both the third and fourth quarters and sees Q3 and Q4 operating income in line with the first half of the year. For the back half of the year, McCollam sees continued industry softness and higher promotionality in Canada and China. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Best Buy said that it is "encouraged" by the response to 4K televisions and aims to expand its holiday gift centers within stores. The company's CFO McCollam said that the firm's mobile phone category is "complicated to forecast." She feels that the disruption of carriers "could have impact" that the technology retailer did not anticipate. McCollam said that despite great excitement for some high-profile phone launches, there is still a great deal of competition in the lower-end of the phone market. In terms of the start of the upcoming quarter, Best Buy feels that the beginning has been "in-line" with expectations. ANALYST OPINION: ISI analyst Greg Melich feels that Best Buy's Q2 EPS beat was due to a slightly less dramatic decrease in gross margins and improved cost controls. He feels that the market is likely to pay close attention to continued sales decreases when predicting the rest of the year despite the better than anticipated quarterly EPS results. Melich said that he will keep an eye out for positive signs that Q4 will experience an improvement given the highly promotional and competitive landscape last year. The analyst keeps the stock with a neutral rating and a $31.99 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Best Buy fell $1.59, or 4.97%, to $30.40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Best Buy peers include RadioShack (RSH) and hhgregg (HGG).
11:01 EDTBBYBest Buy shares defended at Morgan Stanley
09:57 EDTAMZNAmazon Twitch purchase underscores value of Vimeo, says Maxim
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTIBMIBM launches first SoftLayer data center in Australia
IBM announced that SoftLayer, an IBM company, plans to launch its first Australian data center in Melbourne in September. It will be the latest of 15 new data centers that IBM plans to open as part of a $1.2B dollar global investment to strengthen and extend its cloud services in Asia Pacific and around the world. .
08:56 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Tim Hortons (THI), up 10.5% after announcing merger agreement with Burger King (BKW), which is up 4% after the news. Burger King CEO Schwartz will become group CEO of the new company and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) has committed $3B of preferred equity financing for the deal... DSW (DSW), up 12% after reporting Q2 earnings beat, FY14 outlook above consensus... Kite Pharma (KITE), up 17% after announcing phase 1-2a results from trial of potential treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.4% after coverage of stock initiated at several research firms, including Morgan Stanley which started with an Overweight rating and $46 price target and named it a new top pick... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 9% following Bloomberg report on Chinese government considering funding for electric car chargers. LOWER: Best Buy (BBY), down 3.7% after reporting Q2 revenue below consensus, Q2 same-store sales decline of 2.7%... Sanderson Farms (SAFM), down 5.9% after Q3 earnings, revenue miss estimates... Movado (MOV), down 5.1% after Q2 revenue miss expectations... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Prospect Capital (PSEC), down 3.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), down 7.6%.
08:54 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says beginning of quarter has been 'in-line with expectations'
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08:44 EDTBBYBest Buy CFO says mobile phone category 'complicated to forecast'
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08:18 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says 'encouraged' by response to 4K televisions
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08:12 EDTIBMIBM selected by Davich Optical to expand global business
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07:10 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q3, Q4 operating income rate up in line with 1H
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07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy sees ongoing softness in mobile phone category
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy CFO sees SSS down in low single digits in Q3, Q4
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy: Benefits of Renew Blue cost reduction drove Q2 results
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q2 continuing ops EPS 44c, consensus 31c
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06:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Twitch deal won't move needle for 3+ years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes that Amazon's acquisition of Twitch.tv makes sense over a 3+ year window, but will not impact the e-commerce company's business before then. The firm thinks that Twitch offers Amazon unique content that attracts very active users. and could help Amazon drive digital download sales over the longer term. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon.
August 25, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires Twitch Interactive for approximately $970M
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15:18 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Best Buy (BBY), consensus 31c; Golar LNG (GLNG), consensus (7c); DSW (DSW), consensus 32c; Tech Data (TECD), consensus 77c; Sanderson Farms (SAFM), consensus $3.82; Movado (MOV), consensus 54c; Trina Solar (TSL), consensus 14c.
14:14 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments ahead of results
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14:05 EDTAMZNAmazon has agreed to buy videogame site Twitch for more than $1B, WSJ reports
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13:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart launching chip-enabled store-brand MasterCard
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13:08 EDTAMZNAmazon in late-stage talks to buy Twitch, The Information reports
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12:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises, levels to watch
The stock is holding above what was strong resistance at the $10 area. JPMorgan earlier recommended the shares as a long idea, and the stock is up over 4.6% on greater than average daily volume to $10.65. At that price, next resistance is at $11.22. Support is at $10.42.
10:24 EDTBBYBest Buy weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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10:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst predicts more store closures coming
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07:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney recommneded as a Long Trade Idea at JPMorgan
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06:19 EDTTGTU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 24, 2014
21:59 EDTAMZNVMware to hold a conference
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21:53 EDTWMT, TGTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
19:08 EDTSHLDInvestors should stay away from Sears, Barron's says
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14:09 EDTAMZNAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
07:09 EDTSHLDSears looking to shore up balance sheet, WSJ reports
Sears CFO Robert Schriesheim says the struggling retailer is looking to take steps to shore up its balance sheet over the next six to 12 months, the Wall Street Journal reports. The executive says Sears will work with its lenders to evaluate its capital structure, and may look to refinance some debt, including its revolving credit facility. Reference Link
07:08 EDTIBMIBM says China bank server business still alive, China Daily reports
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06:37 EDTBBYBest Buy weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:07 EDTAMZNAmazon hopes entry-level smartphone could extend ecommerce reach, DigiTimes says
Amazon released its mid-range to high-end Fire Phone in late July as it looks to extend its e-commerce reach, reports DigiTimes Research. Amazon had been in talks with Taiwan-based handset ODMs for the production of entry-level Fire Phones prior to the release of the current Fire Phone. Reference Link
05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
August 21, 2014
17:00 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in lackluster fashion as the averages opened just above yesterday’s close. There was little early reaction to the morning’s economic reports including the jobless claims data, Philadelphia Fed report, leading economic indicators, and natural gas storage change report. But by mid-day, the Dow had asserted itself as the day’s leader while the Nasdaq struggled to stain positive territory. As the afternoon progressed the Dow continued its advance, the Nasdaq hit 14-year highs, and the S&P also touched a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) rose almost 5% after a report said that a PayPal spin-off was under consideration... Hormel (HRL) gained almost 5% and hit a 52-week high after reporting better than expected earnings before the market opened... Sears Holding (SHLD) fell over 7% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 60.36, or 0.36%, to 17,039.49, the Nasdaq closed up 5.62, or 0.12%, to 4,532.10, and the S&P 500 closed up 5.86, or 0.29%%, to 1,992.37.
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
13:00 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hired workers for drone delivery program, TechCrunch says
Amazon has hired several technical workers for its Amazon Prime Air project, which involves attempting to set up a program to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less using drones, according to TechCrunch. Among the employees that Amazon has hired for the project are former aerospace engineers, a NASA astronaut, a number of Microsoft researchers and Bing engineers, and the co-founder of Keyhole, the original developer of Google Earth, TechCrunch stated. Reference Link
11:44 EDTIBMHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:35 EDTJCP, SHLDSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:50 EDTSHLDSears falls after earnings, levels to watch
The stock is down 4.7% to $34.24 at time of writing following a much wider than expected loss for the company's Q2. At current price support is at the session low at $33.51 and then at $32.62. Resistance is at $35.16.
09:37 EDTSHLD, WMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTIBMIBM cloud technology selected by Wespac
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09:02 EDTIBMIBM's private cloud resilence services selected by Ujjivan Financial
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09:01 EDTIBMIBM partners with Veda
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07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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06:04 EDTSHLDSears reports Q2 EPS ($5.39), consensus ($2.63)
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06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
August 20, 2014
15:17 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly 36.5 straddle priced for 8.5% move into Q2
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12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:05 EDTIBMImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTIBMImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:54 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Sears Holdings August weekly call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 55, December is at 46, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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August 18, 2014
18:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart not likely to bid for Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
According to people familiar with the situation, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is unlikely to make an offer for Family Dollar Stores (FDO), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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11:57 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP GPRO
J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 43, GoPro (GPRO) January 48 call option implied volatility decreased 8% to 45 according to IVolatility.
11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
08:47 EDTWMTDollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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