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November 26, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 26, 2014
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11:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart pares executive ranks in China amid restructuring, Bloomberg says
Wal-Mart has dismissed around 30 senior executives in China, says Bloomberg. Walmart, which has faced headwinds in China from competition and food safety scandals, says the executives were dismissed in an effort to “streamline and simplify” its business, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to bring Black Friday discounts to China, China Daily says
Amazon is trying to make Black Friday a popular shopping day in China, according to China Daily. The company will offer discounts on its Chinese website on Friday, China Daily quoted the company as saying. Reference Link
05:46 EDTSHLDSears, Kmart to extend Cyber Monday deals to a week
Sears and Kmart, two leading integrated retailers, have turned Cyber Monday into a weeklong savings event to make holiday shopping easier for Shop Your Way members and customers. Cyber Week deals start Nov 30 at 12:00 a.m. and run for seven days to Dec 6 at 11:59 p.m. Plus, through the online/in-store collaboration between Sears and Kmart, members and customers can avoid shipping and pick up their gifts at more than 1,800 locations, ready in five minutes or less.
05:32 EDTAMZNAmazon.com lowers price of unlocked Fire Phone to $199
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November 25, 2014
14:44 EDTAMZNcomScore: Desktop e-commerce sales up 11% so far in holiday season
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13:16 EDTAMZNAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
12:22 EDTAMZNAmazon uniquely positioned in home services market, says RW Baird
After the Wall Street Journal this morning highlighted the recent roll-out of Amazon (AMZN) Local Services in select U.S. cities, RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says the tech giant is "uniquely positioned" in the $400B home services market given its position in e-commerce and ability to geo-target traffic to local service professionals. Sebastian notes the market is increasingly competitive, with Angie's List (ANGI), Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the public companies in the space. He also expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating on Amazon, point out Baird's initial e-commerce checks suggest a solid start to holiday shopping.
11:10 EDTAMZNWorldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014, IDC says
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. "The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks." Publicly traded companies in the space include Samsung (SSNLF), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). Reference Link
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09:11 EDTAMZNAmazon launches local service provider offering in NY, LA, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) has launched Amazon Local Services, which connects customers to local service providers, in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person briefed on the plan. The Fly notes that Angie’s List (ANGI) operates a service for members to research, hire, and review local professionals. Reference Link
08:30 EDTAMZNMakerBot offering 3D printed products on Amazon.com
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07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility at low end of historic range as shares near record high
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06:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Duncan Mac Naughton expected to announce departure, WSJ reports
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November 24, 2014
16:08 EDTIBMChinaCache announces strategic partnership with Aspera
ChinaCache (CCIH) announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Aspera to provide best-performance high-speed data transmission services for large files. Aspera, an IBM (IBM) company, developed the technologies that move the world's data at maximum speeds. ChinaCache will combine its high quality CDN network service with Aspera's FASP™ transmission technology to ensure high-speed transmission of large data files around the globe, with the added benefits of safety, controllability, cost-effectiveness and flexibility. The combination can increase the data transmission speed by 3 to 184 times, while enhancing the connectivity and stability of networks, as well as the security of data transmission.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 24, 2014
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14:24 EDTIBMIBM off highs after CNBC refutes earlier Icahn rumor
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14:18 EDTIBMIcahn has 'no involvement' in IBM, CNBC reports
Sources say Carl Icahn has "absolutely no involvement" in IBM, reported CNBC's Scott Wapner on Twitter, noting that the stock "had moved earlier on rumor that he did." Reference Link
13:32 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney director discloses 100K share purchase at $7.28
J.C. Penney director Javier Teruel disclosed in a filing late Friday the purchase of 100K shares at $7.28 on Nov. 19. Shares of JCP are up 5.5% in early afternoon trading.
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10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 47% in third week November, eBay up 12%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:57 EDTIBMRumor: IBM moves up on renewed activist investor speculation
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09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:14 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Sears Holdings overall option implied volatility of 80 compares to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results.
08:56 EDTIBMEricsson, IBM collaborate to research phased-array antenna designs for 5G
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08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart names former American Airlines CEO Tom Horton to board
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08:34 EDTADBEJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTTGT, BBYMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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15:08 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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12:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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11:30 EDTBBYGameStop plummets after Q3 results, profit outlook trail analysts' estimates
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are sinking after reporting third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, that trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: GameStop last night reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 57c and revenue of $2.09B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 61c and $2.2B, respectively. Consolidated comparable store sales dropped 2.3% for the quarter. The company said topline and comparable store sales were negatively impacted by the delayed release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. GameStop said new hardware sales increased 147.4% during the quarter, outpacing industry growth of 102.4%. Additionally, GameStop said it reached 47.3% new software market share in Q3. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, GameStop forecast adjusted Q4 EPS of $2.08-$2.24, below analysts' estimates of $2.28. GameStop expects Q4 SSS to be down 5% to up 2%. The company cited several titles being moved out of 2014 and the current sales trends of prior generation software for the weak outlook. For FY14, GameStop narrowed its EPS view to $3.40-$3.55 from $3.40-$3.70, trailing analysts' estimates of $3.68. Full year comparable store sales growth is now expected to be up 2%-5%, down from its prior view of 6%-12% growth. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Telsey Advisory downgraded GameStop to Market Perform given that the previous thesis for a robust new gaming cycle has not materialized. They said soft Q3 results and lowered guidance indicate the gaming cycle is not as strong as previously thought, and lowered their price target on the shares to $45 from $51. Another firm, RW Baird, called GameStop's Q3 results disappointing, citing its accelerating declines in old generation hardware and software sales, reduced guidance and a key title delay. Baird maintained its Outperform rating on GameStop shares, but lowered its price target to $50 from $52. Janney Capital said that GameStop's mobile miss is surprising and disappointing given the iPhone 6 launch and the company's need for mobile growth to break its dependence on the game cycle. Prior-gen software declines have been steeper, pushing out the software inflection beyond Q4, which the firm said is later than expected. However, Janney maintained the value of discs will be more evident and ease concerns as game file sizes increase. The firm maintained its Buy rating on the stock, but lowered its fair value estimate to $45 from $50. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GameStop fell $5.9, or 13.52%, to $37.66 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Including today’s pullback, the stock has lost approximately 23% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other video game retailers include Best Buy (BBY), which is up 1%.
10:47 EDTAMZNAmazon reported travel entry viewed positively by Piper's Munster
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10:01 EDTADBE, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com travel entrance could help margins, says Piper Jaffray
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09:17 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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06:38 EDTAMZNAmazon could launch travel service, Skift reports
Amazon is planning on launching a travel service, according to a report from Skift. Amazon Travel, which will go live around January 1, will feature a selection of hotels, the publication says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $43 from $36 at Citigroup
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06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon lease hints at same-day shipping, brick-and-mortar ambitions, WSJ says
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06:11 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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06:08 EDTAMZNFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
17:21 EDTWMTSolarCity announces new power, energy storage projects with Walmart
SolarCity (SCTY) announced it has entered into contract with Walmart (WMT) for the installation of new solar projects at facilities in up to 36 states over the next four years. SolarCity has completed more than 200 solar projects at Walmart locations since 2010. SolarCity has also installed and tested energy storage projects co-located with solar power generation at 13 Walmart facilities since early 2013, and will be incorporating ten additional storage projects in the next year.
17:03 EDTADBEAdobe initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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16:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:44 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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12:54 EDTBBYBest Buy strength a selling opportunity, says Evercore ISI
12:46 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite disappointing purchasing managers' index readings in both China and Europe. The market took its early lead from Europe and opened lower, though the major averages moved into positive territory following a trio of better than expected domestic economic reports, as the leading economic indicators, Philadelphia Fed survey, and existing home sales all beat consensus forecasts. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 2K to 291K in the week ended November 15, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged in October, versus expectations for a drop of 0.1%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI slipped 1.2 points to 54.7 in November, versus the consensus forecast for a 56.5 reading. Existing home sales rose 1.5% to a 5.26M rate in October, which beat expectations for a decline to a 5.15M unit rate. The index of leading indicators climbed 0.9% to 105.2 in October, beating expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to 40.8 in November, easily topping the consensus expectation for a 18.0 reading. In Asia, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI for China fell to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, which is down from a final reading of 50.4 in October and below the 50.3 consensus forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash eurozone PMI composite output index, which tracks surveys from both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at 51.4 for November, which was down from 52.1 in October and represents the measure's lowest level in 16 months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Best Buy (BBY) advanced 7% after its third quarter profit beat estimates and it reported that its domestic same-store sales grew 3.2%. The electronics retailer also said the sales trends it is seeing as its enters the critical fourth quarter are "encouraging from a top-line perspective." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which rose nearly 10% after the home goods retailer's third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and the company raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher following its own "beat and raise" quarterly report was Kirkland's (KIRK), which advanced 18%. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 9% after its fourth quarter earnings missed expectations and the company said it will no longer give yearly guidance. Also lower was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which dropped 6% after its first quarter profit outlook fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates and the company's Chief Financial Officer announced plans to depart. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,693.57, the Nasdaq was up 22.08, or 0.47%, to 4,697.80, and the S&P 500 was up 3.01, or 0.15%, to 2,051.73.
12:30 EDTNILEBlue Nile insiders selling shares as compeition increases, TheStreetSweeper says
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12:27 EDTNILEBlue Nile mentioned cautiously by TheStreetSweeper
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10:02 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Boston Properties (BXP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... E-House (EJ) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Owens-Illinois (OI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Quality Systems (QSII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Sapient (SAPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Harsco (HSC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Telsey Advisory.
09:21 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTBBYBest Buy says will evaluate cash position, potential buybacks after Q4
Best Buy says its knows how important that the matter of cash return is to investors, and that its use of cash will be evaluated after Q4, but also notes that its "number one priority" for its cash is investing in growth.
08:40 EDTBBYBest Buy says few stores not cash flow positive
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08:24 EDTBBYBest Buy cites strength in televisions, computing, tablets helping Q3 top-line
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07:25 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI downgraded Target based on balanced risk/reward and notes competition is unlikely to abate. Price target remains $71.
07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy says internal, external factors could pressure operating income rate
CFO McCollam said "The sales trends we are seeing in our business as we enter the fourth quarter are encouraging from a top-line perspective. But to drive these results, similar to Q3, there are internal and external factors that we believe could put pressure on our operating income rate. The internal factors include: (1) the increased mix of faster growing, but lower-margin products in our revenue; (2) the potential impact of higher incentive compensation, particularly in our retail stores, based on our expected year-over-year improvement in performance; (3) higher growth in our lower-margin online channel; and (4) intensified investments in customer-facing initiatives. The external factors include: (1) an intensely promotional competitive environment; (2) a possible constraint in product availability in recent high-profile product launches; and (3) a potential supply chain disruption related to the West Coast port delays.”
07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy says total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions at $965M
Since its Q2 FY15 earnings release, Renew Blue annualized cost reductions have increased an additional $65 million, bringing the total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions to $965 million.
07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q4 revenue, SSS growth 'near-flat' y/y
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q3 continuing ops EPS 32c, consensus 25c
Reports Q3 revenue $9.38B, consensus $9.11B. Reports Q3 SSS up 2.2%.
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon using robots to help speed delivery, WSJ reports
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05:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to start Black Friday deals on Friday, Nov. 21
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November 19, 2014
17:38 EDTTGTTarget looks 'poised for more gains', Barron's says
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16:31 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:31 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments before results
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14:25 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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13:33 EDTBBYBest Buy November 36 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q3
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12:46 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:21 EDTTGTTarget CEO says 'not happy' with Target Canada performance
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11:08 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 as 'notable infelction point'
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11:08 EDTTGTTarget says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season
Says saw positive comps in all three months of quarter. Says saw strong start to back to school, back to college season. Says sales slowed entering October, but recovered at the end of the month. Says omnichanel, flexible fulfillment capabilities "key" to long-term success. Says smaller format stores present "exciting" opportunity for company. Says company must continue to find cost savings opportunities in years to come. Says traffic trend has improved in every quarter this year. Confident in plans for upcoming holiday season. Doesn't anticipate share repurchase in Q4. Says "feels good" about current U.S. inventory levels. Expects competitive environment to remain highly promotional this holiday season. Sees Q4 gross margin improving y/y. Says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season. Sees Q4 U.S. SSS up about 2%. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call. Target shares are up 5.64% to $71.38 in morning trading.
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10:11 EDTAMZNJetPay names Pete DuPré as Chief Information Officer
JetPay (JTPY) announced the hiring of Pierre "Pete" J. DuPré as Chief Information Officer of the company. DuPré will be leading the company’s efforts to expand our product offering and as well as add new functionalities to our current products and services. DuPré's most recent position was with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), where he served as a Technology Transformation Advisor.
09:39 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTIBMVeolia Environment, IBM announce new partnership
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV Stick begins shipping today
Amazon announced that Fire TV Stick started shipping today. Fire TV Stick costs $39.
08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.15-$3.25, consensus $3.19
Full-year 2014 GAAP EPS is expected to be (45) cents below Adjusted EPS, reflecting: Pre-tax early debt retirement losses, recognized in interest expense, of $285 million, or (27) cents per share; Year-to-date net pre-tax data breach expenses of $140 million, or (14) cents per share; Pre-tax impairment losses of $31 million, or (3) cents per share; Pre-tax expense of $13 million, or (1) cent per share, related to Target’s decision to convert existing co-branded cards to MasterCard chip-enabled cards in 2015, and; A (5)-cent per share impact related to the expected reduction of the beneficial interest asset, partially offset by; A benefit of 5 cents per share from the favorable resolution of various income tax matters. GAAP EPS guidance does not include an estimate of future data breach-related expenses, which are not expected to be material in any individual period.
08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.13-$1.23, consensus $1.22
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 U.S. segment SSS up 1.2%
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08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 47c
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07:26 EDTBBYBest Buy November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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06:34 EDTAMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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05:15 EDTWMTWalmart to match competitors' Black Friday deals one week early
Walmart announced that for the second year, the retailer is lowering the prices on popular toys, electronics and more to match or beat select Black Friday offers from national competitors one week early. Walmart’s Pre-Black Friday Event begins Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 a.m. and also gives customers an early taste of Walmart’s Black Friday prices by moving up items typically found on Black Friday.
November 18, 2014
15:41 EDTTGTTarget November 67.5 straddle priced for 3.8% move into Q3
15:21 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTTGTTarget technical comments ahead of results
The stock in the past three months has outperformed the broader averages, trading up over 14%. Most of that outperformance has been in recent days leading up to earnings. That move broke the shares out of a very narrow trading range that had persisted for two months. With the shares trading close to the 52-week high at $68.28, strong positive news or an upside surprise could propel the stock through that level and to the lifetime high at $73.50. A failure to break through the $70 area, particularly on a negative surprise, could leave the shares vulnerable to a larger than normal correction. On a long-term basis a failure at $70 would be a third attempt up that failed at resistance. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $64.65, $61.46, and $59.57. The low of the range prior to the recent breakout was at $54.66, which is the 52-week low.
15:05 EDTAMZNcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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15:02 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 25 hosted by Jefferies.
15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with B. Riley
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12:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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12:44 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees FY14 adjusted EPS view of $3.10-$3.30
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11:48 EDTIBMIBM introduces new e-mail application for business
IBM announced earlier today that it is reinventing enterprise email with a new freemium social collaboration offering that uses built-in analytics to give individuals a new way to converse, find the right people and information fast, and get work done. The company added, "IBM Verse stems from the company's $100M investment in design innovation and brings together its leading cloud, analytics, social and security platforms to transform the future of work. IBM Verse takes a vastly different approach to enterprise email by integrating the many ways employees connect each day – via email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates, video chats and more – through a single collaboration environment. It is the first messaging system to feature 'faceted search,' which enables users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information they're seeking across all the various types of content within their email. IBM Verse uses built-in analytics to provide an 'at-a-glance' view that intelligently surfaces an individual's most critical actions for the day. By learning unique employee preferences and priorities over time, it provides instant context about a given project as well as the people and teams collaborating on it. This is in contrast to most freely available mail services that mine a user's inbox to increase advertising and monetize that data in other ways – an unwelcome proposition for business users concerned about privacy or which operate in regulated industries such as healthcare and finance.Clients using IBM Verse will also have the future option to embed a Watson feature into their collaboration environment, which enables users to query Watson on a given topic and receive a direct reply with answers ranked by degree of confidence."
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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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09:03 EDTWMTI.D. Systems receives three-year contract extension from Walmart
I.D. Systems (IDSY) has executed a three-year extension of its contract with Walmart Stores (WMT) to provide VeriWise trailer tracking and management services for Walmart's fleet of cargo trailers. The contract extension, which runs through October, 2017, has a maximum aggregate value of approximately $14M.
07:53 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:36 EDTADBE, IBMUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:57 EDTIBMCray price target raised to $40 from $35 at Stifel
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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05:29 EDTIBMIBM signs EUR 1B contract with Lufthansa
IBM (IBM) announced that it has signed a seven-year EUR 1B outsourcing contract to deliver IT infrastructure services for the Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLAKY) and its Group companies. According to the agreement, which is subject in particular to the approval of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board and antitrust authorities, IBM will first optimize the airline's IT processes to increase efficiency, which is expected to generate an estimated cost savings by an average of approximately EUR 70M annually for the Lufthansa Group. This agreement is in line with the terms and conditions as published already in October. As part of the outsourcing agreement, IBM will manage Lufthansa Systems' entire data center operations, help desk and printer services along with individual infrastructure services. Around 1,400 Lufthansa Systems employees will transfer to IBM. Infrastructure services are scheduled to begin from IBM on April 1, 2015. The contract was signed November 15, 2014.
05:26 EDTWMTDisney Movies Anywhere now available through Walmart VUDU service
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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15:45 EDTBBYBest Buy remains a top pick for the holiday season at BofA/Merrill
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14:21 EDTTGT, JCPEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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12:03 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:06 EDTSHLDSears Canada, JPMorgan Chase announce changes to credit card program
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10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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10:01 EDTSHLDSears introduces 'Reserve It' service
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
07:52 EDTIBMDepartment of Energy awards $425M for supercomputing technologies
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07:42 EDTTGTTarget looks to put massive breach in rear-view one year later, WSJ says
Encouraging signs are appearing for Target as the company looks to put its massive data breach in the rear view mirror about one year later as it reports earnings this Wednesday, said The Wall Street Journal's "The Week Ahead" column. Target shares are near 2014 highs after analysts have recently reported a pickup in foot traffic at its stores, the article noted. Reference Link
07:39 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $42 from $35 at Stifel
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $40 from $36 at RBC Capital
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTBBYSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:39 EDTWMT, IBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTWMTNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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14:46 EDTWMTDisney movies service partnering with Wal-Mart's Vudu, Reuters reports
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11:48 EDTBBYStocks with call strike movement; GILD BBY
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10:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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07:44 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated at 29 into Q3 and outlook
Target November call option implied volatility is at 29, December is at 21, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
07:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $91 from $83 at UBS
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07:36 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $32 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Best Buy to $36 from $32 ahead of its Q3 results. The firm sees a favorable near-term set-up, citing the company's cash balances, selection of premium products, and focused strategy of promotions deployment and expenses. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Best Buy shares.
07:27 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $92 from $82 at BofA/Merrill
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
16:36 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street saw another day of relatively quiet trading in a tight range, but the major averages once again finished the session higher than where they'd began. The Dow, powered by the post-earnings advance from Wal-Mart (WMT), led and closed at a new all-time high for the third time in the last four days. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rebounded 12K to 290K in the week ending November 8, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell to 4.335M in September, versus the consensus forecast for 4.8M openings. The Treasury reported a $121.7B budget deficit for October, versus the consensus deficit forecast of $117B. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart led the Dow, advancing $3.74, or 4.72%, to $82.94 after the world's largest retailer's earnings beat expectations and it reported U.S. comparable store sales grew 0.5% during the just-completed quarter... Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter and Gamble (PG) via a stock swap. In exchange for a recapitalized Duracell company, which will include approximately $1.7B in cash at closing, P&G will receive shares of its own common stock currently held by Berkshire having a current value of approximately $4.7B, the companies announced. Shares of Procter & Gamble, which also guided to FY15 core EPS growth in a mid-single digit percentage range, fell 88c, or 0.98%, to $88.60 after the deal was announced and guidance was issued. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baker Hughes (BHI), which surged $7.77, or 15.24%, to $58.75 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in fast-moving talks to be acquired by larger peer Halliburton (HAL), which also rose 56c, or 1.05%, to $53.79 following the report. Also higher was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which jumped $3.15, or 14.08%, to $25.52 after several media outlets reported that the animated movie maker company was in talks about selling itself to toy maker Hasbro (HAS). Hasbro shares fell $2.49, or 4.33%, to $54.98 following the reports. Also lower were shares of Revance (RVNC), which fell $4.93, or 23.48%, to $16.07 after the company said last night that the preliminary results from its ongoing open-label study suggest it still has "some work to do" to increase the probability of success for its upcoming Phase 3 pivotal program for RT001. INDEXES: The Dow rose 40.59, or 0.23%, to 17,652.79, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.11%, to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 added 1.08, or 0.05%, to 2,039.33.
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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13:28 EDTIBMBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
12:44 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:02 EDTIBMIBM signs 10-year, large-scale services agreement with WOOX Innovations
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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09:40 EDTWMT, JCPActive equity options trading
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07:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney price target lowered to $7 from $9 at JPMorgan
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07:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart up 1.3% to $80.25 in pre-market following Q3 earnings beat
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q4 EPS $1.46-$1.56, consensus $1.57
For the 13-week period ending Jan. 30, 2015, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to be between flat and 1%. Sam's Club expects comp sales, excluding fuel, for the 13-week period to be between flat and 2%.
07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart narrows FY14 EPS view to $4.92-$5.02 from $4.90-$5.15
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q3 continuing ops EPS $1.15, consensus $1.12
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06:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q4 comp guidance likely conservative, says Piper Jaffray
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart Canada planning to cut 200 jobs, Globe and Mail reports
Wal-Mart Canada is planning to cut 200 jobs, mostly at its head office in Mississauga, the Globe and Mail reports. The reduction is expected to be announced next week and follows disappointing earnings at the Wal-Mart unit over the past few quarters. Reference Link
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