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October 24, 2014
05:36 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $350 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
17:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M
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16:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Q4 guidance includes about $470M for stock-based compensation
Q4 guidance includes approximately $470M for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.
16:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com down almost 7% following Q3 results, Q4 guidance
16:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B
Operating cash flow increased 15% to $5.71B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.98B for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow increased to $1.08B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $388M for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013 includes cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4B.
16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B, consensus $30.89B
Q4 operating income (loss) is expected to be between ($570M)-$430M, consensus 67c.
16:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 EPS (95c), consensus (74c)
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com October weekly 312 straddle priced for 7.5% move into Q3
13:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Sam's Club offering services to small businesses
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13:36 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q3 revenue $19.7B-$21.5B
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12:23 EDTSHLDSears says store closures story 'not accurate,' USA Today reports
Sears called the Seeking Alpha story regarding its plans to close over 100 Sears and Kmart stores and lay off more than 5,400 employees "not accurate," USA Today reports, citing an email from the company. Reference Link
09:37 EDTSHLDSears to cloes stores, lay off about 5,500 employees, Seeking Alpha reports
Sears plans to lay of 5,457 workers and close over 100 Kmart, Sears and Sears Auto Center locatoins, reports Seeking Alpha. nquiries with stores, mall managers and reporters across the country reveal that at least 46 Kmart stores, 30 Sears department stores and 31 Sears Auto Centers are scheduled to close before the end of January. Stores in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana will be hardest hit. Reference Link
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon: AWS cloud computing platform available to German datacenter customers
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08:17 EDTIBMIDC says IBM should look at Symantec info-management unit, Bloomberg reports
Analysts have said acquisitions would be a better use of IBM's (IBM) cash than share repurchases and IDC Corp. pointed to Symantec’s (SYMC) information-management division and cloud-storage provider Box as two logical options, reported Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
07:15 EDTIBMIBM CEO: Improving margins 'more important' than sales growth, Bloomberg says
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty told the Boston College CEOs Club of Boston that boosting margins is more important than sales growth, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 171, November is at 43, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
06:10 EDTTGTTarget's Canadian unit experimenting with overstocking, Globe and Mail reports
As part of its turnaround effort, Target Canada is experimenting with overstocking items at its premier locations and retraining employees to create a service culture, the Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAMZNApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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15:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments before earnings
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13:14 EDTAMZNMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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12:42 EDTTGTTarget free shipping impact already in guidance, says Wells Fargo
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11:59 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; MYL AMZN
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11:06 EDTIBMRumor: IBM moves up amid speculation Buffet has increased his position
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10:12 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active, reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday’s at Barclays
Best Buy October weekly 32, November 34 calls are active on total call volume of 3K calls (1K puts). October weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, November is at 44, December is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term upside price movement after reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays.
09:50 EDTWMT, TGTCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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09:07 EDTIBMIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:36 EDTBBYBest Buy reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays
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07:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 131, November is at 40, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
06:09 EDTIBMLufthansa nears agreement with IBM for IT infrastructure division
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05:50 EDTTGTTarget announces partnership with STORY
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05:49 EDTTGTTarget announces plans for holiday shopping season
Target announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on products, value and guest-friendly services; including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20. With conversion on Target’s digital channels up 40% this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80% of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve. Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31; a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10M users, and from Nov. 2-Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50% off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire. For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window.
October 21, 2014
10:16 EDTIBMIBM continues its post-earnings downside, levels to watch
The stock is down over 3.4% to $163.10 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $161.37 and then at $160.04. Resistance is at $165.21.
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Bank of Marin (BMRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore... Inland Real Estate (IRC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PerkinElmer (PKI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rhino Resources (RNO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Universal Forest (UFPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR CVX VZ MCD GILD TXN
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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07:50 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $125 from $160 at Credit Suisse
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07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
07:07 EDTADBEMecklerMedia to hold a conference
Inside 3D Printing Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California on October 21-23.
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:40 EDTIBM, ADBEForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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06:29 EDTIBMIBM downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore
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06:22 EDTTGTStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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06:08 EDTADBEAdobe and Nielsen announce strategic alliance
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06:07 EDTIBMIBM downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore
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October 20, 2014
16:20 EDTSHLD, IBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZN, SHLDOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
15:07 EDTSHLDSears Holdings November volatility elevated on sharp rally
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15:06 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $198 from $220 at Cantor
Cantor lowered its price target on IBM to $198 from $220 following the company's Q3 results and withdrawal of its FY15 EPS guidance. However, the firm believes the company has been undergoing a transition over the past few quarters and that the Q3 results are a "near-term speed bump" for IBM, on which it keeps a Buy rating.
12:37 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:09 EDTIBMIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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12:01 EDTAMZNNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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10:25 EDTIBMIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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10:11 EDTSHLDSears comments on rights offering, Primark deal in blog entry
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10:09 EDTIBMIBM hits fresh 52-week low after miss, levels to watch
Shares hit a fresh 52-week low earlier in the session at $166.71 but have bounced fractionally since then. That new low is now support. Resistance is at $172.99.
09:22 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTIBMIBM says acquistions meant to supplement, not transform, Enterprise business
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08:44 EDTIBMIBM CEO says recent Apple, SAP deals represent change in partnering strategy
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08:34 EDTIBMIBM lowers FY14 free cash flow view to $12B-$13B
08:32 EDTIBMIBM sees taking workforce rebalancing charge of up to $600M in Q4
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08:20 EDTIBMIBM says some fundamental industry shifts happening faster than planned
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07:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports Q3 net income 4.87B pesos vs. 5.12B pesos last year
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07:24 EDTSHLDSears board approves rights offering
Sears announced that the company’s board of directors has approved a rights offering allowing its stockholders to purchase up to $625M in aggregate principal amount of 8% senior unsecured notes due 2019 and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock. This rights offering will generate up to an additional $625M in proceeds, if it is fully subscribed and closes as planned, with the proceeds to be used for general corporate purposes. The subscription rights will be distributed to all stockholders of record of the company, and every stockholder will have the right to participate on the same terms in accordance with its pro rata ownership of the company’s common stock, except that holders of the company’s restricted stock that is unvested as of the record date are expected to receive cash awards in lieu of subscription rights. In the rights offering, the company anticipates that holders of its common stock, other than holders of restricted stock that is unvested, will receive subscription rights on a pro rata basis based on shares of common stock held at the close of business on October 30, the record date for the rights offering. Each subscription right will entitle the holder thereof to purchase, at a subscription price equal to the principal amount of each note, one unit, consisting of an 8% senior unsecured note due 2019 in a principal to be determined and a number of warrants equal to that principal amount divided by the strike price for the warrants, with each warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of the company’s common stock at a strike price of $28.41, the closing market price on October 17. The warrants will be exercisable for a period of five years following the offering. Upon the closing of the rights offering, the components of the units will immediately separate from one another such that the senior unsecured notes and warrants will constitute separate securities and will be transferable separately. The subscription rights will be transferable and are expected to be listed and traded on the NASDAQ. The senior unsecured notes will be transferable but will not be listed for trading on any exchange. The warrants will be transferable, and the company intends to apply to list the warrants for trading on the NASDAQ. Holders of subscription rights who fully exercise all of their subscription rights may also make a request to purchase additional units through the exercise of an over-subscription privilege, although we cannot assure investors that any over-subscriptions will be filled.
07:21 EDTIBMIBM sees $1.5B pretax gain related to deal with Lenovo Group
IBM (IBM) announced that on October 1 the company and Lenovo (LNVGY) completed the initial closing of the sale of IBM’s industry standard server business to Lenovo. The transition began on October 1 in countries that are part of the initial closing, which included most major markets. The transaction is expected to close later this year in most other countries which have a larger business footprint, with the remaining countries following in early 2015. The transaction price is approximately $2.1B and as consideration, IBM received $1.8B in cash, with the remaining consideration paid in Lenovo stock. IBM expects to recognize a total pre-tax gain on the sale of approximately $1.5B, which does not include associated costs related to transition and performance-based costs. Net of these charges, the gain is approximately $1.0B. Almost all of the gains will be booked in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the remaining portion expected beyond 2014, IBM stated.
07:18 EDTIBMIBM sees FY14 operating EPS down (4%)-(2%) from $16.64 in FY13
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07:16 EDTIBMIBM no longer expects 'at least' $20 operating EPS in 2015
FY15 EPS consensus $19.75. Says will provide view of 2015 in January. Comment from slides for Q3 earnings call.
07:08 EDTIBMIBM sees deal with Globalfoundries closing in 2015
07:08 EDTIBMIBM expects to request additional share repurchase authorization at Oct. meeting
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07:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q3 Global Services segment revenue down 3% to $13.7B
Revenues from the Software segment were $5.7B. Revenues from continuing operations from the Systems and Technology segment totaled $2.4B. The company’s total gross profit margin from continuing operations was 48.6 percent in the 2014 third-quarter period compared with 49.0 percent in the 2013 third-quarter period. Total operating gross profit margin from continuing operations was 49.2 percent in the 2014 third-quarter compared with 50.1 percent in the 2013 third-quarter period.
07:06 EDTIBMIBM committed to returning value to shareholders through dividends, repurchases
07:05 EDTIBMIBM reports Q3 EPS $3.68, consensus $4.32
Reports Q3 revenue $22.4B, consensus $23.37B. We are disappointed in our performance. We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry. While we did not produce the results we expected to achieve, we again performed well in our strategic growth areas – cloud, data and analytics, security, social and mobile - where we continue to shift our business. We will accelerate this transformation,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO.
06:15 EDTSHLDSears files automatic mixed securities shelf
06:07 EDTSHLDSears enters into lease agreement with Primark for seven standalone stores
Sears Holdings announced that it has entered into lease agreements with Primark for seven standalone stores. Sears will continue to have a significant presence in six of these locations with a streamlined store format of up to 100,000 selling square feet at each store. Pursuant to the terms of such agreements and subject to customary conditions, Primark will lease from Sears Holdings a total of approximately 520,000 gross square feet of retail space in mall-based stores located in the Northeastern United States. The space is expected to be delivered to Primark over the next 12 to 18 months.
06:06 EDTIBMIBM sees $4.7B pre-tax charge for Q3 results
IBM will reflect a pre-tax charge of $4.7B in its financial results for Q3, which includes an asset impairment, estimated costs to sell the IBM microelectronics business, and cash consideration to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Cash consideration of $1.5B is expected to be paid to GLOBALFOUNDRIES by IBM over the next three years. The cash consideration will be adjusted by the amount of working capital which is estimated to be $200M.
06:04 EDTIBMGLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM microelectronics business
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06:02 EDTIBMGLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM microelectronics business
05:59 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH AMZN
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October 19, 2014
19:59 EDTIBMIBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5B to take chip unit, Bloomberg reports
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17:42 EDTIBMIBM to make 'major business announcement'
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October 17, 2014
17:31 EDTSHLDESL Partners, affiliates acquire 17.74M common shares of Sears Canada
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16:55 EDTWMT, JCPStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
10:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatile in mixed trading as it nears 52-week lows
The shares have been trading in a dollar range, but with multiple sweeps higher and lower this morning as price nears the 52-week low at $72.27. At the current price of $73.74, next support is at $73.03, the session low. Resistance is at $74.18, the high of the day.
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:33 EDTIBMIBM reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $200.
06:22 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GT AMZN
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh now available in select areas in New York
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October 16, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 16, 2014
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14:42 EDTAMZNeBay appears done with same-day delivery 'experiment,' Re/Code says
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12:11 EDTAMZNeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
10:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks below $300, levels to watch
Shares have broken psychologically important support at $300, last at $299.59. At that price, next support is at $296.76. Resistance is at $305.01.
09:39 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:21 EDTIBMIBM volatility elevated into Q3 results
IBM October weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 27, January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 20.
08:06 EDTAMZNAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart well positioned to execute turn-around, says UBS
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06:34 EDTWMTWal-Mart head promises to upgrade minimum wage roles, Reuters says
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05:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to add 80,000 seasonal jobs
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October 15, 2014
18:26 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:37 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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15:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart to add 26M-30M net retail square feet worldwide in FY16
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15:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees FY16 e-commerce, digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B
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15:26 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments between $12.5B-$13.0B
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15:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees FY16 net sales growth of 2%-4%
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15:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%
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15:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart drops 4% after giving guidance at analyst day meeting
14:01 EDTBBYIntel launches 'Intel Experience' exclusively in 50 Best Buy stores
Intel (INTC) has launched “The Intel Experience” exclusively in 50 Best Buy (BBY) retail stores nationwide. The hands-on experience zone gives everyone the opportunity to try, explore and play with the latest, cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printing, gaming meets augmented reality, and digital disc jockey remixing.
13:21 EDTAMZNAmazon investor sentiment near all-time lows, analyst says
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11:47 EDTADBEPublicis acquires 3 Share, financial terms not disclosed
After recently forming a partnership with Adobe (ADBE), Publicis (PUBGY) announces the acquisition of 3 SHARE. Based in San Diego, 3 SHARE is a partner in Adobe's Business Plus Level Solutions. 3 SHARE will operate as part of DigitasLBi.
11:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart Sam's Club CEO: Our business pressure remains mixed
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10:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart says 'Savings Catcher' has 5M users, to open more registers than ever
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09:39 EDTWMTWal-Mart US CEO: Our first half was challenging and we need to improve traffic
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart expects to open 190 stores between now and end of the year
Wal-Mart US President Greg Foran believes Q4 actions will offset a portion of significant headwinds like wages and healthcare costs. Says the company will be "thoughtful" on wages.
09:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO outlines growth strategy at annual meeting
President and CEO Doug McMillon said "Customers make their shopping decisions based on four key dimensions – price assortment, experience and access. What we can offer them, and how we compete across those dimensions, is changing... We have tens of millions of customers visiting us weekly online and through our mobile apps looking for information, product options and then buying merchandise from us in stores and online. We’re known for assortment and we will be in the future.” Discussing price and experience, McMillon went on to say, “At Walmart, we serve value-conscious customers that come from all walks of life and all income levels. Price matters to our customers and it always will. As a company, being a low cost operator is in our DNA. This will never change and we will be the price leader, across a broad assortment, everywhere we operate." McMillon continued, “To capture the upside of our strategic advantages, we need to develop a more seamless relationship with our customers. We won't just be a store on the street." McMillon outlined what the company is doing to win now, noting that improving the company’s short-term performance is a priority across all of Walmart’s segments and markets. “Our supercenters in the U.S. should be delivering positive comps consistently. Our combination of pricing, in stock, service levels and merchant skills will generate improved performance in our supercenters. Our Neighborhood Markets continue to be a bright spot in terms of comp sales.” McMillon highlighted three key points that will drive the business going forward: “First, we're going to position ourselves to do a better job serving customers. We can create a next generation customer proposition through the combination of what we do with price, assortment, access and experience. We will save them money and time. Second, our priority is growth. Driving demand is the only sustainable way to deliver returns over time. Finally, we’ll manage capital in a disciplined, thoughtful manner.”
09:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO: We've recognized situation has changed, will respond accordingly
The company expects to continue investing in supply chain to support e-commerce with real momentum there. CEO Doug McMillon says "We will win in the new era of retail." and adds that "driving demand is the only sustainable way to deliver results." Notes once again that the company will manage capital in disciplined, thoughtful manner.
09:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart expects to change capital allocation plans, short term pressure
CEO Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. He adds that the company is in a "period of transformation." He said the company took leverage a bit too far, and improving short term performance is a priority for the company's business segments. McMillon said the company has room to improve in stock and at checkout. He says the changes won't happen overnight. Notes that low fuel prices are in the company's favor although healthcare is a headwind. Says the successor of competitors shows it has no excuse to not improve.
09:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO: Future looks bright with the necessary changes
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon reports availability of Cloud Drive on Instant video app
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07:32 EDTSHLDSears announces EVP Ronald Boire appointed CEO of Sears Canada
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sentiment nearing all-time lows, says Deutsche Bank
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart partners with VUDU for digital movie access offering
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06:33 EDTSHLDSears apologizes for swastika ring listing on online marketplace
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06:32 EDTAMZNTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon starts same-day deliveries in the U.K., FT reports
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October 14, 2014
15:24 EDTIBMIBM, SAP partner to accelerate Enterprise Cloud adoption
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTJCPHome Depot announces resignation of Marvin Ellison as EVP - U.S. Stores
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08:35 EDTAMZNAmazon set to open first retail store in San Francisco, GeekWire reports
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07:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney new CEO may not have expertise in right areas, says Wells Fargo
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.in, Future Group enter into a strategic partnership
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06:19 EDTAMZNGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTAMZNGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:33 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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12:16 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
12:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney risk/reward remains balanced, says RW Baird
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11:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to create 1,000 new permanent jobs at UK fulfillment centers
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10:12 EDTJCPHome Depot bench deep, Ellison departure not surprising, says RW Baird
RW Baird said it is not surprised to see Marvin Ellison leaving Home Depot (HD) since he was likely in the running for the CEO post that went to someone else, but the firm expects a smooth internal transition and noted that it views the company's management bench as deep. Baird, which maintains its Outperform rating on Home Depot, believes J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting a strong leader with extensive retail experience in hiring Ellison.
10:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
10:06 EDTJCP, SHLDJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime members to get early access to select Lightning Deals
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09:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart October volatility elevated into investment community meeting
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08:38 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney names Marvin Ellison CEO-Designee
The board of J. C. Penney (JCP) announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board. He will then succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year.
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon, Future Group in online sales pact, Economic Times reports
India's largest listed retailer, Future Group, has signed a deal to jointly sell items over the Internet with Amazon, reported Economic Times, which noted that Future will begin by selling apparel and then expand to in-house brands in the home, electronics and food categories. Reference Link
07:15 EDTWMT, TGTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
October 12, 2014
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
17:20 EDTAMZNGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
17:41 EDTSHLDKmart reports payment data systems breach
On Thursday, Oct. 9, Kmart's Information Technology team detected Kmart's payment data systems had been breached and immediately launched a full investigation working with a leading IT security firm. The company's investigation to date indicates the breach started in early September. According to the security experts the company has been working with, the Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems. The company was able to quickly remove the malware. However, the company believes certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised. Based on the forensic investigation to date, no personal information, no debit card PIN numbers, no email addresses and no social security numbers were obtained by those criminally responsible. There is also no evidence that kmart.com customers were impacted. Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation.
12:11 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Gilford Securities
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07:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell with $4 target at Maxim
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07:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Hold at Maxim
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:49 EDTSHLDWhirlpool risks from Sears exposure overstated, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill said Whirlpool (WHR) concerns from Sears (SHLD) exposure are overdone and notes total revenues from Sears are approximately 9% of North American revenues. Shares are Buy rated.
06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions for Jabong acquisition, Economic Times says
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