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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTGME, AEO, RAX, DLTR, LB, CRM, EBAY, FDO, HPQ, FL, HTZ, PETM, DG, ONNN, SMTC, FCS, IRF, ISIL, IFNNYMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
Stocks ended the week higher after several pieces of economic data beat expectations and investors cheered results from a number of companies, offsetting weak overseas economic data and somewhat hawkish statements from the Fed. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims, housing starts for July, a manufacturing index for July, existing home sales for July, and leading economic indicators for July all beat expectations... Overseas economic data was less upbeat, however, as purchasing managers' indexes for the euro zone and China came in below expectations... Minutes of the Fed's last meeting stated that some FOMC members believe that interest rates may have to be raised sooner than expected. Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Yellen reiterated in a speech today that the Fed's policy changes would be based on upcoming economic data. However, she did say that the FOMC s questioning the degree of slack in the economy. COMPANY NEWS: M&A news flow was strong against this week. German semiconductor company Infineon (IFNNY) agreed to buy its smaller peer, International Rectifier (IRF). Other names in the space, including Semtech (SMTC), Intersil (ISIL), Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) and ON Semiconductor (ONNN), rose in sympathy... Dollar General (DG) made a $78.50 per share bid for Family Dollar (FDO), in an effort to trump a previous $74.50 per share bid for Family Dollar by Dollar Tree (DLTR). Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's offer based on antitrust concerns... PetSmart (PETM) announced that it would pursue strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company... The website The Information reported that eBay (EBAY) is considering spinning off its PayPal digital payments unit... Hedge fund Blue Harbour Group announced that it had obtained a 6.4% stake in cloud computing company Rackspace (RAX)... Carl Icahn disclosed an 8.5% stake in Hertz (HTZ), but the car rental company withdrew its fiscal 2014 guidance, saying that it expects its full-year results to be well below its previous guidance range... In earnings news, cloud computing company Salesforce.com (CRM), apparel retailers American Eage (AEO) Foot Locker (FL) and L Brands (LB), and video game retailer Gamestop (GME), were among the companies that rose after reporting their results. HP (HPQ) and PetSmart dropped slightly after reporting their results.
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16:52 EDTONNNGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTCRMNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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16:01 EDTHTZOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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11:28 EDTGMEStocks with call strike movement; RIG GME
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10:10 EDTRAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:05 EDTHTZHertz restatatement news worse than expected, says Deutsche Bank
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10:02 EDTHTZHertz restatements to last into next year, says Wells Fargo
After speaking with management, Wells Fargo says Hertz's restatement process is likely to last through most of the first half of 2015. On the plus side, Wells notes that it confirmed vehicle fleet depreciation was not cited as an issue with the company's 2011-2013 restatements. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:56 EDTHTZHertz falls on restatements, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTHTZ, EBAYJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
09:38 EDTHTZActive equity options trading
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09:05 EDTGMENPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
08:20 EDTHTZHertz November volatility elevated into outlining new rental car strategy
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07:21 EDTHTZHertz: Lower revenue growth, higher directing expenses are transitionary
Interim CEO Brian MacDonald said, "We believe the lower revenue growth and higher direct operating expenses we are experiencing in 2014 are transitory, primarily associated with fleet and systems integration challenges related to the Dollar Thrifty acquisition as well as some execution issues. We are addressing the operational issues by strategically repositioning the fleet, hiring incremental sales and maintenance staff and migrating the Dollar and Thrifty financial and counter systems onto Hertz systems. Accordingly, 2015 will represent a transitional year with a more normal base performance becoming evident in 2016."
07:20 EDTHTZHertz sees FY14 corporate EBITDA $1.3B-$1.45B
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07:20 EDTHTZHertz reports Q3 revenue $3.12B, compared to $3.07B a year ago
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07:17 EDTHTZHertz to restate 2011, 2012, 2013 financial statements
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz to implement global cost reduction program
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz announces new U.S. rental car fleet strategy
Hertz announced a new fleet purchasing strategy to improve the U.S. rental car business's competitive position and customer experience. Hertz will purchase roughly 350,000 model year 2015 vehicles in the U.S., approximately 60% more than the model year 2014 vehicles. Approximately 25% of the model year 2015 fleet buy is being delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014. Approximately 70% of the U.S. operating fleet is expected to be risk vehicles in calendar year 2015 versus approximately 85% in 2014. As the company strategically transforms the U.S. fleet, the average U.S. risk-car holding period for 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles is expected to be substantially lower than the 2013 model year holding periods. To accelerate its fleet transformation, the company increased its fourth quarter U.S. risk vehicle dispositions by 45% versus plan, targeting its highest mileage vehicles. As of the end of October, approximately 40% of the sales planned for fourth quarter 2014 have been completed. For the full year 2014, U.S. car rental monthly depreciation per vehicle is expected to be approximately $280 - $300 per unit, which is higher than forecast primarily due to the accelerated disposition timeline and weaker residual values.
06:23 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 59 at upper end of index mean range
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05:52 EDTGMEOctober NPD video game software sales fell 27%, says Piper Jaffray
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