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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTDG, GME, AEO, RAX, DLTR, LB, CRM, EBAY, FDO, HPQ, FL, HTZ, PETM, ISIL, IFNNY, ONNN, SMTC, FCS, IRFMarket 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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August 21, 2015
09:18 EDTFLFoot Locker says double digit EPS gains in Q3, Q4 'achievable'
Says forex negatively impacted margin by 20bps in Q2. Says overall traffic up "slightly" in Q2, international traffic was better than U.S. traffic. Says continuing to plan business "cautiously" for 2H. Says mid single digit comps remains "our mantra." Says with late start of back to school this year, believes there is a "good chance" for sales to be at strong end of mid single digits, both this quarter and in 2H. Says SSS month to date up mid single digits. Says double digit EPS gains in Q3, Q4 are "achievable" based on current sales trends. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:13 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Accuray (ARAY), up 12.7%... Brocade (BRCD), up 6%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 3.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Intuit (INTU), down 6.7%... Deere (DE), down 5.4%... Nordson (NDSN), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: GigOptix (GIG), down 20% after 9.22M share Spot Secondary priced at $1.70... VirnetX Holding (VHC), down 19.8% after filing to sell 35M shares of common stock... Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO), down 8.7% after TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein reports, via Twitter, that CVax Phase 3 study has been temporarily halted in Germany.
08:51 EDTCRMSalesforce reported strong results, says Roth Capital
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, Roth thinks the company's 8.2% sequential growth was "impressive." Roth says that Salesforce has the best growth of any large-cap tech company. It reiterates an $80 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:47 EDTHPQHP should be bought at current levels, says Bernstein
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07:43 EDTHPQHP risk/reward remains favorable, says UBS
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07:32 EDTHPQHP guidance will likely leave stock flattish, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital noted HP beat Q2 earnings estimates but believes its guidance will likely leave the stock flattish. The firm expects ongoing PC consolidation, continued cost savings, and for HP to gain incremental traction in its go-forward Enterprises solutions and Services strategy. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $45 price target on HP shares.
07:31 EDTCRMSalesforce remains favorite large-cap growth stock, says Canaccord
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07:26 EDTHPQHP results 'a net positive,' says Stifel
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07:16 EDTHPQHP didn't deliver bad news for first time in several quarters, says Citi
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07:16 EDTCRMSalesforce selloff a rare buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said Salesforce reported strong Q2 results with good guidance and views yesterday's market selloff as a rare opportunity to buy the shares ahead of the release of Dreamforce. The firm sees other catalysts including Marketing Cloud product launches, ongoing adoption of Wave Analytics, improving profitability, and compressed valuation. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $86 from $85 on Salesforce shares.
07:02 EDTFLFoot Locker opened 21 new stores in Q2
During the second quarter, the company opened 21 new stores, remodeled or relocated 65 stores, and closed 21 stores. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated 3,419 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, 48 franchised Foot Locker stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea, as well as 27 franchised Runners Point and Sidestep stores in Germany and Switzerland.
07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 gross margin rate of 32.6%
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07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 comparable store sales up 9.6%
07:00 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 EPS 84c, consensus 69c
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06:59 EDTCRMSalesforce reported another beat and raise, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Katherine Egbert says Salesforce "beat and raised, again." She views the company's Q2 results as "strong" and says the stock's valuation is "more reasonable" than other cloud names. The next potential catalyst for shares is DreamForce and the September 15 analyst day, Egbert tells investors in a post-earnings research note. She reiterates an Overweight rating on Salesforce with an $80 price target.
06:49 EDTHPQHP enterprise portfolio being underappreciated, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says HP's Q3 results beat expectations while a shift in some earnings into the quarter from Q4 drove "modestly disappointing" guidance. While PCs are weak, HP's Enterprise Group "significantly outperformed expectations," Scribner tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst believes the company's enterprise portfolio is being underappreciated by investors and that the upcoming split should be a positive for shares. She views HP's valuation as compelling and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $45 price target.
06:20 EDTCRMSalesforce upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research upgraded Salesforce to Buy and increased its price target to $82 from $79 following the Q2 report. The firm remains positive on Salesforce's long-term opportunities and in its ability to execute, and upgraded shares given the sell-off in shares.
06:04 EDTCRMJefferies keeps sell on Salesforce despite 'respectable' quarter
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06:01 EDTHPQABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:51 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index
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