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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTHPQ, GME, LB, FL, AEO, CRM, HTZ, RAX, EBAY, PETM, DLTR, FDO, DG, ONNN, FCS, ISIL, SMTC, IRF, 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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October 8, 2014
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11:04 EDTHPQEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
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09:53 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTHPQHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:42 EDTEBAYeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
09:23 EDTFLCitigroup to hold a tour
Athletic Footwear Mall Tour travels to Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, New York on October 8.
08:10 EDTEBAYeBay survey suggests upswing in growth, says RW Baird
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06:13 EDTHPQNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTHTZOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
11:34 EDTLBChristopher & Banks plummets after cutting Q3 revenue outlook
Shares of specialty women's apparel retailer Christopher & Banks (CBK) are sinking after the company lowered its third quarter revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Christopher & Banks lowered its Q3 revenue outlook to $114M-$118M from its previous guidance of $122M-$124, trailing the consensus of $123.98M. The company also cut the top end of its Q3 margin forecast, lowering its margin growth outlook to 75-100 basis points from its prior view of 75-125 bps. SG&A dollars for the quarter are expected to be approximately $33.5M-$34M, below its prior guidance of $34M-$34.5M. Christopher & Banks expects its inventory at the end of the quarter will remain higher than the comparable prior year period on a dollar per square foot basis, but at a level lower than at the end of Q2, due to planned higher levels of core inventory. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company believes sales have been negatively impacted by continued softness in mall traffic and lower than expected sales from its September fashion show. The company noted that the demand for fashion merchandise exceeded planned inventory levels, due to late receipts associated with the West Coast port disruptions. President and Chief Executive Officer LuAnn Via said in a statement, "We believe that the continued softness in traffic trends, coupled with the difficult overall retail environment, have adversely affected our sales as compared to our initial expectations for the quarter." She said the firm assumes promotional activity will continue to be aggressive and that the current environment will continue to be challenging, creating continued pressure on sales and margins. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Christopher & Banks fell $2.69, or about 30%, to $6.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull-back, the shares have only lost approximately 2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty women's retailers include Chico's FAS (CHS), down 1.28%, Ann Inc. (ANN), down 2.1%, and L Brands (LB), down 1.13%.
11:27 EDTHPQ, RAXHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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09:18 EDTRAXRackspace partnership with Google positive for sentiment, says Wells Fargo
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09:03 EDTRAXRackspace to offer managed IT services support for full Google Apps for Work
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08:12 EDTHTZHertz Portugal to offer combined car and gold equipment rental package
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08:09 EDTHPQHP undisclosed info seen pointing to life in EMC talks, Bloomberg reports
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