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February 25, 2013
06:07 EDTIVZ, MS, BBRY, TM, GM, WFC, C, AAPL, FIATY, JCP, BAC, YUM, VLKAY, FOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: J.C. Penney (JCP) CEO Ron Johnson has seen sales fall by double-digits. By the end of 2012, analysts were warning the company could run short on cash. Penney's stock finished last year down more than 40%. Johnson was viewed as something of a savior when he was hired from Apple in 2011 but sources say he ignored conventional industry wisdom and moved too abruptly to impose practices inspired by his time at Apple. On Wednesday Penney reports results for the all important holiday quarter, the Wall Street Journal reports...An uptick in the housing market and rising consumer confidence resulted in another month of strong U.S. car and pickup sales that will be evident on Friday when auto makers post their February sales. Over 1.2M new vehicles were estimated to have been sold in the month, a 4.3% increase over a year earlier and a 15% increase over January, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Apple (AAPL) faces new competition in India from BlackBerry (BBRY) and is now aggressively pushing the iPhone through installment payment plans that make it more affordable, a new distribution model and a heavy marketing blitz. The new-found interest there suggests a subtle strategy shift for Apple, which has moved tentatively in emerging markets, Reuters reports...Yum Brands (YUM) will step up its monitoring of suppliers and improve testing of poultry as it looks to reverse a steep drop in business at its KFC restaurants in China after a chicken safety scare, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: U.S. banks want to capitalize on a dearth of financing for Europeís commercial property market thatís driven lending margins to five times the level prior to the 2008 crisis. Citigroup (C), Morgan Stanley (MS), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) are following insurers and distressed investors allocating capital to the region as local banks, which overextended during the last boom, are forced to contract amid new regulations, Bloomberg reports...As the bond market expects inflation to stay at about the past decadeís average, the biggest buyers of government debt say they need protection from rising consumer prices as central banks focus on growth. Pacific Investment Management Co. and Invesco (IVZ) say growing central-bank tolerance of inflation means securities with interest or principal tied to consumer prices are the ones to own, Bloomberg reports.
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May 13, 2015
16:28 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees FY15 free cash flow breakeven
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16:26 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 gross margin 36.4%
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16:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney narrows FY15 SSS view to up 4%-5% from up 3%-5%
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16:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 EPS (57c), consensus (77c)
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16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
15:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney May 9 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q1
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15:04 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:11 EDTTMToyota-Mazda partnership to focus on engineering over capital, Nikkei says
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13:15 EDTBBRY, AAPLInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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12:54 EDTJCPEarnings Watch: J.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (77c) on revenue of $2.87B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (96c)-(61c) on revenue of $2.78B-$2.92B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported fourth adjusted earnings per share of breakeven against estimates for 11c, on revenue of $3.89B against estimates for $3.87B. Comparable store sales were up 4.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 SSS up 3%-5% and said it expected gross margin to improve 50 to 100 basis points versus 2014 and free cash flow to be flat. On its Q4 earnings conference call, the company said that it expected Q1 sales to be impacted less than 1% due to the West Coast port slowdown. NEWS: On March 17, AdAge said Chief Marketing Officer Debra Berman would leave the company immediately. Later that day, Bloomberg reported that General Cousnel Janet Dhillon would also leave the company, which was confirmed by J.C. Penney on March 20. On April 28, J.C. Penney appointed Mary Beth West as executive vice president and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, effective June 1. In an April regulatory filing, J.C. Penney said it became aware that a senior company official "inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the companyís comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%." The company said it expects Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%, which takes into account the shift of Easter into March. The retailer said it would introduce Sephora to 25 additional stores starting on May 1. In April, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters warning J.C. Penney and other retailers that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of J.C. Penney's Q4 results, Deutsche Bank said J.C. Penney remained a "show me story" until liquidity is improved. Craig-Hallum said J.C. Penney's 2015 gross margin outlook supports its view the company's 2017 financial targets are "unattainable." In March, JPMorgan raised its price target for the retailer to $10 from $8 and said management expressed confidence in the companyís ability to reach its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Baird said J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing," but believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are up over 7.45%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, J. C. Penney is down 2.5% to $8.66.
09:39 EDTAAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTMSMorgan Stanley fined $2M by FINRA for short interest reporting, rule violations
FINRA announced that it has fined Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC $2M for short interest reporting and short sale rule violations that spanned a period of more than six years, and for failing to implement a supervisory system reasonably designed to detect and prevent such violations. FINRA found that Morgan Stanley, over several years, failed to completely and accurately report its short interest positions in certain securities involving billions of shares. FINRA also found that the firm's supervisory system was deficient because it failed to detect and prevent these violations over an extended period of time. FINRA found that over a seven-year period, Morgan Stanley included positions from the accounts of non-broker-dealer affiliates in a number of aggregation units when determining each unit's net position. FINRA also found that the firm's supervisory system was not reasonably designed to detect and prevent such violations. In concluding this settlement, Morgan Stanley neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
08:59 EDTCEasterly Government Properties names Meghan Baivier as COO
Easterly Government Properties (DEA) announced that Meghan Baivier has been named EVP and COO, effective May 12. Baivier will be responsible for overseeing the alignment of the firmís growth strategy and financial goals with operations, capital markets and finance activities. Prior to joining Easterly Government Properties, Baivier served as VP of Citigroupís (C) Real Estate and Lodging Investment Banking group.
08:11 EDTTM, GMGeneral Motors and Toyota implement Microchip's infotainment networking devices
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07:52 EDTAAPLApple Watch margins will grow to over 50%, says UBS
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07:29 EDTBAC, CUBS to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:09 EDTTMToyota and Nissan recall 6.56M vehicles over Takata air bags, WSJ reports
Toyota (TM) and Nissan (NSANY) issued recalls for 6.56M vehicles worldwide over problems with Takata air bags, reports the Wall Street Journal. The companies cited new findings about the risk of moisture seeping inside the devices. The recalls come in addition to 25M vehicles already recalled due to the Takata air bags. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
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