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March 5, 2014
10:08 EDTSHLD, OLED, DECK, JCP, XOMAOptions with decreasing implied volatility: JCP OLED XOMA DECK SHLD
News For JCP;OLED;XOMA;DECK;SHLD From The Last 14 Days
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September 1, 2015
17:41 EDTSHLDKmart pays $1.4M to settle claims of illegal Medicare inducements
The Department of Justice announced that Kmart, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, has paid the United States $1.4M to resolve allegations that it violated the false claims act by using drug manufacturer coupons and gasoline discounts as improper Medicare beneficiary inducements. "The United States will continue to pursue retail pharmacies that improperly attempt to influence a beneficiary's choice of pharmacy," said the Justice Department's Civil Division chief Benjamin Mizer. The government alleged that from June 2011 to June 2014, Kmart knowingly and improperly influenced the decisions of Medicare beneficiaries to bring their prescriptions to Kmart pharmacies by permitting them to use drug manufacturer coupons to reduce prescription co-pays that they otherwise would be obligated to pay. The government also alleged that Kmart's conduct caused the Medicare beneficiaries to seek expensive, brand name drugs in lieu of cheaper generic drugs. The government additionally claimed that Kmart improperly encouraged Medicare beneficiaries to bring their prescriptions to Kmart pharmacies by offering them varying levels of discounts on the purchase of gasoline based on the number of prescriptions filled at Kmart pharmacies. "The claims settled by today's agreement are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability," cautioned the Department. Reference Link
10:59 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP HAL
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August 31, 2015
10:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst upgrades stock, calls company 'self-help story'
Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) saw a boost in morning trading after an analyst from Deutsche Bank upgraded his rating on the company's shares, remarking on the company as a "self-help story." WHAT'S NEW: Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell this morning upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold. Trussell also upgraded his price target to $12 from $10, noting that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." The analyst added that Marvin Ellison, the company's chief executive officer, is "driving the next step" to "bring JCP up the curve in pricing and markdown optimization, supply chain, leveraging IT and reducing corporate redundancies." Trussell, who also said he views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull," maintained "slightly" conservative estimates given the challenging competitive environment, but sees meaningful upside to the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other analysts have been relatively bullish on J.C. Penney shares in recent weeks after the company reported better than expected results for the second quarter on August 14. At that time, J.C. Penney reported a loss per share of 45c on revenue of $2.88B and said it expects to be free cash flow breakeven in fiscal year 2015. Additionally, the retailer backed its FY15 SSS view of up 4%-5% and said on its earnings conference call that it expects third quarter SSS to grow sequentially from Q2. J.C. Penney also expressed "confidence" in its ability to meet its $1.2B EBITDA target by 2017. On August 17, Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga raised her price on the company's shares to $17 from $15. Tamminga said that the company showed the ability for the second straight quarter to reach EBITDA targets regardless of top-line performance. The Piper analyst said she continues to rate the company a top pick for 2015. The same day, B. Riley analyst Jeff Van Sinderen initiated coverage of J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and a $12.50 price target, saying he views Penney as a "speculative turnaround" story and believes the company's "substantial" real estate assets partially offset its heavy debt load. The Fly notes that CEO Marvin Ellison will be speaking at Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 9. PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney shares are up 3.24% to $9.23 in morning trading.
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 58.com (WUBA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Astec (ASTE) upgraded on upcoming catalysts at Stifel... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Bob Evans (BOBE) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Dover (DOV) upgraded on valuation, headwinds bottom at Bernstein... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Leggett & Platt (LEG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Telefonica Brasil (VIV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... UIL Holdings (UIL) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman.
09:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney tests recent range highs
The shares are bucking the broader market trend and heading higher, last up over 1.8% to $9.10. The next level of major resistance would be at $9.42, a high that has not been met since April. Support is at $9.03. A breakout above $9.42 would break the stock out of a long base, which would be technically bullish for future price.
09:24 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTSHLDMP Associates to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and raised his price target for shares to $12 from $10. The retailer closed Friday up 47c to $8.94. Penny's target of mid-single-digit same-store-sales growth looks achievable while the company's brands and assortment look right, Trussell tells investors in a research note. Further, new CEO Marvin Ellison is bringing Penny "up the curve" in pricing and markdown optimization while reducing corporate redundancies, the analyst writes. He views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull."
August 28, 2015
06:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney implied volatility of 48 at lower end of index mean range
August 26, 2015
08:01 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor opens pop-up shops in Boston and New York
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August 25, 2015
06:18 EDTSHLDSears names Lynn Pendergrass as Hardlines president
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August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTJCPRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
10:28 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:08 EDTSHLDSears reports Q2 adjusted EPS ($2.40), one estimate ($2.50)
Reports Q2 revenue $6.2B, one estimate $5.72B. Reports Q2 SSS down 10.8%, comprised of decreases of 7.3% and 14.0% at Kmart and Sears Domestic, respectively, which accounted for $584M of the revenue decline.
August 19, 2015
15:05 EDTSHLDSears August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Sears August call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 70; compared to its 52-week range of 44 to 122 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 20.
13:23 EDTJCPOptions with increasing call volume
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10:14 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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