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August 14, 2014
05:54 EDTJCP, PStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP P
Stocks with implied volatility movement; J.C. Penney (JCP) 67. Pandora (P) 59 according to iVolatility.
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February 11, 2016
19:07 EDTPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AIG (AIG), up 1.8%... Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 1.7%... FireEye (FEYE), up 1.1%... Groupon (GRPN), up 17.4%... Infinera (INFN), up 2.8%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Activision Blizzard (ATVI), down 14.2%... CBS (CBS), down 1.6%... Zillow (Z), down 10.4%... Pandora (P), down 5.5%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), down 7.3%.
16:34 EDTPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory amid continued concerns about global growth, another drop in oil prices, renewed worries over the health of the European banking system after a poor report from Societe Generale and a surprise cut in interest rates by Sweden's central bank, putting its rates further into negative territory. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who was giving her second day of "Humphrey-Hawkins" testimony, stayed the course and gave no indication that the central bank would change its current policy direction. The averages were jolted out their doldrums late in the day after The Wall Street Journal quoted a UAE Energy Minister as saying OPEC may consider a production cut, which brought oil off its lows and helped the average significantly cut their losses. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped to 269,000 last week, versus expectations for 280,000 first-time claims. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave testimony to the Senate after presenting yesterday to members of the House of Representatives. In her testimony yesterday, Yellen said she was not certain whether she had the legal authority to cut rates into negative territory. However, other central banks around the world have recently been doing just that, with Sweden's Riksbank the latest. Sweden's central bank surprised analysts by cutting its main repo rate to minus 0.5% from minus 0.35%. Meanwhile, WTI crude oil settled down 4.5% at $26.21 per barrel, marking its lowest settlement since May 2003. Oil pared its losses in after-hours trading, however, after reports indicated that a UAE Energy Minister said OPEC members are ready to cooperate on a production cut. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cisco (CSCO) gained 9.6% to $24.68 after the company beat expectations for both sales and earnings, raised its dividend by 24% and approved a $15B increase to its stock repurchase program. On the opposite end of the Dow, Boeing (BA) dropped 6.8% to $108.45 after Bloomberg said the SEC is investigating its accounting and projections for its 787 Dreamliner and the 747 programs... Twitter (TWTR) dropped 4.5% to $14.31 after the company reported that its user base was flat last quarter. Research firm Pacific Crest responded to the news by downgrading the stock, with analyst Evan Wilson saying the stock may fall to as low as $11 per share as the "hope trade" ends... Tesla (TSLA) unexpectedly reported sharp losses for its fourth quarter, but its stock rallied 4.7% after the electric carmaker also projected that it will deliver 80,000-90,000 vehicles in 2016. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was The Fresh Market (TFM), which jumped 22% after Reuters reported that supermarket giant Kroger (KR) is in the second round of bidding for its smaller rival. Also higher was Pandora (P), which advanced 8.5% after the New York Times said the music service operator has held talks about selling the company and is working with Morgan Stanley to meet potential buyers. Also rising were shares of WebMD (WBMD), which added 4% after Ben Harrington said on his Betaville blog that the company is rumored to be working with Moelis to try to broker a deal with Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA). Among the noteworthy losers was Mylan (MYL), which fell 18% after it reported quarterly earnings and announced it would buy Meda Aktiebolag for $9.9B. Incyte (INCY) fell 9.4% after the company reported earnings and said it would halt studies of its ruxolitinib drug to treat certain cancer tumors. Also lower were shares of Hampton Roads Bankshares (HMPR) which fell nearly 9% after agreeing to merge with Xenith Bankshares (XBKS). Xenith rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. INDEXES: The Dow fell 254.56, or 1.6%, to 15,660.18, the Nasdaq lost 16.75, or 0.39%, to 4,266.84, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.78, or 1.23%, to 1,829.08.
16:07 EDTPPandora sees 2016 revenue $1.4B-$1.42B, consensus $1.42B
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16:07 EDTPPandora sees Q1 revenue $280M-$290M, consensus $284M
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16:06 EDTPPandora reports Q4 EPS 4c, consensus 7c
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14:34 EDTPPandora options active on report of sales talks into release of Q4
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14:30 EDTPNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:25 EDTPPandora trading resumes, shares up 5.1% to $8.83 after report of sale talks
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14:20 EDTPPandora exploring sale, NYT says
Pandora has held talks about selling the company and is working with Morgan Stanley to meet potential buyers, reports the New York Times, citing sources. Reference Link
14:19 EDTPPandora halted for volatility after jumping 2% to $8.59
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14:19 EDTPPandora has held sale talks, NY Times reports
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February 10, 2016
10:01 EDTPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... BBA Aviation (BBAVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CM Finance (CMFN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CTI BioPharma (CTIC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at WallachBeth... Calix (CALX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Fortis (FRTSF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Lake Shore Gold (LSG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Medley Capital (MCC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Pandora (P) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Parkway Properties (PKY) downgraded on real estate headwinds, valuation at Stifel... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... USANA (USNA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
08:47 EDTPPandora price target lowered to $16 from $24 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on Pandora citing competitive concerns from Spotify as well as expectations for lower EBITDA due to higher publishing royalties and the impact of recent acquisitions. Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Pandora shares as the firm expect the company's headwinds to moderate.
06:19 EDTPPandora downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge downgraded Pandora to Market Perform to reflect lower ad loads. The analyst said recent acquisition of Ticketfly and Rdio in Q4 indicate Pandora is diversifying its revenue stream and suggests challenges in the core business. Blackledge materially lowered 2017-2021 estimates mainly due to lower ad load forecasts given rising competition and cut his price target on Pandora shares to $9 from $21.
05:01 EDTPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; P DB
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February 9, 2016
17:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sued by Burberry over alleged patent infringement, Reuters says
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February 8, 2016
13:03 EDTJCPKohl's replaces J.C. Penney as Academy Awards retail sponsor, Fortune says
Kohl's (KSS) will become the sole retail sponsor of the upcoming Academy Awards, replacing J.C. Penney (JCP), which ended its Oscar partnership after 14 years last year, Fortune reports. Kohl's is attempting to increase the visibility and fashion credibility of its private apparel brands and is aiming to showcase its big names, including Sonoma, which is expected to relaunch after the Oscars, the report says. Reference Link
February 5, 2016
08:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney pursues sale of home office campus
J.C. Penney announced that it is pursuing the potential sale and partial leaseback of its Home Office building in Plano, Texas as part of an ongoing effort to reduce outstanding debt and effectively manage expenses. A combination of favorable market conditions and a surplus of available square footage within the building make this an attractive real estate opportunity for the company. It is expected that the cost of leasing space within the building would be offset by a reduction in maintenance costs, property taxes and interest expense as a result of paying down debt with proceeds from the transaction. CBRE Capital Markets has been selected to market the 1.8 million-square-foot, Class A office campus located in Legacy Business Park in Plano, Texas. The new owner will have the opportunity to market over 650,000 square feet of contiguous space within the coveted Legacy West submarket. These actions follow a decision in 2014 to contribute a significant portion of fringe land around the Home Office to a joint venture with a team of developers.
February 4, 2016
10:28 EDTJCPKohl's slumps after cutting forecast on lower than planned sales, margins
Shares of Kohl's (KSS) are plunging after the department store retailer cut its earnings per share guidance for fiscal year 2015 based on lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margins. WHAT'S NEW: Kohl's said this morning that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter increased 0.4%, with total quarterly sales rising 0.8%. The company said that despite a "very strong" holiday selling season, sales were "very volatile and less than planned" in the quarter. Additionally, Kohl's said the holiday season results were offset by a "very slow start" to Q4 in November as well as a weaker than expected January due to soft demand for cold-weather goods that led to lower store traffic. Looking ahead, Kohl's cut its FY15 EPS view to $3.95-$4.00, excluding losses from debt repayment, against analysts' consensus estimate of $4.30. Kohl's previously expected FY15 EPS to be at the low end of its $4.40-$4.60 range. Kohl's said it lowered its guidance as a result of lower than expected quarterly sales and "significantly lower than planned" gross margin. Kohl's is expected to report Q4 results on February 25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kohl's is considering whether to hire an investment bank to advise the company on alternatives including going private or a break up, The Wall Street Journal reported on January 11, citing a source. Kohl's executives are said to be open to a strategic review, the source said. ALSO NOTABLE: Retailer Ralph Lauren (RL) this morning said that while international net revenue grew 6% in constant currency in its third quarter, North America revenue declined 4%, due in part to warmer temperatures for the fall and holiday season. ANALYST OPINIONS: Buckingham yesterday upgraded Kohl's to Buy from Neutral, as the firm expected Kohl's SSS to rise by a low single digit percentage level in Q4. Analysts at Stifel said on January 11 that Kohl's could be worth as much as $95 in a takeover. PRICE ACTION: Kohl's is down over 14% to $43.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ralph Lauren is down over 17.5% to trade near $95 per share. Department store peers Macy's (M) and J.C. Penney (JCP) are down 3% and 2%, respectively, this morning.
February 2, 2016
06:55 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2016
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