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News For JCP;SHLD;AEO;ANF;TGT;WMT;KSS;SKT From The Last 14 Days
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July 6, 2015
14:17 EDTWMTAmazon hopes to create new shopping holiday with 'Prime Day'
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13:03 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility low as share price near ten-year low
Sears Holdings July call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 52, September is at 51; compared to its 52-week range of 44 to 121, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:08 EDTSHLDSeritage Growth Properties to start trading on NYSE
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06:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to begin online grocery pickup service in Ottawa, Global and Mail says
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July 2, 2015
08:08 EDTWMTMcCormick should be bought on weakness, says Bernstein
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July 1, 2015
09:46 EDTTGTCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
June 30, 2015
15:20 EDTJCPMoody's raises J.C. Penney liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2
Moody's Investors Service revised J.C. Penney's rating outlook to positive from stable. Moody's also affirmed the company's Caa1 Corporate Family Rating, and raised the company's Speculative Grade Liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2. "The rating outlook revision to positive from stable reflects Moody's view that JC Penney's operating performance has shown signs of improvement as a result of better merchandising, cost controls, and integration of its online business" said Moody's Vice President Scott Tuhy. He added, "we have seen positive momentum building for the company to achieve $700M to $800M of adjusted EBITDA, a level in which earnings would fully cover cash flow and interest". The upgrade in the Speculative Grade Liquidity rating primarily reflects the company's improved operating performance as we expect free cash flow to be near break-even levels and the company's meaningful cash balances are sufficient to cover expected seasonal working capital needs.
10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Apollo Education (APOL) downgraded on enrollment uncertainty at BofA/Merrill... Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Global Brass and Copper (BRSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Herman Miller (MLHR) downgraded to Neutral at Longbow... NiSource (NI) downgraded on valuation, post spinoff outlook at Argus... Sysco (SYY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... TCF Financial (TCB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill.
07:29 EDTWMTNon-profit group: Wal-Mart made deceptive ‘Made in the USA’ claims
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07:02 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Market Perform and maintained its $24 price target. The firm said store productivity could be pressured across segments as the brand image turnaround is a ways out and may require a new generation of consumers. FBR said sweeping cultural changes are positive but benefits will take time, there is potential for continued margin pressure from international, and the teen/young adult industry is in a multiyear transition.
June 26, 2015
10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apogee Enterprises (APOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... China Cord Blood (CO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Citizens Financial (CFG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Community Health (CYH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... FireEye (FEYE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Insight Enterprises (NSIT) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Swatch Group (SWGAY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Target (TGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital.
07:40 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital downgraded Target to Market Perform citing near-term leadership uncertainty at a time when shares are trading near 52 week and all-time highs. BMO Capital's analyst said it was surprised by the announcement that Kathee Tesija, EPV and Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer will transition into an advisory role but does not view it as a disagreement in strategic direction.
June 25, 2015
14:14 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch, DoJ settle immigration related employment case
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09:03 EDTTGTTarget: Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer to move to advisory role
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08:26 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Evercore ISI
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Minneapolis on June 29 hosted by Evercore ISI.
June 24, 2015
11:11 EDTSHLDAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Street’s appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
10:26 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) December 40 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 44, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 20 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 42 according to IVolatility.
09:11 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle says environment continues to be highly promotional
Says "pleased" with 1H15 results. Says has seen "good" sequential improvement starting from 2H14 through 1Q15 and 2Q15. Says environment continues to be highly promotional, but seeing strength across all categories and regions. Says leveraging mall traffic, says AUR continues to grow, as well as unit volume. Sees room for improved merchandise margins in 2H. Sees continued EPS growth in 2H. Says "very" optimistic going into 2H. Comments made at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference.
09:04 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle repeats Q2 EPS view 11c-14c, consensus 14c
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07:35 EDTSHLDCFA Society of Chicago to hold a meeting
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07:30 EDTSKTUBS to hold a tour
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06:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to charge fees to ‘almost all’ vendors, Reuters reports
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June 23, 2015
18:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart poaches technology talent from eBay, WSJ says
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16:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:37 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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07:36 EDTANFJMP Securities to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTAEOOppenheimer to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTWMTGreen Dot price target raised to $24 from $22 at Piper Jaffray
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06:31 EDTWMTGreen Dot contract terms better than feared, says JPMorgan
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June 22, 2015
19:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:33 EDTWMTGreen Dot rallies sharply on Walmart deal
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16:28 EDTWMTGreen Dot up 27% after announcing deal with Wal-Mart
16:02 EDTWMTGreen Dot to remain program manager for Walmart
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