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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTAEOMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
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12:08 EDTAEO, ANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
07:15 EDTKSSKohl's price target raised to $68 from $60 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Kohl's as the firm thinks the company's new chief customer officer will improve its marketing and sales efforts. Stifel believes that the these improvements could enable the company to generate higher than expected profits. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:09 EDTSHLDSears looking to shore up balance sheet, WSJ reports
Sears CFO Robert Schriesheim says the struggling retailer is looking to take steps to shore up its balance sheet over the next six to 12 months, the Wall Street Journal reports. The executive says Sears will work with its lenders to evaluate its capital structure, and may look to refinance some debt, including its revolving credit facility. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
17:00 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in lackluster fashion as the averages opened just above yesterday’s close. There was little early reaction to the morning’s economic reports including the jobless claims data, Philadelphia Fed report, leading economic indicators, and natural gas storage change report. But by mid-day, the Dow had asserted itself as the day’s leader while the Nasdaq struggled to stain positive territory. As the afternoon progressed the Dow continued its advance, the Nasdaq hit 14-year highs, and the S&P also touched a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) rose almost 5% after a report said that a PayPal spin-off was under consideration... Hormel (HRL) gained almost 5% and hit a 52-week high after reporting better than expected earnings before the market opened... Sears Holding (SHLD) fell over 7% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 60.36, or 0.36%, to 17,039.49, the Nasdaq closed up 5.62, or 0.12%, to 4,532.10, and the S&P 500 closed up 5.86, or 0.29%%, to 1,992.37.
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
13:00 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:23 EDTKSSKohl's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Gilford Securities
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10:35 EDTSHLD, JCPSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:14 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:50 EDTSHLDSears falls after earnings, levels to watch
The stock is down 4.7% to $34.24 at time of writing following a much wider than expected loss for the company's Q2. At current price support is at the session low at $33.51 and then at $32.62. Resistance is at $35.16.
09:37 EDTWMT, SHLDActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle price target raised to $15 from $13 at RBC Capital
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09:07 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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06:04 EDTSHLDSears reports Q2 EPS ($5.39), consensus ($2.63)
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05:58 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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August 20, 2014
17:19 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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15:17 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly 36.5 straddle priced for 8.5% move into Q2
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12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:21 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle says search for new CEO 'underway'
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11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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10:31 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle rallies after earnings beat, levels to watch
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08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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08:05 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle sees Q3 EPS ex-items 17c-19c, consensus 18c
08:05 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle sees FY14 CapEx $230M
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08:04 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle reports Q2 EPS 3c, consensus 0c
Reports Q2 revenue $710.6M, consensus $689.94M. Reports Q2 SSS down 7%.
08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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06:01 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 52 at upper end of index mean range
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTAEO, TGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:43 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle September 11 straddle priced for 12.3% move into Q2
14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:53 EDTAEO, ANFAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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11:18 EDTAEOStocks with call strike movement; AEO TSLA
American Eagle (AEO) February 14 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 39, Tesla (TSLA) December 285 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 39 according to IVolatility.
10:42 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:28 EDTAEOHigh option volume stocks
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07:54 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Sears Holdings August weekly call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 55, December is at 46, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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August 18, 2014
18:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart not likely to bid for Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
According to people familiar with the situation, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is unlikely to make an offer for Family Dollar Stores (FDO), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
11:57 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP GPRO
J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 43, GoPro (GPRO) January 48 call option implied volatility decreased 8% to 45 according to IVolatility.
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08:47 EDTWMTDollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTJCP, WMTStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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16:38 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
12:53 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP SINA
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12:39 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:30 EDTJCP, KSSJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
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10:19 EDTKSSKohl's management to meet with MKM Partners
Meeting to be held in Menomonee Falls, WI on August 21 hosted by MKM Partners.
09:35 EDTJCPActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comps get more difficult from here, says Maxim
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08:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comp run rates does not support quick recovery, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said J.C. Penney's underlying comp run-rate of 4% does not support a quick turnaround and believes comps will decelerate from current levels. The firm trimmed its 2015-2017 base assumptions and believes the company will struggle to reach +6% comps. Shares are Underweight rated with a reduced price target of $7 from $7.50.
07:38 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Target August weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, September is at 19, January is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
07:19 EDTJCPWells says 'no reason to get too excited' about J.C. Penney
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06:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney turnaround 'very much underway,' says Piper Jaffray
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August 14, 2014
19:59 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees rise in DVD orders following Disney, Amazon feud, Bloomberg says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) online division has capitalized on a feud between Disney (DIS) and Amazon (AMZN) by offering discounted pre-orders on Walt Disney DVDs, according to Bloomberg. Wal-Mart pre-orders of "Captain America" have increased by 90%, while orders of other Disney DVDs have increased by 40%, Bloomberg added, citing an e-mail from Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Toporek. Reference Link
19:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:53 EDTWMTWal-Mart not a bargain, Barron's reports
Wal-Mart reported in-line quarterly results, but lowered its FY15 EPS view due to investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs. The stock trades for approximately 13 times forward earnings, but only has an 8% long-term earnings growth rate, roughly half the industry average. At current levels, the stock is no bargain, Barron's reports. Reference Link
17:18 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney off session highs, now up 2.7%
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16:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees some anomalies in expense in Q3
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16:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says 'Kids' unit had a challenging spring
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16:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says CEO unable to attend conference call, recovering from surgery
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16:30 EDTWMT, KSSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney expects profitable sales this back to school season
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16:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rallies 9% to $9.74 after Q2 earnings beat
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16:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees 2014 SSS up mid-single digits
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16:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q3 SSS up mid-single digits
Sees Q3 gross margin in-line with Q2 and SG&A expenses slightly above last year's levels.
16:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q2 adjusted EPS (75c), consensus (93c)
Reports Q2 revenue $2.8B, consensus $2.79B. Same store sales increased 6.0 %. Online sales through jcp.com were $249M for the quarter, up 16.7 % versus the same period last year.
15:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target lowered to $80 from $84 at RW Baird
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14:54 EDTKSSKohl's July comp, e-commerce results encouraging, says RW Baird
RW Baird said Kohl's comparable sales growth and e-commerce re-acceleration in July are encouraging and the firm is still bullish on the company's outlook for the second half of the year as its initiatives pick up. Baird maintains it Outperform rating and $63 price target on Kohl's.
14:24 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney technical comments ahead of earnings
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14:10 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle September volatility elevated into Q2 and autumn outlook
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13:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August 9.5 straddle priced for 11.2% move into Q2
12:46 EDTAEOHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:30 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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J.C. Penney (JCP) November 12 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 53, King Digital (KING) February 17 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 52 according to IVolatility.
10:36 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney reporting positive Q2 comps
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09:39 EDTKSSKohl's rises after results beat, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTKSSKohl's says plans to grow ecommerce 20% per year
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09:20 EDTKSSKohl's says sees FY share repurchases of around $900M
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09:11 EDTKSSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 2.5%... Plug Power (PLUG), up 10%... Perrigo (PRGO), up 4.5%. HIGHER: Aruba Networks (ARUN), up 3% after shares upgraded at Stifel... KaloBios (KBIO), up 7.9% after publication shows EphA3 as target for anticancer therapy... Supernus (SUPN), up 4.4% after receiving FDA fast track designation for SPN-810. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Noodles & Company (NDLS), down 22%... Vipshop (VIPS), down 5.8%. LOWER: ExOne (XONE), down 10.7%, Voxeljet (VJET), down 6.6%, after earnings reports. Peers in the 3D space are lower as well, with Stratasys (SSYS) down 1% and 3D Systems (DDD) down 0.2%... Enphase Energy (ENPH), down 2.6% after filing to sell common stock for holders... InterMune (ITMN), down 3% after downgraded at Goldman following yesterday's advance on Bloomberg report that the company received takeover bids from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY).
08:48 EDTKSSKohl's says saw consistent improvement over the quarter
Says July SSS up 2%, says strongest part of July was end of month. Says start to back-to-school season "exceptionally strong." Says will likely provide guidance at end of Q3. Says sees no reason to give continual updates through the year, says not deviating from plans. Previous FY EPS guidance was $4.05-$4.45, consensus is $4.26. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%
"E-commerce is particularly important to both our customers and our company’s future, and we will continue to invest in areas such as technology, talent, and fulfillment. As a result, our fiscal 2015 earnings per share now assumes 5c-7c of incremental investment, versus our prior guidance of 2c-4c. I would like to add that, although we are slightly revising our e-commerce sales growth to 25% for this year, we continue to be very encouraged by the progress we are making on our strategic goals," Charles Holley, Walmart’s CFO, stated on the company's earnings conference call earlier.
07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. comp traffic down 1.1%, average ticket up 1.1%
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07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart says saw double-digit e-commerce growth in 4 'most important' markets
Wal-Mart saw double-digit e-commerce growth from its "four most important markets," the U.S., U.K., China and Brazil, in Q1, Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon stated on the company's Q2 earnings call.
07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hold a summit
2nd Annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 14 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO says pleased with 'solid' EPS, encouraged by e-commerce growth
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q3 EPS $1.10-$1.20, consensus $1.18
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07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. SSS flat
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07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, consensus $5.15
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07:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.21
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07:02 EDTKSSKohl's expects to open four new stores this fall
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07:02 EDTKSSKohl's reports Q2 EPS $1.13, consensus $1.07
Reports Q2 revenue $4.24B, consensus $4.28B. Reports Q2 SSS down 1.3%. Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and CEO, said, “We are pleased with the improvement we saw in sales as the quarter progressed. The improvement was the most dramatic in the month of July where we achieved a positive comp. As they consistently do, our teams did a great job of managing expenses throughout the quarter. We enter the back-to-school season with fresh, new inventory and encouraging momentum."
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August 13, 2014
15:05 EDTWMT, KSSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:51 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August 9.5 straddle priced for 11.2% move into Q2
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12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.15-$1.25, U.S. SSS flat
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12:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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11:46 EDTJCPMacy's shares trading lower as Q2 results fall short of expectations
Shares of Macy's (M), a retailer that sells a range of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and home furnishings, are lower after the company's second earnings missed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported Q2 earnings per share 80c on revenue of $6.23B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Comparable sales were up 3.4% for the quarter and comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties were up 4%. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren noted that even with an improved sales trend in Q2, the company could not make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. Looking ahead, Macy's reaffirmed its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of $4.40-$4.50 against estimates of $4.47, but cut its FY14 SSS view to 1.5%-2% from 2.5%-3%. Second half same store sales are expected to be up 2%-3%, and the company said expectations for the second half of the year are "on track." Lundgren said the company is approaching 2H with "confident optimism." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Macy's Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet said the retail expects third quarter SSS to be lower than fourth quarter, adding that it "feels good" about the back half of the year. Macy's said that it sees fall season EPS, or the combined EPS for Q3 and Q4, of $3.04-$3.14 and expects total sales for the second half of the year to be about 30 basis points lower than comp growth. Macy's sees gross margins flat to down slightly for the year and fall season. ANALYST OPINION: This morning, UBS analysts said the Q2 miss could signal Macy's have been unable to generate incremental margin support from brands into increasingly promotional sales trends. Morgan Stanley analysts, meanwhile, believes the Q2 miss and the pullback in shares will be temporary and it presents a buying opportunity. The firm expects more margin misses over the next few weeks due to the promotional environment and remains convinced that Macy's key strategies are still in the early stages of delivering results. PRICE ACTION: In late-morning trading, shares of Macy's dropped $2.89, or 4.84%, to $56.88. OTHERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney (JCP), which reports earnings tomorrow, is down 2.15%. Nordstrom (JWN), which also reports earnings tomorrow, is relatively flat.
07:05 EDTKSSKohl’s August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Kohl's August call option implied volatility is at 65, September is at 27, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 14.
06:21 EDTTGTTarget says supply chain repair will relieve Canada worries, Reuters says
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August 12, 2014
14:11 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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13:43 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
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12:31 EDTAEO, ANFAbercrombie upgraded at Stifel citing better assortment, trimmed costs
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) were upgraded by research firm Stifel this morning, though the retailer's shares are slightly lower in early afternoon trading. WHAT'S NEW: Stifel analyst Richard Jaffe upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Buy from Hold, citing the retailer's better merchandise assortment and reshaped cost structure. Jaffe feels that Abercrombie & Fitch had been running with overblown expenses and believes that having a slimmer cost structure will allow the company to influence sales better and boost future EPS. The analyst raised his Q4 EPS estimate to $1.94 from $1.87, his FY14 EPS estimate to $2.50 from $2.43 and his FY15 EPS estimate to $3.40 from $3.14. Over the next year, Jaffe said that he expects A&F shares will be valued for the company's effort to win back customers at its Hollister and Abercrombie stores. Still, he said that Q3 could continue to be a struggle for the retailer due to external obstacles that are still a headwind. The firm maintains a $50 price target on the retailer's shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at Wunderlich also initiated coverage of the stock this morning with a Buy rating and a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: During early afternoon trading, shares of Abercrombie & Fitch fell 9c, or 0.2%, to $41.47. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rivals to Abercrombie & Fitch include Aeropostale (ARO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO).
10:25 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:00 EDTAEO, ANFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTANFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:42 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich
Target $11.
08:42 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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08:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO taking steps to improve business longer-term, says RW Baird
Baird does not expect Wal-Mart's Q2 earnings to be a catalyst for the stock, but the firm believes the company is taking the appropriate steps to grow the business long term. The firm sees a moderation in foreign exchange headwinds and the potential for improving fundamentals across the second half of the year and keep its Outperform rating and $84 price target on the shares.
08:03 EDTWMTGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
August 11, 2014
18:07 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Buy with a $50 price target citing an improved risk/reward profile given the company's better merchandise assortment and realigned cost structure.
14:50 EDTSHLDSears names former Tesco executive as President, Chief Member Officer for Kmart
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10:19 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:19 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum
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05:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) shares to Hold from Buy saying the retailer's investment spending may not be yielding positive results. The firm sees risk to Wal-Mart's annual guidance from elevated expenses and lackluster sales. It dropped its price target for shares to $76 from $89. The stock closed Friday up 72c to $74.67.
August 9, 2014
16:17 EDTWMTChina regulators investigate Wal-Mart store in Shenzhen, Reuters says
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