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News For JCP;SHLD;AEO;ANF;TGT;WMT;KSS;SKT From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
09:37 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA BBRY AMZN CELG GILD JCP AMAT FB
December 18, 2014
14:39 EDTWMT, TGTBacker of Internet sales tax to get powerful Senate post
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07:03 EDTSKTTanger Factory downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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December 17, 2014
17:47 EDTTGTTarget names Laysha Ward as chief corporate social responsibility officer
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17:44 EDTTGTTarget names Casey Carl as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Target announced that Casey Carl, president, omnichannel and senior vice president, strategy, will assume the role of chief strategy and innovation officer.
08:24 EDTSHLDSears 'strategic misdirection' highlighted by Mygofer failure, WSJ says
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December 16, 2014
10:48 EDTKSSKohl's initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
Target $64.
10:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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10:03 EDTTGTTarget initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $85.
09:59 EDTSKTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees 6c impact to Q4 EPS from Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling
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09:39 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Pennsylvania Supreme Court largely upholds class action ruling
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08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch signs license agreement with Inter Parfums
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06:15 EDTSKTTanger Factory downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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December 15, 2014
11:17 EDTSHLDSears to have about 1,700 Sears, Kmart stores in operation going into 2015
On a company blog post, Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said: "At our most recent Town Hall meeting with our associates, I explained that I want us to operate our stores both profitably and with excellence. Both, not just one or the other.This is the background behind our decision to close more than 200 Kmart and Sears stores in 2014. Most of these stores were losing money, some for a long time. Because of the impact on our dedicated associates and our Shop Your Way members, these decisions were not taken lightly, or without our working to improve the performance of these stores over many years. Going into 2015, we will have approximately 1,700 Sears and Kmart big box stores in operation, representing about 200 million square feet of space." Reference Link
09:38 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
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December 12, 2014
09:57 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Abercrombie & Fitch December 27 and 28 calls are active on total call volume of 3,300 contracts (250 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. December call option implied volatility is at 47, January is at 44, February is at 45; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:50 EDTANFRumor: Abercrombie & Fitch moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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08:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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06:12 EDTAEOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AEO CBST
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December 11, 2014
10:24 EDTAEOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie an 'extremely attractive' takeover candidate, says FBR Capital
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06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
10:20 EDTAEOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:47 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded at BMO Capital
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06:11 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
December 9, 2014
17:49 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch still not a 'buy', Barron's says
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10:23 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... LHC Group (LHCG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lincoln Electric (LECO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northeast Utilities (NU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded at Needham... Wells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon (LULU), upgrades shares... Xcel Energy (XEL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
08:50 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries to retire
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08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO to retire
08:02 EDTKSSKohl's to keep doors open for over 100 hours straight from Dec. 19-Dec. 24
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05:56 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded American Eagle to Outperform with a $14 price target.
December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:20 EDTANF, AEOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
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