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April 11, 2014
14:26 EDTJCP, SHLD, CBLCBL & Associates expects more J.C. Penney closures
CBL & Associates Properties (CBL), a real estate investment trust, or REIT, that operates regional shopping malls and other properties, held a business outlook call earlier today, during which it commented on its portfolio, including J.C. Penney (JCP) and Sears (SHLD) locations in its malls. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its update, CBL said J.C. Penney and Sears occupy "prime locations" in its malls, representing both an exposure but "an even greater opportunity." The redevelopment potential of these locations may allow CBL to increase the spots' productivity and bring new uses, according to the firm. J.C. Penney has renewed all its remaining 2014 lease maturities, CBL noted, but added that it expects that "at some point" there will be more closures of J.C. Penney locations within its portfolio. CBL believes that the pace of any J.C. Penney closures will "be measured," the REIT stated. Commenting on its own business, CBL announced that it executed a contract on its Lakeshore Mall yesterday and anticipates closing on that transaction in May. CBL added that it currently has three more malls in the market that are listed through brokers, on which it has received "promising interest," and that it is having "off market discussions" on an additional seven malls. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of J.C. Penney are down over 9.5% to $7.70. Shares of CBL & Associates are up 0.5% to $18.03.
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September 17, 2014
09:36 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
05:46 EDTSHLDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SHLD GTAT
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September 16, 2014
12:18 EDTCBLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with some attributing the move to noted Fed watcher Jon Hilsenrath of The Wall Street Journal giving the opinion that he does not believe the central bank will drop the language that interest rates will "remain low for an extended period of time" when it issues its latest policy statement tomorrow. The averages began the session in negative territory and appeared to be heading for another listless day of trading. The market drifted lower during the opening hour but the Dow and S&P crossed into positive ground and the Nasdaq eventually followed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index was unchanged in August, as expected. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, increased 0.1%, also matching expectations. Of note, the Fed's FOMC rate setting group kicked off its two-day policy meeting. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) slid over 1% after Chinese-language 21st Century Business Herald reportedly said the company might not get the necessary approval to launch its new iPhone 6 models throughout China until next year after failing to come to an agreement with a regulator in the nation. Shares of China Mobile (CHL), which is buy far the largest phone carrier in China, slipped 2% after the report... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) surged 29% after it agreed to sell itself to fellow REIT Washington Prime Group (WPG) for $14.20 per share. Washington has agreed to buy Glimcher for about $4.3B in a cash and stock deal. Glimcher shareholders will receive $10.40 in cash and 0.1989 of a share of Washington stock upon the closing of the transaction, the companies stated. As part of the deal, Simon Property Group (SPG), which completed its separation of Washington Prime Group this May, agreed to buy two shopping malls owned by Glimcher for $1.09B in cash. Shares of fellow mall owning REITs CBL & Associates (CBL), Rouse Properties (RSE) and Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) rose following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bill Barrett (BBG), which rose 12% after selling natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids assets in the Piceance Basin in Colorado for $525M to Vanguard Natural (VNR). Vanguard Natural also gained 1% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was VirnetX (VHC), which plunged nearly 50% after an appeals court vacated a jury’s damages award in its patent case with Apple. Also lower were shares of Atlantic Power (AT), which dropped 32% after announcing that it concluded a sale or merger of the company is not in the best interests of the company or its stakeholders and the company cut its annual dividend. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 88.18, or 0.52%, to 17,119.32, the Nasdaq was up 16.11, or 0.36%, to 4,535.01, and the S&P 500 was up 11.94, or 0.6%, to 1,996.07.
10:36 EDTCBLGlimcher surges after agreeing to acquisition, REIT peers rise
Shares of Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) are jumping after it announced earlier today that it had agreed to sell itself to Washington Prime Group (WPG) for $14.20 per share. Glimcher and Washington Prime are a real estate investment trusts, or REITs, that invests in shopping malls and community shopping centers. WHAT'S NEW: Washington has agreed to buy Glimcher for about $4.3B in a cash and stock deal. Glimcher shareholders will receive $10.40 in cash and 0.1989 of a share of Washington stock upon the closing of the transaction, the companies stated. Meanwhile, another REIT, Simon Property Group (SPG), agreed to buy two shopping malls owned by Glimcher - Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, New Jersey and University Park Village in Fort Worth, Texas - for $1.09B in cash. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo upgraded another REIT, CBL & Associates (CBL), to Market Perform from Underperform. In the note, the firm stated that the Glimcher acquisition and Simon Property's purchase of two of Glimcher's malls support its belief that "B" mall asset prices are strong enough to justify a low $20 per share valuation for CBL. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Glimcher jumped 30% to $13.80, CBL rallied 5% to $18.57, and Washington Prime fell 7% to $17.13. Meanwhile, the shares of two other mall owners, Rouse Properties (RSE) and Pennsylvania REIT (PEI), increased 3% and 5.5%, respectively. Simon Property Group, which completed its separation of Washington Prime Group this May, was up 0.5% following the news.
10:33 EDTCBLHigh option volume stocks
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10:15 EDTSHLDSears tumbles to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares hit a fresh 52-week low at $30.88 before bouncing slightly higher. WIth price last at $31.18, support is at that new low. A break below $30.88 would see next support at $30.10. Resistance is at $31.71, a pivot low on a closing basis, and then at $32.62.
09:48 EDTCBLFollow-up: CBL & Associates upgraded at Wells Fargo
As previously reported, Wells Fargo upgraded CBL & Associates to Market Perform from Underperform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and increased asset pricing.
09:43 EDTCBLCBL & Associates upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo
06:35 EDTSHLDSears borrows $400M from CEO's hedge fund
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September 15, 2014
11:51 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) November 57.50 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, J.C. Penney (JCP) October 12 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52 according to IVolatility.
September 12, 2014
07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility low into company hosted analyst day
J.C. Penney September call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 42, November is at 45, January and February is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data suggesting decreasing price movement into a company hosted analyst day event on October 8.
September 10, 2014
11:43 EDTSHLD, JCPLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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September 9, 2014
07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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