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February 28, 2013
12:30 EDTBKS, BSFT, JCP, MNST, GRPN, PANL, SHLDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday despite a weaker than expected estimate on gross domestic product growth. The futures had little reaction to the pre-market economic reports, which included the GDP revision along with personal consumption data and weekly jobless claims figures. The opening losses were minimal and barely lasted, as the market quickly reversed and moved into positive territory. The better than expected Chicago Purchasing Managerís Index also had little effect, as the averages have remained in a narrow trading range though mostly higher since the open... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the estimate of fourth quarter economic growth was revised up from an annualized fall of 0.1% to a rise of 0.1%, though the increase was much smaller than the bump up to 0.5% growth that analysts had forecast. Personal consumption rose in the quarter by 2.1%, versus the expected increase of 2.3%. Initial jobless claims fell 22K to 344K in the final week of February, better than the expected decline to 360K. The Chicago PMI Business Barometer Index for February rose to 56.8, versus consensus calls for a 55.0 reading. In Asia stocks were broadly higher, particularly in Japan, after the Japanese government formally nominated Haruhiko Kuroda, an advocate of aggressive policy action, as the Governor of its central bank... COMPANY NEWS: A number of well known retailers saw their stocks decline following their earnings reports, headlined by J.C. Penney (JCP). The company reported a much wider than expected quarterly loss and said its same-store sales plunged 31.7% during the holiday quarter. Shares declined over 15% following the report. Another embattled department store, Sears (SHLD), saw its shares fall more than 5% after its own report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Universal Display (PANL), which jumped 13%, Barnes & Noble (BKS), which rose over 7%, and Monster Beverage (MNST), which advanced nearly 6%. Among the noteworthy losers was Groupon (GRPN), which plummeted more than 19% after it unexpectedly reported a quarterly loss, guided to much worse than expected sales in the coming quarter and the stock was downgraded by at least three firms. Also sharply lower were shares of BroadSoft (BSFT), which dropped 28% after its stock was similarly downgraded by at least three firms following disappointing results and guidance... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 6.32, or 0.04%, to 14,081.69; the Nasdaq was up 6.68, or 0.21%, to 3,168.94; and the S&P 500 was up 1.97, or 0.13%, to 1,517.96.
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April 21, 2015
08:12 EDTSHLDSears announces locations of two remaining stores to open in U.S.
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April 20, 2015
08:37 EDTGRPNKKR, Anchor Equity to acquire controlling stake in Groupon's Ticket Monster
Private equity investor Anchor Equity Partners and global investment firm KKR (KKR) have signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in leading South Korean mobile commerce company Ticket Monster from Groupon (GRPN). Anchor and KKR, in conjunction with TMONís management, will jointly acquire a controlling stake in TMON and will inject new capital into the company to help fund its future growth opportunities. Anchor and KKR will hold equal stakes in the company. Some of the worldís largest pension, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Pavilion Capital, will also be participating as investors in this transaction. Groupon, which acquired TMON in January 2014, will retain a fully diluted 41% minority stake in the company. The investment is based on a $782M fully diluted valuation of TMON. KKR and Anchor will work closely with TMONís co-founder and CEO Dan Shin and the management team to grow the business. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions.
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon continues to see FY15 adjusted EBITDA greater than $315M
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon raises Q1 adjusted EPS view to 1c-3c from 0c-2c
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08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon board approves new $300M share repurchase program
Groupon announced its Board of Directors has approved a new $300M share repurchase program, subject to the closing of the TMON sale. The authorization includes the flexibility for accelerated repurchases and purchases over time in the open market in accordance with our current practice. The new plan is expected to commence with the closing of the TMON sale and will run through August of 2017. Groupon expects to continue repurchases under its existing $300M share repurchase program approved in 2013. That program had $83M of authorized repurchases remaining as of March 31, 2015, and is set to expire in August of 2015. Share repurchases are subject to market conditions and other factors.
08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon agees to sell 46% stake in Ticket Monster to KKR for $360M
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April 16, 2015
07:11 EDTSHLDSears may need to contibute more money into pension plan, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
April 14, 2015
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
10:01 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
10:00 EDTGRPNGroupon core business still key to valuation, says Piper Jaffray
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08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the companyís comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
07:00 EDTGRPNKKR investor consortium close to deal to buy stake in Ticket Monster, WSJ says
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April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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10:00 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Barnes & Noble (BKS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Calgon Carbon (CCC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Compass Diversified (CODI) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Green Bancorp (GNBC) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Hilltop Holdings (HTH) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Independent Bank (IBTX) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... MarkWest Energy (MWE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Medgenics (MDGN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... National Commerce (NCOM) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... OGE Energy (OGE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Owens Corning (OC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Southside Bancshares (SBSI) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with a Buy at Empire.
09:23 EDTSHLDSears moves higher on Simon Property Group deal
Price was last higher by over 3.8% in the pre-market to $44.60 after the company struck a deal with Simon Property Group (SPG) similar to that previously made with General Growth Properties (GGP). Resistance is at $45.69. Support is at $44.02.
08:13 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum
Target $36.
06:35 EDTSHLDSears volatility low into Simon Property a joint venture of real estate holdings
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06:22 EDTJCP, SHLDGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSHLDSears, Simon Property form 50/50 JV
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