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February 28, 2013
12:30 EDTMNST, GRPN, PANL, SHLD, BKS, BSFT, JCPOn 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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June 26, 2015
10:14 EDTBKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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June 25, 2015
10:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says search for CEO fo retail won't hold up spin
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10:29 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says relationship with Samsung 'excellent'
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10:26 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY16 retail comparable store sales 'approximately flat'
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10:24 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says separation proceeding 'at full pace'
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08:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees separation complete by end of August
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08:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to name CEO Huseby as Execuve Chairman of B&N Education
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08:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY16 retail core comparable bookstore sales up approx. 1%
For fiscal year 2016, the company expects Retail core comparable bookstore sales, which exclude sales of NOOK products, to increase approximately 1%, while College comparable store sales are also expected to increase approximately 1%. The company also expects full fiscal year EBITDA losses in the NOOK segment to decline versus the prior year.
08:31 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble reports Q4 EPS (37c), consensus (39c)
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07:39 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage legacy international sales can at least triple, says Stifel
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07:15 EDTGRPNGroupon shares oversold at current levels, says Brean Capital
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June 24, 2015
15:27 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble July 26 straddle priced for 7.8% movement into Q4
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14:03 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble July volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Barnes & Noble July call option implied volatility is at 40, August is at 35, October is at 36; compared to its 52-range-week of 29 to 54, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on June 25.
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 Streetís 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.
10:22 EDTGRPNDigital River names Hoke Horne as CFO, effective June 24
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07:35 EDTSHLDCFA Society of Chicago to hold a meeting
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June 23, 2015
10:00 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adeptus Health (ADPT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Angie's List (ANGI) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Avenue Financial (AVNU) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... CASI Pharmaceuticals (CASI) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Corindus (CVRS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Coupons.com (COUP) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Five Below (FIVE) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Galmed (GLMD) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Genesis Healthcare (GEN) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Groupon (GRPN) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Hercules Technology (HTGC) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Immersion (IMMR) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Lipocine (LPCN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... NeoGenomics (NEO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Novadaq (NVDQ) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Perrigo (PRGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Signal Genetics (SGNL) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Standard Motor Products (SMP) initiated with a Neutral at CL King... United Community Financial (UCFC) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... WP Glimcher (WPG) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... WhiteWave (WWAV) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Topeka.
06:19 EDTGRPNGroupon initiated with a Hold at Topeka
Target $6.
June 22, 2015
17:29 EDTMNSTCoca-Cola reports 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage
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