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December 6, 2012
10:42 EDTSPLS, JCPJ.C. Penney rises after partner reveals REIT plans
J.C. Penney (JCP) is advancing after the company's Canadian partner, retailer Loblaw Companies, earlier today announced that it would launch a Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT. The REIT, which will sell units via an IPO, will acquire a significant portion of Loblaw's real estate assets, the Canadian company stated. Initially Loblaw, whose stock is soaring nearly 20% on the Toronto Stock Exchange on the news, intends to turn over real estate currently worth more than C$7B to the REIT. Loblaw's announcement may be leading some investors to speculate that J.C. Penney and other American retailers may take similar steps in order to monetize their assets. Loblaw in July signed a four year deal to open almost 700 shops featuring its Joe Fresh fashions within J.C. Penney's stores. In mid-morning trading, J.C. Penney jumped 91c, or 5.19%, to $18.44. Also climbing was Staples (SPLS), which rose 1.42% to $11.45.
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November 27, 2015
05:50 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SPLS VNET
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Staples (SPLS) 56, 21Vianet (VNET) 32 according to iVolatility.
November 24, 2015
06:20 EDTJCPRetailers hunt for new breaches after warning on malware, Reuters says
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05:27 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ACI SPLS
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November 23, 2015
05:54 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CHK SPLS
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November 20, 2015
05:32 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG SPLS
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November 19, 2015
06:19 EDTSPLSFTC looking over Staples, Office Depot transaction, NY Post reports
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05:20 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG SPLS
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; National Bank of Greece (NBG) 601, Staples (SPLS) 59 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2015
12:33 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have moved higher throughout the morning. All eyes continue to be fixed on Paris and successful police action in a raid of the dwellings of suspects from the bombing over the weekend may have added to today's positive sentiment. There was little help from the day's economic data, however, as the housing starts report for October came in with the lowest reading in seven months and the energy inventories data showed another buildup in crude. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The day's big economic event may be yet to come, as investors await the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting, which are scheduled for release at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell more than 5% after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in its holiday quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) spiked in the after-hours trading after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it had sent an offer letter proposing a business combination, but failed to outline the details of its proposal. Norfolk Southern then confirmed Canadian Pacific to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk share, calling the indication of interest "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional." CNBC's David Faber, citing sources, subsequently reported that Norfolk Southern has no interest in pursuing a merger, but Norfolk shares remain up more than 6% early this afternoon, while Canadian Pacific is up nearly 6% as well... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed about 3% after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aramark (ARMK), which rallied 8% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and guided for fiscal 2016. Also higher was Fairchild Semicondcutor (FCS), which gained 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired for approximately $2.4B by ON Semiconductor (ON), which fell 8% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which fell nearly 10% after it said that allegations from Korea's FTC that the company did not properly negotiate "aspects" of its licenses are "not supported by the facts." Also lower was Staples (SPLS), which was down 4% after it reported Q3 earnings and provided an earnings outlook for Q4. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 132.98, or 0.76%, to 17,622.48, the Nasdaq was up 43.00, or 0.86%, to 5,029.01, and the S&P 500 was up 15.62, or 0.76%, to 2,066.06.
09:22 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop (VIPS), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL), up 27.5% after announcing preparation of regulatory filings based on guidance from FDA... Universal Insurance (UVE), up 7.7% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM), up 14.9% after submitting an Investigational New Drug application with the FDA for Iomab-B... Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS), up 8.8% after being acquired by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 5% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SouFun (SFUN), down 2.9%... Staples (SPLS), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after price target lowered to $15 from $20 at Piper Jaffray... Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 3.5% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
06:03 EDTSPLSStaples sees Q4 non-GAAP EPS 26c-30c, consensus 28c
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06:02 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 35c, consensus 35c
Reports Q3 revenue $5.6B, consensus $5.67B. Closed 18 stores in North America during Q3.
November 17, 2015
15:13 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney management to meet with Buckingham
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07:39 EDTSPLSStaples volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Staples November call option implied volatility is at 87, December is at 68, January is at 60; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 78, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
November 16, 2015
16:29 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces plans to retire $500M asset-based term loan
J. C. Penney Company announced that it has received $500M of incremental bank commitments to increase the size of the Revolving Line of Credit under its existing Senior Secured Asset-Based Credit Facility to $2.35B from $1.85B. In connection with upsizing the revolving credit facility, the Company also intends to prepay and retire the outstanding principal amount of its $500M Term Loan previously issued under the ABL, which is scheduled to mature in June 2019. The Company expects to close these transactions in December.The Company expects that retirement of the ABL Term Loan will reduce interest expense by approximately $20M annually, beginning in 2016. The $2.35B ABL revolving line of credit, which will also mature in June 2019, will remain available for seasonal working capital needs and general corporate purposes. Marvin Ellison, chief executive officer, said, "We proactively pursued this transaction to reduce our long-term debt and ongoing interest expense and to further enhance our financial flexibility while maintaining our strong liquidity position as we continue to make progress on our goal of $1.2B in EBITDA by 2017."
11:35 EDTJCPDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).

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