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February 12, 2013
12:24 EDTVAL, AVP, LVLT, BCS, KORS, KOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as investors may be remaining on the sideline ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union address... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was fairly light for a second straight day. The Labor Department reported job openings fell by 173K in December to 3.62M from a more than four-year high set in the prior month. Also, the Group of Seven urged countries to refrain from competitive devaluations, stating it remained committed to "market-determined" exchange rates... COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO) was the worst performing member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sliding nearly 3% after reporting earnings that just beat consensus on revenue that just missed analyst forecasts. The company said global unit case volume rose 3% during the quarter and that it expects economic volatility to extend through 2013... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Avon Product (AVP), which rose over 19% and Michael Kors (KORS), which advanced 10% after their earnings reports. Also higher were shares of Barclays (BCS), which gained more than 8% after the company also reported quarterly results but additionally said it expects to reduce its headcount by at least 3,700 in 2013. Among the noteworthy losers were Level 3 (LVLT), down nearly 11%, and Valspar (VAL), down over 7% after their earnings reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 37.58, or 0.27%, to 14,008.82; the Nasdaq was down 4.05, or 0.13%, to 3,187.95; and the S&P 500 was up 1.96, or 0.13%, to 1,518.97.
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February 2, 2016
06:59 EDTKORSMichael Kors sees FY16 EPS $4.38-$4.42, consensus $4.33
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06:57 EDTKORSMichael Kors sees Q4 EPS 93c-97c, consensus $1.00
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06:56 EDTKORSMichael Kors reports Q3 EPS $1.59, consensus $1.46
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05:40 EDTBCSOaktree-backed AdvancePierre picks Barclays for IPO, Bloomberg reports
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February 1, 2016
14:32 EDTKORSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus 64c... Pfizer (PFE), consensus 52c... United Parcel Service (UPS), consensus $1.42... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 70c... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 51c... Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), consensus 66c... Baxter (BAX), consensus 32c... Sirius XM (SIRI), consensus 3c... Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), consensus 92c... Ally Financial (ALLY), consensus 51c... Michael Kors (KORS), consensus $1.46... ADT Corp. (ADT), consensus 46c.
13:41 EDTKORSMichael Kors February weekly 40.5 straddle priced for 9.3% movement into Q3
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12:41 EDTKORSEarnings Watch: Analyst urges 'another look' at Michael Kors ahead of Q3 report
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12:26 EDTBCSNY AG, SEC to take further actions in dark pool investigations, Bloomberg says
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11:42 EDTKORSStocks with call strike movement; YHOO KORS
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11:18 EDTKOWells Fargo, Citron take sides in Monster Beverage debate
Monster Beverage (MNST) is rising slightly in the down market after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock, saying that the shares have reached a compelling entry point while Monster's convenience store sales appear to have accelerated. UPGRADE: The recent weakness in Monster's stock has created a "compelling entry point," according to Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog, who upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Moreover, Wells Fargo's survey of beverage retailers suggests that the company's sales at convenience stores rose 10% last quarter, up from 7% in Q3. Additionally, the survey found that the quality of Monster's distribution operation had greatly improved in recent months. As a result, Herzog wrote that the issues caused by the company's transition to using Coca-Cola's (KO) distribution system had been "largely resolved." Monster's earnings growth should accelerate over the next five years as it penetrates new overseas markets, including China, the analyst contended. There are "numerous scenarios" that would enable the beverage maker to beat earnings expectations going forward, Herzog believes. In addition to international expansion, the company could benefit from accelerated share buybacks, a reduced tax rate and "major innovations" in beverages outside of its core energy business, according to Herzog. She raised her price target on the shares to $159-$161 from $139-$141. SHORT REPORT: On January 29, short-selling research firm Citron wrote that Monster's "valuation..is completely removed from reality." Over the past five years, Monster's stock has surged 500%, even though its revenue has only increased 90%, the firm stated. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola's 2014 purchase of a stake in Monster will prevent the latter company from being acquired, as Coke is not interested in buying Monster, Citron contended. In China, Monster will have to cope with high start-up costs, tough competition and lower margins, Citron warned. Furthermore, the company's new products cannibalize its existing drinks, Citron believes. Also on January 29, the small Eastern European country of Latvia decided to ban sales of energy drinks to minors. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Monster climbed 2% to $137.73. The stock dipped about 1.6% on Friday.
10:09 EDTBCSBarclays, Credit Suisse to pay over $150M to settle dark pool claims
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08:09 EDTKORSOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GOOGL GOOG YHOO UPS KORS UPS BAX RCL CCL PFE AET D STR DWA CMG ABT SYK.
07:31 EDTBCSBarclays among potential buyers of TD Direct, Sky reports
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07:28 EDTKORSJefferies tells investors to take another look at Michael Kors
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTKOOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
15:40 EDTBCSBarclays to exit precious metals sector, Platts says
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15:37 EDTBCSBarclays, Credit Suisse to pay $154M to settle dark pool claims, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS) and Credit Suisse (CS) are expected to reach a $154.3M settlement Monday with New York and the SEC over allegations that they didn't give clients accurate information regarding their dark pool trading, reports Bloomberg, citing a source. Barclays will pay $70M while Credit Suisse will pay $84.3M, noted Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:06 EDTKOCoca-Cola makes strategic investment in Chi, plans full ownership within 3 years
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January 29, 2016
13:02 EDTBCSBarclays names Venkatakrishnan chief risk officer
Barclays (BCS) has named C.S. Venkatakrishnan as Chief Risk Officer. Venkatakrishnan joins Barclays from JP Morgan Chase (JPM) where he has been the Head of Model Risk and Development since 2012 and Head of Operational Risk since September 2013. He will join the Executive Committee of Barclays and report directly to the group CEO Jes Staley. Once Mr Venkatakrishnan assumes his new role, current Chief Risk Officer Robert Le Blanc will become Vice Chair of Risk and Strategy, reporting to Staley. Reference Link
09:03 EDTKORSMichael Kors volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Michael Kors February weekly call option implied volatility is at 83, February is at 55, March is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 58, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on February 2.
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