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January 2, 2013
10:02 EDTTLYS, SKUL, MR, NOV, ANN, SXL, JWN, TGT, ROST, LNKD, BF.B, H, WLP, HOT, NTLS, IDA, ASNA, KSS, AEO, LNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alliant Energy (LNT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Ann Inc. (ANN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Ascena Retail (ASNA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Brown Forman (BF.B) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... IDACORP (IDA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... LinkedIn (LNKD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... NTELOS (NTLS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Skullcandy (SKUL) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Jefferies... Starwood Hotels (HOT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Tilly's (TLYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Hyatt Hotels (H)downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group.
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September 30, 2015
17:15 EDTKSSKohl's tests in-store cafes, Fortune says
Kohl's has begun testing small, in-store cafes at two of its department stores in Milwaukee, reports Fortune. Reference Link
12:00 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on October 5 hosted by Jefferies.
11:13 EDTTGTTarget announces expansion of price matching policy
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10:05 EDTJWNHigh option volume stocks
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09:08 EDTHOTWyndham appoints Chip Ohlsson as Chief Development Officer
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09:03 EDTJWNMetLife leads insurers giving $1B, 12-year loan to refinance luxury mall
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08:34 EDTHOTStratus Properties completes purchase of Block 21 JV
Stratus Properties (STRS) announced that on September 28, 2015, Stratus completed its previously announced acquisition of Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund II, L.P.'s approximate 58% joint venture interest in CJUF II Stratus Block 21 LLC, which owns a 36-story mixed-use development in downtown Austin, Texas, anchored by the W Austin Hotel & Residences (HOT), for approximately $62M. Stratus funded its acquisition of Canyon-Johnson's interest in Block 21 with approximately $32.3M of proceeds from its non-recourse term loan with Bank of America (BAC), a $20M term loan under Stratus' credit facility with Comerica Bank (CMA), and approximately $9.7M in cash. The Sale and Purchase Agreement contains customary representations and warranties, and the parties have agreed to indemnify each other in connection with the breach of such representations and warranties. Block 21 is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stratus. As of September 28, 2015, in addition to its real estate assets, Block 21 had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $22.8M.
September 29, 2015
07:11 EDTTGTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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September 28, 2015
19:57 EDTTGTRetailers urge courts to reject Visa, MasterCard settlement, Reuters says
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10:37 EDTNOVAnalysts sees upside for Halliburton as Baker Hughes deal moves forward
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10:18 EDTKSSJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
08:17 EDTHOTStarwood says W brand to debut in Serbia in 2019
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07:07 EDTSXLEnergy Transfer Equity sees Williams deal immediately accretive to cash flow
At closing, the transaction will be immediately accretive to distributable cash flow and distributions per unit for ETE and is expected to be credit positive to ETE's credit ratings; ETE's distribution growth rate is expected to remain at its current level; As a result of diligence, the size of both the expected cost savings and the anticipated commercial synergies exceeds ETE's previous expectations and will help ensure that the duration of ETE's distribution growth rate will be longer as a result of the transaction. There is no expected impact to WPZ's credit ratings as a result of the ETE/Williams combination; WPZ unitholders will have greater distributable cash flow from material cost savings and synergies of up to $400 million per annum with WPZ joining the Energy Transfer shared service model; the combination will create new commercial opportunities for WPZ, including the potential to acquire assets from the overall Energy Transfer group, that will improve WPZ's business outlook, cash flow growth and overall financial profile; WPZ unitholders will benefit from having a general partner, ETE, that, based on the unique intrinsic financial and strategic optionality in the Energy Transfer family, will be in a position to help WPZ fully realize its long-term growth potential; and WPZ will receive a $428 million break-up fee for the termination of its merger agreement with WMB payable to all outstanding limited partnership units of WPZ including WMB's approximate 60 percent ownership.
07:05 EDTSXLWilliams Partners, Williams withdraw financial guidance
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07:04 EDTSXLEnergy Transfer Equity to combine with Williams in $37.7B transaction
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06:42 EDTTGT, KSSPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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September 25, 2015
05:22 EDTHOTQunar announces partnership with Starwood
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTTGTChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
09:18 EDTHPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:48 EDTHOTStarwood makes debut in Montana
Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the debut of its eco-wise Element brand in Bozeman with the opening of Element Bozeman, marking the first Starwood hotel in the state of Montana. Owned by a group of Bozeman investors, the newly constructed Element hotel offers a stylish and sustainable new option for travelers with 104 light-filled rooms and an atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance while on the road.
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