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July 11, 2014
09:09 EDTLO, FNMA, QCOM, QCOR, ISLE, FAST, RDN, MTG, CUDA, GPS, RCII, WFC, RAI, FMCCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Lorillard (LO) up 5% after confirming talks with Reynolds (RAI) about a potential merger. Reynolds shares are also up 1.2% following the news... Barracuda Networks (CUDA), up 2.5% after reporting better than expected earnings. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1% after reporting Q2 earnings that matched estimates... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 12% following its Q2 profit warning... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 15% and Radian Group (RDN), down 7% following FHFA's proposal to tighten capital rules for private mortgage insurance companies that insure mortgage loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC)... Fifth Street Finance (FSC), down 4% after filing to sell 13.25M shares of common stock... Fastenal (FAST), down 3% after Q2 revenue misses consensus... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 1% after downgraded at Goldman... Gap (GPS), down 1.4% after reporting its June same-store sales fell 2%... Isle of Capri (ISLE), down 10.5% after CFO Black to leave company... Questcor (QCOR), down 1% after NY Times reports on the company's disclosure of Acthar adverse effects data.
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September 5, 2014
12:57 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:19 EDTGPSGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
10:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Buckingham
As noted earlier, Buckingham downgraded Gap to Neutral from Buy. The firm says that weaker than expected August comparative sales at the company's Gap brand is causing it to question its previous forecast for comps to recover in the seocnd half of the year. The firm expects the shares to remain range bound until the sales of the Gap brand improve. Target $46.
09:16 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:22 EDTQCOMNVIDIA lawsuits likely to have positive outcome, says JMP Securities
After NVIDIA (NVDA) filed lawsuits against Qualcomm (QCOM) and Samsung, JMP Securities thinks there is a good chance that NVIDIA will obtain a favorable ruling or settlement that is equal or greater to the $1.5B deal it cut with Intel (INTC),. The firm thinks that other companies, most notably Apple (AAPL), will launch talks with NVIDIA in the wake of the lawsuit. JMP Securities recommends buying NVIDIA ahead of upcoming Apple product refreshes and what it sees as accelerating growth trends for NVIDIA. The firm is upbeat about NVIDIA's new products and reiterates an Outperform rating.
08:00 EDTGPSGap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps
Gap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps. Overall option implied volatility of 23 is below its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:50 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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07:42 EDTGPSGap weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:31 EDTQCOMNVIDIA lawsuit positive, says Stifel
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September 4, 2014
18:28 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:13 EDTQCOMNVIDIA files patent infringement complaint against Qualcomm, Samsung
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16:05 EDTGPSGap falls in extended session trading, levels to watch
The stock is down after hours by 3.6% to $44.88. At that price next support is at $43.38. Resistance is at $45.43.
16:03 EDTGPSGap falls 3.7% after announcing August SSS drop, likely gross margin pressure
16:02 EDTGPSGap reports August SSS down 2%
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10:30 EDTRAIReynolds American backs FY14 EPS view $3.35-$3.45, consensus $3.38
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09:46 EDTRAIReynolds says U.S. tobacco industry enviornment remains 'highly competitive'
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07:39 EDTFASTFastenal reports August sales up 9.8% to $326.9M
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06:40 EDTWFCAgencies finalize liquidity rule for large banks
The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule yesterday that they said would strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions. The rule will for the first time create a standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large and internationally active banking organizations., according to the agencies. Each institution will be required to hold high quality, liquid assets, or HQLA, such as central bank reserves and government and corporate debt that can be converted easily and quickly into cash in an amount equal to or greater than its projected cash outflows minus its projected cash inflows during a 30-day stress period, the agencies explained. The ratio of the firm’s liquid assets to its projected net cash outflow is its “liquidity coverage ratio,” or LCR, they said. The LCR will apply to all banking organizations with $250B or more in total consolidated assets or $10B or more in on-balance sheet foreign exposure and to these banking organizations’ subsidiary depository institutions that have assets of $10B or more, the agencies reported. The rule also will apply a less stringent, modified LCR to bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies that do not meet these thresholds, but have $50B or more in total assets. Bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with substantial insurance or commercial operations are not covered by the final rule. The final rule is largely identical to the proposed rule, with a few key adjustments in response to comments from the public, the agencies stated. Those adjustments include changes to the range of corporate debt and equity securities included in HQLA, a phasing-in of daily calculation requirements, a revised approach to address maturity mismatch during a 30-day period, and changes in the stress period, calculation frequency, and implementation timeline for the bank holding companies and savings and loan companies subject to the modified LCR. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
06:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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