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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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August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTGPSGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
10:19 EDTGPSGap hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
Following an earnings beat last night after the close, the shares have traded to a fresh 52-week high at $45.46. That move may presage a climb to the life highs in the higher $40s. Next resistance above the new high is at $46.18. Support is at $44.68.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTGPSGap valuation very attractive, says Sterne Agee
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09:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:38 EDTGPSGap well positioned for upside, says UBS
UBS said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive cops driven by ecommerce. Shares of Gap are Buy rated with a $50 price target.
07:16 EDTGPSGap upgraded at Janney Capital
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06:35 EDTQCOMChina's NDRC say Qualcomm aims to end investigation, Reuters says
China's National Development and Reform Commission said that Qualcomm is aiming to end a probe into monopolistic tendencies and had showcased its desire to improve and fix pricing problems, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the NDRC. Reference Link
06:20 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTGPSGap announces plans to open first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015
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16:05 EDTGPSGap raises FY14 EPS view to $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.95
The company updated its guidance forFY14 diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.95-$3.00, to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 69c
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15:15 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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06:43 EDTWFCRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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05:50 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM SNDK
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August 20, 2014
09:03 EDTFNMA, FMCCSpread of unrest beyond Ferguson would be positive for GSEs, says Rafferty
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove indicates that he believes that if the unrest in Ferguson spreads, Congress would increase housing subsidies, benefiting the GSEs, Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC).
06:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo wins approval for $62.5M settlement, Charlotte Observer says
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August 19, 2014
13:42 EDTWFCWells Fargo looks to bulk up asset-management business, WSJ says
Wells Fargo is looking to increase the size of its asset-management business to over $1T over the next decade by making acquisitions of smaller asset managers and more aggressive sales to larger investors, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
09:35 EDTWFCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
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