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January 18, 2013
10:55 EDTINFY, EBAY, HTZ, LULU, ASMLStocks with decreasing implied volatility: LULU, EBAY, ASML, HTZ, INFY
News For LULU;EBAY;ASML;HTZ;INFY From The Last 14 Days
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December 10, 2014
17:35 EDTEBAYeBay considering cutting 'thousands' of jobs next year, DJ reports
15:25 EDTLULUNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lululemon (LULU), consensus 38c; RadioShack (RSH), consensus ($1.04); Ciena (CIEN), consensus 13c; Methode Electronics (MEI), consensus 55c.
14:12 EDTLULULululemon December weekly 48 straddle priced for 10% move into Q3
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14:06 EDTLULUEarnings Preview: Lululemon Q3 could be positive turning point, analyst says
Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, December 11, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Lululemon is a designer and retailer of yoga-inspired apparel operating primarily in North America and Australia. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 38c on revenue of $424.68, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 37c-41c on revenue of $420M-$430.54M. LAST QUARTER: Lululemon reported second quarter EPS of 33c on revenue of $390.7M, beating estimates for 29c and $367.8M, respectively. Total same-store sales were flat in Q2 on a constant dollar basis; Comparable store sales for Q2 decreased by 5% on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 30% on a constant dollar basis. Looking ahead, the company raised its fiscal year 2014 normalized EPS view to $1.72-$1.77 from $1.71-$1.76 and narrowed its revenue view to $1.78B-$1.8B from $1.77B-$1.8B against estimates at that time for $1.74 and $1.78B, respectively. Third quarter EPS was forecast at 36c-38c on revenue of $420M-$425M. Q3 guidance was based on a total combined comparable sales increase in the low single digits on a constant dollar basis. The retailer forecast Q3 and FY14 gross margin of approximately 51%. NEWS: During its Q2 earnings conference call, lululemon said it was "happy" to have Advent back as a shareholder and is "looking forward" to having Advent's guidance going forward. STREET RESEARCH: Yesterday, Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Lululemon should benefit from the strength of the athletic apparel category, as well as the annual growth of over 10% in the total square footage of its stores, Wells Fargo believes. Meanwhile, the firm said its merchandise margins should increase in 2015, as it is offering smaller discounts than in the past. Barclays, which has an Overweight rating and $55 target, also wrote yesterday that the company's Q3 results could be a positive turning point for shares. Although Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock expects the company to report Q3 earnings per share of 38c, in-line with the consensus estimate, he believes that the company's comparative sales rose 1.8% last quarter, versus the same period a year earlier. If lululemon reports a 1.8% comp increase, it would mark the first time since the second quarter of 2013 that its comparative sales growth accelerated compared with the previous quarter, the analyst noted. In November, Sterne Agee downgraded lululemon to Neutral from Buy, as it believes that the company's brand has been damaged, causing many customers to leave, while its competition has become stronger. At the time of its downgrade on November 14, Sterne Agee had a price target of $39 on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, lululemon shares are up almost 25%. Year-to-date, shares are down nearly 20%. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are down 1.25% to $47.13.
11:50 EDTEBAYeBay says no decision made on new company boards, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a comment from the company, which follows an earlier Re/code report that said eBay CEO John Donahoe could leave the parent company's board and join PayPal's board when the companies separate.
10:35 EDTEBAYeBay CEO could join PayPal's board following spinoff, Re/code reports
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08:03 EDTHTZHertz expands across Europe with more than 80 branches in 2014
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December 9, 2014
11:43 EDTLULUlululemon advances after Wells upgrade, upbeat Barclays note
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10:28 EDTLULUlululemon trades up in down tape, levels to watch
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10:23 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... LHC Group (LHCG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lincoln Electric (LECO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northeast Utilities (NU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded at Needham... Wells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon (LULU), upgrades shares... Xcel Energy (XEL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:44 EDTLULULululemon Athletica volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:30 EDTLULUWells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon, upgrades shares
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07:09 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 results could mark an inflection point, says Barclays
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05:41 EDTLULUlululemon upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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05:34 EDTEBAYChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
10:29 EDTINFYInfosys falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
06:12 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LULU ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 53, Achillion (ACHN) 216 according to iVolatility.
06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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