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April 17, 2014
07:31 EDTM, LULU, VFC, GPSLululemon faces increased competition in yogawear industry, Reuters says
Lululemon now faces an increase in competition from rival yogawear retailers, department stores and hot new brands such as Gap (GPS), Athleta, VF Corp's (VFC) lucy, Macy's (M), and many others who are selling athletic-wear at lower prices and across more locations, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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July 28, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell due to 'speculative froth' at Gilford Securities
As previously reported, Gilford Securities downgraded Macy's two notches to Sell from Buy. Analyst Bernard Sosnick would use the "speculative froth" in the stock to take profits at attractive prices. Macy's shares rose to a high when Starboard Value announced its belief that Macy's is worth $125 per share based on real estate monetization. Sosnick believes its a "fool's errand" to hold on to shares for real estate value extraction and expects the speculative premium in the stock to disappear.
08:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gilford Securities
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July 27, 2015
10:00 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Anthem (ANTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded on valuation at Bernstein... Box (BOX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded on potential sale of assets or company at SunTrust... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... First BanCorp (FBP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flotek (FTK) upgraded on stronger demand at Oppenheimer... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... OFG Bancorp (OFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Pool Corp. (POOL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Popular (BPOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Chemung Financial (CHMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
06:15 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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July 24, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abaxis (ABAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... CF Industries (CF) downgraded on nitrogen outlook at RBC Capital... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cepheid (CPHD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... IAMGOLD (IAG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... MSA Safety (MSA) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... MTU Aero (MTUAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Sunesis (SNSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Superior Drilling (SDPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
07:09 EDTVFCVF Corp. sees Q3 revenue up at nearly same rate as Q2
Third quarter currency neutral and reported revenues are expected to increase at nearly the same rates as those of the second quarter driven by strength from the Outdoor & Action Sports and Jeanswear coalitions, our international operations and continued strength in our direct-to-consumer businesses. Fourth quarter currency neutral revenue should increase at a rate slightly lower than third quarter results due to the tougher comparison against the same period of 2014 which included a 53rd week. The strongest margin and profit comparisons of the year are expected in the fourth quarter, when the direct-to-consumer business makes the most significant contribution of the year, the negative impact of currency lessens and lower product costs are realized.
07:08 EDTVFCVF Corp. now sees FY15 EPS up 15% vs. $3.08 in 2014
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07:07 EDTVFCVF Corp. reports Q2 EPS 40c, consensus 36c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.51B, consensus $2.46B.
06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
July 23, 2015
15:05 EDTVFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
10:00 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded VF Corp. to Buy and increased its price target to $86 from $70. The firm has increased confidence the company can outperform driven by a strong brand portfolio, pricing power, and best-in-class growth.
July 22, 2015
08:38 EDTMNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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July 21, 2015
07:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. among best potential 2H earnings revision stories, says UBS
UBS said VF Corp. should be able to raise its 2015 guidance as the firm's channel checks show accelerating tailwinds and positive industry trends. The firm feels the company has one of the highest potential positive second half earnings revision stories in the group. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $83 price target on VF Corp. shares.
06:07 EDTGPSONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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July 20, 2015
13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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July 19, 2015
18:13 EDTMMacy's considered, rejected sale/lease-backs in past, WSJ says
Macy's (M) executives have considered sale/lease-backs "over the years" and have come to negative conclusions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the company. The report comes in the wake of Starboard Value pressuring Macy's to spin off its real estate, and sources said the activist investor sees several options, including a REIT, a Hudsonís Bayís-style real estate partnership, a sale/lease-back, or borrowing money against the properties. Separately, a source said Target (T) is still reluctant to relinquish control over its real estate. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTMStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
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