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August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTGSK, KING, AMZN, CSIQ, SNY, SEAS, M, RHHBY, ITMN, EBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day in positive territory despite weaker than expected retail sales figures for July. Oil hit a new 13 month low during the session, suggesting to investors that concerns about the flow of oil from the Middle East are muted despite the turmoil in Iraq and Israel. The market found its level about an hour and a half into trading and the averages moved in a narrow range for the remainder of the session, but the Nasdaq's drift higher managed to add 1% to the index by the time trading closed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales were flat in July, versus an expected 0.2% increase. If auto and gasoline data is removed, the core reading showed an increase of 0.1%, versus the expected 0.4% rise. Business inventories grew 0.4% in June, which was in-line with expectations. In Asia, a measure of new credit in China came in at $44.3B in July, marking its lowest monthly total since October 2008. China's industrial production grew 9.0% year-over-year in the month, versus expectations for 9.2% growth. Japan's second quarter GDP fell an annualized 6.8%, which was slightly better than the expectation for a 7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Macy's (M) declined $3.29, or 5.51%, to $56.47 after the department store operator's second quarter sales and profits missed expectations. Macy's also lowered its fiscal year same-store sales growth forecast to 1.5%-2% from its previous 2.5%-3% view, but said it still expects FY14 earnings per share of $4.40-$4.50... Amazon.com (AMZN) advanced $6.96, or 2.18%, to $326.28 after the company launched "Amazon Local Register," a credit-card device and mobile app to help small business owners accept payments that will go head-to-head with competing systems from Square and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal unit. Additionally, research firm ChannelAdvisor reported that Amazon's July same-store-sales grew 40.4%, an increase compared to June's 34.4% growth rate. Meanwhile, the firm estimated eBay's July same-store-sales grew 9.7%, which was down from June’s 12.3% rate and below the e-commerce growth rate, and its shares slipped 49c, or 0.92%, to $52.94. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Canadian Solar (CSIQ), which rose $6.06, or 24.27%, to $30.13 after the company reported better than expected second quarter results. Also higher was InterMune (ITMN), which jumped $6.57, or 14.44%, to $52.06 after Bloomberg said the company is working with its financial advisers to evaluate takeover bids it has received from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Actelion (ALIOF). Among the noteworthy losers was theme park operator SeaWorld (SEAS), which dove $9.25, or 32.86%, to $18.90 after negative media attention contributed to lower than expected second quarter attendance and drove its earnings per share and revenue to miss expectations. Also lower were shares of social video game maker King Digital (KING), which was downgraded by at least five Street research firms and dropped $4.21, or 23.13%, to $13.99 after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and the company lowered its outlook for its fiscal 2014 growth rates. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.26, or 0.55%, to 16,651.80, the Nasdaq gained 44.88, or 1.02%, to 4,434.13, and the S&P 500 added 12.97, or 0.67%, to 1,946.72.
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November 11, 2014
15:25 EDTSEAS, MNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:06 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings
The shares have been largely trading in a range of $55 at the low and $62 at the high in the year-to-date period. Ahead of results the shares are trading nearly in the middle of that range. Whether the news maintains the range or breaks it is the key. A move below $55 would be longer-term bearish, with the year-to-date price action becoming a clear topping pattern when viewed on a 5-year chart basis. Additional support levels below would be at $52.54 and $50.05. A move above $62 would be equally bullish, with the life high at $63.10 as next resistance. It would take a move above that life high to keep the shares on a bullish path. It is possible that the news won't be sufficiently strong to break the shares out, in which case the existing sideways trend channel would remain intact.
14:52 EDTMMacy's November 57.5 straddle priced for 5.8% move into Q3
12:09 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst says Macy's trends decelerated at back-end of Q3
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $6.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 46c-55c on revenue of $6.24B-$6.46B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported second quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $6.23B, below estimates for 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were up 4% from the prior year. Q2 comparable sales were up 3.4% vs. 2Q13. Macy's backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $4.40-$4.50. The consensus for FY14 EPS at that time was $4.47. The retailer said its expectations for the second half of 2014 were "on track," with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, Macy's predicted FY14 SSS up 1.5%-2%, with FY14 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties up 2%-2.5%; previous guidance was for FY SSS up 2.5%-3%. NEWS: On its last earnings conference call, Macy's forecast fall season EPS of $3.04-$3.14 and said it expected Q3 SSS would be lower than fourth quarter SSS. The retailer also forecast second half total sales growth approximately 30 basis points lower than comp growth and gross margin rate "flat to down slightly" for the year. During the quarter, Macy's reached a resolution with the New York State Office of the Attorney General related to allegations of racial profiling in its New York stores. The retailer said it will launch same-day delivery this fall and announced plans to hire 86,000 seasonal associates for the 2014 holiday season. CNN said Macy's will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic. ITG Research said in October that Macy's Q3 revenues were tracking to $6.25B. Northcoast upgraded Macy's to Buy from Neutral on November 5. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are down 2%. The stock is trading down fractionally to $58.92 ahead of tomorrow's report.
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10:14 EDTSNYRegeneron data reinforce blockbuster potential of dupilumab, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes the Phase IIb results for dupilumab in patients with moderate to severe asthma reported by Regeneron (REGN) and partner Sanofi (SNY) reinforce the broad potential of the drug in a range of allergic diseases. The firm reiterates its $416 price target and Overweight rating on shares of Regeneron.
09:37 EDTEBAY, AMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
08:59 EDTMMacy's trends softened in back-end of Q3, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic, and to offset the challenging Q3 performance. Shares are Buy rated.
08:15 EDTEBAYAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:26 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce dupilumab Phase 2b study met primary endpoint
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November 10, 2014
16:07 EDTGSK, RHHBYUBS to hold a conference
UBS European Conference is being held in London, England on November 11-12.
15:57 EDTEBAYWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:54 EDTSNYAmerican Society of Nephrology to hold a conference
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15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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13:50 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:12 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar to supply 4 MW energy storage solution to support Ontario grid
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07:12 EDTMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
November 8, 2014
14:03 EDTAMZNJefferies software and internet analysts hold a dinner meeting
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