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August 12, 2014
13:43 EDTMSO, JCP, MEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 13, 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 86c on revenue of $6.3B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 79c-89c on revenue of $6.2B-$6.38B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported first quarter EPS of 60c, against estimates for 59c, on revenue of $6.28B, against estimates for $6.46B. Same-store sales in the quarter were down 1.6% for the quarter. Macy's backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $4.40-$4.50. The consensus for FY14 EPS is $4.47. The company, which announced a 25% increase to its dividend and a $1.5B increase to its share repurchase authorization, forecast FY14 SSS growth of 2.5%-3%. NEWS: On its last earnings conference call, Macy's forecast margins for the full year "flattish" to down slightly, and said that underlying consumer demand was strong enough to enable the company to achieve annual guidance. During the quarter, J.C. Penney (JCP) appealed a New York state court decision that ruled the company interfered with a contract between Macy's and Martha Stewart (MSO) by selling the celebrity's home products. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley added Macy's to the Best Ideas List citing consistent execution, leading free-cash-flow yield, strong management and strategies, and superior omni-channel capabilities. Deutsche Bank believes Macy's FY14 same-store-sales guidance of up 2.5%-3% is likely to be revised lower and its earnings outlook of $4.40-$4.50 could be cut by 5c-10c given the shortfall in Q1 and the promotional environment. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up almost 5%. The stock is trading down fractionally to $60.09 ahead of tomorrow's report.
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June 29, 2015
10:37 EDTMMacy's falls after downgrade, levels to watch
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10:09 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
09:53 EDTMMacy's retreats after Deutsche cuts to sell, says real estate sale unlikely
The shares of Macy's (M) are falling in early trading after research firm Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Sell from Buy, saying that the retailer is facing numerous challenges. WHAT'S NEW: Macy's same-store sales are likely to remain "anemic," partly due to tourism headwinds and increased competition from its own vendors, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Meanwhile, the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization is likely to remain "flattish," partly because of higher shipping and healthcare costs and lower leverage on its sales, the analyst stated. Given all of these challenges, Macy's profit growth will probably not exceed high single digit percentage levels over the next couple of years, while its share repurchases will probably be reduced, Trussell said. Although Macy's could drive significant value by monetizing its real estate portfolio, it's unlikely to do so, according to Trussell. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 2, Reuters reported that Macy's would listen to a request by hedge funds who were asking the company to consider options for its real estate holdings. However, the company was worried that selling real estate and then leasing it back would saddle it with significant leasing costs, the news service noted. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Macy's fell 2.1% to $68.38.
06:28 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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June 26, 2015
09:12 EDTMSOPlymouth Lane urges Martha Stewart to conduct 'robust' process during go-shop
Plymouth Lane Capital, a holder of a 10.9% stake in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, stated in a regulatory filing that the investor intends to engage in a constructive dialogue with the company's management, board, and other relevant parties or stakeholders, regarding matters that may include, without limitation, steps to maximize shareholder value and to "encourage a timely, proactive, and robust marketing process" in order to obtain acquisition proposals during the "go-shop period" as set forth in its previously announced merger agreement with Sequential Brands Group (SQBG).
June 25, 2015
06:20 EDTMSOMeredith, Iconix among those looking at Martha Stewart, NY Post reports
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June 24, 2015
10:26 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) December 40 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 44, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 20 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 42 according to IVolatility.
June 23, 2015
08:03 EDTMSOMartha Stewart a great addition to Sequential Brands, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said Martha Stewart (MSO) is a great addition to Sequential Brands' (SQBG) portfolio citing its brand awareness and the diversification of its platform. The firm believes many of its brands are in the early stages of organic growth and thus sees upside to the company's estimates. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $21 from $17 on Sequential Brands shares.
June 22, 2015
13:20 EDTMSOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:23 EDTMSOMartha Stewart down 13.7% after Sequential Brands announces acquisition
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09:19 EDTMSOSequential Brands signs definitive merger agreement to acquire Martha Stewart
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09:17 EDTMSOSequential Brands signs definitive merger agreement to acquire Martha Stewart
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June 19, 2015
09:25 EDTMSOSequential deal for Martha would be game changer, says Wunderlich
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June 18, 2015
19:00 EDTMSOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:24 EDTMSOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
15:18 EDTMSOSequential Brands near deal to acquire Martha Stewart Omnimedia, WSJ says
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14:57 EDTMSOMartha Stewart reopens, up 19% after report of possible takeover
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14:50 EDTMSOMartha Stewart jumps 12%, halted for volatility after report on potential buyout
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14:49 EDTMSOSequential Brands near deal to buy Martha Stewart, DJ reports
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08:07 EDTMMacy’s execs considered selling stores to property companies, WSJ says
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