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December 26, 2012
12:10 EDTMED, NFLX, GPS, JWN, M, GOL, URBN, KORS, SKS, AMZN, LTD, COH, SHLDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite a report that indicated U.S. home prices rose more than forecast in October. Volume is light due to the holiday, but also because investors are still anxiously seeking a resolution to the fiscal cliff standoff in Washington... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 4.3% in October from a year ago, versus expectations for a 4% gain. The Richmond Fed December manufacturing survey fell to 5 from a prior reading of 9. Analysts had forecast a drop to a reading of 8. In Europe, most markets were closed. Asian markets, particularly Japan's, traded broadly higher for a second-straight session, as the official appointment of Shinzo Abe as Japan's prime minister continued to drive down the Yen and lift Tokyo-traded share prices... COMPANY NEWS: Retail and apparel makers' stocks slid after reports indicated that holiday sales were likely weaker than expected. MasterCard's SpendingPulse unit estimated that retail sales from October 28 through Christmas Eve increased just 0.7% from a year ago. Separate data from retail consulting firm Customer Growth Partners estimated sales rose about 2.8%, which would make this the worst holiday-shopping season since 2009. Among the stocks performing significantly worse than their respective averages were Macy’s (M), Sears (SHLD), Saks (SKS), Nordstrom (JWN), Coach (COH), Michael Kors (KORS), Gap (GPS), Limited (LTD) and Urban Outfitters (URBN)... Netflix‘s (NFLX) streaming video service suffered an outage on Christmas Eve, which the company blamed on technical problems at Web service provider Amazon.com (AMZN)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was GOL Linhas (GOL), a low-cost airline in Latin America which saw its U.S. listed shares rise 10% after the company announced late Friday that it has segregated the activities of its "Smiles" loyalty program, a business unit it previously said may be put up for an initial public offering. Also higher were shares of Herbalife (HLF), up over 6% after the Wall Street Journal said the company has hired a prominent law firm to assist in its fight with investor Bill Ackman. Among the noteworthy losers was Medifast (MED), down nearly 12% after the company's acting CFO resigned... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 45.94, or 0.35%, to 13,093.14; the Nasdaq was down 21.00, or 0.70%, to 2,991.60; and the S&P 500 was down 7.93, or 0.56%, to 1,418.73.
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August 19, 2015
06:01 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
August 18, 2015
18:06 EDTAMZNAmazon tests 'Flex' package pickup service, GeekWire says
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16:00 EDTAMZNAmazon workplace policies making U.K. staff physically ill, Guardian says
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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12:54 EDTSHLDEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Lowe's ahead of Q2 earnings
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.24 on revenue of $17.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.21-$1.27 on revenue of $16.97B-$17.48B. LAST QUARTER: On May 20, Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 70c on revenue of $14.13B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 74c and $14.28B, respectively. The company also said Q1 same-store sales rose 5.3% year-over-year. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29 against estimates at the time of $3.31 and said it expects revenue to grow 4.5%-5%. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS to grow 4%-5% and added that it expected to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in FY15. On its Q1 conference call, Lowe's forecast FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 38.1%, operating margin up 80-100 basis points, capital expenditures of roughly $1.4B, and cash flow from operations of approximately $5.1B. The company added that it continues to expect steady recovery within the housing market including positive trends in turnover and moderate home price appreciation. NEWS: On May 29, Lowe's announced that its board declared a 21.7% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share, payable August 5 to shareholders of record as of July 22. On June 10, the company said at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference that it was seeing modestly improving wages and saw the income environment as constructive to the industry. It added that it was starting to see pickup from the bottom in housing and modest home price appreciation in 2015. At the Oppenheimer Global Consumer Conference on June 24, Lowe's said it was more focused on asset productivity than square footage, that it was contemplating new geographies, and that it expected to further capitalize on market opportunity in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: The day Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine lowered her price target for the company's shares to $68 from $75 due to lower-than-expected results. Cantor maintained its Hold rating on the stock. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the company was still a top pick and reiterated its Buy rating, saying that, despite the Q1 earnings miss, it continued to expect Lowe's to benefit from investments. The day after Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, UBS said it believed the company's shares had room to run from at the time current levels. UBS reiterated its Buy rating for the company and lowered its price target to $82 from $83 on its shares. On June 8, Atlantic Equities initiated its coverage on Lowe's shares with a Neutral rating and a $79 price target. Exactly one week later, Wedbush upgraded Lowe's to Outperform from Neutral, saying it thought at the time that the company was benefiting from strong housing trends as well as Sears' (SHLD) increasing share losses, its previous investments, and macro tailwinds. Wedbush said the company will be a "winner" as long as interest rates remain low and increased its price target for the company's shares to $82 from $80. On June 30, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73, citing expectations of stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. BMO added that sales in the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. On July 20, Deutsche Bank lowered its Q2 comparable sales and earnings estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot below consensus to reflect "weak" industry data for building material, garden equipment, and supplies. Deutsche cut its Q2 comp estimate for Lowe's to 3.0% from 4.5% and earnings estimate to $1.23, below the consensus at the time of $1.25. Deutsche maintained its Buy rating on Lowe's stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up fractionally. In early trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's are up over 1% to $73.34.
11:14 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX VALE
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10:13 EDTURBNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:07 EDTURBNHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTGPS, URBN, KORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTMMacy's to build new store in Salt Lake City
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07:47 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reported 'enviable' results, says Stifel
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07:46 EDTKORS, COHJefferies sees longer turnaround for Vera Bradley, cuts to Hold
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07:41 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters remains one of best positioned retailers, says Baird
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07:40 EDTCOHJefferies says Coach turnaround not being appreciated, ups to Buy
Jefferies analyst Randal Konik upgraded Coach (COH) to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target for shares to $50 from $35. The stock closed yesterday up 8c to $32.02. Survey results show the handbag maker is starting to attract new customers at a faster rate while its remodel initiative should help drive a return to positive comps, Konik tells investors in a research note. He believes the company's turnaround is not being fully appreciated by the market. The analyst also added Coach to the Jefferies Franchise Picks List. He coupled the upgrade with a downgrade Vera Bradley (VRA) to Hold.
06:42 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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06:39 EDTAMZNUSPS boosts same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, Amazon, WSJ says
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05:48 EDTURBNStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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