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December 26, 2012
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 (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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17:21 EDTNFLXNetflix down 1% after DJ reports Hulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner
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16:18 EDTJWNNordstrom drops sharply after results, outlook
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16:16 EDTJWNNordstrom says Q3 results reflect 'softer' trends across channels, categories
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16:11 EDTJWNNordstrom cuts FY15 adjusted EPS to $3.40-$3.50 from $3.70-$3.80
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16:09 EDTJWNNordstrom reports Q3 EPS with items 42c, consensus 72c
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
14:30 EDTJWNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:24 EDTAMZN, NFLXEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
12:09 EDTGPSOld Navy: More than 800 stores to open at 4 pm on Thanksgiving Day
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12:02 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened deep in negative territory but the averages began to pare their losses almost immediately. All eyes and ears were on Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who gave a welcoming speech at a Fed conference, though she did not discuss policy or the economy. Other Fed speakers talked about the lack of inflation as well as interest rate expectations, but their comments so far this morning have failed to clarify expectations for the December meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims were unchanged at 276,000 in the week of November 7, versus expectations for 270,000 first-time claims. The JOLTS report showed job openings rebounded 149,000 to 5.53M in September. In Europe, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, in remarks delivered in a hearing in the European Parliament, once again signaled that the bank is ready to boost stimulus at its December meeting as warranted. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) jumped 12% after Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, advanced 8% following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Department store owner Kohl's (KSS), which was weak yesterday along with virtually every company in the space following Macy's (M) disappointing results, bounced back 6% after its third quarter report topped expectations on both the top and bottom lines... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) sunk 13% after its earnings missed the consensus forecast, its profit guidance was lowered, its CEO announced plans to retire and Starboard's CEO Jeff Smith was appointed to the company's board. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Eros International (EROS), which rallied more than 8.5% after it called allegations of security laws violations "baseless and misleading." Also higher was Viacom (VIAB), which gained 2.5% after it quarterly earnings came in roughly in-line with consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Fairmount Santrol (FMSA), which fell 20% after reporting downbeat third quarter earnings and suspending its earnings guidance due to market uncertainty. Also lower was Flower Foods (FLO), which dropped 10% after it reported quarterly earnings and narrowed its fiscal 2015 guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 147.82, or 0.84%, to 17,554.40, the Nasdaq was down 18.15, or 0.36%, to 5,048.87, and the S&P 500 was down 13.77, or 0.66%, to 2,061.23.
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... CGI Group (GIB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... EP Energy (EPE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Galena (GALE) upgraded on commercial business divestment at Oppenheimer... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Magic Software (MGIC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded on valuation, 2016 outlook at RBC Capital... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Trend Micro (TMICY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura.
09:36 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTMMacy's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast
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08:33 EDTMG-III Apparel estimates lowered at Stephens following Macy's report
Stephens analyst Rick Patel lowered his estimates for G-III Apparel (GIII) and cut his price target on the stock to $70 from $79 in response to the weaker than expected Q3 results reported by its customer Macy's (M). Patel notes that Macy's accounts for only 18% of G-III sales, but also acknowledges that implications of weak consumer demand could have a broader impact. He keeps an Overweight rating on G-III, however, citing its long-term opportunity, and said the recent pullback presents a good buying opportunity for patient investors.
08:06 EDTMMacy's price target lowered to $48 from $60 at Stifel
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08:04 EDTURBNBaird cautious on Urban Outfitters heading into Q3 earnings
Baird is cautious on Urban Outfitters heading into Q3 earnings, citing promotional activity, sluggish traffic and comments from management about a slow start in August. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and lowered its price target to $37 from $42 on Urban Outfitters shares.
07:58 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $37 from $46 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital lowered its price target on Urban Outfitters to $37 from $46 citing cautiousness about the second half due to warm weather. The firm continues to see the company as a best-of-breed retailer, given its diversified portfolio of brands, and sees multiple top and bottom line drivers. Brean Capital maintained its Buy rating on Urban Outfitters shares.
06:41 EDTMMacy's selloff yesterday 'seems excessive,' sayst Citi
Citi analyst Paul Lejuez says the post-earnings selloff yesterday, which reduced Macy's market capitalization by $2.5B, "seems excessive." The analyst "would not be surprised" to see the stock "recover slightly" from current levels. He lowered his price target for the stock to $43 from $48 and keeps a Neutral rating on Macy's.
05:29 EDTGOLGOL Linhas reports Q3 revenue R$306.7M vs. R$346.4M last year
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05:20 EDTGOLGOL Linhas announces strategic changes to network
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