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News For MA;SKS;GPS;WMT;TGT From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2015
15:47 EDTMAMasterCard technical comments before earnings news
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15:37 EDTMANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:59 EDTMAEarnings Preview: MasterCard to report amid foreign exchange worries
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13:23 EDTGPSGap says eliminating Creative Director role
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January 28, 2015
07:08 EDTMAMasterCard volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 27, 2015
10:04 EDTMAHigh option volume stocks: SIMG RMD SANM MA SIGM
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January 23, 2015
15:37 EDTGPSGap to close Piperlime brand
Gap announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The company is committed to executing against its long-term strategy of driving profitable top line sales, and going into the new fiscal year, the company will focus on its portfolio of five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix, as well as digital and global growth. While Gap Inc. does not break out Piperlime’s sales independently, the brand is by far the smallest of the company’s portfolio with yearly revenue below $100M, representing less than 1% of Gap Inc.’s total revenue base of over $16B, the company said. The wind-down costs associated with the decision are not material to the company’s financials, Gap added.
13:59 EDTMAMasterCard confirms allowance of Cuban transactions with U.S.issued cards
MasterCard confirmed a report saying the company will allow credit card transactions in Cuba. The company will work with its U.S. issuers to support their Cuba-related activities and decisions. Before traveling to Cuba, U.S. cardholders should contact their bank to ensure the card will be supported on the island. Reference Link
13:54 EDTMAMasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba with U.S. cards, Reuters reports
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January 22, 2015
05:36 EDTMAMasterCard announces opportunity to apply for next edition of Start Path Europe
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January 21, 2015
13:38 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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12:12 EDTGPSBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
January 20, 2015
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
09:44 EDTMA, TGT, WMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTTGTMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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10:12 EDTWMTSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:44 EDTMAUSA Technologies enters pact with MasterCard
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08:59 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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07:55 EDTTGTChildren's Place Carter's may have opportunity from Target move, say Oppenheimer
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07:23 EDTTGTTarget upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:22 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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January 15, 2015
17:06 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
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16:20 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
16:17 EDTTGTTarget upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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14:09 EDTTGTTarget downgraded at Stifel
As previously reported, Stifel downgraded Target to Hold from Buy. The firm believes near-term tactical opportunities are play out and management commentary indicates investments will be necessary in order to modernize.
13:47 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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12:26 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:58 EDTTGTTarget sees accelerating plans to expand CityTarget
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11:46 EDTTGTTarget says Canada exit will allow quicker return to share repurchases
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11:43 EDTTGTTarget says 'vast majority' of Canada exit costs are non-cash
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10:35 EDTTGTTarget viewed unchanged after Canada exit, says RW Baird
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10:22 EDTTGTTarget rallies after moving to close Canadian operations, levels to watch
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10:12 EDTTGTTarget to host business news update conference call
Conference call to discuss Target Canada granted CCAA order will be held on January 15 at 11:30am. Webcast Link
10:04 EDTTGTTarget exit from Canada came sooner than expected, says Wells Fargo
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09:46 EDTTGTTarget Canada granted CCAA order
Target announced that Target Canada has obtained an Initial Order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, or CCAA, earlier this morning. The Initial Order authorizes Target Canada to begin a court-supervised wind-down of its Canadian businesses. It also provides for a broad stay of proceedings against Target Canada and authorizes Target to provide a debtor-in-possession credit facility of $175M to finance Target Canada’s operations during the CCAA proceedings. Note that Target announced earlier that it has decided to discontinue operations in Canada.
09:24 EDTWMTEpiq Systems to hold a webinar
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09:15 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTTGTTarget raises Q4 adjusted EPS view to $1.43-$1.47, may not compare to $1.21
Based on performance through November and December, Target now expects to report Q4 U.S. comparable sales of approximately 3%, better than prior guidance of approximately 2%, driven primarily by increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales. Sees Q4 adjusted EPS, reflecting results from continuing operations, of $1.43-$1.47, about 6c ahead of expectations for U.S. Segment performance at the beginning of the quarter. The company is not able to provide an estimate of its expected Q4 GAAP EPS. However, GAAP results are expected to include: Losses related to liquidation of Target Canada,net of taxes; Net expenses related to the 2013 data breach, which are not expected to be material; the impact of the reduction of the beneficial interest asset recognized in connection with the 2013 sale of the company’s credit card portfolio, which is expected to reduce GAAP EPS by approximately 2c.
08:28 EDTTGTTarget to report Canadian operations as discontinued starting in Q4
As a result of the Canada decision, Target Corporation will operate as a single segment that includes all U.S. operations. Beginning with the company’s Q4 financial results, Target will report adjusted earnings per share reflecting operating results from its U.S. operations, excluding discontinued Canadian operations, the impact of the reduction of the beneficial interest asset recognized in connection with the 2013 sale of the Company’s U.S. consumer credit card portfolio, net expenses related to the 2013 data breach, and the resolution of certain tax matters.
08:27 EDTTGTTarget to exit Canadian operations, sees move raising earnings in FY15 and after
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08:24 EDTTGTTarget volatility flat into discontinuation of Canadian operations
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08:23 EDTTGTTarget jumps after announcing plans to exit Canadian operations
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08:21 EDTTGTTarget sees reporting $5.4B pre-tax losses on discontinued operations in Q4
08:19 EDTTGTTarget to discontinue Canadian operations
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