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News For MA;SKS;GPS;WMT;TGT From The Last 14 Days
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September 16, 2014
16:29 EDTGPSGap assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Price target raised to $46 from $43.
13:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart finalizes Coca-Cola ad agreement in New York, Bloomberg says
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said that Wal-Mart (WMT) charged New York customers more for Coca-Cola (KO) products than stated in national circulars, going against inaccurate advertising regulations, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from Schneiderman. The retailer will pay a $66K penalty to settle the matter. Reference Link
09:59 EDTMAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX TSLA YHOO FB PBR MU AA TWTR WMT
07:40 EDTMAMasterCard initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart spokesman steps down due to resume fib, Bloomberg says
The Chief spokesman for Wal-Mart, David Tovar, stepped down after the retailer learned a nearly 20-year fabrication in his official resume, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the situation. Reference Link
05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart, AutoInsurance.com announce national expansion
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September 15, 2014
16:39 EDTMAMasterCard initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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16:33 EDTMAMasterCard initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
Target $85.
12:17 EDTMAMasterCard to host investment community meeting
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09:59 EDTWMT, TGTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Realty (ARCP) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Athlon Energy (ATHL) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Capital Product (CPLP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Costco (COST) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Solutions (PSIX) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team (TISI) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi... Wal-Mart (WMT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Winnebago (WGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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06:11 EDTTGTTarget initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup started shares of Target with a Neutral rating saying the risk/reward is fair with valuation at three year highs. Citi believes Target is taking the right steps to improve execution and set a $66 price target for the stock.
September 12, 2014
06:35 EDTMAApple getting discounted card fees for Apple Pay, NY Times reports
Banks are charging Apple lower than usual credit card fees for the tech giant's new mobile payment system, according to The New York Times. The banks hope that participating in Apple Pay will enable them to process transactions that aren't currently being paid for with credit cards, the newspaper explained. The banks and credit card networks also hope to use Apple Pay to prevent technologies that don't incorporate banks from becoming popular, The Times reported. Publicly traded credit card networks include American Express (AXP), Capital One (COF), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Publicly traded banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC)..Reference Link
05:51 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; XHB WMT
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September 11, 2014
12:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell iPhones below suggested prices, Cnet reports
Wal-Mart will begin taking preorders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $179 and $29 respectivelytomorrow, and customers who pre-order the iPhnoes will also receive a $15 e-gift card from Wal-Mart, Cnet reported last night. Apple had said it was selling the iPhones for $199 and $299. Reference Link
07:13 EDTWMTSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
06:47 EDTMAEU rejects MasterCard appeal regarding card fee veto, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTGPSApple hires Gap's Marcela Aguilar for marketing role, Ad Age reports
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September 10, 2014
08:14 EDTMAVisa best positioned among card networks for Apple Pay, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Visa (V) is the best positioned to benefit from Apple Pay among credit card networks, as the firm notes that Visa cards were prominently displayed in the demonstrations, that accompanied the launch of the service. The firm thinks that Visa's technology leaves it well-positioned to play a critical role in fostering mobile payments with Apple and potentially others like Google (GOOGL). Pacific Crest adds that Apple Pay is also positive for MasterCard (MA) and American Express (AXP). It keeps an Outperform rating on Visa and Sector Perform ratings on MasterCard and American Express.
08:02 EDTMAApple Pay positive for Visa, MasterCard and American Express, says BofA/Merrill
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September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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15:11 EDTMAMasterCard works with Apple to integrate Apply Pay
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14:54 EDTMAApple announces Apple Pay
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13:59 EDTMAVisa, MasterCard near highs of day after Apple confirms mobile payment plans
13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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07:28 EDTMAThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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10:06 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Gap to Underperform based on expectations it will miss full year guidance and consensus expectations. The firm said lower than expected August comps due not bode well for turnaround and lowered its full year EPS estimate to $2.85 from $2.96, vs. guidance of $2.95-$3.00.
September 5, 2014
17:55 EDTGPSGap valuation 'enticing' despite sales drop, Barrons contends
Following Gap's unexpected August SSS drop, shares fell by more than 5% which creates a buying opportunity for the stock, according to Barron's 'Barron's Take' column. Barron's believes share buybacks and effective cost control can help Gap meet its earnings forecasts. Reference Link
16:45 EDTGPSMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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16:25 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:57 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:19 EDTGPSGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
10:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Buckingham
As noted earlier, Buckingham downgraded Gap to Neutral from Buy. The firm says that weaker than expected August comparative sales at the company's Gap brand is causing it to question its previous forecast for comps to recover in the seocnd half of the year. The firm expects the shares to remain range bound until the sales of the Gap brand improve. Target $46.
09:16 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks lower rent, more control with China mall, China Daily says
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08:00 EDTGPSGap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps
Gap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps. Overall option implied volatility of 23 is below its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:50 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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07:42 EDTGPSGap weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:30 EDTMAApple iWallet would be positive for payment networks, says JPMorgan
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06:37 EDTMAMasterCard, Visa to roll out new 'tokenization' technology, WSJ reports
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September 4, 2014
18:28 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:05 EDTGPSGap falls in extended session trading, levels to watch
The stock is down after hours by 3.6% to $44.88. At that price next support is at $43.38. Resistance is at $45.43.
16:03 EDTGPSGap falls 3.7% after announcing August SSS drop, likely gross margin pressure
16:02 EDTGPSGap reports August SSS down 2%
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08:25 EDTTGTHome Depot could see less impact than Target from data breach, says BMO Capital
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September 3, 2014
11:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico scales back 2014 store expansion plans, WSJ says
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September 2, 2014
09:35 EDTGPSGap identified as top pick at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee identified Gap as its best pick for 2H14, as the firm sees multiple drivers of improved operating performance and stock price gains for the company. Among these drivers are easy compares and company specific initiatives, according to the firm. It raised its price target on the stock to $52 from $50 and sees its risk/reward ratio as very compelling.
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