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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.
August 31, 2014
17:14 EDTMAApple said to be partnering to develop iPhone wallet, Bloomberg says
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August 29, 2014
08:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart challenges Alibaba with additions to online site in China, WSJ says
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August 28, 2014
12:03 EDTGPSGuess hits 52-week low as Q2 results miss estimates, FY15 outlook lowered
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10:20 EDTMAVisa slips after Raymond James sees more challenges than catalysts
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August 27, 2014
06:36 EDTTGTNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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August 25, 2014
13:47 EDTWMT, MAWal-Mart launching chip-enabled store-brand MasterCard
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07:50 EDTMAVisa headwinds likely to subside, says Pacific Crest
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06:19 EDTTGTU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTTGT, WMTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
August 22, 2014
12:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTGPSGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
10:19 EDTGPSGap hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
Following an earnings beat last night after the close, the shares have traded to a fresh 52-week high at $45.46. That move may presage a climb to the life highs in the higher $40s. Next resistance above the new high is at $46.18. Support is at $44.68.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTGPSGap valuation very attractive, says Sterne Agee
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09:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:38 EDTGPSGap well positioned for upside, says UBS
UBS said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive cops driven by ecommerce. Shares of Gap are Buy rated with a $50 price target.
07:16 EDTGPSGap upgraded at Janney Capital
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06:20 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTGPSGap announces plans to open first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015
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16:05 EDTGPSGap raises FY14 EPS view to $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.95
The company updated its guidance forFY14 diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.95-$3.00, to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 69c
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15:15 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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August 20, 2014
12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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