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February 3, 2014
07:20 EDTMATMattel downgraded at SunTrust
As previously reported, SunTrust downgraded Mattel to Neutral from Buy. The analyst downgraded shares due to limited visibility and catalysts. Price target lowered to $40 from $50.
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February 2, 2016
12:03 EDTMATOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Wall Street began the session in negative territory and the averages have remained there throughout the day as oil once again weighs on stocks. The price of oil has slid another 4%, giving the commodity a roughly 10% loss over the past two trading sessions. The market's late day rally yesterday gave hope for a decoupling between equities and oil prices, but that appears to be a one day reprieve as the stocks are back in lock-step with crude prices. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. In Europe, statistics agency Eurostat reported that unemployment across the eurozone decreased by 49,000 to a total of 16.75M in December dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest since September 2011 at 10.4%. In central bank news, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Reserve Bank of India both held their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) advanced 5% in the wake of its report of better than expected quarterly earnings and revenue, pushing Google's parent company to overtake Apple (AAPL) as the world's most valuable publicly-traded company in the process... Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2.5% amid the renewed weakness in oil prices. Shares of fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged 8% in New York trading after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring... Pfizer (PFE) reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but forecast 2016 revenue and earnings below analysts' estimates, pushing its shares down fractionally. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Syngenta (SYT), which rallied 4.5% after Bloomberg reported that ChemChina was close to a deal to buy the company for nearly $43B. Also higher were Mattel (MAT), Michael Kors (KORS), and Fabrinet (FN), which gained 12%, 22%, and 12.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Twitter (TWTR), which fell 8% after it was downgraded to Sell at Stifel and following a report claimed that tweets on the service are down 50% from their peak. Also lower were AGCO (AGCO), Harris (HRS), and Pitney Bowes (PBI), which were down 10%, 9.5%, and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) lost 4% and 3.6%, respectively, after reporting U.S. sales for the month of January. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 239.86, or 1.46%, to 16,209.32, the Nasdaq was down 64.83, or 1.4%, to 4,555.54, and the S&P 500 was down 27.87, or 1.44%, to 1,911.51.
10:00 EDTMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: DuPont Fabros (DFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Integrated Device (IDTI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Julius Baer (JBAXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Kohl's (KSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Mattel (MAT) upgraded on positive catalysts at Stifel... Mitsubishi sees limited downside for Tableau (DATA), ups to Neutral ... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Realty Income (O) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... TJX (TJX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
09:29 EDTMATMattel trades higher after earnings, levels to watch
The shares were last up 6.7% to $28.57. At that price next resistance is at the 52-week high at $30.44. Support is at $27.83.
09:28 EDTMATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Michael Kors (KORS), up 17.3%... Mattel (MAT), up 6.9%... Mallinckrodt (MNK), up 4.3%... Alphabet (GOOGL), up 5%... Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3%... UPS (UPS), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Netflix (NFLX), up 1.1% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hansen Medical (HNSN), up 18.8% after announcing FDA clearance of Magellan Robotic Catheter eKit. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 20%... BP (BP), down 8.5%... Royal Caribbean (RCL), down 7%... Waddell & Reed (WDR), down 5.5%... Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... American Campus (ACC), down 1.1% after 15.6M share Spot Secondary priced at $41.25... Horsehead (ZINC), down 47.6% after filing for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware.
08:11 EDTMATMattel shares should be bought aggressively, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Mattel's fundamentals have stabilized, and the firm thinks the company has multiple positive catalysts this year. Wells believes that the stock could rise significantly this year and in early 2017, and it thinks the shares offer the best risk/reward idea in the Leisure category.
07:05 EDTMATMattel upgraded on positive catalysts at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Mattel to Buy from Hold . The firm expects the company to benefit from the growth of its core brands, an improved entertainment pipeline, and higher margins. Stifel predicts that the company's earnings will recover in 2017, and says that the stock's dividend and activist pressure put a floor on the stock. Target $33.
06:29 EDTMATMattel upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
06:24 EDTMATOptions expected to be active
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05:36 EDTMATStocks with implied volatility movement; MAT WFT
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February 1, 2016
19:09 EDTMATOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), up 5.2% and 4.7%, respectively... Mattel (MAT), up 5.6%... Anadarko Petroleum (APC), up 4%... AFLAC (AFL), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 8.1% after giving guidance for fiscal 2015 and entering a license agreement with G-III Apparel (GIII) for Tommy Hilfiger womenswear collections. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 15.8%... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 9.6%. ALSO LOWER: Pixelworks (PXLW), down 5.7% after giving fourth quarter guidance and announcing the resignation of its CEO... PDL BioPharma (PDLI), down 14.3% after cutting its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 15c per share.
18:10 EDTMATMattel sees Q1 revenue ex-currency 'down slightly,' consensus $861.62M
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16:52 EDTMATMattel targets long term sales growth of low-to-mid single digits
Expects more challenging first half of 2016. Says goal is to hold topline relatively flat in constant currency. Sees FY16 gross margin about 50%. Sees FY16 adjusted SG&A down $55M-$65M. Sees FY16 currency impact of 2%-4% negative impact on net revenue and 30c-40c negative impact on EPS. FY16 consensus is $1.38 for EPS and $5.46B for revenue. Guidance from slides presentation.
16:17 EDTMATMattel up 7.5% to $28.75 following Q4 results
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16:16 EDTMATMattel CEO says 'pleased with performance'
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16:15 EDTMATMattel reports Q4 Barbie worldwide gross sales up 8% in constant currency
Up 1% as reported. Reports Q4 Fisher-Price worldwide gross sales up 13% in constant currency, and 8% as reported; Hot Wheels worldwide gross sales up 28% in constant currency, and 18% as reported.
16:06 EDTMATMattel reports Q4 adjusted EPS 67c, consensus 61c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.99B, consensus $1.91B.
14:32 EDTMATNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:27 EDTMATOptions with increasing put volume
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January 29, 2016
17:45 EDTMATMattel acquires substantially all the assets of Fuhu
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08:22 EDTMATMattel volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Mattel February call option implied volatility is at 45, March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 49, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 1.
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