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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTTGTMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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09:17 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:29 EDTMMacy's well positioned heading into Holiday, says Deutsche Bank
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
17:21 EDTWMTSolarCity announces new power, energy storage projects with Walmart
SolarCity (SCTY) announced it has entered into contract with Walmart (WMT) for the installation of new solar projects at facilities in up to 36 states over the next four years. SolarCity has completed more than 200 solar projects at Walmart locations since 2010. SolarCity has also installed and tested energy storage projects co-located with solar power generation at 13 Walmart facilities since early 2013, and will be incorporating ten additional storage projects in the next year.
10:02 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Boston Properties (BXP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... E-House (EJ) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Owens-Illinois (OI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Quality Systems (QSII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Sapient (SAPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Harsco (HSC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Telsey Advisory.
07:36 EDTMMacy's management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held on New York on November 20 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:25 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI downgraded Target based on balanced risk/reward and notes competition is unlikely to abate. Price target remains $71.
November 19, 2014
18:22 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:38 EDTTGTTarget looks 'poised for more gains', Barron's says
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16:59 EDTYHOOYahoo, Mozilla form strategic partnership
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16:31 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:53 EDTYHOOSome make case for Yahoo considering BlackBerry acquistion, Re/code says
Sources close to Yahoo (YHOO) said the company has been considering several "big acquisitions," largely aimed at helping its display business, and is eyeing tech-related companies including MediaMath, RadiumOne and Turn, reported Re/code's Kara Swisher. Swisher added that "one of the most far-out" ideas that has been "floated by bankers and other sundry pundits" is that Yahoo should buy BlackBerry (BBRY), and Swisher said that while that may seem unlikely, such a purchase would be "well within the amount" that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has to spend. Reference Link
14:25 EDTFBOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:46 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:21 EDTTGTTarget CEO says 'not happy' with Target Canada performance
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11:20 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; FSLR YHOO
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11:08 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 as 'notable infelction point'
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11:08 EDTTGTTarget says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season
Says saw positive comps in all three months of quarter. Says saw strong start to back to school, back to college season. Says sales slowed entering October, but recovered at the end of the month. Says omnichanel, flexible fulfillment capabilities "key" to long-term success. Says smaller format stores present "exciting" opportunity for company. Says company must continue to find cost savings opportunities in years to come. Says traffic trend has improved in every quarter this year. Confident in plans for upcoming holiday season. Doesn't anticipate share repurchase in Q4. Says "feels good" about current U.S. inventory levels. Expects competitive environment to remain highly promotional this holiday season. Sees Q4 gross margin improving y/y. Says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season. Sees Q4 U.S. SSS up about 2%. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call. Target shares are up 5.64% to $71.38 in morning trading.
10:50 EDTYHOO, YHOOYahoo price target raised to $57 from $47 at CLSA
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10:00 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTYHOOCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
09:16 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.15-$3.25, consensus $3.19
Full-year 2014 GAAP EPS is expected to be (45) cents below Adjusted EPS, reflecting: Pre-tax early debt retirement losses, recognized in interest expense, of $285 million, or (27) cents per share; Year-to-date net pre-tax data breach expenses of $140 million, or (14) cents per share; Pre-tax impairment losses of $31 million, or (3) cents per share; Pre-tax expense of $13 million, or (1) cent per share, related to Target’s decision to convert existing co-branded cards to MasterCard chip-enabled cards in 2015, and; A (5)-cent per share impact related to the expected reduction of the beneficial interest asset, partially offset by; A benefit of 5 cents per share from the favorable resolution of various income tax matters. GAAP EPS guidance does not include an estimate of future data breach-related expenses, which are not expected to be material in any individual period.
08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.13-$1.23, consensus $1.22
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 U.S. segment SSS up 1.2%
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08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 47c
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07:32 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill reinstated Dreamworks (DWA) with a Neutral rating from a Sell rating following reports that merger conversations with Hasbro (HAS) have ceased. The analyst now expects shares to trade in-line with peers given the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar release and active investigation of strategic opportunities. Price target is$25.
07:26 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $25.
06:03 EDTAPOSources: KKR, CD&R team up to take PetSmart private, Reuters reports
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05:15 EDTWMTWalmart to match competitors' Black Friday deals one week early
Walmart announced that for the second year, the retailer is lowering the prices on popular toys, electronics and more to match or beat select Black Friday offers from national competitors one week early. Walmart’s Pre-Black Friday Event begins Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 a.m. and also gives customers an early taste of Walmart’s Black Friday prices by moving up items typically found on Black Friday.
November 18, 2014
15:41 EDTTGTTarget November 67.5 straddle priced for 3.8% move into Q3
15:21 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTTGTTarget technical comments ahead of results
The stock in the past three months has outperformed the broader averages, trading up over 14%. Most of that outperformance has been in recent days leading up to earnings. That move broke the shares out of a very narrow trading range that had persisted for two months. With the shares trading close to the 52-week high at $68.28, strong positive news or an upside surprise could propel the stock through that level and to the lifetime high at $73.50. A failure to break through the $70 area, particularly on a negative surprise, could leave the shares vulnerable to a larger than normal correction. On a long-term basis a failure at $70 would be a third attempt up that failed at resistance. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $64.65, $61.46, and $59.57. The low of the range prior to the recent breakout was at $54.66, which is the 52-week low.
12:54 EDTFBFacebook introduces FB Techwire breaking tech news product
Facebook, in a post to its media blog, announced the launch of FB Techwire, a resource for journalists to discover original content including breaking news, first-person analysis, photos and videos posted to Facebook by technology influencers and organizations. Reference Link
12:44 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees FY14 adjusted EPS view of $3.10-$3.30
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11:40 EDTAROUrban Outfitters sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit misses consensus
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; DAL FB
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10:29 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing implied volatility: YHOO PSEC
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09:56 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... CBS (CBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Key Energy (KEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Statoil (STO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James.
09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPLTSLA TWTR FB
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09:03 EDTWMTI.D. Systems receives three-year contract extension from Walmart
I.D. Systems (IDSY) has executed a three-year extension of its contract with Walmart Stores (WMT) to provide VeriWise trailer tracking and management services for Walmart's fleet of cargo trailers. The contract extension, which runs through October, 2017, has a maximum aggregate value of approximately $14M.
08:44 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at Bernstein
Bernstein increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) after raising its estimate of Alibaba's valuation to $350B. Bernstein keeps a Market Perform rating on Yahoo.
07:57 EDTFBFacebook At Work unlikely to impact LinkedIn, says Wunderlich
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07:53 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:24 EDTAPOWells Fargo to hold a forum
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07:23 EDTMMacy's downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares citing valuation and slowing earnings growth. Price target is $65.
06:08 EDTFBIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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06:04 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
05:26 EDTWMTDisney Movies Anywhere now available through Walmart VUDU service
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November 17, 2014
16:24 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were quiet and traded in a fairly narrow range for their sixth straight session, despite a "merger Monday" that saw over $100B in deals announced. The Dow and S&P, which began the week near record levels, passed back and forth across the flat line several times during the day, though the Nasdaq weakened early in the session and never really recovered. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., industrial production fell 0.1% in October, missing expectations for it to have risen 0.2% from the prior month. October capacity utilization came in at 78.9%, which fell short of the expected 79.3% rate. The Empire State manufacturing index, which reflects manufacturing activity in the New York region, rose 4 points to 10.2 in November, which was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. In Asia, Japan's GDP unexpectedly shrank an annualized 1.6% last quarter, missing projections for a 2.2% gain and sinking its economy into a recession. COMPANY NEWS: Actavis (ACT) gained $4.17, or 1.71%, to $247.94 after confirming that it agreed to acquire Allergan (AGN) for a combination of $129.22 in cash and 0.3683 Actavis shares valued at approximately $66B, or $219 per Allergan share. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), which had been in a contentious fight to buy Allergan, commented that it "cannot justify to its own shareholders" paying a price of $219 or more per share for the Botox maker, whose stock rose $10.55, or 5.31%, to $209.20... Halliburton (HAL), conversely, fell $5.85, or 10.62%, to $49.23 after it agreed to acquire Baker Hughes (BHI) in a stock and cash transaction valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an enterprise value of $38B. When the deal talks were first reported by The Wall Street Journal last week, antitrust concerns were highlighted by analysts, but Halliburton said it had agreed to divest businesses that generate up to $7.5B in revenues, if required by regulators, and agreed to pay a fee of $3.5B if the transaction terminates due to a failure to obtain required approvals. Baker Hughes rose $5.34, or 8.92%, to $65.23 after the deal was announced. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX), which advanced $4.09, or 28.88%, to $18.25 after the company reported it saw a statistically significant overall survival benefit, along with an increase in clinically meaningful tumor shrinkage, in a sub-group of its study of a drug to treat a specific type of brain tumor. Also higher was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $1.01, or 17.75%, to $6.70 after the company announced additional data on secondary endpoints from its second Phase 3 study of its treatment for Fabry disease. Among the noteworthy losers was William Lyon Homes (WLH), which fell $3.52, or 15.53%, to $19.14 after the company announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, 1M tangible equity units, which will consist of a prepaid stock purchase contract and an amortizing note. Also lower were shares of DreamWorks (DWA), which dropped $3.71, or 14.26%, to $22.31 after multiple media outlets reported that talks about a takeover of the company by Hasbro (HAS) had ended. INDEXES: The Dow gained 13.01, or 0.07%, to 17,647.75, the Nasdaq lost 17.54, or 0.37%, to 4,671.00, and the S&P 500 added 1.50, or 0.07%, to 2,041.32.
16:00 EDTYHOO, FBOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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14:56 EDTFBFacebook reports solid October engagement data, says JPMorgan
14:21 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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12:42 EDTFBProfessional network operators slide following report on 'Facebook at Work'
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12:27 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:44 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NFX
Yahoo (YHOO) February 60 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 39, Newfield Exploration (NFX) March 38 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 40 according to IVolatility.
10:10 EDTDWADreamWorks sinks, Hasbro rebounds after takeover talks reportedly end
Shares of movie maker DreamWorks (DWA) are tumbling after multiple media outlets reported that talks about a takeover of the company by Hasbro (HAS) had ended. WHAT'S NEW: Talks about an acquisition of DreamWorks by Hasbro have ended, multiple news outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Deadline reported over the weekend. However, Deadline, citing unnamed sources, reported that there's "still a slight chance" that the talks will resume. Hasbro's CEO and board visited DreamWorks' campus recently and a potential name for the combined entity - DreamWorks-Hasbro - was discussed, Deadline stated. Hasbro halted the talks because it became concerned about the negative reaction of its stock to reports about the discussions, Deadline added. Barron's weighed in on the issue over the weekend, writing that the deal "doesn't make sense economically." Partnering with DreamWorks would be logical for Habro, but buying DreamWorks would not be a good move for the toy maker, Barron's stated. DreamWorks' recent inability to create big hits or generate free cash makes it a poor takeover target for Hasbro, Barron's indicated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on Thursday, Sterne Agee analyst Vasily Karasyov wrote that there is "no industrial logic" whatsoever to a combination of DreamWorks and Hasbro. Karasyov said there was no good reason for Hasbro to buy DreamWorks for $35 per share, the price that the movie maker was seeking, according to some reports. Karasyov predicted that the deal would not occur and kept a $17 price target and Underperform rating on the shares. Additionally, Piper Jaffray said the possible acquisition of DreamWorks Animation by Hasbro could have impacted the latter company's partnership with Disney (DIS). Piper thought buying a competing animation company could alter Disney's view of Hasbro as a partner. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, DreamWorks fell 15% to $22.08, while Hasbro gained 4.3% to $56.33.
09:59 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation tumbles as Hasbro ends talks, levels to watch
The shares are down nearly 15% at time of writing to $22.20 after Hasbro (HAS) ended talks to purchase the company. At that price next support is at $21.70 and then at $21. Resistance is at $22.78.
09:36 EDTYHOO, FBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
09:22 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:42 EDTTGTTarget looks to put massive breach in rear-view one year later, WSJ says
Encouraging signs are appearing for Target as the company looks to put its massive data breach in the rear view mirror about one year later as it reports earnings this Wednesday, said The Wall Street Journal's "The Week Ahead" column. Target shares are near 2014 highs after analysts have recently reported a pickup in foot traffic at its stores, the article noted. Reference Link
06:30 EDTFBFacebook says reducing 'overly promotional' page posts in news feed
Facebook said on Friday that "Our goal with News Feed has always been to show people the things they want to see. That’s why we often look to people on Facebook to tell us how we can improve. As part of an ongoing survey we asked hundreds of thousands of people how they feel about the content in their News Feeds. People told us they wanted to see more stories from friends and Pages they care about, and less promotional content. What we discovered is that a lot of the content people see as too promotional is posts from Pages they like, rather than ads. This may seem counterintuitive but it actually makes sense: News Feed has controls for the number of ads a person sees and for the quality of those ads, but those same controls haven’t been as closely monitored for promotional Page posts. Now we’re bringing new volume and content controls for promotional posts, so people see more of what they want from Pages.... Beginning in January 2015, people will see less of this type of content in their News Feeds. This change will not increase the number of ads people see in their News Feeds. The idea is to increase the relevance and quality of the overall stories – including Page posts – people see in their News Feeds. This change is about giving people the best Facebook experience possible and being responsive to what they have told us. While Pages that post a lot of the content we mention above will see a significant decrease in distribution, the majority of Pages will not be impacted by this change." Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:16 EDTYHOOInvestors wanting Alibaba should consider Yahoo, says Citigroup
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November 16, 2014
18:05 EDTDWAHasbro buyout of DreamWorks Animation 'doesn't make sense', Barron's says
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November 15, 2014
08:28 EDTDWAHasbro ends DreamWorks talks after stock decline, Deadline reports
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08:25 EDTDWAHasbro, DreamWorks talks 'cool,' unlikely to resume, WSJ reports
Hasbro's (HAS) talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation (DWA) have "cooled" and are unlikely to resume, Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing a person familiar with the matter. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTYHOO, FBSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:39 EDTWMTBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTDWA, M, WMTNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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14:46 EDTWMTDisney movies service partnering with Wal-Mart's Vudu, Reuters reports
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13:03 EDTYHOOYahoo rises after analysts boost targets
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10:25 EDTDWAOptions with increasing implied volatility: BHI DWA ZTS
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10:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $61 from $49 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) as the firm raised its valuation of Alibaba (BABA) to $324B from $275B. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Yahoo.
08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $60 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) stock appreciation. FBR says Yahoo offers a lower-cost play on Alibaba with the potential for improved core Yahoo performance. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:44 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated at 29 into Q3 and outlook
Target November call option implied volatility is at 29, December is at 21, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
07:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $91 from $83 at UBS
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07:32 EDTAPO, FBHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:27 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $92 from $82 at BofA/Merrill
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
06:37 EDTDWADreamWorks competes with key Hasbro partner Disney, NY Times says
After multiple news outlets reported that Hasbro (HAS) was in talks about buying DreamWorks (DWA), The New York Times says that the toy maker holds very lucrative contracts with Disney (DIS), which views DreamWorks as a key competitor. Hasbro gets up to 30% of its revenue from products linked to Disney, the newspaper quoted some analysts as saying. Reference Link
06:24 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
November 13, 2014
18:21 EDTAPOHostess Brands owners said planning sale for early next year, Bloomberg says
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16:36 EDTWMT, DWAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street saw another day of relatively quiet trading in a tight range, but the major averages once again finished the session higher than where they'd began. The Dow, powered by the post-earnings advance from Wal-Mart (WMT), led and closed at a new all-time high for the third time in the last four days. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rebounded 12K to 290K in the week ending November 8, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell to 4.335M in September, versus the consensus forecast for 4.8M openings. The Treasury reported a $121.7B budget deficit for October, versus the consensus deficit forecast of $117B. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart led the Dow, advancing $3.74, or 4.72%, to $82.94 after the world's largest retailer's earnings beat expectations and it reported U.S. comparable store sales grew 0.5% during the just-completed quarter... Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter and Gamble (PG) via a stock swap. In exchange for a recapitalized Duracell company, which will include approximately $1.7B in cash at closing, P&G will receive shares of its own common stock currently held by Berkshire having a current value of approximately $4.7B, the companies announced. Shares of Procter & Gamble, which also guided to FY15 core EPS growth in a mid-single digit percentage range, fell 88c, or 0.98%, to $88.60 after the deal was announced and guidance was issued. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baker Hughes (BHI), which surged $7.77, or 15.24%, to $58.75 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in fast-moving talks to be acquired by larger peer Halliburton (HAL), which also rose 56c, or 1.05%, to $53.79 following the report. Also higher was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which jumped $3.15, or 14.08%, to $25.52 after several media outlets reported that the animated movie maker company was in talks about selling itself to toy maker Hasbro (HAS). Hasbro shares fell $2.49, or 4.33%, to $54.98 following the reports. Also lower were shares of Revance (RVNC), which fell $4.93, or 23.48%, to $16.07 after the company said last night that the preliminary results from its ongoing open-label study suggest it still has "some work to do" to increase the probability of success for its upcoming Phase 3 pivotal program for RT001. INDEXES: The Dow rose 40.59, or 0.23%, to 17,652.79, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.11%, to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 added 1.08, or 0.05%, to 2,039.33.
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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12:59 EDTAPOApollo plans bid for GSK mature drugs business, Reuters reports
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12:44 EDTWMT, DWAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:28 EDTDWAOptions with increasing implied volatility: CVEO DWA ZTZ
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11:22 EDTFBDan Niles says looking to short more of Twitter
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10:20 EDTDWADreamWorks rallies on reports of potential takeover, Sterne Agee skeptical
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10:05 EDTFBFacebook quietly launches Yelp rival, TNW reports
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10:01 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
09:40 EDTWMTActive equity options trading
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09:08 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation purchase by Hasbro would be illogical, says Sterne Agee
After media outlets reported that DreamWorks (DWA) was in talks about selling itself to Hasbro (HAS), Sterne Agee sees no logic to such a transaction and does not expect the deal to occur. The firm doesn't see why Hasbro would pay 41% of its market cap for a company that is facing serious challenges. It keeps a $17 price target and Underperform rating on DreamWorks.
07:38 EDTM, FB, YHOOBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
07:32 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation volatility flat into Hasbro in talks to acquire report
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07:25 EDTDWAHasbro risk could be raised by Dreamworks deal, says Wells Fargo
After multiple media outlets reported that Hasbro (HAS) is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Wells Fargo thinks the deal would expand Hasbro Studios' capabilities. However, the firm believes the deal could increase Hasbro's risk, given Dreamworks' mixed track record. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Hasbro.
07:21 EDTDWAHasbro volatility flat in advanced talks to acquire DreamWorks report
Hasbro (HAS) overall option implied volatility of 17 compares to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into talks to buy DreamWorks Animation (DWA), New York Times reports.
07:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart up 1.3% to $80.25 in pre-market following Q3 earnings beat
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q4 EPS $1.46-$1.56, consensus $1.57
For the 13-week period ending Jan. 30, 2015, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to be between flat and 1%. Sam's Club expects comp sales, excluding fuel, for the 13-week period to be between flat and 2%.
07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart narrows FY14 EPS view to $4.92-$5.02 from $4.90-$5.15
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q3 continuing ops EPS $1.15, consensus $1.12
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07:01 EDTDWAHasbro deal with Disney could be impacted with merger, says Piper Jaffray
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06:59 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:29 EDTDWAMattel deal with DreamWorks likely not renewed with merger, says Wells Fargo
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06:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart Canada planning to cut 200 jobs, Globe and Mail reports
Wal-Mart Canada is planning to cut 200 jobs, mostly at its head office in Mississauga, the Globe and Mail reports. The reduction is expected to be announced next week and follows disappointing earnings at the Wal-Mart unit over the past few quarters. Reference Link
06:09 EDTDWADreamWorks looking for $35 per share in takeover, Deadline reports
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05:52 EDTDWAHasbro in advanced talks to acquire DreamWorks, NY Times reports
Hasbro (HAS) is in advanced talks to buy DreamWorks Animation (DWA) for a mix of cash and stock, New York Times reports, citing people briefed on the matter. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is seeking more than $30 per share, but the deal price is yet to be determined, the paper adds. Reference Link
05:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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November 12, 2014
18:29 EDTAPOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:47 EDTAPORexnord offers 14.73M shares of common stock for Apollo Global
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16:23 EDTMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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15:48 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
15:29 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.12; Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.68; Tyco (TYC), consensus 56c; Kohl's (KSS), consensus 74c; Helmerich & Payne (HP), consensus $1.67; Sally Beauty (SBH), consensus 40c; Manulife Financial (MFC), consensus 40c; TransDigm (TDG), consensus $2.02; MAXIMUS (MMS), consensus 52c.
15:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the chart is easily seen on a 5-year chart. Since early 2013 the shares have been trading in a sideways channel bound largely by $70 at the low and $80 at the high. Those bounds become the key levels to watch for post-earnings trading. A move above $80, and preferably above the life high at $81.37, would signal a new leg up had begun. It would in effect be a range breakout with the potential for a move to the $90 area over time based on the height of the channel. The stock is pushing up toward that level ahead of earnings. Equally, a major disappointment could send the shares to the low of the range at $70. That area would still need to be broken to the downside to break the range, with an eventual move to $65 possible if it was broken. If the news is insufficiently strong to push price out of the range, it will likely continue in this trading range for some time awaiting a new catalyst.
13:47 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:56 EDTYHOOFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:38 EDTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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10:58 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO DAL
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10:57 EDTMMacy's says "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for holiday season
10:48 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 EPS $2.30-$2.40, consensus $2.54
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09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTDWASamsung and M-GO launch UHD transactional VOD service
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08:09 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 SSS with licensed businesses up 2%-3%
Macy's said Q4 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties are expected to grow by approximately 2%-3%, or 1.8%-2.8% on a comparable sales basis exclusive of licensed businesses.
08:07 EDTMMacy's, Citi Retail Services renew card agreement
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08:05 EDTMMacy's CEO says optimistic for Q4
Macy's chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said, "Going forward, we remain optimistic for the fourth quarter based on several factors. First, we have developed an outstanding merchandise assortment for holiday gift-giving and self-purchase rooted in great style, exclusive offerings and outstanding value during this key shopping period. Second, we have enhanced our transition to fresh post-holiday vacation and resort assortments. Third, we have new store, omnichannel and marketing strategies in place that we believe will drive incremental business throughout the fourth quarter. This includes Buy Online Pickup in Store now rolled out to all full-line Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations, Same Day Delivery pilots up and running in eight major Macy’s markets and four Bloomingdale’s markets, and improved functionality and usability in upgraded mobile apps. And fourth, we are poised to capitalize on a return to more normalized weather patterns after the unusually severe snowstorms in the fourth quarter last year."
08:04 EDTMMacy's says Q3 sales performance fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTMMacy's lowers FY14 EPS view to $4.25-$4.35 from $4.40-$4.50
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08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q3 EPS 61c, consensus 50c
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07:37 EDTTGTTarget shares overvalued, says MKM Partners
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07:30 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $55 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) appreciation. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:28 EDTAPOBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $58 from $52 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) to $58 from $52 following its announcement it will acquire BrightRoll. The firm said the price adjustment reflects its recent price target increase on Alibaba (BABA) to $125 from $100 last week. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Yahoo shares.
06:46 EDTWMTWal-Mart reminds stores to display fresh grocery products, NY Times says
Wal-Mart last month issued a memo to managers around the U.S., telling them to discount older meat and baked goods to ensure that they sell before they reach their expiration dates, according to The New York Times. The memo also reminds managers to remove expired dairy products and eggs, as well as moldy or rotting produce, from shelves, and reduce inventory, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:00 EDTYHOOYahoo investors met with AOL CEO to push merger, Reuters reports
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05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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November 11, 2014
16:43 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640M
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:26 EDTFBYelp continues to gain traction in Local search, says Cowen
Cowen's checks indicate Yelp (YELP) continues to gain traction in Local search through Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB). The firm continues to see Yelp's Local ad revenue growing 60% in 2014 and believes the company will continue to beat numbers.
15:25 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:06 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings
The shares have been largely trading in a range of $55 at the low and $62 at the high in the year-to-date period. Ahead of results the shares are trading nearly in the middle of that range. Whether the news maintains the range or breaks it is the key. A move below $55 would be longer-term bearish, with the year-to-date price action becoming a clear topping pattern when viewed on a 5-year chart basis. Additional support levels below would be at $52.54 and $50.05. A move above $62 would be equally bullish, with the life high at $63.10 as next resistance. It would take a move above that life high to keep the shares on a bullish path. It is possible that the news won't be sufficiently strong to break the shares out, in which case the existing sideways trend channel would remain intact.
14:52 EDTMMacy's November 57.5 straddle priced for 5.8% move into Q3
12:09 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst says Macy's trends decelerated at back-end of Q3
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $6.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 46c-55c on revenue of $6.24B-$6.46B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported second quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $6.23B, below estimates for 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were up 4% from the prior year. Q2 comparable sales were up 3.4% vs. 2Q13. Macy's backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $4.40-$4.50. The consensus for FY14 EPS at that time was $4.47. The retailer said its expectations for the second half of 2014 were "on track," with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, Macy's predicted FY14 SSS up 1.5%-2%, with FY14 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties up 2%-2.5%; previous guidance was for FY SSS up 2.5%-3%. NEWS: On its last earnings conference call, Macy's forecast fall season EPS of $3.04-$3.14 and said it expected Q3 SSS would be lower than fourth quarter SSS. The retailer also forecast second half total sales growth approximately 30 basis points lower than comp growth and gross margin rate "flat to down slightly" for the year. During the quarter, Macy's reached a resolution with the New York State Office of the Attorney General related to allegations of racial profiling in its New York stores. The retailer said it will launch same-day delivery this fall and announced plans to hire 86,000 seasonal associates for the 2014 holiday season. CNN said Macy's will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic. ITG Research said in October that Macy's Q3 revenues were tracking to $6.25B. Northcoast upgraded Macy's to Buy from Neutral on November 5. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are down 2%. The stock is trading down fractionally to $58.92 ahead of tomorrow's report.
12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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10:44 EDTYHOOAlibaba Chairman Ma thinks Yahoo 'happy' with company performance
Alibaba (BABA) Chairman Jack Ma says his company must focus on itself, not on Yahoo (YHOO), but he believes Yahoo is happy with Alibaba's performance. Ma is speaking on CNBC.
10:27 EDTYHOOAlibaba sets Singles' Day record, analysts start coverage with upbeat notes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba announced that a record $8B of products had been sold on its website with a few hours left in the Chinese Singles' Day holiday. Many Chinese citizens buy gifts on e-commerce websites during the holiday. During last year's festival, $5.7B of products were purchased on Alibaba's websites. ANALYST INITIATIONS: Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night. Alibaba's ecosystem will make it difficult for competitors to challenge it for a long time, Ji believes. The ecosystem also boosts Alibaba's revenue growth and margins, according to the analyst. The e-commerce giant's strong brand, along with its large and loyal customer base, help make it one of the best-positioned companies in the Chinese Internet space, contended the analyst. He predicted that its revenue and profits will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 34% and 32%, respectively, from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019. The analyst set a $133 price target on the shares. HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55, citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba. The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham, which expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo, kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba fell 2.6% to $116 per share. However, the stock has risen nearly 18% in the last five days.
08:59 EDTMMacy's trends softened in back-end of Q3, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic, and to offset the challenging Q3 performance. Shares are Buy rated.
08:38 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Needham (yesterday)
Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55 citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba (BABA). The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:49 EDTAROBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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November 10, 2014
17:40 EDTYHOOYahoo could go higher, Barron's says
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16:00 EDTWMT, YHOOOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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12:53 EDTFBFacebook says has over 50M monthly active users for Messenger
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12:36 EDTWMTAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
11:39 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NEM
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook enhances users' control over News Feeds
Facebook on Friday announced that News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, Pages and Groups that users have seen in their News Feeds over the past week. Users can choose to sort by people, Pages or Groups posts, or see an overall summary., the social network said. They can unfollow any friend, Page or Group if they don’t want to see their stories in their News Feeds, Facebook added. Users can also see who they’ve unfollowed in the past and can choose to re-follow them at anytime, the company stated. If users see a story they're not interested in or don’t want to see, they can tap the arrow in the top right of that story to hide it, Facebook said. Reference Link
10:04 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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08:08 EDTTGTTarget upgraded at Stifel
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07:12 EDTMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
05:54 EDTTGTTarget upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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November 9, 2014
18:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart to focus on food safety in China, Reuters says
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16:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart China sales impacted by country's austerity program, WSJ says
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