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May 26, 2015
18:32 EDTFBFacebook India offers content creators exclusivity deals, Economic Times says
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18:11 EDTYHOOGoogle, Yahoo inquired about buying Flipboard, WSJ says
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 26, 2015
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11:54 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:19 EDTFBFacebook being scrutinized on several fronts in Europe, NY Times reports
In recent months, several different European regulators have been examining facets of Facebook's (FB) operations and it remains to be seen whether the social network operator has learned from the past mistakes of companies such as Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in terms of navigating Europe’s legal system, said The New York Times. The European Union is looking into whether Facebook unfairly favors its own services, the region’s top court will issue a preliminary decision next month on whether Facebook can continue transferring user data between Europe and the U.S. and a number of EU data protection watchdogs are questioning Facebook’s privacy settings, the report noted. Reference Link
06:16 EDTTGTAbbott to start selling G.M.O-free Similac Advance formula, NY Times reports
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May 25, 2015
18:12 EDTWMTWal-Mart asks suppliers for less antibiotics, better animal conditions, WSJ says
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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTWMTStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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14:09 EDTTGTTarget $19M settlement with MasterCard rejected by banks, Star Tribune reports
Target (TGT) and MasterCard (MA) have both confirmed that their proposed $19M settlement over Target's data breach was not approved by the requisite 90% of banks affected, which appears to send the dispute back to a federal lawsuit that is seeking class action status, reported The Star Tribune. “At this stage we will continue to work to resolve the matter,” stated MasterCard, according to the report. Reference Link
11:23 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO DAL
Yahoo (YHOO) October 50 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 27, Delta Air Lines (DAL) September 52.5 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 33 according to IVolatility.
10:33 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:12 EDTYHOOChinese report asks if Alibaba should buy Yahoo, GeoInvesting says
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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May 21, 2015
19:44 EDTFBGoogle advertising head remarks that larger phones may help mobile ads, WSJ says
In a Wall Street Journal interview at the San Francisco ad:tech conference, Google (GOOG) advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy commented on the conversation rate from mobile ad viewership to actual mobile sales, stating, "As phones get bigger the [screen] space issue becomes less challenging... [My six-inch phone] is essentially a tablet. People’s ability to navigate sites and fill out forms and such goes up tremendously." Ramaswamy also offered commentary on Facebook's (FB) advertising metrics, asking, "How many of Facebook’s video views are engaged views?" The Journal notes that Google's YouTube waits 30 seconds to register a video view, while Facebook counts a view "more quickly." Reference Link
18:49 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Autobytel (ABTL), up 14.1% after acquiring Dealix Corporation and Autotegrity from CDK Global (CDK) for $25M and raising fiscal 2015 guidance... StemCells (STEM), up 2.5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), up 2.3% after a Benefit Assessment by Germany's Federal Joint Committee indicated that Translarna provided a benefit for ambulatory patients... CBOE Holdings (CBOE), up 1.6% after raising share repurchase authorization by $100M... Cypress Semiconductor (CY), up 1.2% after being initiated with a Buy at Mizuho. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 18.5%... Brocade (BRCD), down 2.1%... Marvell Technology (MRVL), down 2.9% after reporting quarterly results and departure of CFO. ALSO LOWER: Otonomy (OTIC), down 17.7% following report of Phase 2b topline data for OTO-104... Viggle (VGGL), down 18.8% after filing to sell common stock... CEL-SCI (CVM),down 2.7% after announcing a proposed offering of common stock and warrants.
17:34 EDTTGTGoogle data shows link between mobile ads, store visits, WSJ says
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17:05 EDTAROAeropostale down 19% after reporting Q1 earnings, Q2 guidance
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16:03 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 EPS (52c)-(60c), consensus (37c)
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16:02 EDTAROAeropostale reports Q1 adjusted EPS (56c), consensus (55c)
Reports Q1 revenue $318.6M, consensus $325M. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, decreased 11%.
16:00 EDTYHOO, FBOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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15:01 EDTARONotable companies reporting after market close
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11:15 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO BABA
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10:55 EDTYHOOAlibaba climbs after Bernstein says mobile, margin potential underappreciated
Research firm Bernstein initiated coverage of Chinese e-commerce gaint Alibaba (BABA) with an Outperform rating, saying that the Street is underestimating the company's potential to grow volumes and improve margins. WHAT'S NEW: Analysts are underestimating the gross merchandise volumes, or GMV, that Alibaba's Chinese e-commerce websites can generate, Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner wrote in a note to investors today. Also being underestimated is the company's ability to monetize its GMV, the analyst believes. Mobile will account for the vast majority of volume and monetization of mobile will improve to match or exceed those of PC, according to Kirjner. The Street is also not fully recognizing Alibaba's ability to increase its margins as monetization rises and its hiring slows, the analyst believes. Alibaba's stock may be volatile as the transition to mobile occurs and monetization of PC weakens, but continued GMV growth and improved mobile monetization should enable the company to beat expectations a year from now and beyond, he wrote. The analyst set a $120 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Alibaba gained 2.4% to trade near $93 per share. Yahoo (YHOO), which stated yesterday that its continues to work toward completing the planned spin-off of its remaining stake in Alibaba Group in the fourth quarter of this year, is up nearly 1.5% to $43.41 this morning.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTFBDuPont Fabros expands relationship with Facebook at ACC7 data center
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07:09 EDTTGTTarget reported solid results, says Wells Fargo
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06:26 EDTYHOOYahoo Japan selects SoftBank President Arora as new chairman, Reuters says
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May 20, 2015
18:40 EDTTGTTarget looks cheap, Barron's says
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16:00 EDTYHOO, FBOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
14:04 EDTFBFacebook acquires web publisher tool maker Tugboat Yards
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11:03 EDTYHOOYahoo pullback on IRS uncertainty seen as buying opportunity
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10:59 EDTTGTTarget sees Q2 comparable sales up 2%-2.5%
Sees Q2 gross margin rate to improve 50 basis points.
10:55 EDTTGTTarget plans to review with board for need to increase share repurchases
10:54 EDTTGTTarget reports Q1-end inventory 9% higher than a year ago
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10:42 EDTTGTTarget expects to open six additional Target Express locations in 2015
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10:00 EDTAPOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:42 EDTYHOOYahoo bounces back, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTFB, YHOO, TGTActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTYHOOYahoo weakness a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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08:20 EDTAPOApollo Global upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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08:06 EDTTGTTarget CEO says pleased with Q1 traffic, sales
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08:05 EDTTGTTarget incurred breach-related expenses of $3M in Q1
Target incurred breach-related expenses of $3M in Q1, compared with $18M of net pre-tax expense last year. Since 4Q13, Target has incurred net expense related to the data breach of $166M, reflecting $256M of gross expense, partially offset by the recognition of a $90M insurance receivable. As of April 12, Target Canada completed its inventory liquidation efforts and closed the last of its 133 Canadian retail stores. A court-approved real estate sales process is underway and expected to be complete by the end of June, Target said. Consistent with expectations, after-tax losses from discontinued operations were $16M in Q1, compared with $153M last year. Certain assets and liabilities of Target’s discontinued operations are based on estimates. "The company believes it is reasonably possible that future adjustments to these amounts could be material to its results of operations in future periods. Any such adjustments would be recorded in discontinued operations," Target stated.
08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees Q2 adjusted EPS $1.04-$1.14, consensus $1.12
08:02 EDTTGTTarget raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.50-$4.65 from $4.45-$4.65
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.10, consensus $1.03
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07:55 EDTYHOOYahoo risk/reward remains favorable despite IRS uncertainty, says UBS
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07:49 EDTTGTCherokee partnerships add to long-term growth, says Brean Capital
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07:17 EDTYHOOYahoo weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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07:12 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility increases on uncertainty of taxes on Alibaba spin-off
Yahoo (YHOO) May weekly call option implied volatility is at 66, June is at 40, July is at 35; compared to its 52-week average of 33, suggesting large near term price movement on concerns that a possible change in U.S. tax regulations would affect Yahoo's planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba (BABA).
06:53 EDTYHOOYahoo says IRS statement on spin-offs doesn't affect previously filed requests
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06:41 EDTYHOOCantor sees 'cloud of uncertainty' around Yahoo plans
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes comments yesterday from the IRS's Office of Associate Chief Counsel regarding tax treatment of certain spinoffs bring a "cloud of uncertainty" around Yahoo's (YHOO) plans to hold a tax-free spinoff of its shares in Alibaba (BABA). Isaac Zimbalist, Senior Technician Reviewer at the IRS' Office Associate Chief Counsel, said that the agency will now hold in abeyance any ruling requests received with regard to spinoffs, according to Bloomberg. Squali reiterates a Buy rating on Yahoo, however, saying shares at $41 remain compelling. His analysis of varying tax treatments of Yahoo's Alibaba spin yields a $16 per share negative impact under a worst case scenario relative to his $60 fair value estimate. Yahoo closed yesterday down $3.38 to $40.98 after Zimbalist's comments brought a late day selloff.
06:17 EDTAPOApollo Global upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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May 19, 2015
17:13 EDTYHOOYahoo falls on potential IRS changes to spinoff rules, Bloomberg says
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16:23 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTFB, WMTOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
15:59 EDTYHOOYahoo at session lows, down over 9%
The move lower in Yahoo (YHOO) is being attributed to speculation on potential changes to IRS rules that may impact the company's planned spin-off of its stake in Alibaba (BABA), according to contacts.
15:56 EDTYHOOChina said to possibly raise tax on cross-border e-commerce, Bloomberg says
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15:20 EDTYHOOYahoo CIO leaves after less than a year in the post, WSJ reports
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15:00 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:41 EDTTGTTarget (TGT) May weekly 78 straddle priced for 3.6% movement Q1
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14:38 EDTTGTTarget volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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13:04 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Lowe's sees FY15 EPS $3.29, strongest comps of year in Q1
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its first quarter before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 74c on revenue of $14.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 69c-80c on revenue of $13.97B-$14.52B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported fourth quarter EPS of 46c on revenue of $12.54B, beating analyst's estimates of 44c and $12.31B, respectively. The company also reported Q4 same-store sales rose 7.3%, with U.S. comparable sales up 7.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS $3.29 against estimates at that time for $3.28 and said it expects revenue up 4.5%-5% in the fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS up 4%-4.5% and said it expects to report the highest comp for FY15 in Q1. On its earnings conference call, the company said it expects higher comps in the first half of 2015 than the second half. The company said it expects jobs, incomes and household financial conditions to improve in 2015. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's announced a new $5B share repurchase program, which has no expiration date and adds to the previous program's balance, which was $2.4B at January 30. Seeking Alpha contributor Xuhua Zhou, described as a hedge fund analyst, recently wrote in a blog post that "research confirms Lowe's is guilty of formaldehyde noncompliance in sourcing laminate flooring from China." The Consumer Products Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency should include Lowe's products in their safety testing of Lumber Liquidators' (LL) wood, the writer believes. A Lowe's spokesperson told Bloomberg that the Tescun flooring is being removed from stores. Lowe's Canada recently reached an agreement to acquire the leases of 13 former Target (TGT) Canada Locations and will buy Target's Milton, Ontario distribution center for approximately C$151M. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, UBS raised its price target on Lowe's to $83 from $75, citing the company's big ticket comp growth, the improving economy and pent up demand from consumers putting projects on hold since the downturn. Argus also raised its price target, to $82 from $70, and said its confidence in the company's ability to generate profitable growth has increased. In March, Oppenheimer raised its price target on Lowe's to $85 from $77 and said the stock has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement space is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommends buying Lowe's. The firm remains positive on the company's earnings growth and lack of negative catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up nearly 1%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's is fractionally lower at $72.77.
12:47 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Target’s business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailer’s 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
12:25 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:37 EDTWMT, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:38 EDTAPOApollo Global acquires Protection 1, ASG Security
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07:43 EDTYHOOJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart now sees forex hurting FY16 net sales by $14B
Wal-Mart CFO Charles Holley said on the company's Q1 earnings call that the company expects currency to remain a "significant headwind" for the year. Assuming exchange rates remain where they are today, the impact on full year net sales would be approximately $14B, which compares to guidance in February of approximately $10B. Assuming exchange rates remain where they are today, the impact on FY16 EPS would be approximately 13c per share, compared to prior guidance of 10c per share.
07:18 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Q1 Sam's Club results 'disappointing'
Rosalind Brewer said on Wal-Mart's Q1 earnings call that Sam’s Club Q1 results were "disappointing, as comp sales missed guidance, and we delivered softer net sales and profit than last year." Sam's Club reported Q1 comp sales without fuel up 0.4%, with traffic down 0.2% and ticket up 0.6%. Sam's Club expects comp sales for the 13-week period ending July 31 to be between flat and up 2%.
07:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q1 global e-commerce sales up about 17%
Walmart U.S. e-commerce saw double-digit comp growth across many departments, the company said. Walmart U.S. mobile traffic was up over 100% for the quarter Walmart U.S. saw higher conversion rates as well, the company added. Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.06-$1.18, consensus $1.17
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q1 EPS $1.03, consensus $1.04
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May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:54 EDTAPOFidelity & Guaranty Life moving forward with sale process, dealReporter says
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15:35 EDTWMTWal-Mart May 79.5 weekly straddle priced for 2.4% movement into Q1
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15:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart May weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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15:00 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:35 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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14:04 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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11:16 EDTFBFacebook says move to digital ads from TV and print is 'in early days'
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10:37 EDTFBFacebook ramps up interest in games, The Information reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTFBVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTMMacy's management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on May 18 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:27 EDTFBJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart Q1 should benefit from lower gas, stronger consumer, says Stephens
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06:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart to repair stores in labor dispute, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart said it would seek permits to rip up floors and replace plumping lines at five stores that justified its abrupt closure, reports Reuters. The move follows a union-backed complaint to the National Labor Relations Board last month after Wal-Mart temporarily closed the stores. The union accused the company for shutting down the stores to stop workers from organizing. Reference Link
May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTTGTTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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18:56 EDTMGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
17:08 EDTYHOOSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
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08:46 EDTYHOO, FBMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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May 14, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, YHOOOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:32 EDTTGTTarget to sell commercial interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart risk/reward favorable into Q1 results, says Baird
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo's head of sales leaves after six months, Digiday reports
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May 13, 2015
18:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart to launch $50 unlimited shipping service in summer, AP says
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16:23 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:06 EDTFBOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
14:05 EDTTGTTarget May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Target May weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, June is at 21, July is at 19; compared to its 90-day average of 19, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 20.
13:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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12:39 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:34 EDTMMacy's falls after earnings disappoint, levels to watch
Shares had bounced from the open, but have resumed their downside slide with price last at $63.59, down over 2.5%. At current price support is at $62.36. The $62 area has been important support for the shares since November of last year. Resistance is at $64.44.
09:57 EDTMMacy's sees Q2 comps positive, but not reaching 2% annual guidance
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09:56 EDTMEquity options with increasing volume
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09:49 EDTMMacy's sees Bluemercury breakeven to EPS this year
09:31 EDTMMacy's CFO says studying real estate transactions closely
Says hasn't yet seen real estate deal that makes sense.
09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTMMacy's CFO says expects Q2 EPS below last year
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09:08 EDTMMacy's CFO says 'still comfortable' with guidance for FY15
CFO Karen Hoguet says "disappointed but not discouraged" in Q1 results. Says still comfortable with guidance for FY15. Says sales from international tourists "down significantly," cites strong dollar. Says tourism sales fell double digits in Q1, sees continued decline in tourism at least through summer. Says weather "clearly played a role" in Q1 results. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. Macy's is down 1.04% in pre-market trading.
08:21 EDTFBFormer FCC chairman hired by Facebook to manage access efforts, Bloomberg says
Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the FCC who has been consulting for Facebook the past two years, is joining on a permanent basis as the company's VP for mobile and global access policy, reported Bloomberg. Facebook also announced that Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan will start serving a dual role as VP of U.S. Public Policy, the report added. Reference Link
08:08 EDTMMacy's drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
08:06 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 comparable sales on owned plus licensed basis down 0.1%
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08:05 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15% to 36c, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
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08:03 EDTMMacy's reiterates FY15 EPS view $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.75
Macy’s continues to expect comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis of approximately 2% in FY15, with comparable sales slightly lower on an owned basis. The company continues to expect total sales growth of approximately 1%, consensus $28.44B.
08:02 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15%, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 EPS 56c, consensus 62c
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07:06 EDTWMTAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:55 EDTYHOOInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:22 EDTFBFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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06:09 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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May 12, 2015
16:25 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory as bond yields in Europe and the U.S. were moving higher. The market saw its lows shortly after the open and soon began to recapture some of its losses. By noon, the losses were cut in half and the Dow made it all the way back to positive ground by the afternoon. Unable to gather any upside momentum, the rally stalled and the averages limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism rose 1.7 points to 96.9 in April, versus expectations for a 96.0 reading. The JOLTs report showed job openings fell 150K to 4.99M in March, versus expectations for 5.11M openings. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed at high as 2.37% earlier in the session, which was its highest intraday mark since last November, before easing back by midday. Outside of the U.S., bond yields surged on 10-year notes in Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AOL (AOL) advanced $7.93, or 18.62%, to $50.52 after Verizon (VZ) agreed to buy the company for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4B. Verizon's John Stratton, speaking at the Jefferies 2015 Global TMT Conference, said the AOL deal was primarily about ad technology and Re/code reported that "one scenario" the service has heard about is that Verizon plans to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, such as the Huffington Post. Yahoo (YHOO) also rose 24c, or 0.55%, to $43.84, as Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he now views it as the "last remaining large scale digital media company of its kind." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pall Corp. (PLL), which advanced $19.31, or 19.44%, to $118.62 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers. Also higher was Pain Therapeutics (PTIE), which gained 68c, or 35.05%, to $2.62 after announcing that a study of its lead drug candidate, that is specifically designed to discourage certain common methods of drug tampering and misuse, demonstrated with statistical significance that both intact and chewed Remoxy were less "liked" than immediate-release oxycodone on the two primary endpoints of Drug Liking and Drug High. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational Services (ESI), which plunged $1.75, or 43.53%, to $2.27 after the SEC announced that it had charged the company, along with its CEO and CFO, with fraud. Also lower were shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK), which dropped $15.59, or 29.9%, to $36.55 after stating that it would continue its flagship IMPRESS trial as planned despite disclosing the FDA did not endorse management's plan to change the statistical analysis plan as defined in the original protocol. INDEXES: The Dow fell 36.94, or 0.2%, to 18,068.23, the Nasdaq slid 17.38, or 0.35%, to 4,976.19, and the S&P 500 dropped 6.21, or 0.29%, to 2,099.12.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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15:00 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:09 EDTMMacy's May volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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12:44 EDTMEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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12:34 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:47 EDTYHOOYouTube's engineering head Panchapakesan dies, Re/code reports
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11:14 EDTYHOOAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:31 EDTYHOOCantor sees higher bid for AOL unlikely, positive on Yahoo
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali downgraded AOL (AOL) two notches to Sell from Buy after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Squali finds the takeover valuation "relatively fair" and believes a higher bidder for AOL is unlikely to emerge. The analyst believes the transaction could be positive for Yahoo (YHOO), which he views as the "last remaining large scale digital Media company of its kind." Squali has a Buy rating on Yahoo with a $60 price target.
09:38 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTWMTApps World to hold a conference
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08:27 EDTWMTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a summit
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07:00 EDTFBPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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