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August 29, 2014
13:47 EDTFBFacebook volatility at historic lows
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12:09 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO X
Yahoo (YHOO) January 43 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 38, U.S. Steel (X) January 47 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 33 according to IVolatility.
08:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart challenges Alibaba with additions to online site in China, WSJ says
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August 28, 2014
10:34 EDTAROAbercrombie drops as Q2 sales fall below analysts' estimates
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09:37 EDTFB, YHOOActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR FB TSLA C DRYS NFLX YHOO PAY AMZN
08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo September volatility elevated into Alibaba offering
Yahoo September weekly call option implied volatility is at 28, September is at 49, October is at 47, November is at 43, January is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large September price movement.
07:49 EDTAPOApollo Global owned Momentive gets tentative bankruptcy approval, Bloomberg says
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06:21 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 49 at upper end of index mean range
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03:17 EDTAPOApollo Global momentive bankruptcy plan approved with changes, Bloomberg says
August 27, 2014
16:28 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:12 EDTYHOOAlibaba growth re-acceleration positive for Yahoo, says Cantor
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12:07 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:54 EDTFBFacebook retreats following Janney downgrade
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10:42 EDTYHOOAlibaba eyes September 23 as 'likely' IPO date, FBN says
Alibaba is eying September 23 as the "likely" IPO date, according to a tweet from Fox Business News, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
10:32 EDTFBFacebook slips, levels to watch
The shares are down 1.4% at time of writing to $74.83. Janney Capital earlier downgraded the name to Neutral from Buy, but left their price target unchanged at $82.50. At current price next support is at $73.63. Resistance is at $75.29. Both of those levels are prior pivot points on a closing basis.
10:03 EDTYHOOYahoo September volatility elevated
Yahoo August weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, September weekly calls are at 26, September is at 46, November is at 45, January is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large September price movement.
10:02 EDTFB, YHOOActive equity options trading on open
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09:53 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook LiveRail buy could set up competition with Google, says William Blair
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06:36 EDTFB, TGTNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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06:07 EDTFBFacebook downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital downgraded Facebook to Neutral based on valuation and sees headwinds in 2015 from a deceleration in top-line growth, engagement, and monthly active users. Price target remains $82.50.
06:04 EDTFBSnapchat's valuation hits $10B, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTFBFacebook says did not acquire WaveGroup Sound, VentureBeat reports
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August 26, 2014
18:38 EDTAPOApollo's Momentive bankruptcy plan approved with changes, Bloomberg says
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18:02 EDTAPOApollo Global momentive bankruptcy plan approved with changes, Bloomberg says
11:55 EDTFBInstagram announces Hyperlapse from Instagram app
Instagram announced on its blog Hyperlapse from Instagram, "a new app to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment." Reference Link
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:24 EDTYHOOYahoo September volatility elevated
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August 25, 2014
16:04 EDTYHOOCriteo names Mollie Spilman as Chief Revenue Officer
Criteo (CRTO) appointed Mollie Spilman as Chief Revenue Officer. Spilman will lead all commercial operations globally reporting to CEO Eric Eichmann and will be based in the New York office. Mollie joins Criteo from Millennial Media (MM) where she served as EVP, Global Sales and Operations. Prior to this she was CMO at Yahoo! (YHOO).
13:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart launching chip-enabled store-brand MasterCard
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13:06 EDTFBWhatsApp grows to 600M monthly active users
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06:19 EDTTGTU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTTGT, WMTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
August 22, 2014
18:28 EDTYHOOAlibaba to begin selling used cars, Nikkei reports
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to work with major dealership China Grand Automotive Services to sell used cars, Nikkei reports. Reference Link
09:05 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
06:20 EDTAROOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GME ARO CRM INTU TFM MRVL ROST BRCD
05:28 EDTYHOOSoftbank capital raise could be used for acquisitions, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q3 EPS (44c)-(48c), consensus (33c)
The effective tax rate for Q3 is projected to be approximately 4.0%. This outlook does not include the impact of any store impairments or accelerated store closure costs which may be identified, consulting fees, and severance costs related to the company's previous CEO.
16:08 EDTAROAeropostale reports Q2 EPS ex-charges (46c), consensus (49c)
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15:15 EDTARONotable companies reporting after market close
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13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
12:59 EDTFBPrivacy lawsuit against Facebook draws support from 60,000 users, Reuters says
A class action lawsuit against Facebook Ireland, the division that runs the company's international business activities, has received support from more than 60,000 users and passed its first legal review, Reuters reports, citing the creator of the lawsuit, Australian law student Max Schrems. The lawsuit claims damages of $663 per Facebook user for alleged privacy violations. The Vienna Regional Court has ordered Facebook Ireland to respond to the claims made by the lawsuit within four weeks, Schrems added. Reference Link
10:35 EDTMSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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August 20, 2014
12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:11 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; UAL YHOO
United Continental (UAL) December 55 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 42, Yahoo (YHOO) November 45 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42 according to IVolatility.
11:49 EDTYHOOBofA/Merrill telecom services analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss the upcoming IPO of Alibaba, which is expected to launch early September 2014, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 21 at 8 am.
11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 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 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:53 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
05:48 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; AEO YHOO
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August 18, 2014
18:21 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart not likely to bid for Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
According to people familiar with the situation, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is unlikely to make an offer for Family Dollar Stores (FDO), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
17:04 EDTAROAeropostale up 7% after CEO change, Q2 guidance
16:36 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 adjusted EPS (45c)-(42c), consensus (58c)
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16:32 EDTAROAeropostale announces Julian Geiger to rejoin company as CEO
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11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTFBFacebook Q3 North American revenue tracking slightly above, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q3 North American revenue is tracking to $1.45B vs. consensus of $1.4B.
09:16 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO effective September 15
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08:47 EDTWMTDollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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06:47 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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06:23 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay, terms not disclosed
Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
August 17, 2014
18:10 EDTMInvestors should buy Nordstrom over Macy's, Barron's says
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTM, WMTStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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13:35 EDTFBFacebook July metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
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11:20 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CRM URBN TGT
10:30 EDTMJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
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10:01 EDTAPOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Calavo Growers (CVGW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... DaVita (DVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ducommun (DCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Energy XXI (EXXI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities... Genetic Technologies (GENE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Harmony Gold (HMY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... K12 (LRN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KKR (KKR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lexington Realty (LXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lithia Motors (LAD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... New York & Co. (NWY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... OCI Partners (OCIP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... OmniVision (OVTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tencent (TCEHY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
07:38 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Target August weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, September is at 19, January is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
07:26 EDTAPOApollo, KKR downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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07:25 EDTFBFacebook Messenger said to receive harsh criticism, FT reports
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06:24 EDTYHOOYahoo introduces Yahoo Stores
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06:00 EDTFBFacebook's Sam Lessin leaving company, Business Insider reports
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05:41 EDTAPOApollo Global downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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