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August 15, 2014
16:38 EDTPCTY, JCP, ACHN, KO, DDS, MNSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
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May 14, 2015
07:11 EDTJCPOptions expected to be active
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06:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney target upped to $15 after Q1 results at Piper Jaffray
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May 13, 2015
16:50 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling signs LOI for major expansion of franchise territories
Coca-Cola Bottling (COKE) announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to further expand the company's franchise territory. The transactions proposed in the letter of intent would provide exclusive distribution rights for the company in territories located within Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. This additional territory would include the following major markets: Baltimore, MD; Alexandria, Norfolk and Richmond, VA; Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, OH; Indianapolis, IN and Washington, D.C. Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, currently serves these territories. The Company recently completed an expansion of its franchise distribution territory by acquiring sub-bottling distribution rights from CCR in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana and continues to integrate these new territories which include major markets in Knoxville, TN, Louisville and Lexington, KY and Evansville, IN. The transactions proposed in the letter of intent are subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement, with territory expansion closings expected to begin in the fall of 2015. There is no assurance, however, that any definitive agreement will be reached or that the closings of the proposed territory expansion transactions will occur.
16:39 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney gross margin helped by penetration of private brands
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16:34 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney saw slowdown in late April versus its expectations
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16:28 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees FY15 free cash flow breakeven
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16:26 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 gross margin 36.4%
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16:17 EDTKOCoca-Cola announces letters of intent with two U.S. bottling partners
The Coca-Cola Company has agreed in principle to grant additional expanded territories to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, which will assume markets in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, The Coca-Cola Company has agreed in principle to grant expanded territories to a new expanding U.S. bottler, Clark Beverage Group, which will assume markets in Mississippi. “As we’ve shared before, we continue to align our U.S. operations with highly capable partners of all sizes that have consistently invested for growth,” said Sandy Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America. “The announcement today with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated and Clark Beverage Group reinforces our successful efforts to move forward with our refranchising plans in the U.S. as we implement a more agile, modern, customer-focused beverage partnership model.”
16:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney narrows FY15 SSS view to up 4%-5% from up 3%-5%
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16:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 EPS (57c), consensus (77c)
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15:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney May 9 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q1
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15:04 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:54 EDTJCPEarnings Watch: J.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (77c) on revenue of $2.87B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (96c)-(61c) on revenue of $2.78B-$2.92B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported fourth adjusted earnings per share of breakeven against estimates for 11c, on revenue of $3.89B against estimates for $3.87B. Comparable store sales were up 4.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 SSS up 3%-5% and said it expected gross margin to improve 50 to 100 basis points versus 2014 and free cash flow to be flat. On its Q4 earnings conference call, the company said that it expected Q1 sales to be impacted less than 1% due to the West Coast port slowdown. NEWS: On March 17, AdAge said Chief Marketing Officer Debra Berman would leave the company immediately. Later that day, Bloomberg reported that General Cousnel Janet Dhillon would also leave the company, which was confirmed by J.C. Penney on March 20. On April 28, J.C. Penney appointed Mary Beth West as executive vice president and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, effective June 1. In an April regulatory filing, J.C. Penney said it became aware that a senior company official "inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%." The company said it expects Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%, which takes into account the shift of Easter into March. The retailer said it would introduce Sephora to 25 additional stores starting on May 1. In April, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters warning J.C. Penney and other retailers that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of J.C. Penney's Q4 results, Deutsche Bank said J.C. Penney remained a "show me story" until liquidity is improved. Craig-Hallum said J.C. Penney's 2015 gross margin outlook supports its view the company's 2017 financial targets are "unattainable." In March, JPMorgan raised its price target for the retailer to $10 from $8 and said management expressed confidence in the company’s ability to reach its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Baird said J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing," but believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are up over 7.45%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, J. C. Penney is down 2.5% to $8.66.
May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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11:37 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
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09:14 EDTKOApps World to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTKO, MNSTMonster Beverage deal financials better than expected, says JPMorgan
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May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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09:59 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
06:19 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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