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December 26, 2012
16:21 EDTMED, AEO, MRVL, RIMM, KORS, GOL, COHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on the day amid reports indicating that this season's holiday season may have been weaker than expected. MasterCard's SpendingPulse unit estimated that spending between October 28 and Christmas Eve rose just 0.7% from a year ago. Data from Consumer Growth Partners indicated a 2.8% sales increase for the holiday period, which would equate to the worst holiday-shopping season growth since 2009... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 4.3% in October from a year ago, versus expectations for a 4% gain. The Richmond Fed December manufacturing survey fell to 5 from a prior reading of 9. Analysts had forecast a drop to a reading of 8. In Europe, most markets were closed. Asian markets, particularly Japan's, traded broadly higher for a second-straight session, as the official appointment of Shinzo Abe as Japan's prime minister continued to drive down the Yen and lift Tokyo-traded share prices... COMPANY NEWS: A jury ordered Marvell Technologies (MRVL) to pay $1.17B in a patent case with Carnegie Mellon University. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news, and a later report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that if Marvell is found to have willfully violated the patent, the damages due to Carnegie Mellon could triple. Shares of Marvell traded sharply lower following the news, eventually settling down 85c, or 10.30%, to $7.40 on the session... Retail and apparel makers' stocks slid after reports indicated that holiday sales were likely weaker than expected. Among the worst performing retail stocks were Coach (COH), down $3.39, or 5.89%, to $54.13, Michael Kors (KORS), down $3.54, or 6.61%, to $50.03, and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), down 84c, or 4.10%, to $19.65... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was GOL Linhas (GOL), a low-cost airline in Latin America which saw its U.S. listed shares gain 53c, or 9.09%, to $6.36 after the company announced late Friday that it has segregated the activities of its "Smiles" loyalty program, a business unit it previously said may be put up for an initial public offering. Also higher were shares of Research in Motion (RIMM), up $1.22, or 11.45%, to $11.82 after shares had lost nearly 25% in the two sessions following the release of its Q3 earnings after the close last Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was Medifast (MED), down $3.86, or 13.15%, to $25.50 after the company's acting CFO resigned... INDICES: The Dow was down 24.49, or 0.19%, to 13,114.59; the Nasdaq was down 22.44, or 0.74%, to 2,990.16; the S&P was down 6.83, or 0.48%, to 1,419.83.
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April 22, 2015
14:47 EDTMRVLEarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
11:08 EDTAEOOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CZR FMSA PSEC CSX AEO CRM BBY SPLS HPQ DTV
06:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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April 21, 2015
10:01 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
08:51 EDTCOHCoach Q3 North American estimates remain above consensus at ITG Research
ITG Research's analysis indicates Coach's Q3 North American sales are $530M, above consensus of $512M.
08:49 EDTCOHCoach North American sales remain ahead of consensus, says ITG Research
08:40 EDTCOHCoach competition could impact a margin recovery, says Goldman
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April 20, 2015
16:26 EDTCOHCoach initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor
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10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral with $70 target at Mizuho
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06:11 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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06:10 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
April 16, 2015
10:15 EDTCOHCoach May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, May is at 33, August is at 28, November is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results.
10:06 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:55 EDTKORSMichael Kors view changed to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global (pre-open)
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05:55 EDTCOH, KORSCoach upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joan Payson upgraded Coach to Overweight citing greater confidence in the designer's ability to grow domestic store comps with its turnaround "well underway." She expects Coach's competitive pressures to ease and raised her price target for shares to $50 from $38. The maker of handbags closed yesterday down 28c to $41.76. Payson also lowered her price target for shares of Michael Kors (KORS) to $60 from $70 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the name. She believes Kors may soon be in need of transformation. The analyst keeps an Equal Weight rating on Tiffany (TIF), calling the company a "work in progress."
April 15, 2015
10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:56 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $20.
April 14, 2015
17:02 EDTCOHCrocs appoints Coach International Group president Ian Bickley to board
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