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November 30, 2012
14:33 EDTMSFT, CAG, RAH, GMCR, AROMarket poised to end week little changed despite fiscal cliff impasse
Stocks are set to end the week little changed, as some positive economic data and a new Greek bailout deal helped offset the impact of the continued fiscal cliff stalemate... MACRO NEWS: Greece and its lenders reached a deal that is likely to prevent the country from exiting the euro zone in the near-term... Conversely, a deficit reduction deal between Democrats and Republicans remains elusive, as the parties continue to be at odds over whether to increase tax rates. The GOP yesterday reportedly rejected a deal proposed by the White House that would increase taxes by $1.6T, as the fiscal cliff continues to loom... Third quarter GDP growth was revised up to 2.7%, from 2%, although the consensus estimate was 2.8%. Pending home sales for October and an index of consumer confidence for November beat expectations. On the other hand, personal income for October came in below expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Amid negative reports suggesting that sales of Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface tablet and of its Windows 8 operating system have been lackluster, the company's stock is set to end the week significantly lower... Food manufacturer ConAgra Foods (CAG) agreed to buy one of its competitors, RalCorp (RAH), for $90 per share... Coffee machine maker Green Mountain (GMCR) and apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO) both reported stronger than expected quarterly results.
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August 18, 2014
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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13:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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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 15, 2014
12:16 EDTGMCRMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
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09:39 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony's PS4 beats out Xbox One in July, BGR reports
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August 14, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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07:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain estimates lowered well below consensus at SunTrust
SunTrust lowered forecasts well below consensus for Keurig Green Mountain, as the firm believes its gross margins will be impacted by higher green coffee costs and new product launches. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $3.70 from $4.00, vs. consensus of $4.05, and FY16 was lowered to $4.39 from $4.49. When the company reports Q4 result in November, the analyst expects the company to provide FY15 guidance around its new estimate and for Street estimates to move lower. Shares are Neutral rated with a lowered price target of $110, down from $115.
07:07 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces price increase, effective November 3
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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
12:31 EDTAROAbercrombie upgraded at Stifel citing better assortment, trimmed costs
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) were upgraded by research firm Stifel this morning, though the retailer's shares are slightly lower in early afternoon trading. WHAT'S NEW: Stifel analyst Richard Jaffe upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Buy from Hold, citing the retailer's better merchandise assortment and reshaped cost structure. Jaffe feels that Abercrombie & Fitch had been running with overblown expenses and believes that having a slimmer cost structure will allow the company to influence sales better and boost future EPS. The analyst raised his Q4 EPS estimate to $1.94 from $1.87, his FY14 EPS estimate to $2.50 from $2.43 and his FY15 EPS estimate to $3.40 from $3.14. Over the next year, Jaffe said that he expects A&F shares will be valued for the company's effort to win back customers at its Hollister and Abercrombie stores. Still, he said that Q3 could continue to be a struggle for the retailer due to external obstacles that are still a headwind. The firm maintains a $50 price target on the retailer's shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at Wunderlich also initiated coverage of the stock this morning with a Buy rating and a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: During early afternoon trading, shares of Abercrombie & Fitch fell 9c, or 0.2%, to $41.47. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rivals to Abercrombie & Fitch include Aeropostale (ARO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO).
11:10 EDTAROHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTAROOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:42 EDTAROAeropostale initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich
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August 11, 2014
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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07:45 EDTCAGConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin announces intent to retire
ConAgra Foods announced that Gary M. Rodkin, CEO, has informed the ConAgra Foods Board of Directors of his intention to retire at the end of the companyís fiscal year, May 2015. The Board of Directors has established a search committee, led by independent director Richard Lenny, to identify Rodkinís successor. Lenny is the former chairman and CEO of The Hershey Co. and has served on the ConAgra Foods board since 2009.
07:45 EDTCAGConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin announces intent to retire
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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