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February 4, 2014
16:39 EDTKORS, YUM, DNB, BRO, TTWO, MSFT, JCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, bouncing back a bit following yesterday's sharp sell-off. The averages opened higher, led by gains in the tech-heavy Nasdaq, which added nearly 1% for the session. Despite gains, the averages recouped less than half of yesterday's decline. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders dropped 1.5% in December, versus expectations for a 1.8% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) shares fell 13c, or 0.36%, to $36.35 after the company promoted the head of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Satya Nadella, to Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Nadella's promotion, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, make him the tech giant's third CEO. Bill Gates, one of the company's founders and formerly chairman of its board, will assume a new role as Technology Advisor and devote more time to the company, with lead independent director John Thompson taking over as chairman... Embattled retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) fell 60c, or 10.56%, to $5.08 despite reporting comparable store sales that grew 3.1% during the Holiday period. Deutsche Bank said it believes investors were expecting a positive low-single digit gain in same-store sales and it does not view today's press release as material to the J.C. Penney story, while Sterne Agee cut its price target on the retailer's shares to $3 from $9. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was luxury goods maker Michael Kors (KORS), which advanced $13.24, or 17.27%, to $89.91 after the company's third quarter results soundly beat analysts' expectations and several analyst firms raised their price targets on the stock. Also higher following their quarterly report was Yum! Brands (YUM), up $5.90, or 8.92%, to $72.06 after the Taco Bell and KFC owner reported adjusted profit that beat estimates and affirmed its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following disappointing earnings reports were Dun & Bradstreet (DNB), down $10.88, or 10.22%, to $95.58, and Brown & Brown (BRO), down $2.40, or 7.82%, to $28.28. Also lower was Take-Two (TTWO), which fell $1.84, or 9.74%, to $17.06. The video game maker reported better-than-expected results though issued guidance for the current quarter that missed expectations and analysts were generally downbeat about the company's outlook. INDEXES: The Dow was up 72.44, or 0.47%, to 15,445.24, the Nasdaq was up 34.56, or 0.86%, to 4,031.52, and the S&P 500 was up 13.31, or 0.76%, to 1,755.20.
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July 21, 2014
09:05 EDTKORSKors calls speculation of analyst 'heads up' false, unfounded, TheStreet says
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09:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness overdone, says Morgan Stanley
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08:04 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness a buying opportunity, says Topeka
Topeka said recent checks do not indicate substantial markdown or clearance activity in the Michael Kors brand, contrary to some reports. The firm would use recent weakness as a buying opportunity and reiterates its Buy rating and $117 price target.
07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:42 EDTYUMYum! Brands weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:15 EDTMSFTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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05:59 EDTYUMMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTYUMMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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11:45 EDTKORSJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
11:34 EDTKORSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney call active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:28 EDTJCPRumor: J.C. Penney moves up on renewed takeover chatter
08:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer confirms Xbox Entertainment Studios to close, Re/code says
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07:32 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $80 from $95 at Jefferies
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07:22 EDTTTWO, MSFTTotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
07:08 EDTYUMYum! Brands risk/reward attractive after decline, says Bernstein
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06:38 EDTTTWOJune NPD video game software sales fell 3%, says Piper Jaffray
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06:06 EDTMSFTXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTMSFTSony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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