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February 4, 2014
16:39 EDTTTWO, YUM, BRO, KORS, DNB, 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.
News For MSFT;JCP;KORS;YUM;DNB;BRO;TTWO From The Last 14 Days
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November 11, 2014
16:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors, Fossil renew global licensing agreement
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12:09 EDTMSFTRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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09:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continue, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Shares are Neutral rated.
08:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors promotions picked up in November, says Jefferies
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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November 10, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
15:57 EDTMSFTWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:36 EDTJCPAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
11:35 EDTKORSStocks with call strike movement; WFM KORS
Whole Foods (WFM) February 52.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 28, Michael Kors (KORS) May 85 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 31 according to IVolatility.
09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:36 EDTYUMPizza Hut to unveil major menu expansion, CNBC reports
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07:23 EDTMSFTRBC Capital to hold a conference
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November 8, 2014
20:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney could drop 35%, Barron's says
J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
November 7, 2014
17:00 EDTKORSMarket ends week higher after upbeat U.S. data, hint at ECB easing
Stocks finished the week higher and near record levels as several better than expected U.S. economic data points boosted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims, a manufacturing index for October, and factory orders for September all beat expectations. The nonfarm payrolls report showed fewer than expected jobs were added last month, but the figures from the prior two months were upwardly revised... European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the ECB Governing Council was unanimous in its commitment to use unconventional instruments if needed to boost the euro zone's economy. Meanwhile, some possible "green shoots" emerged in Europe, as France reported that its manufacturing output had risen 0.6% in September versus August. Furthermore, Western European car sales surged 5.5% in October versus the same period a year earlier, Reuters reported, citing industry data. There was, however, some negative news out of Europe, as Germany said that its factory orders had increased just 0.8% in September, following a revised 4.2% slump in August. Economists had expected the orders to jump 2.3%. Also, the European Commission cut its 2014 GDP growth forecast for the EU to 0.8% from its previous forecast for a 1.2% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Tesla (TSLA), Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), International Paper (IP), Whole Foods (WFM), and upscale accessories and apparel maker Kate Spade (KATE) were among the stocks that climbed following their results. Conversely, multi-level marketer Herbalife (HLF), Priceline (PCLN), Michael Kors (KORS), IT security company FireEye (FEYE), and chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM) fell following their quarterly reports... In takeover news, clinical laboratory company LabCorp (LH) said it would buy drug development services company Covance (CVD) for $105.12 per share in cash and stock, and marketing services company Sapient (SAPE) agreed to be acquired by French advertising giant Publicis (PUBGY) for $25.00 per share in cash... Shares of a number of hospital owners, including Tenet Healthcare (THC), Community Health (CYH), and HCA Holdings (HCA) fell after Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans have promised to seek to repeal most parts of the Affordable Care Act, which benefits hospitals by reducing the number of uninsured patients that use their services. Additionally, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the federal government's right to subsidize the health insurance premiums of Americans who buy health insurance through the federal exchange set up by the Act... The Justice Department sued to block the acquisition of Screenvision, which provides solutions related to cinema advertising, by movie theater ad network National CineMedia (NCMI), sending its stock lower. Movie theater operator Carmike Cinemas (CKEC), which owns a 19% “profits interest" in the holding company for Screenvision, also slid following the news. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is up 1.04% to 17,573.93, the Nasdaq is up 0.03% to 4,632.53, and the S&P 500 is up 0.66% to 2,031.92.
08:35 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins offering free iPhone Office apps
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November 6, 2014
15:52 EDTMSFTApple appears to be crawling HTML sites with bot, AppleInsider says
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13:01 EDTMSFTSAP appoints Quentin Clark as Chief Technology Officer effective November 10
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08:04 EDTJCPBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Retail Analysts Hutchinson, Ohmes and Chai hold an October Retail Update Analyst/Industry conference call on November 6 at 1 pm.
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