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February 4, 2014
12:28 EDTJCP, FURX, KORS, TTWO, MSFT, PSMIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, bouncing back after yesterday's sell-off, which was one of the worst in quite some time. Yesterday's decline came on the heels of a dismal January, during which the market put in its worst monthly performance since May 2012. The major averages are higher across the board, but have not regained even half of what was lost yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders dropped 1.5% in December, versus expectations for a 1.8% decline. COMPANY NEWS: As had been predicted in various technology blogs in recent days, Microsoft (MSFT) promoted the head of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Satya Nadella, to take over as Chief Executive Officer for the departing Steve Ballmer. Bill Gates, one of the company's founders and formerly its chairman of the board, will assume a new role as Technology Advisor and will devote more time to the company, with lead independent director for the board John Thompson taking over as chairman... Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) briefly rallied after the company reported its comparable store sales grew 3.1% during the Holiday period, but reversed and moved into negative ground shortly after the opening bell. 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. J.C. Penney shares declined over 9% near midday following the sales update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was luxury goods maker Michael Kors (KORS), which soared 18% higher after the company's third quarter results soundly beat analysts' expectations. Also higher was Furiex Pharmaceuticals (FURX), whose shares more than doubled after the company’s two Phase III trials evaluating its drug for the treatment of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome met both the FDA and the European Medicines Agency formally agreed-upon primary endpoints. Among the noteworthy losers was Peregrine Semiconducter (PSMI), which fell 17% after reporting a steeper than expected quarterly loss and being downgraded at Needham and JPMorgan. Also lower following an earnings report that prompted multiple downgrades was Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), which fell 9% despite reporting earnings that beat expectations and raising its profit outlook for the year. Wedbush downgraded Take-Two to Neutral from Outperform due to lack of visibility and said investors should be cautious about the product pipeline, while Benchmark Co. lowered its rating on the stock to Hold. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 101.96, or 0.66%, to 15,474.76, the Nasdaq was up 42.93, or 1.07%, to 4,039.89, and the S&P 500 was up 15.33, or 0.88%, to 1,757.22.
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February 26, 2015
16:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q4 adjusted EPS 0c, consensus 11c
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15:30 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney February weekly 9 straddle priced for 10.2% movement into Q4
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12:48 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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12:01 EDTJCPAppeals court revives two claims by Macy's against J.C. Penney, Reuters says
A New York appeals court has revived two claims by Macy's (M) against J.C. Penney (JCP) that accuse J.C. Penney of contract interference and unfair competition related to a Martha Stewart contract, though the appeals court reaffirmed the prior decision that Macy's did not deserve punitive damages, reports Reuters, citing court statements. Reference Link
11:52 EDTJCPMacy's claims against J.C. Penney to be reinstated after appeal, Bloomberg says
07:36 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
J.C. Penney February weekly call option implied volatility is at 168, March weekly calls are at 91, April is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
06:48 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga reiterates J.C. Penney as a top pick for 2015 ahead of the retailer's year-end 2014 earnings report. Tamminga believes Penny's comp for February, the first month of its fiscal year, could be tracking up 4%. The analyst also thinks Penny management could express conviction in the retailer's plan to recapture share among moderate consumers on Thursday's earnings call. Tamminga has an Overweight rating on Penny with a $12 price target.
February 20, 2015
13:08 EDTTTWOTake-Two management to meet with MKM Partners
Meeting to be held in New York on February 27 hosted by MKM Partners.
February 19, 2015
14:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTiPass announces Wi-Fi agreement with Microsoft
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10:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
10:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney move higher attributed to real estate speculation
The move higher in shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) is being attributed to speculation the company may look to monetize its real estate assets. The speculation seems to be originating from a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) employee's webpage showing the retailer as a client. The JLL employee, Stephen Bridges, specializes in "assisting industrial users with the lease, purchase, and sale of real estate." It is not clear when Penny became a client of JLL. Shares of Penny rallied to a high of $8.50, and are trading up 16c to $8.29 in early trading. Reference Link
05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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