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May 15, 2013
05:59 EDTHD, KO, VCLK, NILE, DIS, MWW, ALL, FBCorporate boards recruit newcomers with digital knowledge, WSJ reports
While most all facets of corporate life has gone digital, many public company boards remain stuck in analog mode. That has started to change as boards, concerned about their scant digital expertise, are scrambling to recruit newcomers who can advise management on strategies for mobile devices, social media and data analytics, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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11:22 EDTFBDan Niles says looking to short more of Twitter
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10:05 EDTFBFacebook quietly launches Yelp rival, TNW reports
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07:38 EDTFBBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
07:01 EDTDISHasbro deal with Disney could be impacted with merger, says Piper Jaffray
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November 12, 2014
13:32 EDTHDEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney lowered Q3 SSS view, affirms FY14 metrics in Q3
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (80c) on revenue of $2.81B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (95c)-(54c) on revenue of $2.72B-$2.93B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second quarter adjusted EPS of (75c) against estimates for (93c), on revenue of $2.8B against estimates for $2.79B. Comparable store sales increased 6% for the quarter and online sales through jcp.com were up 16.7% from the year-ago period to $249M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, the company said that expected a "profitable" sales in the back-to-school season, adding that the company could see some "anomalies" in expense during Q3. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, EVP of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board, and succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of the company on August 1, 2015, at which time Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year. At its analyst day in October, the retailer lowered its Q3 SSS view to low single digit growth from its previous view of mid single digit growth. J.C. Penney also warned investors that its September sales were weaker than expected. Despite lowering its SSS forecast, the retailer reaffirmed the rest of its quarterly guidance, including gross margins and SG&A expenses, and maintained all of its fiscal year 2014 guidance metrics, including mid-single digit SSS growth and positive free cash flow. STREET 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. Wells Fargo, which has an Underperform rating on the stock, said that Ellison lacks expertise in apparel and accessories, where J.C. Penney is having a tough time. J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's said. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down almost 20%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q3 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up almost 6% to $7.61.
11:44 EDTDISSeaWorld sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit, attendance fall
Shares of theme park and entertainment company SeaWorld (SEAS) are plunging after the company’s profit, attendance and adjusted EBITDA all fell significantly on a year over year basis. The also forecast fiscal year 2014 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down from last year. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SeaWorld reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of $1.01, missing analysts' $1.13 consensus by 12 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $495.84M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $495.4M. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $209.1M, a decrease of $45.3M, or 18%, compared to the third quarter of 2013. Attendance in Q3 ws 8.4M, down from 8.9M a year ago. The company believes the decline in attendance results from a combination of factors including negative media attention in California along with a challenging competitive environment, particularly in Florida. The competitive challenges in Florida relate to significant new attraction offerings at competitor destination parks, along with a delay in the scheduled opening of one of the company's new rides at its Busch Gardens Tampa park. The decrease in total revenue in the third quarter was primarily driven by a 5.2% decline in attendance, along with a 2.9% decline in total revenue per capita from $60.74 in the third quarter of 2013 to $58.99. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, SeaWorld forecast FY14 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down 6%-7% and 14%-16%, respectively. The FY14 revenue consensus ahead of the company's report was $1.37B. The company also said it expects to take a restructuring charge of up to $13M in Q4 related to its cost reduction initiatives. The company sees FY14 capital expenditures to be in the range of $155M-$165M and fiscal year 2015 CapEx to be in the range of $185M-$195M. Jim Atchison, the company's Chief Executive Officer, noted that the attendance trends the company experienced in the latter part of the second quarter continued into Q3. He called 2014 a “challenging year,” and said the company was executing a cost savings plan that is expected to deliver approximately $50M of annual cost savings by the end of 2015. He also said the company was adjusting its attraction and marketing plans to address immediate top-line concerns. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SeaWorld fell $2.24, or 12.04%, to $16.36 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $16.53. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 48% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the theme park space include Disney (DIS), up 0.03%, Six Flags (SIX), down 0.16%, and Cedar Fair (FUN), up 0.76%.
10:43 EDTDISBernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
10:25 EDTKOSABMiller, Coca-Cola to form new company in Africa, Sky News reports
Mark Kleinman of Sky News tweeted, "SABMiller and Coca-Cola to announce formation of new company in Africa later this week, consolidating existing operations, I'm told."
08:01 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $113 from $102 at Jefferies
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07:51 EDTDISDisney trades at a premium despite low forward growth, says Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Disney shares to $83 from $75, but reiterated its Market Perform rating on Disney shares, citing the stock's premium trading valuation despite the lowest forward earnings growth of its peer group. The firm also cited higher sports programming costs, as well as difficulty envisioning outperformance to current estimates.
November 11, 2014
18:19 EDTDISCBS, Disney look to block FCC Comcast merger disclosures, Bloomberg says
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:26 EDTFBYelp continues to gain traction in Local search, says Cowen
Cowen's checks indicate Yelp (YELP) continues to gain traction in Local search through Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB). The firm continues to see Yelp's Local ad revenue growing 60% in 2014 and believes the company will continue to beat numbers.
07:09 EDTHDHome Depot November volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Home Depot November call option implied volatility is at 24, December is at 20, January is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTDISWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
12:53 EDTFBFacebook says has over 50M monthly active users for Messenger
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook enhances users' control over News Feeds
Facebook on Friday announced that News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, Pages and Groups that users have seen in their News Feeds over the past week. Users can choose to sort by people, Pages or Groups posts, or see an overall summary., the social network said. They can unfollow any friend, Page or Group if they don’t want to see their stories in their News Feeds, Facebook added. Users can also see who they’ve unfollowed in the past and can choose to re-follow them at anytime, the company stated. If users see a story they're not interested in or don’t want to see, they can tap the arrow in the top right of that story to hide it, Facebook said. Reference Link
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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November 9, 2014
16:36 EDTDISDisney's 'Big Hero 6' comes out on top at box office, Bloomberg says
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