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October 22, 2013
12:22 EDTNFLX, TRV, DD, UTX, WHR, DAL, LXK, RSH, COHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after the delayed jobs report for September showed employers added a disappointing 148,000 jobs in the month, though the unemployment rate edged further down toward 7%. Though the jobs data missed the mark it is already dated and did represent the 43rd consecutive month of employment growth, which was enough to push the S&P to its fourth consecutive day hitting an all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Labor Department's previously delayed employment report for September showed the economy added 148,000 jobs in September, well below analystsí expectations for 185,000 and down from the nearly 200,000 jobs added in the prior month. The unemployment rate, however, dipped to 7.2% from 7.3%. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index inched up to 1 in October from a 0 reading in the prior month. Construction spending rose 0.6% in August, beating expectations for it to have grown 0.4% during the month. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX) last night reported stronger than expected quarterly results and the stock opened nearly 10% higher this morning. But the shares were down about 4% near noon, after several analysts warned that the stock may not be attractive following its rapid and steep rally... Among the many companies reporting earnings last night and this morning were three members of the Dow Jones Industrial Index: DuPont (DD), Travelers (TRV), and United Technologies (UTX). All three reported headline earnings that beat consensus, though UTX also narrowed its full-year profit forecast and saw its shares slide nearly 1% near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was appliance maker Whirlpool (WHR), which rallied over 11% after the company's adjusted earnings beat forecasts and it raised its full year profit outlook. Also higher following their earnings reports were printer maker and business service provider Lexmark (LXK), which rose 7%, and Delta Air Lines (DAL), which advanced 4%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were electronics retailer RadioShack (RSH), which dropped over 23%, and handbag maker Coach (COH), which fell almost 8%. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was up 60.75, or 0.39%, to 15,452.95; the Nasdaq was up 6.63, or 0.17%, to 3,926.68; and the S&P 500 was up 8.29, or 0.48%, to 1,752.95.
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August 12, 2014
09:10 EDTUTXUnited Technologies downgraded at Cowen
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09:01 EDTUTXUnited Technologies downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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07:39 EDTRSHRadioShack turnaround highly in doubt, says UBS
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06:51 EDTRSHRadioShack turnaround in doubt, says UBS
UBS said RadioShack's turnaround efforts have been impacted by the difficult operating environment and its financial flexibility is in a "perilous position." The firm notes the company's CD's have climbed 70% in the last month indicating the cost of doing business with counter-parties has gotten more expensive. The firm is skeptical limited store remodels will impact the entire chain and that new products will not change the company's perception. Shares are Sell rated with a 50c price target, down from 90c.
August 11, 2014
12:01 EDTCOHStocks with call strike movement; COH AAL
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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06:18 EDTCOHCitigroup comments on Coach takeover speculation
Citigroup notes Coach shares moved higher Friday amid speculation Kering could be interested in acquiring the company. Citi says Kering's stated acquisition strategy does not seem consistent with a potential takeover of Coach. Further, Citi believes Kering is unlikely to be able to finance such a large deal. It keeps a Neutral rating on Coach and a Buy rating on Kering.
05:54 EDTCOHStocks with implied volatility movement; COH TKMR
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTCOHMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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11:23 EDTCOHCoach tests top of recent trading range, levels to watch
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10:27 EDTCOHCoach August calls active
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10:24 EDTCOHRumor: Coach strength attributed to takeover speculation
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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August 7, 2014
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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06:41 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO says has more subscription revenue than HBO
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August 6, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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11:47 EDTDALStocks with call strike movement; DAL AAL
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11:28 EDTNFLXYahoo appoints former Netflix executive Mike Kail as CIO
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09:23 EDTTRVTravelers weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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