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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 26, 2014
12:02 EDTRSHStandard General to explore rescue funds for RadioShack, Bloomberg says
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11:09 EDTRSHBest Buy shares decline as Best Buy reports Q2 sales drop
Shares of multi-channel Best Buy (BBY) are retreating after the firm reported that sales declines continued through the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's Q2 earnings per share from continuing operations was 44c, exceeding analysts' consensus estimates of 31c. The company's Q2 revenue was $8.9B, which was slightly lower than analysts' $8.99B consensus. Same-store-sales for the quarter declined 2.7%, which is better than the overall industry sales decline of 2.5% as reported by NPD. Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly noted that traffic to the company's brick and mortar stores continued to decline as consumers research and buy online. Joly noted that in-store conversion and online traffic continued to increase during the quarter. Joly said that in the back half of the year, the retailer plans to intensify its investments in customer-facing initiatives. Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Sharon McCollam reiterated that industry-wide sales are continuing to decline in many of the consumer electronics cateogries in which it competes, and said the retailer is seeing "ongoing softness" in the mobile phone category ahead of new product launches. She forecast SSS down in the low single digits for both the third and fourth quarters and sees Q3 and Q4 operating income in line with the first half of the year. For the back half of the year, McCollam sees continued industry softness and higher promotionality in Canada and China. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Best Buy said that it is "encouraged" by the response to 4K televisions and aims to expand its holiday gift centers within stores. The company's CFO McCollam said that the firm's mobile phone category is "complicated to forecast." She feels that the disruption of carriers "could have impact" that the technology retailer did not anticipate. McCollam said that despite great excitement for some high-profile phone launches, there is still a great deal of competition in the lower-end of the phone market. In terms of the start of the upcoming quarter, Best Buy feels that the beginning has been "in-line" with expectations. ANALYST OPINION: ISI analyst Greg Melich feels that Best Buy's Q2 EPS beat was due to a slightly less dramatic decrease in gross margins and improved cost controls. He feels that the market is likely to pay close attention to continued sales decreases when predicting the rest of the year despite the better than anticipated quarterly EPS results. Melich said that he will keep an eye out for positive signs that Q4 will experience an improvement given the highly promotional and competitive landscape last year. The analyst keeps the stock with a neutral rating and a $31.99 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Best Buy fell $1.59, or 4.97%, to $30.40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Best Buy peers include RadioShack (RSH) and hhgregg (HGG).
10:57 EDTNFLXNetflx slips after Emmy snub, competing Canadian service announced
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09:35 EDTNFLXNetflix files formal protest against Comcast merger, Engadget reports
Netflix (NFLX) has filed a petition to the FCC against the proposed merger between Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), as the streaming company has previously indicated it would, reported Engadget. Netflix claims the deal would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a merged cable giant would have huge leverage over it and rivals like Hulu, which is a joint venture owned by Comcast itself along with partners Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTDDFarm Progress Companies to hold a show
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07:49 EDTWHRWhirlpool has potential upside to 2015 EPS estimates, says KeyBanc
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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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15:03 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility at low end of historic range
Netflix August 8/29/14 weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, September is at 25, October is at 27, January is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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August 22, 2014
11:17 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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05:58 EDTNFLXComcast launches streaming TV services for college campuses, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
12:12 EDTDDDuPont files patent infringement lawsuit against SunEdison
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10:34 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:50 EDTWHRMajor appliance demand decelerating, says Longbowx
Longbow's North American industry checks indicate major applicance demand had declerated form June/July promotional peaks, indicating a rapid deceleration in the Core 6 category. The firm said the Core 6 categoreis are trending into negative territory following strong July 4th sales event volumes and is hearing laundry sales are particularly weak, and may be by as much as negative double digits. The analyst notes Whirlpool (WHR) is leveraged to laundry sales and, to a lesser extent, AB Electrolux (ELUX).
August 20, 2014
12:59 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility at low end of historic range
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
08:04 EDTUTXUnited Technologies licenses technology to CGTech
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06:13 EDTNFLXNetflix signs paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, Gigaom reports
Netflix (NFLX) has signed a direct interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) that would provide Netflix with direct access and faster streams, reports Gigaom. Time Warner Cable confirmed that the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. Reference Link
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