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March 13, 2014
10:56 EDTEXPR, PANW, ZQK, BIG, NLNKOptions with decreasing implied volatility: NLNK ZQK EXPR BIG PANW
News For NLNK;ZQK;EXPR;BIG;PANW From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
06:06 EDTBIGBig Lots sees Q4 EPS $1.95-$2.00 vs. $1.76 last year
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06:03 EDTBIGBig Lots reports Q2 adjusted EPS 40c, consensus 34c
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05:54 EDTBIGBig Lots announces three executive promotions
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August 27, 2015
15:14 EDTBIGBig Lots volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Big Lots September call option implied volatility is at 56, October is at 46, January is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 52, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
14:58 EDTBIGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:57 EDTBIGBig Lots technical notes before earnings
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08:21 EDTEXPRExpress results validates strategic initiatives, says Brean Capital
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August 26, 2015
12:47 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:01 EDTEXPRAbercrombie & Fitch surges after posting surprise Q2 profit
Abercrombie & Fitch spiked in early trading after the clothing retailer posted second quarter profit and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Abercrombie & Fitch reported Q2 earnings per share of 12c, excluding items, on revenue of $817.8M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of a loss per share of (4c) and $811.46M, respectively. Including items, EPS was (1c). Abercrombie said the quarter included a comparable sales decrease of 4% and an adverse impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates of about 5%. For the quarter, SSS declined 7% at the Abercrombie brand and 1% at Hollister. Executive Chairman Arthur Martinez commented that the quarterly results exceeded what the retailer signaled on its first quarter earnings call and said he is confident "that we are on the right track, although we recognize that we still have much to achieve." Looking ahead, Abercrombie & Fitch sees SSS trends improving in the second half of 2015, skewed towards the fourth quarter. The company expects continued headwinds from foreign currency exchange rates, a gross margin rate approximately flat to last year and flat operating expense compared to last year. Additionally, Abercrombie said it plans to open 15 full-price stores this fiscal year, in markets including China and Japan, and will close about 60 stores in the U.S. during the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Abercrombie is in the midst of a massive turnaround and announced the creation of six new positions as it restructures the management of its Abercrombie brand. The move is part of an effort to organize executives by brand rather than product after announcing last year that it would move away from logos. On its earnings conference call this morning, Abercrombie executives said that the company is "not naive" about the challenges it faces, but believes it is "on the right track" to restoring the business to health. Abercrombie said a new chief executive officer will be appointed "in due time." OTHERS TO WATCH: Abercrombie & Fitch peers include Urban Outfitters (URBN), American Eagle (AEO) and Express (EXPR). PRICE ACTION: Abercrombie & Fitch is up 11.75% in morning trading to $19.30.
09:25 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
07:04 EDTEXPRExpress sees FY15 adjusted EPS $1.30-$1.37, consensus $1.21
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07:03 EDTEXPRExpress sees Q3 EPS 26c-29c, consensus 25c
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07:02 EDTEXPRExpress reports Q2 EPS 25c, consensus 16c
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August 25, 2015
15:00 EDTEXPRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Chico's (CHS), consensus 22c... Express (EXPR), consensus 16c... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), consensus (4c).
August 24, 2015
15:17 EDTEXPRExpress volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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15:01 EDTPANWWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
14:21 EDTPANWJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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08:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto weakness creates buying opportunity, says JMP Securities
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08:36 EDTPANWIT security outlook still positive, says Pacific Crest
After attending a conference and analyzing IT security companies' Q2 results, Pacific Crest is more confident that IT security spending trends will continue to be strong. The firm identifies Barracuda (CUDA), Imperva (IMPV) and Palo Alto (PANW) as its favorite names in the space.
August 21, 2015
09:29 EDTPANWPalo Alto results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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