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February 19, 2013
12:09 EDTOMX, DGIT, SEE, RRGB, DVA, MOH, AET, WLP, CI, UNH, WCG, HUM, SPLS, ODP, YNDXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the day’s lone domestic economic report, the National Association of Home Builders' reading on builder confidence, being a disappointment. With a light weekly data calendar and earnings season largely over except for a few big names, like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), AIG (AIG), and Wal-Mart (WMT) that report this week, the next catalyst may need to come from Washington. On the political front, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles proposed a new plan for tax code changes and spending cuts, while President Obama campaigned for compromise as Democrats and Republicans remain far apart as "the sequester" deadline approaches... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB Housing Market Index reading of 46.0 fell short of the forecast for a reading of 48.0. In Europe, the ZEW institute's index of German investor optimism rose to 48.2 points from 31.5 in January, beating analysts' expectations... COMPANY NEWS: OfficeMax (OMX) and Office Depot (ODP) both surged after the The Wall Street Journal said the companies are in advanced talks to merge. OfficeMax rose over 22% and Office Depot advanced nearly 15%, while their chief rival, Staples (SPLS), gained 11% after several research firms, including Citigroup and Jefferies, predicted that the company would benefit significantly if such a merger goes through and as "going private" chatter about the office retailer continues to circulate... Managed care stocks slid, led by Humana (HUM), after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced preliminary 2014 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates late Friday. Humana said it believes the preliminary base rates in the notice would result in a mid-single-digit decline in its benchmark payment rates and shares fell about 7%. A number of Humana's peers and other healthcare names fell also, including WellCare (WCG), UnitedHealth (UNH), Cigna (CI), Wellpoint (WLP), Aetna (AET) and DaVita (DVA)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), which rose 19% after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations. Also higher after its earnings report and guidance was Sealed Air (SEE), which jumped over 12%. Among the noteworthy losers was Digital Generation (DGIT), which fell 24% after the company reported its quarterly results and said its special committee concluded its review of strategic alternatives without recommending any transaction. Also lower after its earnings report were shares of Russian search engine company Yandex (YNDX), which declined nearly 12%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 52.13, or 0.37%, to 14,033.89; the Nasdaq was up 12.14, or 0.38%, to 3,204.17; and the S&P 500 was up 7.96, or 0.52%, to 1,527.75.
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August 20, 2014
06:06 EDTSPLSStaples expects to record pre-tax restructuring charges of $40M-$75M in Q3
For the full year, the company expects total pre-tax restructuring and other related charges in the range of $230M-$310M. For the full year, the company expects to generate more than $600Mof free cash flow. The company’s free cash flow guidance reflects an expected use of cash in the range of $60M-$100M associated with its 2014 restructuring plan, as well an expected use of cash in the range of $50M-$100M related to its 2012 and 2013 restructuring plans.
06:05 EDTSPLSStaples sees Q3 non-GAAP EPS 34c-39c, consensus 37c
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06:04 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 North American Commercial sales up 2.6% to $2.0B
Reports Q2 International Operations sales $941M.
06:04 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 SSS excluding Staples.com down 5%
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06:03 EDTSPLSStaples secured $150M of annualized cost savings in year-to-date
The savings is part of a two year plan to eliminate at least $500M of annualized costs. The company closed 80 stores in North America during Q2 and expects to close approximately 140 store sin North America during 2014.
06:01 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 12c, consensus 11c
Reports Q2 revenue $5.22B, consensus $5.16B
August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:06 EDTSPLSStaples technical comments before earnings
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15:01 EDTSPLSStaples September volatility flat into Q2 and guidance
Staples September call option implied volatility is at 32, December is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
August 18, 2014
10:01 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTSPLSCleveland Research remains concerned on Staples
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08:46 EDTWCGWellCare downgraded at Wedbush
As noted earlier, Wedbush downgraded WellCare to Neutral from Outperform. The firm no longer sees the company as a takeover candidate, and it thinks that the company will need at least 2-3 years to turn itself around. Target to $55 from $70.
08:04 EDTSEESealed Air announces price increases in North America
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07:22 EDTWCGWellCare downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTRRGBStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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10:01 EDTDVAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Calavo Growers (CVGW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... DaVita (DVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ducommun (DCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Energy XXI (EXXI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities... Genetic Technologies (GENE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Harmony Gold (HMY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... K12 (LRN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KKR (KKR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lexington Realty (LXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lithia Motors (LAD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... New York & Co. (NWY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... OCI Partners (OCIP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... OmniVision (OVTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tencent (TCEHY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
07:49 EDTRRGBRed Robin share pullback overdone, says Jefferies
Jefferies views yesterday's pullback in shares of Red Robin as overdone saying the stock it too cheap at current levels. The firm believes Red Robin has "plenty of bullets" to drive market share gains and it keeps a Buy rating on the name with a reduced price target of $80.
07:47 EDTRRGBRed Robin price target lowered to $75 from $95 at Stephens
Stephens lowered its estimates for Red Robin and cut its price target on the stock to $75 following the company's Q2 earnings miss. However, the firm maintains its Overweight rating on the stock and said it would take advantage of the post-earnings pullback to add to positions, citing valuation and a favorable set-up for the end of this year and 2015.
07:30 EDTDVADaVita downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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05:44 EDTDVADaVita downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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