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June 24, 2014
11:20 EDTJCP, PStocks with call strike movement; P JCP
Pandora (P) December 34 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 50, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 10 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 49 according to IVolatility.
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February 10, 2016
10:01 EDTPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... BBA Aviation (BBAVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CM Finance (CMFN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CTI BioPharma (CTIC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at WallachBeth... Calix (CALX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Fortis (FRTSF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Lake Shore Gold (LSG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Medley Capital (MCC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Pandora (P) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Parkway Properties (PKY) downgraded on real estate headwinds, valuation at Stifel... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... USANA (USNA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
08:47 EDTPPandora price target lowered to $16 from $24 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on Pandora citing competitive concerns from Spotify as well as expectations for lower EBITDA due to higher publishing royalties and the impact of recent acquisitions. Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Pandora shares as the firm expect the company's headwinds to moderate.
06:19 EDTPPandora downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge downgraded Pandora to Market Perform to reflect lower ad loads. The analyst said recent acquisition of Ticketfly and Rdio in Q4 indicate Pandora is diversifying its revenue stream and suggests challenges in the core business. Blackledge materially lowered 2017-2021 estimates mainly due to lower ad load forecasts given rising competition and cut his price target on Pandora shares to $9 from $21.
05:01 EDTPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; P DB
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February 9, 2016
17:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sued by Burberry over alleged patent infringement, Reuters says
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February 8, 2016
13:03 EDTJCPKohl's replaces J.C. Penney as Academy Awards retail sponsor, Fortune says
Kohl's (KSS) will become the sole retail sponsor of the upcoming Academy Awards, replacing J.C. Penney (JCP), which ended its Oscar partnership after 14 years last year, Fortune reports. Kohl's is attempting to increase the visibility and fashion credibility of its private apparel brands and is aiming to showcase its big names, including Sonoma, which is expected to relaunch after the Oscars, the report says. Reference Link
February 5, 2016
08:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney pursues sale of home office campus
J.C. Penney announced that it is pursuing the potential sale and partial leaseback of its Home Office building in Plano, Texas as part of an ongoing effort to reduce outstanding debt and effectively manage expenses. A combination of favorable market conditions and a surplus of available square footage within the building make this an attractive real estate opportunity for the company. It is expected that the cost of leasing space within the building would be offset by a reduction in maintenance costs, property taxes and interest expense as a result of paying down debt with proceeds from the transaction. CBRE Capital Markets has been selected to market the 1.8 million-square-foot, Class A office campus located in Legacy Business Park in Plano, Texas. The new owner will have the opportunity to market over 650,000 square feet of contiguous space within the coveted Legacy West submarket. These actions follow a decision in 2014 to contribute a significant portion of fringe land around the Home Office to a joint venture with a team of developers.
February 4, 2016
10:28 EDTJCPKohl's slumps after cutting forecast on lower than planned sales, margins
Shares of Kohl's (KSS) are plunging after the department store retailer cut its earnings per share guidance for fiscal year 2015 based on lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margins. WHAT'S NEW: Kohl's said this morning that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter increased 0.4%, with total quarterly sales rising 0.8%. The company said that despite a "very strong" holiday selling season, sales were "very volatile and less than planned" in the quarter. Additionally, Kohl's said the holiday season results were offset by a "very slow start" to Q4 in November as well as a weaker than expected January due to soft demand for cold-weather goods that led to lower store traffic. Looking ahead, Kohl's cut its FY15 EPS view to $3.95-$4.00, excluding losses from debt repayment, against analysts' consensus estimate of $4.30. Kohl's previously expected FY15 EPS to be at the low end of its $4.40-$4.60 range. Kohl's said it lowered its guidance as a result of lower than expected quarterly sales and "significantly lower than planned" gross margin. Kohl's is expected to report Q4 results on February 25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kohl's is considering whether to hire an investment bank to advise the company on alternatives including going private or a break up, The Wall Street Journal reported on January 11, citing a source. Kohl's executives are said to be open to a strategic review, the source said. ALSO NOTABLE: Retailer Ralph Lauren (RL) this morning said that while international net revenue grew 6% in constant currency in its third quarter, North America revenue declined 4%, due in part to warmer temperatures for the fall and holiday season. ANALYST OPINIONS: Buckingham yesterday upgraded Kohl's to Buy from Neutral, as the firm expected Kohl's SSS to rise by a low single digit percentage level in Q4. Analysts at Stifel said on January 11 that Kohl's could be worth as much as $95 in a takeover. PRICE ACTION: Kohl's is down over 14% to $43.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ralph Lauren is down over 17.5% to trade near $95 per share. Department store peers Macy's (M) and J.C. Penney (JCP) are down 3% and 2%, respectively, this morning.
February 2, 2016
06:55 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2016
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January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
09:21 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
06:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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January 28, 2016
09:02 EDTPPandora launches Browse
Pandora launched Browse, a new way to help users discover even more music. "Finding new music should be a simple and enjoyable experience," said Chris Phillips, chief product officer of Pandora. "Our musicologists have scored millions of songs to find the perfect music just for you. The new Browse feature makes it easy to find the music you love whether you know what you want, or need a little help discovering music you didn't know existed." The service includes fresh station recommendations, music metrics, and the ability see what's spinning on a station before adding it to station list.

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