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August 20, 2014
09:07 EDTLEJU, EJ, FOLD, HTZ, TEDU, IFNNY, NBY, SPLS, JASO, RGSE, FCS, LOW, PETMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PetSmart (PETM), up 2,1%... Staples (SPLS), up 2%... E-House (EJ), up 2.5%. HIGHER: Fairchild (FCS), up 4% after Bloomberg says Infineon (IFNNY) is near a deal to buy a U.S. semiconductor company for $2B... Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), up 18.4% after reporting positive Phase 3 data from the Fabry study. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Lowe's (LOW), down 3%... Tarena (TEDU), down 9%... Leju (LEJU), down 4.2%... JA Solar (JASO), down 5%. LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 12.7% after downgraded at JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank following the company's decision to withdraw its FY14 guidance... NovaBay (NBY), down 35.2% after primary, secondary endpoints were not met in its NVC-422 study... RGS Energy (RGSE), down 14.9% after downgraded at Roth Capital following Q2 earnings results.
News For PETM;SPLS;HTZ;LOW;NBY;FOLD;FCS;IFNNY;EJ;RGSE;TEDU;LEJU;JASO From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
06:01 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 12c, consensus 12c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.94B, consensus $4.96B
August 18, 2015
16:41 EDTTEDUTarena lowers FY15 revenue view to $172.0M-$177.5M from $180M-$186M
Consensus is for FY15 revenue $183.16M. The lower outlook reflects the recent significant change in RMB exchange rate against the US dollar. FY15 revenue view represents an increase of 26.3%-30.3% on a year-over-year basis. The revision to the previous FY15 revenue guidance of $180M-$186M is made solely as a result of a 4.5% anticipated depreciation of the RMB against the US dollar.
16:37 EDTTEDUTarena sees Q3 revenue $52.5M-$53.5M, consensus $56.54M
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16:35 EDTTEDUTarena reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 7c, consensus 11c
Reports Q2 revenue $41.3M, consensus $41.46M.
14:51 EDTLOW, SPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:26 EDTSPLSStaples August 14 straddle priced for 5.8% movement into Q2
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14:08 EDTLOWLowe's August 72.50 straddle priced for 3.5% movement into Q2
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12:54 EDTLOWEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Lowe's ahead of Q2 earnings
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.24 on revenue of $17.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.21-$1.27 on revenue of $16.97B-$17.48B. LAST QUARTER: On May 20, Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 70c on revenue of $14.13B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 74c and $14.28B, respectively. The company also said Q1 same-store sales rose 5.3% year-over-year. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29 against estimates at the time of $3.31 and said it expects revenue to grow 4.5%-5%. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS to grow 4%-5% and added that it expected to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in FY15. On its Q1 conference call, Lowe's forecast FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 38.1%, operating margin up 80-100 basis points, capital expenditures of roughly $1.4B, and cash flow from operations of approximately $5.1B. The company added that it continues to expect steady recovery within the housing market including positive trends in turnover and moderate home price appreciation. NEWS: On May 29, Lowe's announced that its board declared a 21.7% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share, payable August 5 to shareholders of record as of July 22. On June 10, the company said at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference that it was seeing modestly improving wages and saw the income environment as constructive to the industry. It added that it was starting to see pickup from the bottom in housing and modest home price appreciation in 2015. At the Oppenheimer Global Consumer Conference on June 24, Lowe's said it was more focused on asset productivity than square footage, that it was contemplating new geographies, and that it expected to further capitalize on market opportunity in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: The day Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine lowered her price target for the company's shares to $68 from $75 due to lower-than-expected results. Cantor maintained its Hold rating on the stock. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the company was still a top pick and reiterated its Buy rating, saying that, despite the Q1 earnings miss, it continued to expect Lowe's to benefit from investments. The day after Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, UBS said it believed the company's shares had room to run from at the time current levels. UBS reiterated its Buy rating for the company and lowered its price target to $82 from $83 on its shares. On June 8, Atlantic Equities initiated its coverage on Lowe's shares with a Neutral rating and a $79 price target. Exactly one week later, Wedbush upgraded Lowe's to Outperform from Neutral, saying it thought at the time that the company was benefiting from strong housing trends as well as Sears' (SHLD) increasing share losses, its previous investments, and macro tailwinds. Wedbush said the company will be a "winner" as long as interest rates remain low and increased its price target for the company's shares to $82 from $80. On June 30, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73, citing expectations of stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. BMO added that sales in the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. On July 20, Deutsche Bank lowered its Q2 comparable sales and earnings estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot below consensus to reflect "weak" industry data for building material, garden equipment, and supplies. Deutsche cut its Q2 comp estimate for Lowe's to 3.0% from 4.5% and earnings estimate to $1.23, below the consensus at the time of $1.25. Deutsche maintained its Buy rating on Lowe's stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up fractionally. In early trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's are up over 1% to $73.34.
11:03 EDTJASOSunEdison raises capital while Trina Solar tops expectations
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08:10 EDTSPLSStaples August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:03 EDTLOWLowe's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Lowe's August call option implied volatility is at 48, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 29, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
August 17, 2015
15:28 EDTRGSEReal Goods Solar regains Nasdaq compliance
RGS Energy has received notification from The Nasdaq Stock Market that it has regained compliance with NASDAQ Marketplace Rules.
12:55 EDTLOWEarnings Watch: Home Depot up 6% over last three months
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12:12 EDTSPLSFTC announces resignation of Commissioner Joshua Wright
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August 14, 2015
17:29 EDTHTZGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:16 EDTSPLSStaples risk/reward remains compelling, says UBS
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August 13, 2015
16:18 EDTNBYNovaBay reports Q2 EPS (7c), consensus (7c)
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09:56 EDTLEJU, EJSenior economist backs nationwide property tax in China, WantChinaTimes says
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08:02 EDTSPLSStaples receies approval from Australia to acquire Office Depot
Staples (SPLS) announced that it has received clearance from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for the acquisition of Office Depot (ODP). Staples continues to seek clearance from regulatory agencies in the United States, the European Union and Canada. The Commerce Commission of New Zealand and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China previously gave their clearance for the transaction in June. "We continue to make progress on this transaction, and we're pleased with this decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission," said Ron Sargent, Chairman and CEO, Staples, Inc. "We continue to work closely with regulatory agencies around the world and expect the transaction to be completed by the end of the year."
07:39 EDTHTZHertz reinstated with a Buy at Goldman
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