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August 20, 2014
09:07 EDTTEDU, IFNNY, NBY, SPLS, JASO, RGSE, FCS, LOW, PETM, LEJU, EJ, FOLD, HTZOn 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.
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May 19, 2015
13:04 EDTLOWEarnings Watch: Lowe's sees FY15 EPS $3.29, strongest comps of year in Q1
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its first quarter before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 74c on revenue of $14.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 69c-80c on revenue of $13.97B-$14.52B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported fourth quarter EPS of 46c on revenue of $12.54B, beating analyst's estimates of 44c and $12.31B, respectively. The company also reported Q4 same-store sales rose 7.3%, with U.S. comparable sales up 7.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS $3.29 against estimates at that time for $3.28 and said it expects revenue up 4.5%-5% in the fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS up 4%-4.5% and said it expects to report the highest comp for FY15 in Q1. On its earnings conference call, the company said it expects higher comps in the first half of 2015 than the second half. The company said it expects jobs, incomes and household financial conditions to improve in 2015. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's announced a new $5B share repurchase program, which has no expiration date and adds to the previous program's balance, which was $2.4B at January 30. Seeking Alpha contributor Xuhua Zhou, described as a hedge fund analyst, recently wrote in a blog post that "research confirms Lowe's is guilty of formaldehyde noncompliance in sourcing laminate flooring from China." The Consumer Products Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency should include Lowe's products in their safety testing of Lumber Liquidators' (LL) wood, the writer believes. A Lowe's spokesperson told Bloomberg that the Tescun flooring is being removed from stores. Lowe's Canada recently reached an agreement to acquire the leases of 13 former Target (TGT) Canada Locations and will buy Target's Milton, Ontario distribution center for approximately C$151M. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, UBS raised its price target on Lowe's to $83 from $75, citing the company's big ticket comp growth, the improving economy and pent up demand from consumers putting projects on hold since the downturn. Argus also raised its price target, to $82 from $70, and said its confidence in the company's ability to generate profitable growth has increased. In March, Oppenheimer raised its price target on Lowe's to $85 from $77 and said the stock has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement space is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommends buying Lowe's. The firm remains positive on the company's earnings growth and lack of negative catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up nearly 1%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's is fractionally lower at $72.77.
09:30 EDTJASOJA Solar downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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08:43 EDTJASOJA Solar poised to benefit from strong solar ramp in 2H15, says RBC Capital
After JA Solar reported lower than expected Q1 shipments and the stock fell, RBC Capital says that JA Solar is well-positioned to benefit from an expected ramp in solar power demand in 2H15. The firm keeps a $13 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:18 EDTSPLSStaples May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:40 EDTEJE-House backs FY15 revenue guidance of $1.05B-$1.1B, consensus $1.05B
06:38 EDTEJE-House reports Q1 EPS (13c), consensus (17c)
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06:28 EDTLEJULeju backs FY15 revenue guidance of about $600M-$620M, consensus $606.92M
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06:26 EDTLEJULeju reports Q1 EPS 1c, consensus (2c)
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May 18, 2015
08:49 EDTRGSERGS Energy 1-for-20 reverse stock split effective as of market open
RGS Energy announced that the 1-for-20 reverse split of its Class A common stock will be effective today at the open of the U.S. markets. Shares of RGS Energy Class A common stock will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis today on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the same symbol, RGSE. However, it will receive a new CUSIP number: 75601N203. The effect of the reverse stock split will be to combine each 20 shares of outstanding common stock into one new share, with no change in par value per share, and to reduce the number of shares outstanding from approximately 96M to 4.8M.
07:17 EDTJASOJA Solar sees FY15 shipments 3.6 GW-4 GW
07:17 EDTJASOJA Solar sees Q2 shipments 680 MW-720 MW
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07:16 EDTJASOJA Solar reports Q1 EPS 13c, consensus 6c
Reports Q1 revenue $387.7M, consensus $410.14M.
06:46 EDTNBYNovaBay to host analyst and investor day
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May 15, 2015
13:37 EDTHTZAvis spikes after Hertz discloses raising prices ahead of summer travel season
Shares of Avis Budget Group (CAR) and Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) are rallying after Hertz said it is raising prices in anticipation of a busy summer travel season. WHAT'S NEW: In a press release from last night, Hertz said it is committed to maintaining supply consistent with correlated demand drivers, such as gross domestic product and airline passenger volume. The company said it will moderate its calendar 2015 U.S. fleet plan to reflect a capacity increase of 1.5%-2.5% over 2014 levels. The company has also identified 200 of its U.S. off-airport locations that it will close by the end of the second quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hertz noted that based on its revised fleet capacity plan and expected strong seasonal demands it is implementing broad-based price increases for its Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands at U.S. rental locations for pick ups starting on June 14, and for all dates forward. U.S. airport retail car rentals increased $5 per day and $20 per week. Off-airport retail car rentals increased $3 per day and $10 per week. The company added that weekend rates also reflect price increases of $5 per day for airport rentals and $3 per day for off-airport rentals. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Hertz are up 4.5% while shares of its rival Avis Budget are up over 8.5%.
10:55 EDTHTZJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:03 EDTLOWBofA/Merrill says to buy Home Depot, Lowe's and Whirlpool
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08:57 EDTFOLDAmicus management to meet with Leerink
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08:09 EDTSPLSStaples June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:59 EDTJASOJA Solar volatility flat into Q1 and outlook
JA Solar June call option implied volatility is at 46, September is at 49; compared to its 90-average of 48, suggesting non-directional price movement in to the expected release of Q1 results on May 18.
05:52 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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