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May 16, 2014
13:18 EDTVMW, CHK, DRI, RAX, ARCP, EMC, JWN, CSCO, RHT, GOOG, JCP, AMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday as the market looks set to end the week on a low note and extend its two day losing streak. The major averages opened relatively quietly with options ready to expire and have remained in a narrow range throughout the morning part of the session. The market barely reacted to the day’s economic data, which included housing starts and permits that were well above expectations. The first readout of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for the month, however, was below expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 13.2% to a 1.07M unit pace in April, which was well above expectations. The number of building permits issued also beat the consensus forecast, rising 8% to a pace of 1.08M. The University of Michigan consumer confidence index fell to 81.8 in the first May release, falling short of expectations for a modest rise to 84.3. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Rackspace (RAX) surged 20% higher after the cloud computing company disclosed last night that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships and that it had hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to help evaluate the proposals and explore its options. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse wrote that Rackspace's cloud offerings would be attractive to multiple companies, including Cisco (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dell. Piper Jaffray said in its own note that the list of potential buyers for Rackspace is "extensive," also listing Cisco, but adding Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), EMC (EMC), VMware (VMW) and Red Hat (RHT) as other potential suitors. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nordstrom (JWN), which was up nearly 13% after the company reported first quarter earnings per share that exceeded expectations and said it will seek a partner for credit card receivables. Also rising following its better than expected quarterly sales report was another retailer, J.C. Penney (JCP), whose shares rose 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which fell almost 5% after announcing that it will spin off its Oilfield Services business, among other asset moves, and lowered its FY14 production, operating cash flow and dividend payments outlooks. Also lower were shares of restaurant operator Darden (DRI), which slipped 4% after agreeing to sell its Red Lobster business and certain other assets, such as real estate, to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1B in cash. American Realty (ARCP) then announced an approximate $1.5B sale-leaseback transaction for over 500 Red Lobster restaurant properties to be completed in conjunction with Golden Gate Capital's acquisition. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 17.40, or 0.11%, to 16,429.41, the Nasdaq was down 13.31, or 0.33%, to 4,055.99, and the S&P 500 was down 1.85, or 0.1%, to 1,869.00.
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November 10, 2014
16:39 EDTRAXRackspace says Q4 revenue outlook includes negative FX impact
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16:37 EDTRAXRackspace announces $500M share repurchase plan
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16:10 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 adjusted EBITDA margin 33%-35%
16:09 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 EPS $469M-$476M , consensus 476.51M
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16:08 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q3 EPS 18c, consensus 16c
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15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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15:29 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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15:26 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:47 EDTRAXRackspace technical comments before earnings
The shares have broadly outperformed in the prior three months, trading up over 16%. Since a bearish gap down in September, the stock has been trending up. A look at a 1-year chart shows the importance of the $40 level. It has been touched as resistance several times over that interval, but without being able to break through for long. On stronger than expected news, a move to the $40 area would seem probable. If the news or outlook is sufficiently strong, there could be a breakout above $40. Such a breakout given the length of time the $40 area has been resistance would be long-term bullish for price. Additional upside objectives above $40 would be at $42.09 and then at $43.83. If the news is worse than expected, there are several points of support that could be tested as downside objectives: $34.70, $32.36, and $30.74. A move down through all of the levels noted would retrace the advance made in recent months nearly completely.
13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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12:36 EDTJCPAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
10:49 EDTJWNNordstrom November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:22 EDTCSCONetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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07:12 EDTCSCOCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
05:58 EDTCHKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CHK NFLX
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