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June 12, 2014
09:13 EDTRH, LULU, GERN, CLF, SNSS, CNX, NBL, APUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Geron (GERN), up 28.5% after FDA removes partial clinical hold on imetelstat trial... Restoration Hardware (RH), up 17.7% after reporting better than expected Q1 earnings and raising its FY14 outlook... Sunesis (SNSS), up 5.6% after stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $14 price target at UBS... CONSOL Energy (CNX), up 0.6%, and Noble Energy (NBL), up 0.8%, after the company said they intend to form a master limited partnership to provide midstream gathering services for production from their jointly owned acreage in the Marcellus Shale. LOWER: lululemon (LULU), down 17% after reporting on quarter, lowering FY14 normalized EPS view, shares downgraded at William Blair and at Stifel... AmeriGas (APU), down 5% after its 8.5M share spot secondary offering priced at $45.80 per unit... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 2.7% after Casablanca Capital sends letter to shareholders in support of its 6 board nominees, Morgan Stanley said in a note to investors that Cliffs' dividend at risk.
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September 26, 2014
06:09 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU HD
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06:07 EDTSNSSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SNSS ADHD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Sunesis (SNSS) 329, Alcobra (ADHD) 334 according to iVolatility.
05:58 EDTCLFStocks with implied volatility movement; SDS CLF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; UltraShort S&P500 ProShares (SDS) 29, Cliffs Natural (CLF) 71 according to iVolatility.
September 25, 2014
13:39 EDTSNSSSunesis volatility elevated into data from trial
Sunesis overall option implied volatility of 241 is above its 26-week average of 157 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement ahead of the upcoming release of data from a trial of its Qinprezo drug that is expected in the coming weeks.
10:45 EDTCLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: VALE CLF NUS HLF SVXY VXX AGQ SQQQ
September 24, 2014
11:00 EDTRHBed Bath & Beyond climbs after Q2 earnings beat expectations
Shares of home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are rising after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 EPS was $1.17, which was 3c higher than analysts' consensus. The company's Q2 revenue of $2.95B topped analysts' consensus of $2.89B. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up approximately 3.4%. The retailer sees Q3 EPS in the range of $1.17-$1.21, compared with analysts' consensus view of $1.20. Bed Bath & Beyond expects fiscal year 2014 EPS to be between $5.00-$5.08, compared to analysts' view of $5.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Bed Bath & Beyond said that it was investing "significantly" in its business. It expects FY14 capital expenditures of approximately $350M. The retailer is opening a new distribution facility and is working on a new point of sale system. Bed Bath & Beyond said it is "cautiously optimistic" on its balance for the rest of the year. Next quarter, the company is expecting SSS growth of 2%-3%, and for Q4 it foresees 4%-5% of same-store growth. ANALYST REACTION: Yesterday morning, prior to the release of Bed Bath and Beyond's Q2 earnings report, William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Hofkin cited his continued worries regarding the retailer's above-average exposure to e-commerce competitors. He feels that Bed Bath & Beyond waited too long before developing a strong multichannel platform and that competition from other e-commerce rivals will continue accumulating. He noted that while the company's price premium relative to Amazon (AMZN) has gotten smaller in the past few years, it still is material. Today, UBS analyst Michael Lasser raised his price target on the stock to $68 from $62 after Bed Bath & Beyond reported sales that surpassed expectations. Still, he felt that the good sales numbers occurred at the expense of its margin. He expects the retailer's operating margin decrease to impact the company's PE multiple. Lasser believes that the retailer's Q3 and Q4 comp outlook could be "aggressive," but he noted that he won't have much of an idea about those numbers until early January. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and Restoration Hardware (RH). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.99, or 6.4%, to $66.68.
September 23, 2014
11:11 EDTRHRestoration Hardware shares higher after CEO buys shares
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September 22, 2014
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; September 22, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 91c to 28.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX C TWTR AMZN BP PBR CLF WLT according to Track Data.
14:23 EDTCLFCliffs Natural falls to fresh 52-week lows, levels to watch
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13:51 EDTSNSSSunesis volatility elevated into data from trial
Sunesis overall option implied volatility of 298 is above its 26-week average of 156 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement ahead of the upcoming release of data from a trial of its Qinprezo drug that is expected in the coming weeks.
09:41 EDTSNSSCitadel Advisors reports 5.3% passive stake in Sunesis
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September 19, 2014
10:06 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
07:40 EDTLULUVF Corp. upgraded to Buy, could target lululemon, says KeyBanc
As previously reported, KeyBanc upgraded VF Corp (VFC) to Buy from Hold with an $80 price target. The firm cited momentum at its Timberland brand, VF's strong brand portfolio, and the potential for another large M&A transaction. The analyst said VF Corp. is well positioned to complete another large deal and could target lululemon (LULU). KeyBanc believes lululemon's quality issues, forecasting and store operational challenges play into VF Corp.'s strengths and that such an acquisition would be 10c accretive initially and 80c accretive over time.
September 18, 2014
16:24 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital
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10:40 EDTRHPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
September 17, 2014
11:02 EDTRH, LULUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:57 EDTRHRestoration Hardware implied volatility of 36 at lower end of index mean range
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September 16, 2014
13:42 EDTSNSSSunesis volatility elevated into data from trial
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10:37 EDTRH, LULUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:44 EDTCNXMorgan Stanley to hold a summit
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