News For RIMM;BLOX;KR;GES;DIS;ARO;TIF;LQDT;GPS;TGT;M;TKR From The Last 14 Days
|October 5, 2015|
|09:54 EDT||M||Macy's downgraded to Neutral on challenging sales trends at Cleveland Research|
As previously reported, Cleveland Research downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. Analyst Matthew Delly said Macy's underlying sales trends look difficult through mid-quarter, with weak customer traffic levels during both back-to-school and September, lower tourism levels, and mounting issues with merchandising mix.
|09:22 EDT||M||Macy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cleveland Research|
|October 4, 2015|
|18:42 EDT||DIS||Disney considering demand-based pricing for theme parks, WSJ says|
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|October 2, 2015|
|16:46 EDT||GPS||Stocks end week higher after Friday reversal following disappointing jobs data|
U.S. markets fell sharply following a weaker than expected nonfarm payrolls report on Friday morning, but rallied back to finish the day, and the week, slightly higher. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., 142,000 nonfarm jobs were added last month, missing expectations for 201,000 job additions. Average hourly earnings were flat month-over-month, compared to expectations for them to rise 0.2% in September. The unemployment rate held at 5.1%, as expected. Factory orders fell 1.7% in August, versus expectations for them to drop 1.2%. Personal income grew 0.3% in August, versus expectations for it to rise 0.4%. Personal spending rose 0.4% last month, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in September, as a confidence reading strengthened to 103.0. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index inched up to 53.1 in the final September reading, compared to the preliminary September figure of 53.0. ISM's manufacturing index fell to 50.2 in September, versus expectations for a reading of 50.6... Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7, but monthly manufacturing data was still released. The government's official manufacturing PMI ticked up to 49.8, beating expectations for a 49.6 reading, while the final Caixin/Markit PMI fell to 47.2 in September, though that was slightly improved from an earlier flash estimate of 47. In Japan, the central bank's quarterly tankan survey of large manufacturers for the September quarter came in at positive 12, compared with expectations for a positive 13 reading. Elsewhere in Asia, the Reserve Bank of India made a larger than expected cut to its interest rates, lowering its benchmark policy rate to 6.75% from 7.25%... In Europe, Markit's final Eurozone manufacturing PMI for September came in at 52.0, down from August's final 52.3 reading but still in expansion territory. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) reported that it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. However, shares of the tech giant slid following the announcement... Biotech stocks continued recent declines, with Valeant (VRX) dropping after a group of Democratic congressmen urged additional scrutiny of the company's "price hike" business model... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey was set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday, but no announcement had been made by the company by the end of the week. Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell after Stefan Larsson stepped down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, while the latter company's shares were upgraded and traded higher in the wake of the executive shake-up... On the M&A front, Reynolds American (RAI) announced that the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks will be sold to the Japan Tobacco Group in an all-cash transaction with a value of about $5B. Nexstar (NXST) proposed to acquire Media General (MEG) for a combination of cash and shares that was valued at $14.50 per Media General share before the proposal was made public on September 28. Media General, which previously announced an agreement to buy Meredith Corporation (MDP), said it would "carefully review and consider the proposal" with the help of its advisors. Shares of Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR) both advanced after the companies announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement... General Motors (GM) reported its U.S. sales grew 12% in September compared to the same month of last year. Additionally, the auto giant hosted a global business update event, where it announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects and confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. Meanwhile, Ford (F) said its U.S. sales rose 23% in September and Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) U.S. sales increased 14% last month... FXCM (FXCM) disclosed that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack involving "a small number of unauthorized wire transfers from customer accounts" and Experian (EXPGY) announced that one of its units experienced an attack by hackers that exposed data from its client T-Mobile (TMUS)... Wynn Resorts (WYNN), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM) and Melco Crown (MPEL) all advanced at the end of the week following reports that the Chinese government may provide economic support to the gaming center Macau, where the companies operate casinos. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 0.96% to close at 16,472.37, the S&P 500 rose about 1.02% to close at 1,951.36, and the Nasdaq advanced about 0.43% to close at 4,707.77.
|11:32 EDT||TGT||Analyst sees Amazon becoming #2 player in $425B consumables market|
Amazon (AMZN) will advance to the number two position in the $425B U.S. consumables market, excluding food and beverages, by 2018, research firm Cowen predicted in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon's "multi platform approach around Prime" is enabling it to gain share in the U.S. market for goods including personal care, household, pet and baby products, Cowen analyst John Blackledge stated. Specifically, the e-commerce giant is effectively using its Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh offerings to sell consumables and it has significantly increased the number of fulfillment centers it operates, lowering its delivery times, according to Blackledge. The company's delivery times are now "well ahead of (the) competition," the analyst reported. The e-commerce giant's strategy in the consumables market appears to be working, as Cowen's proprietary data indicates that the company is gaining share in the category, Blackledge wrote. Additionally, Amazon is beginning to attract more customers from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), he believes. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Amazon slipped 0.4% to $518.70.
|10:03 EDT||TGT||Target to begin selling Apple Watch at stores this week|
Target (TGT) announced that the Apple (AAPL) Watch is coming to Target stores this week and all stores by October 25. At Target.com, Apple Watch will be available beginning Oct. 18. Reference Link
|08:21 EDT||TGT||Amazon to be number two player in U.S. consumables by 2018, says Cowen|
John Blackledge and the research team at Cowen project that Amazon.com (AMZN) will grow to be the number two player in the $425B market for U.S. consumables - which they define as personal care, household, pet and baby products - by 2018. The firm expects Amazon to use its multi-platform approach, centered around Prime, to help the e-commerce giant gain share in consumables at the expense of Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS). Cowen has Outperform ratings on Amazon and Target and a Market Perform rating on shares of Wal-Mart.
|October 1, 2015|
|10:37 EDT||DIS||BofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q4 2015|
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|05:21 EDT||GPS||Stocks with implied volatility movement; GPS COP|
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Gap (GPS) 34, ConocoPhillips (COP) 37 according to iVolatility.
|September 30, 2015|
|16:34 EDT||GPS||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher in the last day of the third quarter, but not by nearly enough to turn any of the major averages positive on a quarterly basis. The Dow ended the quarter with a loss of about 7.6%, the Nasdaq slid 7.4% and the S&P has lost 7% in the last three months. Investors hope the fourth quarter will be more profitable and the non-farm payrolls report for September and the kickoff of earnings season, which are both on the near-term horizon, will certainly have a say in whether that is the case. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. In China, important data, including manufacturing PMIs and Caixin readings, will be released overnight, but Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 5.69% to $28.50 in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares advanced 13.56% to $118.16... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey is set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday. Re/code noted that Dorsey will remain as CEO of Square, the payments company he also founded, and that the company is likely to reconfigure its board of directors, beginning with the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which advanced a respective 24.61% and 11.29% after announcing a stock-for-stock merger agreement. Also higher was Western Digital (WDC), which gained $10.57, or 15.35%, to $79.44 after a subsidiary of China's Tsinghua Holdings agreed to take a 15% stake in the company. Additionally, Synaptics (SYNA) rose 27.31% to $82.46 after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected a $110 per share bid from a state-backed Chinese investment group. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), which crashed $8.01, or 34.01%, to $15.54 after its quarterly results and future guidance both fell short of analyst expectations. Also lower was Mellanox (MLNX), which fell $2.00, or 5.03%, to $37.79 after agreeing to acquire EZchip (EZCH) but failing to reiterate its guidance on a subsequent conference call. Separately, Universal Truckload (UACL) plunged 18.91% to $15.57 after guiding its Q3 results significantly below consensus estimates, after which the stock saw downgrades at research firms BB&T and Citi. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 235.57, or 1.47%, to 16,284.70, the Nasdaq added 102.84, or 2.28%, to 4,620.17, and the S&P 500 rose 35.94, or 1.91%, to 1,920.03.
|12:10 EDT||GPS||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the unquestionably hard quarter looks like it will end on an up note. Relief, as well as end of the quarter window dressing, may be the main drivers of this morning's rebound as investors are certainly ready to turn the page on the third quarter with the monthly non-farm payrolls report and the start of earnings season on the horizon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of two clothing companies moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Last night, Gap (GPS) announced that Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy effective October 2. Larsson is leaving Gap to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren (RL), replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 7% in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares were upgraded to Buy at UBS and the stock advanced 12% near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which gained 20% and 9%, respectively, after the companies agreed to a stock-for-stock merger. Also higher were shares of Western Digital (WDC), which rallied 14.5% after Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, struck a deal to buy a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), whose shares plunged 35% after the IT security and storage solutions company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Also lower were shares of Mellanox (MLNX), which were down 9% after the company agreed to acquire EZchip (EZCH) in a transaction implying a value of approximately $811M, or roughly $620M net of cash. Potentially overshadowing the deal was the fact that the company failed to reiterate its guidance despite being asked repeatedly by analysts on today's acquisition conference call, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury told investors in a research note. EZchip, which will be bought for a cash purchase price of $25.50 per share, rose 14% following the deal announcement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 128.64, or 0.8%, to 16,177.77, the Nasdaq was up 56.46, or 1.25%, to 4,573.78, and the S&P 500 was up 18.68, or 0.99%, to 1,902.77.
|12:00 EDT||TGT||Target management to meet with Jefferies|
Meeting to be held in New York on October 5 hosted by Jefferies.
|11:13 EDT||TGT||Target announces expansion of price matching policy|
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|10:19 EDT||GPS||Gap volatility elevated on Ralph Lauren appointing Old Navy president as CEO|
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|10:03 EDT||GPS||Gap drops, levels to watch|
Price was last at $27.79, just off the session low at $27.72 which is a new 52-week low. At current price next major support would be at $26.50. Resistance is at $28.65.
|10:01 EDT||GPS||On The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abengoa Yield (ABY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... American Airlines (AAL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Baidu (BIDU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Banco Santander (SAN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Barracuda (CUDA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... FleetCor (FLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Grupo Televisa (TV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Lantheus (LNTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Rentrak (RENT) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... SQM (SQM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Sequenom (SQNM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Team (TISI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Universal Truckload (UACL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T.
|09:33 EDT||GPS||Gap hit with sells after losing Old Navy head to Ralph Lauren|
Shares of two clothing companies are moving in opposite directions after an executive for one left to takeover for an icon at the other. NEWS: Last night, Gap (GPS) announced that Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy effective October 2. Larsson is leaving Gap to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren (RL), replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. The company said founder Ralph Lauren will continue to "actively drive the company's vision and strategy" as executive chairman and Chief Creative Officer. SELL GAP: Following the executive change, at least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings. Among them is UBS analyst Michael Binetti, who said the Old Navy presidents unexpected departure reduces his conviction that Old Navy can maintain its momentum. Further, visibility into the turnarounds of the Gap and Banana Republic brands is now "significantly reduced" since Larsson's leadership and processes were at the centerpiece of those efforts, said Binetti, who cut his price target for Gap shares to $25 from $40. Of a similar mindset is Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga, who downgraded Gap to Underweight, citing the departure of Larsson and as well as the risk to earnings from higher promotional levels relative to last year. Tamminga lowered her price target for Gap shares to $28 from $34. Mizuho analyst Betty Chen also downgraded Gap to Underperform this morning and lowered her price target on shares to $26. Chen believes the departure of Larsson is a "bad omen" for Old Navy performance going forward and a major brain trust loss for the company as both Gap and Banana Republic struggle to refine design and supply chain processes. BUY RALPH LAUREN: In addition to cutting his rating on Gap, UBS' Binetti upgraded Ralph Lauren to Buy this morning, saying new CEO Larsson brings a track record for optimizing operations quickly. Binetti also believes the stock is "inexpensive" following the 44% year-to-date pullback. Binetti cut his price target for Ralph Lauren shares, however, to $128 from $133. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Gap shares fell more than 7.5% to $27.92, while Ralph Lauren rose 10% to just above $114.45 per share.
|09:28 EDT||GPS||Ralph Lauren volatility flat into appointing Gap's global president as CEO|
Ralph Lauren (RL) October call option implied volatility is at 33, November is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 43, suggesting non-directional price movement into appointing Gap's (GPS) global president of Old Navy as CEO.
|09:13 EDT||GPS||On The Fly: Pre-market Movers |
HIGHER: Mediwound (MDWD), up 25.5% after being awarded a BARDA contract valued up to $112M... Novavax (NVAX), up 8.4% after RSV F vaccine meets safety endpoints in its Phase 1 clinical trial... Western Digital (WDC), up 11.7% after receiving a $3.78B equity investment by Unisplendour Corporation... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 9.9% after being upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan and after JPMorgan said they still see longer-term upside in the shares... Pericom Semiconductor (PSEM), up 6.5% after Montage Technology proposes to acquire the company for $18.50 per share... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 5.2% after CNBC reported that the company could launch Ferrari's IPO as soon as Friday. NOTABLE: Ralph Lauren (RL), up 6.4% after appointing Gap's (GPS) global president of Old Navy, Stefan Larsson as CEO... Gap is down 7.4%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Barracuda Networks (CUDA), down 28.5%... Costco (COST), down a half a percent.
|09:03 EDT||M||MetLife leads insurers giving $1B, 12-year loan to refinance luxury mall|
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