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February 9, 2016
14:36 EDTDISNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:34 EDTDISDisney technical notes ahead of results
The shares are in an active downtrend with a bearish double top pattern in play. The downside for the pattern is to the $80 area, if it completes. If the news is a bearish disappointment, the pattern is likely to continue to unfold. Initial support is at the 52-week low at $89.04. If the news is a positive surprise, the first level of significance is resistance at the $100 area. Resistance levels on the way are at $93.46 and $96.43.
12:36 EDTTGTWarner Bros. Consumer Products, Mattel announce partnership with Target
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12:18 EDTDISOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks have moved in a fairly wide range, with the Dow beginning the session with triple digit losses, moving briefly into positive territory, and now hovering near the flat line. Oil prices continue to dictate the equity market's direction, as each move of oil prices toward the plus side is followed by a subsequently positive move for stocks. With oil back below $30 per barrel, the major averages have found it hard to maintain any upward momentum. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale sales dipped 0.3% in December, while inventories fell 0.1%. The Labor Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed job openings rose 261,000 in December to about 5.61M. In Asia, most major markets remain closed for Chinese New Year, but one of the exceptions, Japan, saw its main indexes plunge, as the Nikkei dropped 5.4% and the Topix fell 5.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of 21st Century Fox (FOXA) declined 3% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter revenue, while peer Viacom (VIAB) tumbled 15% following its own revenue miss. The results of the two media conglomerates weighed on the largest name in the space, Disney (DIS), which fell 1% near noon ahead of its own earnings report, which is due after the closing bell today. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Salesforce (CRM), which rose 5% after it was upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies. Also higher was Boston Scientific (BSX), which gained 4% after it announced that Medicare will cover its Watchman LAAC device. In addition, Belden (BDC) and Goodyear Tire (GT) were up 20% and 5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was ITC Holdings (ITC), which fell 2% after it agreed to be acquired by Fortis in a cash and stock deal valued at $11.3B. Also lower were Plains All American (PAA), Bristow Group (BRS) and HCP (HCP), which were down 14%, 24%, and 15%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 75.85, or 0.47%, to 15,951.20, the Nasdaq was down 16.69, or 0.39%, to 4,267.06, and the S&P 500 was down 8.08, or 0.44%, to 1,845.36.
12:03 EDTDISStocks with call strike movement; DIS MSFT
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11:09 EDTDISEarnings Watch: 'Star Wars,' ESPN in focus as Disney reports Q1 earnings
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 9 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. The Walt Disney Company is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $14.75B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.27-$1.55 on revenue of $13.51B-$15.95B. LAST QUARTER: Disney reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.20, beating estimates for $1.14, on revenue of $13.51B, just missing estimates for $13.55B. Media Networks revenue for Q4 was $5.83B vs. $5.22 in the year-ago period, Parks and Resorts revenue was $4.36B vs. $3.96B a year earlier. The company also said Studio Entertainment for Q4 was $1.78B, Consumer Products revenue was $1.2B and Interactive revenue was $347M. Operating income at Cable Networks increased$381M to $1.7B in Q4. Speaking on CNBC, Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said the company is "really bullish" on ESPN and said the channel's future "remains very bright." Iger also commented that the company was seeing "a different media environment in general," with more competition for the consumer. Iger later said on the company's earnings conference call that "We like the environment because we think long-term it gives us more opportunities." NEWS: During the quarter, The Wall Street Journal reported that Hulu, a joint venture with Disney, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) and Fox (FOX, FOXA), was in talks to sell a stake in the company to Time Warner (TWX) that would value the service at more than $5B. In a November regulatory filing, Disney disclosed that domestic subscribers for ESPN as of October 3, 2015 were 92M, a decline of 3M subscribers from the previous year, as estimated by Nielsen Media Research. In December, The Financial Times said that Disney doubled its stake in youth focused media group Vice Media to $400M. In December, Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" shattered U.S. box office records, debuting at $238M domestically for the weekend of December 20, beating analyst estimates of $200M-$230M. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has since crossed the $900M mark at the domestic box office, making it the only picture in history to reach this milestone. Additionally, "Star Wars" reached the $2B mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release. Disney's success from the newest "Star Wars" film has been somewhat overshadowed by the increase in cord-cutting and its troubling impact on ESPN, Steven Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape said ahead of the company's Q1 earnings. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Disney's Q4 earnings report, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said he felt the stock's valuation largely reflected the current outlook. Jefferies analyst John Janedis lowered his price target for Disney to $92 from $112 on February 1, saying domestic growth at the parks is likely to moderate. He believes investors will focus on ESPN, Shanghai and Disney's domestic parks. In January, Atlantic Equities analyst Hamilton Faber downgraded Disney to Neutral from Overweight and cut his price target to $104 from $148. Faber looked at how cord cutting will affect ESPN and is concerned about high levels of fixed costs in its sports rights while ESPN faces revenue headwinds. Also in January, JPMorgan analyst Alexia Quadrani lowered her price target for Disney shares to $120 from $124 but calls the stock "extremely attractive" at current levels. She said that concern over ESPN subscriber losses is being exaggerated. PRICE ACTION: Year-to-date, Disney shares are down over 13%. Ahead of Tuesday afternoon's earnings report, shares are lower by over 1% to $90.96.
09:34 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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08:34 EDTTGTCVS Health expects Target Pharmacy integration to be completed by end of summer
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08:20 EDTBLOXInvestors likely to applaud Infoblox deal, says Sterne Agee CRT
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06:35 EDTDISDisney's ESPN woes may overshadow 'Star Wars' success, WSJ says
Disney's success from the newest "Star Wars" film has been somewhat overshadowed by the increase in cord-cutting and its troubling impact on ESPN, Steven Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. When the media conglomerate reports Q1 results Tuesday, the stock's next move will probably be determined by what the company says about ESPN, the Journal says. ESPN accounts for 52% of Disney's operating income in FY15, even though its contribution has been declining for the past four years, the report says. Reference Link
February 8, 2016
19:07 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Silver Spring (SSNI), up 22.2% after giving fourth quarter and fiscal 2016 guidance... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after reporting January Same-Store Sales and giving guidance for Q4 as well as FY15. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Qualys (QLYS), down 6.7%... Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA, FOX), down 4.4% and 2.3%, respectively... Compass Minerals (CMP), down 3.5%... Bristow Group (BRS), down 2.5%.
17:00 EDTGPSGap narrows FY15 EPS view to $2.41-$2.42 from prior $2.38-$2.42, consensus $2.36
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16:43 EDTBLOXInfoblox to hold a conference call
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16:22 EDTGPSGap reports Q4 SSS down 7%
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16:21 EDTGPSGap reports Q4 revenue $4.39B, consensus $4.46B
16:20 EDTGPSGap sees Q4 EPS 56c-57c, consensus 53c
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16:19 EDTGPSGap narrows FY15 EPS view to $2.41-$2.42, consensus $2.36
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16:17 EDTGPSGap reports January SSS down 8%
Gap Inc.'s comparable sales for January 2016 were down 8 percent versus negative 3 percent last year. Comparable sales by global brand for January 2016 were as follows: Gap Global: negative 6 percent versus negative 9 percent last year; Banana Republic Global: negative 17 percent versus positive 2 percent last year Old Navy Global: negative 6 percent versus positive 3 percent last year.
16:14 EDTBLOXInfoblox acquires cyberthreat intelligence firm IID for $45M
Infoblox announced the acquisition of privately held IID, a global cyberthreat intelligence company. Infoblox paid $45M in cash, subject to customary adjustments, to the former IID stockholders as consideration for the transaction. "By bringing together the deep and very rich threat intelligence from IID with the context and the central control point that Infoblox has in the network through our DDI services, we can deliver a unique value proposition to our customers and the partners that resell our products," the company remarked. IID co-founders Lars Harvey and Rod Rasmussen will become members of the Infoblox management team. Infoblox also expects that most IID employees will join Infoblox, including the threat intelligence and engineering teams.
16:12 EDTBLOXInfoblox sees Q2 adjusted EPS 16c-17c, consensus 13c
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