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News For RIMM;BLOX;KR;GES;DIS;ARO;TIF;LQDT;GPS;TGT;M;TKR From The Last 14 Days
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August 21, 2015
08:54 EDTDISDisney price target lowered to $89 from $98 at Cowen
Cowen lowered its price target on Disney to $89 from $98 following Q3 results. The firm said the company's share price leaves little room for error and the lower growth rate in cable will likely put pressure on the Studio segment. Cowen maintained its Market Perform rating on Disney shares given its historical and projected growth rates have not been superior to peers.
08:53 EDTDISAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
07:34 EDTDISNFL return, Star Wars can help Disney shares recover, says FBR Capital
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05:44 EDTDISStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MRK
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August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTTGTRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
18:13 EDTGPSGap says FY16 currency headwinds may be the same as FY15
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17:03 EDTGPSGap sees Q3-end inventory dollars per store down slightly year-over-year
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17:02 EDTGPSGap sees FY15 net new company-operated stores about flat
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16:48 EDTDISOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:05 EDTGPSGap backs FY15 EPS view of $2.75-$2.80, consensus $2.73
Gap reaffirmed its full-year EPS guidance to be in the range of $2.75-$2.80 for FY15, excluding the negative impact associated with the strategic actions. The company updated its estimate of the charges associated with the strategic actions to approximately $130M-$140M, from the previously announced range of $140M-$160M. This guidance is provided to enhance visibility into the company's expectations regarding its ongoing business, excluding the strategic actions. Gap continues to expect operating margin, excluding the impact associated with the strategic actions, to be down about 1 percentage point in FY15 compared with FY14.
16:03 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 SSS down 2%
Comparable sales by global brand for Q2 were as follows: Gap Global: negative 6% versus negative 5% last year; Banana Republic Global: negative 4% versus flat last year; Old Navy Global: positive 3% versus positive 4% last year.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS ex-items 64c, consensus 64c
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16:00 EDTDISOptions Update; August 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.49 to 17.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX DIS INTC BABA MU
14:42 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:37 EDTGPSGap technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:26 EDTDISOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:49 EDTDISOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SRPT ACHN VIAV ZG RAD DIS ORCL SPY XLF OEX
10:00 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTDISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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