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October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
12:42 EDTTGTTarget free shipping impact already in guidance, says Wells Fargo
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10:36 EDTGPSGap October calls active amid speculation it is reviewing strategic alternatives
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10:12 EDTGPSRumor: Gap up amid speculation it is reviewing strategic alternatives
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09:50 EDTTGTCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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05:50 EDTTGTTarget announces partnership with STORY
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05:49 EDTTGTTarget announces plans for holiday shopping season
Target announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on products, value and guest-friendly services; including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20. With conversion on Target’s digital channels up 40% this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80% of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve. Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31; a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10M users, and from Nov. 2-Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50% off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire. For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window.
October 21, 2014
06:22 EDTTGTStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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October 17, 2014
10:43 EDTAROUrban Outfitters slumps after warning on continued retail sales weakness
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10:00 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:32 EDTTIFTiffany initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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October 16, 2014
15:07 EDTTKRTimken, others interested in Emerson power transmission unit, Reuters says
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10:01 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:39 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTGPSGap announces $500M share repurchase authorization
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09:00 EDTGPSGap approves $500M share repurchase authorization
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded at Guggenheim
As previously reported, Guggenheim downgraded Disney to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on relative valuation, risk to domestic pay-TV subscriber growth, challenging FY15 film comparisons, and potential for sports-network tiering. Price target lowered to $87 from $96.
07:17 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
06:06 EDTGPSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FXE GPS
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05:36 EDTTIFTiffany upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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October 15, 2014
06:06 EDTGPSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 14, 2014
14:17 EDTMMacy's to open 2 hours earlier for Thanksgiving this year, CNN reports
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12:01 EDTGPSGap adds 63K jobs this holiday season
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07:23 EDTDISCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
06:01 EDTGPSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 13, 2014
10:06 EDTMJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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07:15 EDTTGTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTMJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
06:12 EDTGPSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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October 12, 2014
15:10 EDTDISDisney's Maker Studios to create programming for parent company, Bloomberg says
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October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTDISNielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
08:05 EDTTIFTiffany underlying sales, earnings power intact, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that Tiffany 's stock has been weighed down by a strengthening U.S. dollar and social unrest in Hong Kong, The firm says that near-term Street estimates are probably a bit too optimistic. However, Oppenheimer added that the company's underlying earnings power is intact, and it expects investor sentiment towards the name to improve. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:00 EDTGPSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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October 9, 2014
18:11 EDTDISDisney CEO Iger says Shanghai Park to avoid Paris' troubles, Bloomberg reports
Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company's theme park in Shanghai, which is slated to open in 2015, will not experience the same problems that its Paris facility did, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:25 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:30 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:50 EDTGPSGap falls after announcing CEO Murphy will step down, weak September sales
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10:41 EDTGPSHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTARO, TGT, M, TIFBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget CEO hands-on with Canadian turnaround, Globe and Mail says
Brian Cornell, the new CEO of Target, told The Globe and Mail in an interview that he is taking a hands-on approach to repairing the company’s Canadian business and that he will travel north on a “regular” basis to oversee the turnaround. Reference Link
07:41 EDTGPSGap long-term buy thesis remains intact, says UBS
UBS said the long-term buy thesis for Gap remains intact following its disappointing Q3 results and CEO change. The firm expects the CEO transition to be smooth with no meaningful changes in strategy. UBS lowered its second half estimates for Gap and lowered its price target on the stock to $48 from $50, but maintains its Buy rating on the shares.
07:33 EDTGPSGap volatility elevated into the retirement of CEO Glenn Murphy
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07:16 EDTGPSGap CEO change positive, says Stifel
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06:11 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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05:48 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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05:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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October 8, 2014
18:31 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ruby Tuesday (RT), up 19.6%... Exar (EXAR), up 13.7% after reporting second quarter revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Nuance (NUAN), up 2.5% following rumors that Carl Icahn will recommend that Apple (AAPL) buy the company... GrubHub (GRUB), up just under 1% after being initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kofax (KFX), down 20.1% after reporting first quarter revenue and fiscal 2015 revenue guidance below analyst estimates... ARC Group (ARCW), down 17%... E2open (EOPN), down 8.9%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 7.6% following September same store sales data and CEO transition... AMD (AMD), down 7% after announcing CEO transition.
16:50 EDTGPSGap CEO Glenn Murphy says board planned CEO succession
Gap's outgoing chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy stated that the CEO transition to Art Peck was planned in advance and was a part of the company's growth plan. Murphy stated that the board asked him to stay but he is not able to make a personal commitment to be at the company to execute long-term plans. Murphy says he will work closely with Peck during the transition period. Comments made during CEO transition conference call.
16:08 EDTGPSGap trades sharply lower in the extended session
The stock is down over 8% to $38.49 in the after hours market. At that price next support is at $37.25. Resistance is at $39.48.
16:05 EDTGPSGap reports September net sales up 1% vs. last year
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16:03 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
Gap Inc. announced that Art Peck, the president of its Growth, Innovation and Digital division, has been selected by the board to succeed Glenn Murphy as the company’s next CEO, effective February 1, 2015. Murphy made the personal decision to retire from the company at the end of the fiscal year, allowing for a smooth leadership transition. Peck joined the company in 2005. As part of the transition, Bob Fisher will become non-executive Chairman of the board, and Peck will join the board, effective February 1, 2015.
16:01 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
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13:43 EDTMDepartment stores fall after J.C. Penney cuts view due to difficult environment
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11:13 EDTMMacy's October volatility increases as shares pull back
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09:23 EDTMCitigroup to hold a tour
Athletic Footwear Mall Tour travels to Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, New York on October 8.
09:20 EDTDISJ.C. Penney says will expand Disney stops in stores to 680 from 500
09:20 EDTDISJ.C. Penney CEOsays will open more Sephora shops in store
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07:13 EDTDISHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
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