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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTARO, GPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q3 EPS (44c)-(48c), consensus (33c)
The effective tax rate for Q3 is projected to be approximately 4.0%. This outlook does not include the impact of any store impairments or accelerated store closure costs which may be identified, consulting fees, and severance costs related to the company's previous CEO.
16:08 EDTAROAeropostale reports Q2 EPS ex-charges (46c), consensus (49c)
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16:06 EDTGPSGap announces plans to open first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015
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16:05 EDTGPSGap raises FY14 EPS view to $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.95
The company updated its guidance forFY14 diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.95-$3.00, to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 69c
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15:15 EDTARO, GPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:35 EDTMSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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10:07 EDTGESGuess falls after Chief Design Officer latest to leave
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09:07 EDTGESOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:45 EDTTIFTiffany new T Collection positive, says Sterne Agee
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07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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06:43 EDTGESGuess management turnover concerning, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it remains concerned with the continued pattern of management turnover at Guess after the company disclosed the departure of its Chief Design Officer. Piper believes it will take longer to turn around the Guess brand and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
06:40 EDTGESGuess discloses resignation of Chief Design Officer
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August 20, 2014
12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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14:22 EDTKRGabelli liquidates 8.99% stake in Vitacost.com
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:53 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
10:13 EDTGESOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Guess (GES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded at RW Baird... Lehigh Gas (LGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lexicon (LXRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Nobel Biocare (NBHGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded at RW Baird.
09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:22 EDTBLOXInfoblox FY15 outlook likely to miss consensus, says Citigroup
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06:12 EDTGESGuess downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Guess to Neutral saying the company's turnaround could take more time to play out.
August 18, 2014
18:21 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:04 EDTAROAeropostale up 7% after CEO change, Q2 guidance
16:36 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 adjusted EPS (45c)-(42c), consensus (58c)
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16:32 EDTAROAeropostale announces Julian Geiger to rejoin company as CEO
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11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:02 EDTKRKroger completes merger with Vitacost.com
Kroger (KR) and Vitacost.com (VITC) announced the successful completion of Kroger's tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Vitacost.com for $8.00 per share in cash. The tender offer expired at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on August 15, 2014. Kroger expects to complete the acquisition of the remaining eligible Vitacost.com shares not acquired in the tender offer later today through a merger under Section 251h of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Following completion of the merger, Vitacost.com shares will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Global Market, which is expected to take effect later today.
07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
August 17, 2014
18:10 EDTMInvestors should buy Nordstrom over Macy's, Barron's says
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15:42 EDTDISParamount's 'Ninja Turtles’ holds on to box office lead, Bloomberg says
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTMStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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11:20 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:30 EDTMJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
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07:38 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Target August weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, September is at 19, January is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
August 14, 2014
19:59 EDTDISWal-Mart sees rise in DVD orders following Disney, Amazon feud, Bloomberg says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) online division has capitalized on a feud between Disney (DIS) and Amazon (AMZN) by offering discounted pre-orders on Walt Disney DVDs, according to Bloomberg. Wal-Mart pre-orders of "Captain America" have increased by 90%, while orders of other Disney DVDs have increased by 40%, Bloomberg added, citing an e-mail from Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Toporek. Reference Link
17:20 EDTTIFTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:36 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney reporting positive Q2 comps
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10:05 EDTGESOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:07 EDTGESGuess initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:07 EDTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:46 EDTMMacy's shares trading lower as Q2 results fall short of expectations
Shares of Macy's (M), a retailer that sells a range of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and home furnishings, are lower after the company's second earnings missed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported Q2 earnings per share 80c on revenue of $6.23B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Comparable sales were up 3.4% for the quarter and comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties were up 4%. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren noted that even with an improved sales trend in Q2, the company could not make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. Looking ahead, Macy's reaffirmed its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of $4.40-$4.50 against estimates of $4.47, but cut its FY14 SSS view to 1.5%-2% from 2.5%-3%. Second half same store sales are expected to be up 2%-3%, and the company said expectations for the second half of the year are "on track." Lundgren said the company is approaching 2H with "confident optimism." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Macy's Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet said the retail expects third quarter SSS to be lower than fourth quarter, adding that it "feels good" about the back half of the year. Macy's said that it sees fall season EPS, or the combined EPS for Q3 and Q4, of $3.04-$3.14 and expects total sales for the second half of the year to be about 30 basis points lower than comp growth. Macy's sees gross margins flat to down slightly for the year and fall season. ANALYST OPINION: This morning, UBS analysts said the Q2 miss could signal Macy's have been unable to generate incremental margin support from brands into increasingly promotional sales trends. Morgan Stanley analysts, meanwhile, believes the Q2 miss and the pullback in shares will be temporary and it presents a buying opportunity. The firm expects more margin misses over the next few weeks due to the promotional environment and remains convinced that Macy's key strategies are still in the early stages of delivering results. PRICE ACTION: In late-morning trading, shares of Macy's dropped $2.89, or 4.84%, to $56.88. OTHERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney (JCP), which reports earnings tomorrow, is down 2.15%. Nordstrom (JWN), which also reports earnings tomorrow, is relatively flat.
11:14 EDTMMacy's CFO says early back-to-school sales very strong, particularly active
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10:47 EDTMMacy's sees fall season EPS $3.04-$3.14
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10:44 EDTMMacy's sees Q3 SSS lower than Q4
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10:10 EDTTIFTiffany September volatility up into Q2 and outlook
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09:15 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTMMacy's cuts FY SSS view to up 1.5%-2% vs. previous 2.5%-3% view
08:02 EDTMMacy's still sees FY14 EPS $4.40-$4.50, consensus $4.47
“We are approaching the second half of 2014 with confident optimism in our business strategies, merchandise assortments and marketing plans, tempered with the reality that many customers still are not feeling comfortable about spending more in an uncertain economic environment,” CEO Terry Lundgren said. “Thus, we remain focused on outperforming our competitors through innovation in omnichannel, which has added new dimensions in how consumers can shop us and how our company can satisfy customer demand. This includes a robust Buy Online Pickup in Store process, which has been rolled out to all full-line Macy’s stores nationwide so that it is fully available this fall and into the holiday shopping season. Moreover, our Millennial strategies have sharpened our merchandising and marketing to customers in the age range of 13 to 30. This has created new positive energy as our customers begin back-to-school shopping.”
08:02 EDTMMacy's says expectations for 2H14 'on track'
Expectations for the second half of 2014 remain on track, with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, even with an improved sales trend in the second quarter, the company was unable to make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. This calculates to expectations for a full-year 2014 comparable sales increase of 1.5%-2%. Full-year 2014 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties now are expected to increase by 2%-2.5%. Previous guidance was for full-year comparable sales to increase by 2.5%-3%. The company continues to expect full-year 2014 earnings per diluted share in the range of $4.40 to $4.50, consistent with guidance previously provided.
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 86c
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06:21 EDTTGTTarget says supply chain repair will relieve Canada worries, Reuters says
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05:58 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; SFUN M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; SouFun (SFUN) 65, Macy's (M) 26 according to iVolatility.
August 12, 2014
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:22 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
In the past three months the shares have moderately outperformed the broader averages. The trend has been neutral for the most part with range-bound trading at $56.50 at the low and $60 at the high. This range is the last portion of a broader range of similar magnitude stretching back to late February of this year. As a result, a break of this range whether to the upside or downside will be significant technically and would resolve the range bearishly or bullishly Ranges that take long periods of time to form tend to persist in the direction of the break for an extended period. On a move above $60 on better than expected news there is only one established resistance level, which is the life high and 52-week high at $61.26. Additional upside moves would likely be anchored to common options strike prices such as $62.50 and $65. A breakdown below the low of the range at $56.50 on worse than expected news or outlook would break the uptrend in place since March 2009. Support below $56.50 would be at $55.10 and then at $53.20.
13:43 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
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13:32 EDTMMacy's August 60 straddle priced for 4% move into Q2
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12:31 EDTAROAbercrombie upgraded at Stifel citing better assortment, trimmed costs
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) were upgraded by research firm Stifel this morning, though the retailer's shares are slightly lower in early afternoon trading. WHAT'S NEW: Stifel analyst Richard Jaffe upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Buy from Hold, citing the retailer's better merchandise assortment and reshaped cost structure. Jaffe feels that Abercrombie & Fitch had been running with overblown expenses and believes that having a slimmer cost structure will allow the company to influence sales better and boost future EPS. The analyst raised his Q4 EPS estimate to $1.94 from $1.87, his FY14 EPS estimate to $2.50 from $2.43 and his FY15 EPS estimate to $3.40 from $3.14. Over the next year, Jaffe said that he expects A&F shares will be valued for the company's effort to win back customers at its Hollister and Abercrombie stores. Still, he said that Q3 could continue to be a struggle for the retailer due to external obstacles that are still a headwind. The firm maintains a $50 price target on the retailer's shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at Wunderlich also initiated coverage of the stock this morning with a Buy rating and a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: During early afternoon trading, shares of Abercrombie & Fitch fell 9c, or 0.2%, to $41.47. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rivals to Abercrombie & Fitch include Aeropostale (ARO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO).
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10:00 EDTAROOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:42 EDTAROAeropostale initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich
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08:01 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $101 from $96 at Argus
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06:53 EDTMMacy's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Macy's August call option implied volatility is at 50, September is at 24, January is at 23; compare to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August on 13.
05:58 EDTDISAmazon's Disney dispute about more than pricing, WSJ reports
Amazon's (AMZN) dispute with Disney (DIS) is about more than pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal, and concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon's website. Additionally, the dispute encompasses questions over "who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors," a source says. Reference Link
05:53 EDTDISDisney cuts employees at DisneyToon Studios, Variety reports
Disney is cutting at least 16 employees at its DisneyToon Studios unit, which produced "Planes: Fire & Rescue," Variety reports, citing sources. Reference Link
05:24 EDTDISDisney, PANDORA Jewelry announce strategic alliance
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August 11, 2014
10:19 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:07 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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August 10, 2014
17:04 EDTDISParamount's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' tops weekend box office, WSJ says
Paramount Pictures' (VIA,VIAB) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" edged out Disney's (DIS) "Guardians of the Galaxy," opening to an estimated $65M in the U.S. and Canada, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
15:21 EDTDISAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
18:07 EDTGPSGap shares poised to rise, Barron's reports
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17:10 EDTTGTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
09:15 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:39 EDTMGoldman says to buy Macy's and sell Kohl's
Goldman continues to recommend Buy rated Macy's and expects it to beat on the top and bottom line and reiterate fiscal year guidance and views it as one of the cheapest names under coverage. The analyst reiterated its Sell rating on Kohl;s given premium valuation, execution risk, margin pressures and increased competitive threats.
06:04 EDTDISLisa and Ben Donovan leave Maker Studios, Re/code reports
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