New User:

-or-
Username:
Password:
Forgot your password?

Stock Market & Financial Investment News

News For RIMM;BLOX;KR;GES;DIS;ARO;TIF;LQDT;GPS;TGT;M;TKR From The Last 14 Days
Sign up for a free trial to see the rest of the stories you've been missing.
<< 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | all recent news | >>
March 4, 2015
15:13 EDTKRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Costco (COST), consensus $1.18... Kroger (KR), consensus 90c... Joy Global (JOY), consensus 36c... Ares Management (ARES), consensus 36c... Canadian Solar (CSIQ), consensus $1.34.
12:58 EDTTGTWells Fargo sees Target results potentially beating expectations
After Target (TGT) yesterday afternoon announced that it would reduce its expenses by $2B over the next two years, Wells Fargo wrote that the company's results could beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. WHAT'S NEW: Calling Target's operating plan conservative, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer wrote in a note to investors today that "the stage is set" for the retailer's results to surpass expectations in 2015 and beyond. Several positive catalysts could enable Target's results to beat expectations, Nemer believes. Among these are "outsized digital growth" fueled by new initiatives, new product launches, and other projects on which the company may be working. Nemer continued to identify the stock as his favorite name in the large cap retail sector and kept an Outperform rating on Target shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat on Target following its analyst day was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. Target has shown that it is willing to "evaluate historical operating disciplines," Naughton stated in a note to investors earlier today. Meanwhile, the retailer's new earnings algorithm, consisting of 1% in-store comparative sales increases and 40% growth in digital sales growth annually and yielding overall annual EPS growth of 10%, is realistic, Naughton believes. The stock's risk/reward ratio remains attractive, added Naughton, who kept an $86 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Target was little changed near $78 per share.
08:44 EDTAROAeropostale March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Subscribe for More Information
08:02 EDTTGTTarget results can beat expectations going forward, says Wells Fargo
After Target announced a cost cutting plan at its analyst meeting, Wells Fargo thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:57 EDTTIFTiffany says receives favorable decision from Dutch court
Subscribe for More Information
06:57 EDTTGTTarget shares offer attractive risk/reward, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. It believes the stock offers an attractive risk/reward and raised its price target for shares to $86 from $86 following the retail giant's analyst meeting. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
March 3, 2015
16:23 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as the major averages receded from record levels. The Dow and S&P 500 closed yesterday at all-time highs, though the market was unable to build upon those records. Auto sales for February included disappointments for several companies, but that was quickly blamed on the poor weather during the month. With the economic calendar light, investors began looking forward to end of the week, when the highly anticipated monthly nonfarm payrolls are released. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Automakers reported on their sales in the U.S. during February, with several falling short of expectations. Ford (F) reported sales fell about 2% last month compared to the prior year, and its stock fell 40c, or 2.41%, to $16.17 afterward. Shares of Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), which reported a 6% increase in U.S. sales last month, declined 52c, or 3.28%, to $15.31. General Motors (GM) reported its February U.S. sales rose a bit over 4%, but that was below the nearly 6% increase that had been forecast by analysts, and shares gained 19c, or 0.51%, to $37.80... Target (TGT) shares gained 32c, or 0.41%, to $78.00 as the company held its investor day meeting. During the meeting, the retailer guided for its fiscal 2015 EPS to be $4.45-$4.65, versus consensus $4.50, and projected that its sales will grow 2%-3% during the fiscal year. Target also said it is targeting $2B in share repurchases this year and said it expects 5%-10% annual dividend growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Orexigen (OREX), which surged $1.85, or 31.95%, to $7.64 after the company disclosed that its weight loss drug, Contrave, demonstrated a statistically significant benefit over placebo for cardiovascular events when announcing a method of treatment patent was issued by the USPTO. Also higher was Springleaf Holdings (LEAF), which gained $12.19, or 32.05%, to $50.23 after agreeing to acquire OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for $4.25B. Among the noteworthy losers was Primoris Services (PRIM), which fell $3.87, or 18.35%, to $17.22 after reporting fourth quarter results that fell short of consensus expectations and were below last year’s fourth quarter. Also lower were shares of Micron (MU), which fell $1.58, or 5.06%, to $29.66 after Nomura downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 85.26, or 0.47%, to 18,203.37, the Nasdaq lost 28.20, or 0.56%, to 4,979.90, and the S&P 500 declined 9.61, or 0.45%, to 2,107.78.
15:57 EDTGPSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Subscribe for More Information
15:50 EDTTGTTarget to cut several thousand jobs as part of $2B cost saving plan
Subscribe for More Information
15:21 EDTTGTTarget falls, rebounds, levels to watch
Subscribe for More Information
15:16 EDTTGTTarget sees 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond
15:15 EDTTGTTarget sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, consensus $4.50
15:14 EDTTGTTarget sees FY15 sales growth 2%-3%
Subscribe for More Information
15:11 EDTTGTTarget sees $2B in share repurchases this year
Subscribe for More Information
15:10 EDTTGTTarget shares down 2.9% as investor day meeting continues
Subscribe for More Information
15:10 EDTTGTTarget sees 5%-10% annual dividend growth
15:09 EDTTGTTarget sees expected capex between $2B-$2.5B over next five years
Subscribe for More Information
15:08 EDTTGTTarget sees FY15 capex of $2.1B, $1B of that in technology and supply chain
15:06 EDTTGTTarget sees 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over next five years
Subscribe for More Information
15:05 EDTTGTTarget sees SG&A expense rate of 19.5%-20% over next five years
15:00 EDTTGTTarget sees gross margin rate of 29.5% as achievable, appropriate
Subscribe for More Information
14:54 EDTTGTTarget to continue to support dividend, repurchase 'billions'
Subscribe for More Information
14:53 EDTTGTTarget sees $2B savings on expenses, cost of goods over next two years
14:43 EDTTGTTarget says while Food is not 'key' category, it plays a key role in Wellness
Subscribe for More Information
14:43 EDTTGTTarget says focusing on Style, Baby, Kids, Wellness categories
Comment made at Target's 2015 Financial Community Meeting.
10:01 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Subscribe for More Information
10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Subscribe for More Information
08:30 EDTTIF, TIFTiffany downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Tiffany to Outperform from Buy due to reduced Mainland Chinese tourism to Hong Kong, where 7% of sales are at risk. Price target is $101.
08:28 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Outperform with $48 target at FBR Capital
Subscribe for More Information
07:49 EDTTGTTarget to revamp grocery unit, WSJ says
Subscribe for More Information
07:28 EDTTKREvercore ISI to hold a conference
Subscribe for More Information
07:14 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
Subscribe for More Information
07:09 EDTTGT, MBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
Subscribe for More Information
March 2, 2015
12:00 EDTDISFCC probing Comcast, Time Warner Cable, The Verge says
The FCC is investigating whether Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner Cable (TWC) limited or restricted companies' ability to access streaming video services, according to The Verge, which cited an FCC document. Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and Viacom (VIA) were among the companies approached by the FCC about the matter, The Verge stated. Reference Link
11:16 EDTTGTTarget to hold a meeting
Subscribe for More Information
10:00 EDTTKROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Subscribe for More Information
09:54 EDTTGTTarget March weekly volatility elevated into financial community meeting
Subscribe for More Information
09:07 EDTKRKroger March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Subscribe for More Information
07:40 EDTTKRTimken upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Subscribe for More Information
February 27, 2015
16:22 EDTGPSStocks have another winning week after Greek deal, Yellen reassurance
Stocks ended higher this week after the euro zone sealed its deal to extend Greece's bailout and Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated that the central bank would take a patient approach to raising interest rates. MACRO NEWS: Last Friday afternoon, Greece reached a framework deal with its euro zone partners to extend its bailout by four months, contingent on a reform proposal being accepted. The proposals were accepted by the EU early this week... In testimony before Congress, Janet Yellen reiterated that the Federal Reserve can remain patient in deciding when to hike interest rates... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the Q4 GDP growth revision, durable goods orders for January, and an index of consumer sentiment beat expectations, but weekly jobless claims and existing home sales for January missed expectations... Somewhat positive economic data came out of China, as the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.1, representing a four month high. However, China's export orders declined at the fastest rate in 20 months. COMPANY NEWS: Drug maker Valeant (VRX) agreed to buy Salix (SLXP), which develops gastrointestinal products, for $158 per share. In another development on the M&A front, Bloomberg reported that HP (HPQ) is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), which provides Wi-Fi products. Additionally, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) rose after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN)... Solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) was one of this week's big winners after its quarterly results topped expectations, and the company announced that it's in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar also rallied after the news... Among the noteworthy losers this week was Lumber Liquidators (LL), after the company reported Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations. The flooring retailer also warned on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light and disclosed in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act... Companies that rose after reporting their quarterly results included Home Depot (HD) and Gap (GPS), while HP, TASER (TASR), and J.C. Penney (JCP) dropped after reporting their results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.04% to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq was up 0.15% to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 was down 0.27% to 2,104.50.
16:14 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower for the day, but still rose for the week and the month of February. The market moved in a narrow range for most of today's session despite a host of economic reports that were released earlier in the day. In spite of today's modest declines, the market put the finishing touches on one of its best months ever, with the Dow and S&P posting their best monthly rises since October 2011 and the Nasdaq notching its best month since 1998. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department estimated GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the last quarter of 2014, which is weaker than the 2.6% rate first estimated last month, but above the consensus forecast for the GDP growth rate to be cut to 2%. The Chicago PMI fell 13.6 points to 45.8 in February, which was much worse than the expected reading of 58.0. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment final February print came in at 95.4, which is a little better that the 93.6 preliminary February print and above the consensus forecast for a 94.0 reading. The pending home sales index bounced 1.7% to 104.2 in January, versus expectations for it to be up 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Two notable retailers moved in opposite directions following their quarterly reports, as Gap (GPS) rose and J.C. Penney fell. Gap gained $1.23, or 3.05%, to $41.60 after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat expectations. The owner of Old Navy, Banana Republic and its flagship nameplate also announced a $1B share repurchase program and plans to increase its dividend. J.C. Penney, meanwhile, reported earnings that missed expectations and gave a 2015 gross margin outlook that disappointed some analysts and its shares slid 62c, or 6.8%, to $8.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which jumped $16.38, or 13.13%, to $141.12 after the energy drink maker's fourth quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and announced plans to expand distribution with Coca-Cola (KO) bottlers into additional territories. Among the noteworthy losers was Weight Watchers (WTW), which dropped $6.23, or 35.48%, to $11.33 after reporting lower than expected quarterly revenues and issuing a worse than expected profit forecast for its new fiscal year. Also lower were shares of Southwestern Energy (SWN), which fell $1.27, or 4.82%, to $25.08 after becoming the latest oil production company to lower its 2015 capital expenditure forecast. INDEXES: The Dow fell 81.72, or 0.45%, to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq lost 24.36, or 0.49%, to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 declined 6.24, or 0.3%, to 2,104.50.
12:54 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Subscribe for More Information
10:12 EDTGPSGap rises after Q4 earnings top forecast, capital return plans announced
Subscribe for More Information
10:04 EDTBLOXHigh option volume stocks
Subscribe for More Information
09:58 EDTBLOXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Subscribe for More Information
09:24 EDTBLOXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
Subscribe for More Information
09:11 EDTBLOXInfoblox price target raised to $29 from $23 at JMP Securities
Subscribe for More Information
08:22 EDTBLOXInfoblox price target raised to $30 from $25 at Cowen
Subscribe for More Information
08:18 EDTGPSGap sees FY15 EPS hurt 13c by port dispute, 16c by foreign exchange
Subscribe for More Information
07:19 EDTBLOXInfoblox upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Infoblox to Buy with a $32 price target following the company's better than expected Q2 results.
06:14 EDTGPSGap names Wendi Goldman EVP for product design, WSJ reprots
Wendi Goldman, who once worked for Banana Republic and served as co-president of the former Limited Brands (LB), has been named as executive VP for Gap (GPS) product design, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:07 EDTDISTiVo, RPX buy Aereo assets, WSJ says
Subscribe for More Information
05:52 EDTBLOXInfoblox price target raised to $28 from $23 at Piper Jaffray
Subscribe for More Information
February 26, 2015
18:43 EDTGPS, BLOXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
Subscribe for More Information
16:59 EDTGPSGap sees FY15 EPS $2.75-$2.80, consensus $3.01
Subscribe for More Information
16:17 EDTBLOXInfoblox sees Q3 EPS 6c-8c, consensus 6c
Subscribe for More Information
16:16 EDTBLOXInfoblox reports Q2 EPS 9c, consensus 5c
Subscribe for More Information
16:06 EDTGPSGap announces $1B share repurchase, plans to increase dividend
Subscribe for More Information
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q4 EPS 75c, consensus 74c
Subscribe for More Information
15:30 EDTGPS, BLOXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
14:48 EDTGPSGap technical remarks before results
Subscribe for More Information
12:48 EDTDISEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
Subscribe for More Information
12:01 EDTMAppeals court revives two claims by Macy's against J.C. Penney, Reuters says
A New York appeals court has revived two claims by Macy's (M) against J.C. Penney (JCP) that accuse J.C. Penney of contract interference and unfair competition related to a Martha Stewart contract, though the appeals court reaffirmed the prior decision that Macy's did not deserve punitive damages, reports Reuters, citing court statements. Reference Link
11:56 EDTMMacy's falls, levels to watch
Subscribe for More Information
11:52 EDTMMacy's claims against J.C. Penney to be reinstated after appeal, Bloomberg says
09:09 EDTTGTKohl's says some areas of U.S. 'reallly impacted by weather'
Subscribe for More Information
February 25, 2015
12:31 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Subscribe for More Information
11:47 EDTDISAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
11:18 EDTTGTTarget says worker wages 'competitive'
Subscribe for More Information
11:10 EDTTGTTarget sees Q1 SSS up about 2%
Subscribe for More Information
11:07 EDTTGTTarget says could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year
Subscribe for More Information
10:58 EDTTGTTarget says top priority is to drive digital sales growth
Subscribe for More Information
10:10 EDTGPSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Head of European General Retail Equity Research Steegers, along with Head of U.S. General Retail Equity Research Hutchinson, discuss the global apparel sector, focusing on international expansion, pricing and sustainability of margins and returns on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
09:08 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
Subscribe for More Information
08:02 EDTTGTTarget says seeing early momentum in efforts to transform company
Subscribe for More Information
08:01 EDTTGTTarget sees Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, consensus $1.04
Subscribe for More Information
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.50, consensus $1.46
Subscribe for More Information
08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.50, consensus $1.46
05:55 EDTTGTTarget implied volatility of 25 at upper end of index mean range
February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Subscribe for More Information
14:47 EDTTGTTarget technical comments ahead of earnings
Subscribe for More Information
12:53 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.43-$1.47, above prior view
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, February 25, 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 $1.46 on revenue of $21.64B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.44-$1.49 on revenue of $21.42B-$21.94B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 54c on revenue of $17.73B, against estimates for 47c and $17.56B, respectively. The company said U.S. segment comparable store sales were up 1.2% in Q3, reflecting digital sales growth of over 30%, with Canadian segment SSS up 1.6%. In an interview with CNBC following the earnings report, Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell said that the company was "not happy" with Target Canada's performance and that the company has "upped our game" with respect to data security. Cornell said the company viewed Q4 as a "notable inflection point." NEWS: In January, Target announced that it plans to discontinue operating stores in Canada through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Target Canada. The company said it expects to report approximately $5.4B of pre-tax losses on discontinued operations in Q4, driven primarily by the write-down of the company's investment in Target Canada, along with costs associated with exit or disposal activities and quarter-to-date Canadian Segment operating losses prior to today. Target expects to report approximately $275M of pre-tax losses on discontinued operations in FY15. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in FY15 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Based on performance through November and December, Target now expects to report Q4 U.S. comparable sales of approximately 3%, better than prior guidance of approximately 2%, driven primarily by increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales. The company raised its Q4 adjusted EPS view to $1.43-$1.47 from $1.13-$1.23. The company said GAAP results are expected to include losses related to liquidation of Target Canada,net of taxes, net expenses related to the 2013 data breach, which are not expected to be material, the impact of the reduction of the beneficial interest asset recognized in connection with the 2013 sale of the company’s credit card portfolio, which is expected to reduce GAAP EPS by approximately 2c. The company noted that the "vast majority" of exit costs from Canada are non-cash and said the exit will allow a quicker return to share repurchases. During the quarter, Target named Mike McNamara as executive VP and Chief Information Officer. Target said it is planning open 15 stores in FY15, including three distinct store formats: eight TargetExpress locations, one CityTarget and six general merchandise stores. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge by retailers including Target to the Federal Reserve's rules for debit card "swipe fees," meaning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision, which upheld the rules, will must be followed, said Reuters. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter to Target and other retailers for "allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels." The letters call for the retailers to "immediately stop the sale of certain popular products," including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and others. Target recently announced that all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping. Target agreed to pay $3.9M to settle a lawsuit alleging the company used inaccurate price scanners, misrepresented product weight, and charged higher prices than advertised, The San Francisco Gate reported, citing prosecutor statements. Target announced on its website that it will shutter its online streaming service Target Ticket on March 7. STREET RESEARCH: BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Neutral from Underperform. The firm sees a more stable outlook for Target with the exit of the Canada division and expects the U.S. improvements to continue. RW Baird says that while Target's decision to exit Canada should help cash flows longer term, its view on the company's U.S. fundamentals remain unchanged. The firm says it's hard to call the company's above-plan Q4 comps "robust" given the easy compare. Wells Fargo believes that Target's decision to exit Canada came sooner than expected and removes a major ''weight off the shoulders'' of the company. The firm estimates Target's U.S. earnings can grow to as high as $5.50 in 2016. Stifel downgraded Target to Hold from Buy. The firm believes near-term tactical opportunities are play out and management commentary indicates investments will be necessary in order to modernize. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 6.5% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.5% to $76.27.
11:06 EDTMMacy's says will continue to be aggressive in buying back stock
10:54 EDTMMacy's doesn't see Bluemercury accretive to EPS in 2015
Subscribe for More Information
10:52 EDTMMacy's says 2015 a 'transition' year
Subscribe for More Information
09:33 EDTMMacy's expects to launch offprice outlet stores in 2015
Subscribe for More Information
08:39 EDTMMacy's sees completing Bluemercury transaction in Q1
Subscribe for More Information
08:05 EDTMMacy's reports Q4 EPS $2.44 ex-charges, consensus $2.41
Reports Q4 revenue $9.36B, consensus $9.4B. Comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis for the fourth quarter was 2.5%. On an owned basis, fourth quarter comparable sales grew 2%. The fourth quarter charges of $87 million were lower than the estimate of $100 million to $110 million provided in the company’s Feb. 3 news release on investments for sales growth. This was primarily the result of lower severance expense as the company was able to place more associates than expected in new jobs within the company in the course of its workforce reductions.
08:03 EDTMMacy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.84
Subscribe for More Information
07:37 EDTTGTTarget February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Target February weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, March is at 25, April is at 23, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 25.
06:40 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Subscribe for More Information
05:57 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Applied Materials (AMAT) 43, Macy's (M) 28 according to iVolatility.
February 23, 2015
18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
14:03 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
The shares are in a topping pattern, with the $62 area a key support level. If there were a break below $62, the topping pattern would be confirmed. Next support in that event would be at $60.57, and then at $59 to $57.03. If the news is a positive surprise, next resistance would be at $65.74 and then at the 52-week high and life high at $68.30.
13:56 EDTMEarnings Preview: Macy's sees FY14 EPS $4.35-$4.37, SSS up 2.5%
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.40 on revenue of $9.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.21-$2.59 on revenue of $9.32B-$9.56B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported third quarter EPS of 61c, above estimates for 50c, on revenue of $6.2B, slightly below estimates for $6.34B. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were down 0.7% from the prior year. Q3 comparable sales exclusive of licensed businesses were down 1.4%. Macy's chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said the company was "optimistic" for Q4, though the company commented on the Q3 earnings conference call that it was "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for the holiday season. Macy's said Q4 gross margin "could be flat or could be down." NEWS: In early February, Macy's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.35-$4.37 from its previous outlook of $4.25-$4.35. Estimates at that time called for FY14 EPS of $4.35. Macy's said the outlook excludes charges of approximately $100M-$110M related to the previously announced merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17M of interest expense related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. Macy's said Q4 comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis was 2.5%. This calculates to growth in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis 2014 of 1.4%. On an owned basis, Q4 comparable sales were 2%. The retailer said its Q4 performance represents a "strengthening trend" from Q3 and spring season. The company said Jeff Gennette, president of Macy’s, will oversee Macy’s merchandise planning, as well as maintain oversight responsibility for merchandising and marketing of Macy’s stores and digital, and private brand product development. Gennette relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities as Macy’s chief merchandising officer. Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer since 2012, moved to a new role as Macy’s Chief for Innovation and Business Development. Jeff Kantor, previously chairman of macys.com, was named Macy’s Chief Stores Officer. The company also said R.B. Harrison would continue in his role as Macy’s. Chief Omnichannel Officer and that Julie Greiner, Macy’s Chief Merchandise Planning Officer since 2009, will retire from the company in August. During the quarter, Macy's said it would close 14 stores and restructure merchandising and marketing functions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. In conjunction with the merchandising and marketing restructuring and store and field adjustments, as well as store closings and asset impairment charges, an estimated $100M-$110M of charges, of which approximately $80M-$90M is expected to be cash, will be booked in Q4. The retailer named RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) Chief Financial Officer Leslie Hale to its board of directors, sued Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names and acquired Bluemercury for $210M in cash. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley downgraded Macy's to Equal Weight and removed shares from the Best Ideas List based on share and earnings outperformance. The analyst believes valuation appropriately values Macy's superior execution and sees balanced risk/reward going forward. Evercore ISI initiated Macy's with a Buy and $74 price target given its scale and stability, competitive advantages, strong vendor relationships and significant cash-flow generation. During the quarter, Macy's was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up fractionally. In afternoon trading, he stock is down 0.3% to $63.51 ahead of Tuesday's report.
11:35 EDTDISAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
Subscribe for More Information
08:32 EDTTGTTarget lowers online free shipping minimum to $25
Target announced that, effective immediately, all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping, with virtually no exclusions. The new minimum is decreased from $50.
08:11 EDTTKRSonoco elects Timken CEO Richard Kyle to board
Subscribe for More Information
February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
Subscribe for More Information
February 20, 2015
10:16 EDTGPSGap weekly volatility increases into Q4 and spring outlook
Subscribe for More Information
09:23 EDTTIFGoldman sees select Apparel and Footwear opportunities due to FX risk
Goldman said translation currency exposure in the Apparel and Footwear has created volatility and opportunity to gain exposure to this theme. Goldman's analyst sees a positive near-term set-up for Nike (NKE) and Tiffany (TIF) and a negative set-up for Crocs (CROX) and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and of upcoming earnings reports.
07:20 EDTTGTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
February 19, 2015
06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Subscribe for More Information
February 18, 2015
11:41 EDTGESPiper cuts Guess to sell following Fossil disappointment
Subscribe for More Information
11:00 EDTGESGuess falls sharply, levels to watch
The shares have spiked lower, dropping 2.7% to $18.30. At that price, next support is at the 52-week low at $17.67. Resistance is at $18.68, the opening price of the day. Piper Jaffray downgraded the shares to Underweight.
10:56 EDTGESGuess downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Subscribe for More Information
03:20 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Subscribe for More Information
<< 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | all recent news | >>

Sign up for a free trial to see the rest of the stories you've been missing.
I agree to the theflyonthewall.com disclaimer & terms of use