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November 23, 2012
13:15 EDTOCZ, BAX, MAPP, WMT, ALU, RIMMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher during the post-holiday short session, with each of the major averages adding over 1%. Following an initial move higher in the first hour after the bell, aided by some encouraging economic data from abroad, the indices drifted higher for the remainder of the day and closed at their highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released, however, in Europe, separate reports showed business confidence increased in November in both Germany and France. Also, in China, HSBC's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index increased to 50.4, indicating expansion... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) announced had its "best ever Black Friday events" in spite of some scattered strikes by workers and shares advanced $1.31, or 1.90%, to $70.20... Research in Motion (RIMM) shares benefited a day after National Bank raised it price target on the stock to $15 from $12. The firm said in a note to investors yesterday that RIM's new management team is executing by maintaining the BlackBerry subscriber base and U.S. listed shares rose $1.40, or 13.65%, to $11.66 in their first day of trading following the bullish write-up... Shares of Baxter (BAX) moved up $2.69, or 4.07%, to $68.81 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in talks to buy medical-equipment maker Gambro for about $4B to round out its kidney-dialysis business... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), up 10c, or 10.00%, to $1.10 after Bloomberg said the company is in talks with Goldman Sachs (GS) on a loan to strengthen its balance sheet, and MAP Pharmaceuticals (MAPP), up $2.60, or 20.28%, to $15.42 after the company announced that the FDA accepted its Levadex resubmission with a six-month review. Among the noteworthy losers was OCZ Technology (OCZ), which fell 3c, or 2.52%, to $1.16 following its disclosure of a SEC inquiry... INDICES: The Dow was up 172.79, or 1.35%, to 13,009.68; the Nasdaq was up 40.30, or 1.38%, to 2,966.85; and the S&P 500 was up 18.12, or 1.30%, to 1,409.15.
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November 12, 2014
15:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the chart is easily seen on a 5-year chart. Since early 2013 the shares have been trading in a sideways channel bound largely by $70 at the low and $80 at the high. Those bounds become the key levels to watch for post-earnings trading. A move above $80, and preferably above the life high at $81.37, would signal a new leg up had begun. It would in effect be a range breakout with the potential for a move to the $90 area over time based on the height of the channel. The stock is pushing up toward that level ahead of earnings. Equally, a major disappointment could send the shares to the low of the range at $70. That area would still need to be broken to the downside to break the range, with an eventual move to $65 possible if it was broken. If the news is insufficiently strong to push price out of the range, it will likely continue in this trading range for some time awaiting a new catalyst.
13:47 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:02 EDTBAXCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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08:02 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent in excellent position, says Bernstein
After meeting with Alcatel-Lucent's management, Bernstein thinks the company should post good revenue growth next year, along with strong operating margins in its core business. The firm expects the company's cash flow to break even in 2015, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:27 EDTBAXNorth American Spine Society to hold annual meeting
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06:46 EDTWMTWal-Mart reminds stores to display fresh grocery products, NY Times says
Wal-Mart last month issued a memo to managers around the U.S., telling them to discount older meat and baked goods to ensure that they sell before they reach their expiration dates, according to The New York Times. The memo also reminds managers to remove expired dairy products and eggs, as well as moldy or rotting produce, from shelves, and reduce inventory, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:54 EDTBAXAmerican Society of Nephrology to hold a conference
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12:36 EDTWMTAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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08:22 EDTALUNetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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08:12 EDTALUAT&T 2015 capex reduction negative for select stocks, says JPMorgan
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November 9, 2014
18:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart to focus on food safety in China, Reuters says
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16:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart China sales impacted by country's austerity program, WSJ says
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November 7, 2014
11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart call activity attributed to activist investor speculation
Wal-Mart November 80 and 81 call active of total call volume of 25K contracts (1K puts) is attributed to activist investor speculation. November call option implied volatility is at 19, December and January is at 12; compared to its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
11:20 EDTWMTRumor: Wal-Mart strength attributed to activist investor speculation
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