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December 21, 2012
16:34 EDTGDI, RHT, YUM, HLF, ASCA, RIMM, SPW, NKE, PNKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on the day, after news last night out of Washington indicated that House Speaker Boehner's 'Plan B' failed to garner enough support for passage in the House, leaving the fiscal cliff unresolved as lawmakers head home for Christmas. Light volume in the markets saw the averages trade in a narrow range following the morning's selloff... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Reports showed U.S. personal income rose 0.6% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Consumer spending climbed 0.4% in the month, which matched expectations. Durable goods orders rose 0.7% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Excluding transportation items, orders jumped 1.6%, versus the expected decline of 0.2%. The final University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for December was revised down to 72.9 from a prior 74.5 reading. Analysts called for it to rise slightly to 75.0... COMPANY NEWS: After yesterday's close, Research in Motion (RIMM) reported Q3 revenue that beat consensus estimates and quarterly losses that were not as steep as feared, though the company said on its conference call that it plans to introduce a lower enterprise service tier, which multiple Wall Street analysts said may cut into one of its highest margin revenue streams. Shares of RIM opened higher in yesterday's after hours session, but quickly reversed and the weakness continued into today's trading, eventually closing down $3.21, or 22.73%, to $10.91...Yum! Brands (YUM) saw shares down $2.61, or 3.93%, to $63.88, the stock's third straight day of losses following reports that Chinese authorities were testing chicken suspected to have contained an antiviral medicine... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) and Ameristar Casinos (ASCA), which both rose after Pinnacle agreed to purchase Ameristar for $26.50 per share, or $2.8B. Shares of Pinnacle gained $2.85, or 21.35%, to $16.20 on the news, while Ameristar gained $4.43, or 20.07%, to $26.50. Also higher following earnings reports were Nike (NKE), up $6.10, or 6.16%, to $105.10, and Red Hat (RHT), up $2.38, or 4.52%, to $54.99. Among the noteworthy losers were shares of Herbalife (HLF), down $6.43, or 19.08%, to $27.27 as the company's public fight with Bill Ackman intensifies. Also lower were shares of Gardner Denver (GDI), down $8.14, or 10.78%, to $67.40 after a Reuters report said the company's takeover talks with SPX Corp. (SPW) fell through... INDICES: The Dow was down 120.88, or 0.91%, to 13,190.84; the S&P was down 13.54, or 0.94%, to 1,430.25; the Nasdaq was down 29.38, or 0.96%, to 3,021.01.
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September 24, 2015
16:17 EDTNKENike reports Q1 inventories $4.4B, up 10% YoY
Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $4.4B, up 10% from August 31, 2014, driven primarily by an 8 percent increase in NIKE Brand wholesale unit inventories. Increases in average product cost per unit, as well as higher inventories associated with growth in DTC, were largely offset by changes in foreign currency rates.
16:16 EDTNKENike reports Q1 gross margin expanded 90 basis points to 47.5%
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16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q1 worldwide futures orders up 9%, up 17% ex-currency changes
Inventories as of August 31, 2015 up 10%.
16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q1 EPS $1.34, consensus $1.19
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15:00 EDTNKENotable companies reporting after market close
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13:27 EDTNKENike September 114 weekly straddle priced for 4.2% movement into Q1
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12:32 EDTNKEEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on Nike ahead of Q1 earnings report
Nike (NKE) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, September 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Nike sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.19 on revenue of $8.22B. The consensus range is $1.14-$1.26 for EPS and $8.13B-$8.33B for revenue. In its last earnings report, Nike forecast Q1 revenue growth in the low single digits. LAST QUARTER: The company reported fourth quarter EPS of 98c and revenue of $7.8B, beating the consensus expectation of 83c and $7.69B, respectively. Nike reported a Q4 gross margin of 46.2%, which was up 60 basis points. The company also reported worldwide futures orders up 2% including currency changes and up 13% excluding currency changes. Looking ahead, Nike forecast fiscal year 2016 revenue growth in the mid-single digits, and said it expected Q1 and FY16 gross margin to increase by 50bps. On its last earnings conference call, Nike said it was confident that it would be able to keep "moving margins forward." The company said it plans to deliver mid-teens EPS growth over time. NEWS: Phil Knight announced plans to step down as the company's chairman on June 30, and recommended president and Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker take over the role. Knight said he would transfer most of his stock to a limited liability company named Swoosh LLC, to be managed by himself, Parker and other Nike executives. The move that will help "maintain Nike's corporate governance," the company said. Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reported in July. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Nike's price target was raised at Piper Jaffray, Nomura, Macquarie, Goldman, Deustche Bank and Baird. On July 28, Jefferies raised its price target for Nike to $128 to reflect greater likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership becoming law, which could benefit Nike's margins over time. In August, Telsey Advisory upgraded Nike to Outperform from Market Perform and Susquehanna upgraded shares to Positive from Neutral. Stifel said on August 27 that Nike "continues to dominate" in all areas of footwear and predicted that Nike's revenue could increase by low single digits in FY16. Ahead of this afternoon's earnings report, Deutsche Bank, Susquehanna and UBS raised their price targets on Nike. Deutsche Bank expects Nike to post "modest" Q1 upside today. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Nike shares are up about 7.15%. Ahead of this afternoon's report, shares are down 1.2% to $114.16.
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05:11 EDTPNKStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; PNK BBRY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) 46, BlackBerry (BBRY) 54 according to iVolatility.
September 23, 2015
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07:34 EDTNKENike shares have room for further upside, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Dave Weiner says that despite the 20% year-to-date rally, shares of Nike have room for further upside. Nike's business in China is accelerating and operating margin strength should continue, Weiner tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects Nike to post "modest" Q1 upside when reporting results tomorrow after the close. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $125 price target.
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September 22, 2015
12:14 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There has been little in the way of buying as the downward pressure in the market has not shown any sign of letting up. There is also little in the way of explanation as to why the market is so weak other than continued disappointment in the Fed's interest rate decision and the ongoing concern over China's economic growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Groupon (GRPN) slumped 2.5% after the online and mobile deal provider said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. The news is the latest in a recent run of job cut announcements, after HP Enterprise said last week that it expects 25,000-30,000 people to leave the company and Johnson Controls (JCI) recently announced plans to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was told by doctors that he has lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Weatherford (WFT), which rose 9.6% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. Also higher was Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), which gained 15% to around $9.30 per share after the stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $25 price target at Chardan. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were ConAgra (CAG) and Carnival (CCL), which each fell more than 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), which slid 2%. Also lower were shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), which fell 7% and 8%, respectively, after the New York Post said a top FTC regulator may be leaning toward recommending against approving their merger agreement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 263.77, or 1.6%, to 16,246.42, the Nasdaq was down 99.52, or 2.06%, to 4,729.44, and the S&P 500 was down 32.51, or 1.65%, to 1,934.46.
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07:46 EDTRHTRed Hat remains among best positioned infra-software companies, says UBS
UBS said Red Hat remains one of the best positioned pure-play infra-software companies following its steady Q2 results. The firm said the only blemish on the quarter is its as-reported billings, which the firm notes may bounce around from quarter-to-quarter. UBS is incrementally more positive on Red Hat following its recent pullback and reiterated its Buy rating while lowering its price target on shares to $85 from $88.
07:20 EDTRHTRed Hat billings can accelerate in 2H15, says RBC Capital
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06:43 EDTNKENike September weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:26 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $89 from $85 at JPMorgan
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06:05 EDTRHTRed Hat Q2 results better than they appear, says Jefferies
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