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March 4, 2014
12:59 EDTRSH, QCOM, VIPS, MDR, CLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the S&P 500 rebounded from yesterday's loss, which was its biggest in a month. Investors were relived and stepped back in to buy after Russian President Vladimir Putin said there’s no immediate need to send troops to Ukraine. The lone economic report of any significance, the ISM report for the New York region, fell from its prior reading but the decline was explained away due to the harsh winter weather. The market rebound could be short lived, however, with the situation in Ukraine not fully resolved by any means. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York region ISM reading for February fell to 57.0 from last month's 64.4 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of electronic retailer RadioShack (RSH) dropped 14% after the company reported greater than expected losses during its fourth quarter and announced that it plans to close up to 1,100 of its stores this year in the U.S. The company said its fourth quarter comparable store sales were down 19% and its overall fourth quarter results were driven by a holiday season characterized by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics, a very soft mobility marketplace and a few operational issues. However, the The company also stated that it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy and it has ample liquidity to meet its obligations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese online discount retailer Vipshop (VIPS), which soared 30% after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance easily surpassed expectations. Also higher was semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which advanced nearly 4% after raising its quarterly dividend by 20% and increasing its share repurchase authorization by $5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which dropped 2.5% after the stock was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Also lower was energy industry services provider McDermott (MDR), which slid over 9% after reporting a quarterly loss of $1.37 a share and suspending guidance for the “foreseeable future” as it undergoes significant changes. Both Capital One and Stephens downgraded McDermott shares following the report. INDEXES: Near 1 pm ET, the Dow was up 215.00, or 1.33, to 16,383.03, the Nasdaq was up 75.80, or 1.77%, to 4,353.10, and the S&P 500 was up 25.86, or 1.4%, to 1,871.59.
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August 28, 2014
09:57 EDTCLFCliffs Natural falls, levels to watch
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09:11 EDTRSHRadioShack prefers refinancing, but bankruptcy weighed, The Deal says
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06:18 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ITMN
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August 27, 2014
16:00 EDTRSHOptions Update; August 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 26c to 27.89 Option volume leaders: AAPLTWTR TSLA PBR RSH GILD MCD AMZN WFM according to Track Data.
09:22 EDTRSHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm China resolution unlikely to come soon, says Bernstein
After meeting with Qualcomm's management, Bernstein does not expect the company's China royalty issues to be solved very soon. The firm is not upbeat on the stock's risk/reward ratio and keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:06 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ITMN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qualcomm (QCOM) 14, InterMune (ITMN) 12 according to iVolatility.
August 26, 2014
12:22 EDTRSHStandard General to explore rescue funds for RadioShack, Bloomberg reports
According to two people familiar with the situation, Standard General, one of RadioShack’s biggest shareholders, is negotiating a potential rescue package with investors which would allow the retailer to fend off a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
12:02 EDTRSHStandard General to explore rescue funds for RadioShack, Bloomberg says
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11:09 EDTRSHBest Buy shares decline as Best Buy reports Q2 sales drop
Shares of multi-channel Best Buy (BBY) are retreating after the firm reported that sales declines continued through the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's Q2 earnings per share from continuing operations was 44c, exceeding analysts' consensus estimates of 31c. The company's Q2 revenue was $8.9B, which was slightly lower than analysts' $8.99B consensus. Same-store-sales for the quarter declined 2.7%, which is better than the overall industry sales decline of 2.5% as reported by NPD. Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly noted that traffic to the company's brick and mortar stores continued to decline as consumers research and buy online. Joly noted that in-store conversion and online traffic continued to increase during the quarter. Joly said that in the back half of the year, the retailer plans to intensify its investments in customer-facing initiatives. Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Sharon McCollam reiterated that industry-wide sales are continuing to decline in many of the consumer electronics cateogries in which it competes, and said the retailer is seeing "ongoing softness" in the mobile phone category ahead of new product launches. She forecast SSS down in the low single digits for both the third and fourth quarters and sees Q3 and Q4 operating income in line with the first half of the year. For the back half of the year, McCollam sees continued industry softness and higher promotionality in Canada and China. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Best Buy said that it is "encouraged" by the response to 4K televisions and aims to expand its holiday gift centers within stores. The company's CFO McCollam said that the firm's mobile phone category is "complicated to forecast." She feels that the disruption of carriers "could have impact" that the technology retailer did not anticipate. McCollam said that despite great excitement for some high-profile phone launches, there is still a great deal of competition in the lower-end of the phone market. In terms of the start of the upcoming quarter, Best Buy feels that the beginning has been "in-line" with expectations. ANALYST OPINION: ISI analyst Greg Melich feels that Best Buy's Q2 EPS beat was due to a slightly less dramatic decrease in gross margins and improved cost controls. He feels that the market is likely to pay close attention to continued sales decreases when predicting the rest of the year despite the better than anticipated quarterly EPS results. Melich said that he will keep an eye out for positive signs that Q4 will experience an improvement given the highly promotional and competitive landscape last year. The analyst keeps the stock with a neutral rating and a $31.99 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Best Buy fell $1.59, or 4.97%, to $30.40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Best Buy peers include RadioShack (RSH) and hhgregg (HGG).
08:55 EDTQCOMEU antitrust regulators could open Qualcomm investigation, Reuters reports
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07:20 EDTQCOMTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:08 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ITMN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qualcomm (QCOM) 13, InterMune (ITMN) 16 according to iVolatility.
August 25, 2014
18:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural CEO supports sale of non-core assets 'at right price,' WSJ says
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11:31 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces $200M share repurchase plan
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07:02 EDTMDRMcDermott names Stuart Spence as CFO, effective August 23
McDermott International (MDR) announced that Stuart Spence has been appointed EVP and CFO following the departure of Perry L. Elders, SVP and CFO, effective August 23. Elders will be pursuing other opportunities. Immediately prior to joining McDermott, Spence served as Vice President, Artificial Lift for Halliburton Company (HAL), where he had overall strategic and operational responsibility for Halliburton’s artificial lift product and service line.
06:14 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM VRNG
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August 22, 2014
10:34 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; UAL CLF
United Continental (UAL) September 55 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 39, Cliffs Natural (CLF) September 18 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 41 according to IVolatility.
06:35 EDTQCOMChina's NDRC say Qualcomm aims to end investigation, Reuters says
China's National Development and Reform Commission said that Qualcomm is aiming to end a probe into monopolistic tendencies and had showcased its desire to improve and fix pricing problems, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the NDRC. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
05:50 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM SNDK
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