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May 22, 2014
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Perry Ellis (PERY), up 15%... Children's Place (PLCE), up 10%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 8%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), up 6%... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 5.4%... Best Buy (BBY), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: NTELOS (NTLS), up 25% after extending strategic network alliance through 2022 with Sprint (S)... Royale Energy (ROYL), up 18.5% after announcing large drillable target identified in Alaska... Sanchez Energy (SN), up 7.8% after acquiring acres in Eagle Ford... Linn Energy (LINE), up 3% after announcing Permian trade with Exxon Mobil (XOM). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sears (SHLD), down 1.5%... Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), down 4%... Weibo (WB), down 6.4%. ALSO LOWER: SINA (SINA), down 3.4% after earnings, Q2 revenue guidance that missed estimates... CDW (CDW), down 5% after 15M share spot secondary offering priced at $28.35 per share... American Eagle (AEO), down 3% following downgrade at Citigroup... SodaStream (SODA), down 2.8% after downgraded to Underweight at Barclays.
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September 28, 2015
12:07 EDTSNSanchez Energy value capture from asset sale underappreciated, says Northland
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10:18 EDTSHLDJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
07:05 EDTSNSanchez Production Partners to recommend distributions of $1.60 per unit
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07:04 EDTSNSanchez Energy confirms Q3 average production to meet or exceed previous range
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07:03 EDTSNSanchez Energy to sell $345M in midstream assets
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September 25, 2015
13:53 EDTROYLRoyale Energy regains 100% ownership in North Slope Acreage
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11:48 EDTWSMPier 1 Imports plunges to 52-week low after cutting FY16 outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) are sinking after the company's second quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates. The company also lowered its outlook for fiscal year 2016. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 earnings per share of 4c and revenue of $430M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 7c and $435.38M, respectively. Company comparable sales increased 2.5% in Q2, or 3.8% on a constant currency basis. Alex Smith, the company's president and chief executive officer, commented in the earnings report that top line growth in the period was "below our expectations." Smith noted that margins were impacted by higher promotional and clearance activity, as well as inventory-related issues within its distribution center network. Looking ahead, Pier 1 Imports expects third quarter EPS of 10c-14c, far short of analysts' consensus estimates of 23c. Company comparable sales growth, which includes e-commerce, is expected in the low-single digits for the quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pier 1 lowered its FY16 EPS view to 56c-64c from 83c-87c, well below analysts' estimates of 83c. The company also cut its FY16 company comparable sales growth view, including e-commerce, to low single-digits from its prior view of mid-single digits. For FY16, Pier One sees capital expenditures of approximately $60M, EBITDA margins of approximately 7.5%-8% and merchandising margin, as a percentage of sales, of 55.5%-56%. Smith said the company is on track to end FY16 with year-over-year inventory levels "down meaningfully," but noted that operating with elevated inventories "has been a challenge." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $1.45, or 16.71%, to $7.23 on more than seven times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $6.84. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 40% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other home furnishing retailers include Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 0.73% and Restoration Hardware (RH), up 0.11%.
10:00 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Atlas Air (AAWW) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Emerge Energy (EMES) downgraded after guidance withdrawal at Stifel... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Internap (INAP) downgraded on earnings miss, negative outlook at Oppenheimer... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Superconductor Technologies (SCON) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Virgin America (VA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:10 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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September 23, 2015
16:00 EDTXOMOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
15:16 EDTBONTGabelli lowers stake in Bon-Ton Stores to 9.72% from 10.73%
14:34 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. management to meet with Northland
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10:00 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A.O. Smith (AOS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T...Exxon Mobil (XOM) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Farmland Partners (FPI) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Ferro (FOE) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... FibroGen (FGEN) initiated with a Hold at Lake Street.
08:16 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. achieves accreditation under U.K.'s Cyber Essentials Plus scheme
8x8, Inc. announced that the company has secured the United Kingdom's Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation and is now accepted onto their Network Services framework agreement for Unified Communications. The recent accreditation helps 8x8 further strengthen its public sector offering.
05:31 EDTXOMExxon Mobil initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie (yesterday)
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05:30 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU BBY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 38, Best Buy (BBY) 32 according to iVolatility.
September 22, 2015
13:13 EDTXOMExxon Mobil initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie
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12:28 EDTPLCEChildren's Place backs FY15 EPS view $3.35-$3.45, consensus $3.44
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09:04 EDTWSMPBteen announces product collaboration with YouTube
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05:18 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU BBY
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