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January 8, 2013
12:32 EDTSHLD, MON, MDCO, SIG, CY, AYI, FIOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday as investors shift their focus from the fiscal cliff to the fourth-quarter earnings season, set to unofficially kick off after the closing bell when Dow component Alcoa (AA) reports. Expectations for the earnings season are muted, with S&P 500 companies forecast to post earnings growth of just 2.8% for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters. Profit-growth estimates were sharply reduced from the expected growth rate of 9.2% called for at the end of September, according to FactSet. The averages have drifted lower on fairly light volume, indicating a lack of buying rather than intense selling, as investors may be content to wait to see how the earnings season develops before stepping back in... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small-business-optimism index rose to 88.0 in December from 87.5 in November. In Europe, zone-wide unemployment hit a new record rate of 11.8% in November, though the European Commission also separately reported that its December Economic Sentiment Indicator improved by 1.3 points in the euro area, to 87.0, and remained generally unchanged at 88.4 in the broader EU. In Asia, Japan said it will use its foreign reserves to continue to buy bonds issued by the European Stability Mechanism to help weaken the yen... COMPANY NEWS: Sears Holdings (SHLD) said late Monday that CEO Louis D’Ambrosio will step down due to family health reasons and be replaced in that role by Eddie Lampert, its chairman of the board and largest shareholder. Sears also forecast adjusted earnings for Q4 that beat consensus expectations but shares fell about 5% near noon... Among companies reporting earnings after yesterday's close or before today's open, Monsanto (MON) advanced and Acuity Brands (AYI) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were The Medicines Company (MDCO), up 11% after announcing results for a Phase 3 trial of one of its drugs, and Signet Jewelers (SIG), up 9% after reporting its holiday season same-store sales rose 3.3% and issuing earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers were Cypress Semiconductor (CY), down 9% after cutting its Q4 earnings forecast, and Fusion-io (FIO), which fell 8% after William Blair downgraded the stock to Market Perform... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 68.23, or 0.51%, to 13,316.06; the Nasdaq was down 15.69, or 0.51%, to 3,083.12; and the S&P 500 was down 7.46, or 0.51%, to 1,454.43.
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05:45 EDTSHLDStocks with implied volatility movement; WLT SHLD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Walter Energy (WLT) 159, Sears (SHLD) 108 according to iVolatility.
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12:40 EDTSHLDSears says meeting obligations, has 'ample inventory and liquidity'
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12:36 EDTSHLDSears calls recently published article 'misleading'
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12:35 EDTSHLDSears says 'has financial flexibility' and is 'meeting its obligations'
12:25 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:38 EDTCY, SIG, SHLDHigh option volume stocks
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10:24 EDTSHLDSears vendor to withhold products, Bloomberg reports
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10:23 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility spikes after Bloomberg says vendor to halt shipments
Sears Holdings October weekly call option implied volatility is at 200 above a level of 100 from the open, October is at 127, November is at 88, December is at 78, March is at 68; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement after Bloomberg says vendor to halt shipments.
10:11 EDTSHLDSears drops 9% after Bloomberg says vendor to halt shipments
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08:38 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor 2015 results could beat expectations, says Sterne Agee
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08:29 EDTMONMonsanto targets at least double ongoing EPS by FY19
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08:08 EDTMONMonsanto sees Q1 earnings roughly half last year, FY15 growth concentrated in Q3
Monsanto said, "As its business has expanded globally over the past several years, the company has seen its earnings flow evolve between quarters. This trend continues in FY15 as the company anticipates an overall shift in its full-year earnings pattern, as several structural factors result in a full-year earnings flow with a smaller first quarter and a concentration of growth in the third quarter. With macro conditions resulting in lower planted acres for key regions in both corn and cotton in the quarter, combined with a timing shift as the company moves more of its Agricultural Productivity business to branded-product sales, Monsanto expects its first quarter will be roughly half of the total earnings from the first quarter of 2014. Beyond the first quarter, the biggest first half timing effect relates to the evolution in its Channel seed brand business model that is expected to shift business timing from the first and second quarters to the third quarter. The company expects second quarter earnings to be relatively flat year-over-year with a significant uptick in third quarter earnings reflecting the timing shifts and business growth in its largest markets. The earnings flow is punctuated by a fourth quarter that is expected to be break-even to positive year-over-year on an absolute basis."
08:06 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 Seeds and Genomics sales $1.376B
Reports Q4 Agricultural Productivity sales $1.254B. Hugh Grant, chairman and CEO for Monsanto, said, “In an industry that’s particularly near-term focused right now, there are few companies as well positioned to deliver strong growth today while significantly increasing investments to enable the continued delivery of a broad range of innovative solutions for tomorrow.”
08:04 EDTMONMonsanto sees FY15 EPS $5.75-$6.00, consensus $6.03
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08:02 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 ongoing EPS (27c), consensus (24c)
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06:16 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility elevated
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