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February 28, 2014
10:33 EDTSHLD, SPLK, SODA, YRCW, ANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility: SHLD SPLK SODA YRCW ANF
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August 27, 2014
13:22 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch August weekly 45 straddle priced for 7.1% move into Q2
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12:51 EDTANFEarnings Preview: Abercrombie guides FY15 EPS $2.15-$2.35
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10:36 EDTSHLDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 26, 2014
11:23 EDTSHLDTRW September volatility elevated
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August 25, 2014
13:44 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 48, October is at 44, December is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 45 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
13:18 EDTSPLKSplunk volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Splunk August weekly call option implied volatility is at 118, September is at 63, October is at 62, November is at 53; compared to its 26-week average of 52 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on August 28.
August 24, 2014
19:08 EDTSHLDInvestors should stay away from Sears, Barron's says
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August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
07:09 EDTSHLDSears looking to shore up balance sheet, WSJ reports
Sears CFO Robert Schriesheim says the struggling retailer is looking to take steps to shore up its balance sheet over the next six to 12 months, the Wall Street Journal reports. The executive says Sears will work with its lenders to evaluate its capital structure, and may look to refinance some debt, including its revolving credit facility. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
17:00 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in lackluster fashion as the averages opened just above yesterday’s close. There was little early reaction to the morning’s economic reports including the jobless claims data, Philadelphia Fed report, leading economic indicators, and natural gas storage change report. But by mid-day, the Dow had asserted itself as the day’s leader while the Nasdaq struggled to stain positive territory. As the afternoon progressed the Dow continued its advance, the Nasdaq hit 14-year highs, and the S&P also touched a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) rose almost 5% after a report said that a PayPal spin-off was under consideration... Hormel (HRL) gained almost 5% and hit a 52-week high after reporting better than expected earnings before the market opened... Sears Holding (SHLD) fell over 7% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 60.36, or 0.36%, to 17,039.49, the Nasdaq closed up 5.62, or 0.12%, to 4,532.10, and the S&P 500 closed up 5.86, or 0.29%%, to 1,992.37.
13:00 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:35 EDTSHLDSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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09:50 EDTSHLDSears falls after earnings, levels to watch
The stock is down 4.7% to $34.24 at time of writing following a much wider than expected loss for the company's Q2. At current price support is at the session low at $33.51 and then at $32.62. Resistance is at $35.16.
09:37 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:23 EDTSPLKSplunk price target lowered to $55 from $65 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Splunk (SPLK) shares to $55 from $65 ahead of the company's Q2 results on August 28 and says it prefers Tableau (DATA) on a relative basis. Deutsche, however, keeps a Buy rating on Splunk, noting that its recent user checks didn't pick up anything incrementally negative. The firm believes the Street is cautious on the stock into the results.
06:04 EDTSHLDSears reports Q2 EPS ($5.39), consensus ($2.63)
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August 20, 2014
15:17 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly 36.5 straddle priced for 8.5% move into Q2
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August 19, 2014
11:53 EDTANFAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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07:54 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Sears Holdings August weekly call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 55, December is at 46, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
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