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January 10, 2014
12:53 EDTSHLDSears dives after negative preannouncement
Shares of Sears (SHLD) are tumbling after the retailer's fourth quarter earnings guidance came in below analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Sears last night estimated that its fourth quarter loss per share excluding certain items would be ($2.01)-($2.98), versus analysts' consensus estimate for a loss of (20c). Moreover, the retailer stated that its U.S. comparable store sales for the fourth quarter had fallen 7.4%, versus the same period a year earlier. Comparative sales at the company's Kmart stores dropped 5.7%, while comp sales at its U.S. Sears stores tumbled 9.2%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Credit Suisse analyst Gary Balter called Sears Holdings earnings shockingly bad and warned that the retailer is losing market share. Given the market share losses and Sears' decision to sell off its strongest performing stores, the company has little chance of mounting a successful turnaround, Balter believes. Moreover, the company is reducing the value of its assets by $10-$14 per share each year it continues to operate, according to Balter. Suppliers are likely becoming concerned about Sears' situation, according to the analyst, who kept an Underperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Sears sank $4.80, or 11.3%, to $37.75.
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August 27, 2014
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 24, 2014
19:08 EDTSHLDInvestors should stay away from Sears, Barron's says
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August 22, 2014
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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06:04 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
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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