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September 22, 2014
13:57 EDTRPRXRepros Therapeutics volatility increases on wide price movement
Repros Therapeutics overall option implied volatility of 128 is above its 26-week average of 89 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
13:49 EDTSNESony confirms October 14 launch for PlayStation TV in U.S.
Sony confirmed in a blog post that PlayStation TV will launch in the U.S. and Canada on October 14 and that "nearly 700 games" will be available at launch. PS TV will be priced starting at $99.99 for the standalone system, or $139.99 for a bundle that includes a Wireless Controller, 8GB memory card, and The LEGO Movie Videogame. Reference Link
09:18 EDTRPRXRepros Therapeutics provides update on Androxal
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07:31 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond Q2 results likely similar to recent quarters, says UBS
UBS said it expects Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 results to "look a lot like" its recent quarters, reflecting a modest comp sales increase and ongoing gross margin pressure. The firm maintains its Neutral rating and $62 price target on the stock.
07:25 EDTCATCitigroup to hold a conference
Industrials Conference to be held in Boston on September 22-24.
06:44 EDTSNE'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
11:11 EDTCATCaterpillar sales trends for August mixed, says Wells Fargo
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11:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:12 EDTSNESony expected to launch SmartEyeglass by end of March, The Verge reports
Sony (SNE) is expected to launch SmartEyeglass, a competitor to Google Glass (GOOG), by the end of March, according to The Verge. Reference Link
09:13 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Machines sales down 10% in three months end August
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September 18, 2014
13:38 EDTRPRXRepros needed unique Androxal label even before ADCOM panel, says Ladenburg
Ladenburg said that given the FDA advisory committee's 20 to 1 vote that it believes the FDA will likely revise testosterone replacement therapy labels to restrict their use in hypogonadal patients with clear etiology. However, Ladenburg added that Repros was always going to have to establish a unique label for Androxal and the firm believes that the company's ongoing and completed trials will provide sufficient data for filing and approval by the FDA in secondary hypogonadism. The firm maintains its Buy rating and $35 price target on Repros.
12:45 EDTRPRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:39 EDTSNESony's no-dividend policy could be sign of hope, not doom, Nikkei reports
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11:15 EDTRPRXRepros sinks after panel backs tests for testosterone therapies
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10:52 EDTRPRXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:40 EDTBBBYPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
10:17 EDTSNESony Computer Entertainment division upbeat on 2014 profit, Reuters reports
The head of Sony's PlayStation division aims to raise its profit outlook for 2014 due to the strong sales of the latest PalyStation 4 and the rollout of games and content for its network services, reports Reuters. In an interview with Reuters, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said We raised our profit prediction and I hope that's a trend we can continue, even within this fiscal year." Sony has sold 10.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of Sept. 6. Reference Link
07:38 EDTHESUBS to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTSNESony CEO says 'running out of options' for electronics unit, WSJ reports
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07:26 EDTSNEGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:19 EDTRPRXRepros Therapeutics sell-off overdone, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the selling in Repros Therapeutics is overdone after an FDA panel voted overwhelmingly in support for a more restrictive label that limits the use of TRT drugs to only patients with classic hypogonadism. The firm feels since Androxal has not been targeting age-related hypogonadism it does not deserve to be negatively impacted by yesterday's ruling. Brean Capital maintains its Buy rating on Repros Therapeutics and $41 price target on the shares.
07:00 EDTRPRXRepros Therapeutics price target lowered to $13 from $24 at Piper Jaffray
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06:45 EDTSNEMobile DRAM bit growth to reach 37.5% in 2H14, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:10 EDTRPRXFDA panel votes 20-1 to study changes to testosterone therapies
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September 17, 2014
10:44 EDTHESHess, PDVSA said to finally find buyer for Hovensa refinery, TankTerminals says
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh said Monday that Hovensa, which is jointly owned by Hess and PDVSA, has agreed in principle with an unidentified buyer for the sale of its refinery assets, though a Hovensa spokesman said Tuesday that the company has no comments on a deal or the governor's comments, reported TankTerminals.com. Reference Link
09:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond 2H guidance appears optimistic, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research checks indicate Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 sales trends remain flattish to up 1%, similar to Q1. The firm believes 2H guidance is too optimistic, especially for FY comps of +3%. The analyst remains cautious on shares and expect margin pressures to continue. Shares are Neutral rated.
09:10 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:08 EDTSNESony volatility expected to move after raises its net loss forecast
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06:18 EDTSNEAU Optronics enters Sony SmartWatch 3's supply chain, DigiTimes reports
AU Optronics (AUO) has entered Sony Mobile's (SNE) supply chain for the SmartWatch 3, reports DigiTimes. AUO will supply 30% of the 1.6-inch panels for the new smartwatch. Reference Link
05:34 EDTSNESony lowers FY14 net loss estimate to 230B from 50B yen
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September 16, 2014
07:26 EDTCATUltima Media to hold a conference
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September 15, 2014
11:45 EDTSNEMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
11:09 EDTBBYRadioShack rises after CFO resigns, analyst suggests Amazon should buy stores
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07:29 EDTSNESony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTSNEWearable orders appear optimistic in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Supply chains are seeing optimistic demand throughout 2014 for wearables, reports DigiTimes. Makers are seeing orders for flexible AMOLED panels and component orders for 1.56-inch panels. Reference Link
06:24 EDTBBYRadioShack liquidation could lift Best Buy comps, says Deutsche Bank
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September 12, 2014
11:03 EDTBBBYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:31 EDTCATCaterpillar view lowered to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global
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08:05 EDTSNERockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
08:00 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse core strength offset by Jos. A. Bank, says Cowen
Cowen said the strength of the core business at Men's Wearhouse was offset by margin pressure in Jos. A. Bank, which has the potential to continue through the remainder of the year. The firm has lowered its expectations due to the pressure and feels the Street's earnings growth rate expectations for 2015 seem optimistic, though Cowen keeps its Outperform rating and $62 price target on the stock.
07:19 EDTSNESony confirms PS4 tops U.S. console sales for eighth straight month
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07:19 EDTSNEConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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06:30 EDTSNEGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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05:41 EDTSNESony collaborates with Teradek
Teradek announced collaboration with Sony to integrate Sony’s wireless camera adapter, the CBK-WA100 and CBK-WA101, with Teradek’s T-Rax and Slice H.264 decoders. The integration offers broadcasters a powerful point-to-point MPEG-2 solution for HD live video transmission from the field to TV stations or ENG trucks.
September 11, 2014
11:07 EDTKERXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:49 EDTMWHigh option volume stocks
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10:20 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse heads lower after initial bounce off lows
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09:57 EDTKERXSummer Street chief scientific officer holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:57 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse backs EPS reaching at least $5.50 by 2017
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09:19 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse: Sales for Jos. A. Bank will be somewhat lumpy
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07:13 EDTBBYSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
September 10, 2014
17:39 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse reports Q2 Jos. A. Bank SSS up 1%, Moores Q2 SSS up 10.2%
17:32 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.10, consensus $1.06
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15:50 EDTMWNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Restoration Hardware (RH), consensus 64c; Men's Wearhouse (MW), consensus $1.06; Five Below (FIVE), consensus 14c; Sigma Designs (SIGM), consensus (8c); Wet Seal (WTSL), consensus (9c).
15:36 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse September 55 straddle priced for 6.6% move into Q2
12:46 EDTSNESony Entertainment CEO says division spin-off 'not happening,' NY Post reports
The CEO of Sony's entertainment division, Michael Lynton, said that Sony is not entertaining a sale, spin-off, or joint venture of its entertainment business, New York Post reports, citing an overview of the business from Lynton during Golgman Sachs' Communacopia conference. Lynton also said that the entertainment division's music business has a very bright future, and the company "really wants the subscription model to thrive." Lynton also said that network TV is a promising business if producers know the landscape of the international market, New York Post added. Reference Link
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10:01 EDTSNEViacom and Sony reach internet distribution agreement
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10:00 EDTCATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTCATUpdate: Caterpillar downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Caterpillar to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares to reflect a slowdown in growth outside the U.S., a stronger U.S. dollar, easing ECB monetary policy, slowing Chinese import growth, and recessionary pressures in Brazil. Price target lowered to $121 from $125.
09:04 EDTCATCaterpillar downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
07:49 EDTCATLongbow to hold a conference
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September 9, 2014
12:02 EDTKERXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:49 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse September volatility elevated into Q2
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September 8, 2014
16:18 EDTKERXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:06 EDTKERXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:29 EDTKERXKeryx downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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09:18 EDTKERXKeryx price target raised to $32 from $30 at Roth Capital
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09:12 EDTKERXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:38 EDTKERXKeryx label for ferric citrate incrementally negative, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says the approved label for Keryx's ferric citrate is incrementally negative given the lack of clear articulation of ESA/IV iron sparing data. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $24 price target, saying Keryx's 2024 patents are strong.
06:26 EDTKERXKeryx downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
06:21 EDTBBYSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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