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May 20, 2014
12:20 EDTODP, SPLS, USTRStaples sinks after Q1 profit, guidance trail expectations
Shares of office products company Staples (SPLS) are sinking after the company's first quarter profit and second quarter outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Staples reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 18c and revenue of $5.65B, compared to expectations of 21c and $5.62B, respectively. Q1 North American same store sales decreased 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 adjusted EPS of 9c-14c, short of the consensus of 15c. Q2 revenue was seen decreasing year over year, compared to consensus of $5.19B. The company expects to record pre-tax charges in the range of $105M-$155M associated with restructuring and other related activities during the second quarter. For FY14, the company sees total global restructuring and related charges of $240M-$360M. It expects to generate more than $600M of free cash flow in FY14. The company's free cash flow guidance reflects an expected use of cash in the range of $60M-$100M associated with its 2014 global restructuring and other related activities. It expects to close approximately 40 stores in 2014. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Staples fell $1.73, or almost 13%, to $11.66 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is down more than 20% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the office products space include Office Depot (ODP) and United Stationers (USTR), both of which are lower on the session.
News For SPLS;ODP;USTR From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2015
05:27 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ACI SPLS
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November 23, 2015
05:54 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CHK SPLS
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November 20, 2015
05:32 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG SPLS
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November 19, 2015
06:19 EDTSPLS, ODPFTC looking over Staples, Office Depot transaction, NY Post reports
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05:20 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG SPLS
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; National Bank of Greece (NBG) 601, Staples (SPLS) 59 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2015
12:33 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have moved higher throughout the morning. All eyes continue to be fixed on Paris and successful police action in a raid of the dwellings of suspects from the bombing over the weekend may have added to today's positive sentiment. There was little help from the day's economic data, however, as the housing starts report for October came in with the lowest reading in seven months and the energy inventories data showed another buildup in crude. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The day's big economic event may be yet to come, as investors await the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting, which are scheduled for release at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell more than 5% after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in its holiday quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) spiked in the after-hours trading after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it had sent an offer letter proposing a business combination, but failed to outline the details of its proposal. Norfolk Southern then confirmed Canadian Pacific to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk share, calling the indication of interest "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional." CNBC's David Faber, citing sources, subsequently reported that Norfolk Southern has no interest in pursuing a merger, but Norfolk shares remain up more than 6% early this afternoon, while Canadian Pacific is up nearly 6% as well... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed about 3% after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aramark (ARMK), which rallied 8% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and guided for fiscal 2016. Also higher was Fairchild Semicondcutor (FCS), which gained 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired for approximately $2.4B by ON Semiconductor (ON), which fell 8% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which fell nearly 10% after it said that allegations from Korea's FTC that the company did not properly negotiate "aspects" of its licenses are "not supported by the facts." Also lower was Staples (SPLS), which was down 4% after it reported Q3 earnings and provided an earnings outlook for Q4. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 132.98, or 0.76%, to 17,622.48, the Nasdaq was up 43.00, or 0.86%, to 5,029.01, and the S&P 500 was up 15.62, or 0.76%, to 2,066.06.
09:22 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop (VIPS), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL), up 27.5% after announcing preparation of regulatory filings based on guidance from FDA... Universal Insurance (UVE), up 7.7% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM), up 14.9% after submitting an Investigational New Drug application with the FDA for Iomab-B... Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS), up 8.8% after being acquired by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 5% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SouFun (SFUN), down 2.9%... Staples (SPLS), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after price target lowered to $15 from $20 at Piper Jaffray... Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 3.5% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
06:03 EDTSPLSStaples sees Q4 non-GAAP EPS 26c-30c, consensus 28c
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06:02 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 35c, consensus 35c
Reports Q3 revenue $5.6B, consensus $5.67B. Closed 18 stores in North America during Q3.
November 17, 2015
15:13 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:39 EDTSPLSStaples volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Staples November call option implied volatility is at 87, December is at 68, January is at 60; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 78, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
November 16, 2015
05:30 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ODP CRM
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November 13, 2015
17:09 EDTODPStarboard reports 8.9% stake in Office Depot
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15:22 EDTSPLS, ODPOffice Depot, Staples offer tranfer of corporate contracts, WSJ says
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15:07 EDTSPLS, ODPStaples, Office Depot in talks to transfer contracts to Essendant to appease FTC
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05:24 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ODP CRM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Office Depot (ODP) 108, Salesforce (CRM) 48 according to iVolatility.
November 12, 2015
11:35 EDTSPLS, ODPEU extends Staples, Office Depot investigation to March 2, Reuters says
Antitrust regulators in the European Union have extended their investigation into office suppler Staples' (SPLS) offer to acquire rival Office Depot (ODP) by a few weeks to March 2, says Reuters. Reference Link
05:27 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ODP NBG
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