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December 3, 2012
10:16 EDTBSMX, T, SCM, LULU, EL, OFSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AT&T (T) initiated with an Equal Weight at Evercore... OFS Capital (OFS) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Santander Mexico (BSMX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays.... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Stellus Capital (SCM) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... OFS Capital (OFS) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
News For T;OFS;LULU;BSMX;EL;SCM From The Last 14 Days
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October 7, 2015
12:36 EDTELYum! results may be 'bad harbinger' for Estee Lauder, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy says his analysis suggests a 60% correlation between Estee Lauder's (EL) sales in China and Yum! Brands' (YUM) same-store-sales. Yum!'s weak China results last night "should not be easily dismissed" and may be a "bard harbinger" for Estee Lauder's quarter, Grundy tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Hold rating on Estee Lauder with Yum! shares down 18% after its weaker than expected Q3 results.
12:31 EDTELNu Skin plummets after cutting Q3 revenue outlook
Shares of Nu Skin (NUS), a global direct selling company, are sinking after the company lowered its third quarter revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Tuesday after the bell, Nu Skin lowered its Q3 revenue view to $570M-$573M from $600M-$620M, well below analysts' consensus estimates of $621.55M. Foreign currency headwinds associated with the strengthening of the U.S. dollar negatively impacted revenue by more than $60M compared to the prior-year period. The revised revenue range is expected to represent continued improvement on a sequential basis, and the company continues to forecast constant-currency revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 versus the prior year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Truman Hunt, Nu Skin's Chief Executive Officer, noted, "Third quarter results were impacted by lower-than-expected sales of our new cosmetic oils in China during August and September, which may be a reflection of economic conditions in China." Hunt continued, "Our third quarter results will be in-line with expectations, with the exception of the Greater China region. Revenue growth in the third quarter was particularly strong in South Asia/Pacific, where our first introduction of ageLOC Youth drove more than 20% growth in that region, or more than 40% on a constant-currency basis. Given the successful launch of ageLOC Youth in South Asia/Pacific, we look forward to the introduction of ageLOC Youth as well as ageLOC Me in most of our regions during the fourth quarter. We forecast year-over-year constant-currency revenue growth of between 7%-10% in the fourth quarter." ANALYST REACTION: Sentiment on the Street was cautious at midday. Research firm Stifel downgraded Nu Skin to Sell from Hold, citing the company's negative pre-announcement and its deteriorating trends in Greater China. Its price target for shares is $35. Another firm, Canaccord, noted that NuSkin pre-announced revenue numbers that were below guidance, which suggests softer trends in China and the long awaited sustainable turn in momentum has failed to materialize. The firm expects a new product cycle to help support the return to growth. Canaccord maintained its Hold rating and lowered its price target to $45 from $48 on NuSkin shares. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, Nu Skin fell $12.13, or about 26%, to $34.45 on about six times its average daily trading volume. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the direct selling business include Herbalife (HLF), down 9.2%, Estee Lauder (EL), down fractionally, USANA Health Sciences (USNA) down 8.4%, Avon Products (AVP) up almost 8%, and Tupperware Brands (TUP), up 2.5%.
11:12 EDTLULUCiti favors lululemon in retailing, says sell Penny and Kors
Citi analyst Paul Lejuez rolled out coverage of 20 companies in the Specialty Retailing and Department Stores space, recommending to investors that they sell J.C. Penney (JCP) and Michael Kors (KORS) shares and buy stock in lululemon (LULU). SELL J.C. PENNEY: Commenting on the "stormy sector" in general terms, Lejuez said he believes challenges to the retail industry are here to stay, but that there are still stand-outs on both the positive and negative side. Regarding J.C. Penney specifically, Lejuez told investors that the company's management is in a "tough spot," as they need to recover from a prior failed strategy but don't have the needed cash flow to invest and win back customers. The analyst think Penney will see some improvement in the top line, but that any increases in operating cash flow as a result of sales and margin improvement will be matched by increased capital expenditures, meaning that free cash flow will be "elusive for the foreseeable future. Lejuez started shares of J.C. Penney with a Sell rating and $7 price target. SELL KORS: Among the 20 stocks he started coverage on in the space, Michael Kors was the only other Sell rating the analyst issued. Lejuez believes the company has overdistributed its brand and though U.S. comparable sales have just started to decline he thinks this decline will last for the "foreseeable future." Lejuez, who contends that Europe and wholesale may be next to deteriorate, set a $38 price target on the stock. BUY LULULEMON: Among the ten Buy rating issued this morning, Lejuez said his most preferred stock in the bunch is yoga apparel maker lululemon. The analyst thinks the "athleisure" retailer has moved beyond its prior product and public relations missteps and that its international opportunities will provide the next leg of growth for the company. The analyst, who expects double-digit sales growth for the next several years for lululemon, set a $69 price target on its shares. His other Buy-rated names, in order of preference, include TJX (TJX), Tiffany (TIF), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Ross Stores (ROST). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, J.C. Penney fell 2.7% to $9.52, Michael Kors slipped 0.3% to $43.24 and lululemon shares rose 2.2% to $52.86.
10:01 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:33 EDTLULUlululemon initiated with a Buy at Citi
Citi analyst Paul Lejuez started shares of lululemon with a Buy rating and $69 price target. Of the 20 companies he initiated last night in the Specialty Retailing and Department Stores space, lululemon ranks as his top Buy-rated name.
07:29 EDTLULUJ.C. Penney initiated with a Sell, $7 target at Citi
Citi analyst Paul Lejuez started shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) with a Sell rating and $7 price target. The retailer closed yesterday down 6c to $9.73. The company's goals are aggressive while its free cash flow is "elusive," Lejuez told investors this morning in a research note. He initiated 19 other companies in the Specialty Retailing and Department Stores space. His Buy-rated names, in order of preference, include lululemon (LULU), TJX (TJX), Tiffany (TIF), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Ross Stores (ROSS).
06:26 EDTTAT&T granted TTY waiver by FCC for Wi-Fi calling, Re/code says
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October 5, 2015
08:07 EDTTAT&T and Viacom reach multi-year distribution agreement
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07:46 EDTTJuniper's Contrail Networking selected by AT&T for Integrated Cloud
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07:45 EDTTJuniper upgraded on positive checks at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Juniper (JNPR) to Buy from Hold. The firm says that its checks show that the company's routers have "strong traction...with webscale customers." The firm adds that the company's dependency on Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) appears to be declining, while its checks on Juniper's new products have been positive. Target $32.
September 30, 2015
13:10 EDTTAT&T says DirecTV's Audence Network now available on U-verse
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11:31 EDTTOn Track Innovations files patent infringement lawsuits against AT&T, Verizon
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10:50 EDTTAT&T, Verizon could find it hard to sell enterprise businesses, CTFN says
The wireline units of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) that serve corporate customers may be viewed as good units to sell if the companies need to raise cash to help defray spectrum acquisition costs, but a small number of potential buyers and low EBITDA multiples for the units could make any such divestitures challenging, contended CTFN. Level 3 (LVLT) could be seen as a potentially interested buyer, but a source within the company told CTFN that purchasing units that are part of other companies, known as a "carve out," doesn't match the company's usual M&A strategy. Reference Link
07:20 EDTTAT&T Q3 wireless adds better than expected, says UBS
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05:38 EDTTAT&T IoT technology used by Maersk
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September 29, 2015
16:52 EDTTAT&T backs FY15 adjusted EPS view $2.62-$2.68, consensus $2.62
Backs FY15 double-digit revenue growth, consensus $153.06B. In a regulatory filing, AT&T reiterated its guidance for full-year adjusted EPS, double-digit revenue growth and continued consolidated margin expansion, even with foreign exchange pressure from the company's international operations. The company also expects capital spending to increase from second-quarter levels and free cash flow to be greater than $4.5B for the quarter. The company also reaffirmed all other full-year guidance. AT&T's wireless performance includes results from both business and consumer customers. AT&T expects more than 2M total net adds in the third quarter with gains in every customer category (postpaid, prepaid, connected devices and reseller). The company also expects positive branded voice net adds in the quarter. As a result, and with a continued focus on efficiency initiatives, the Company expects to maintain momentum in wireless service EBITDA margins. AT&T said its early integration efforts with DIRECTV are going well and are in line or better than expectations. The Company expects to report positive U.S. DIRECTV net adds in the third quarter and positive IP broadband net adds. U-verse TV subscribers are expected to decline as the Company continues to focus on satellite and high-value subscribers. The Company also said that it is changing the methodology DIRECTV used to count commercial subscribers to conform to AT&T practices. Previously, DIRECTV used a method of counting commercial customers that converted commercial accounts to an equivalent number of residential subscribers based on relative revenues per account. Under the new methodology, the Company will simply count each commercial account as one subscriber. This will reduce DIRECTV's total subscriber count by 918,600 at acquisition close on July 24, 2015. This change has no impact on historical or future revenues, EBITDA or cash flows. In International, the Company continues to show great progress in its deployment of 4G LTE in Mexico as the Company invests in that country's wireless network. AT&T is on track with reaching its end-of-year goal of covering 40 million POPs. The Company also continues its work on creating operating efficiencies for its Latin America satellite properties, even with foreign exchange pressure. AT&T will announce its full third-quarter results on Oct. 22.
12:40 EDTLULUlululemon October weekly calls active
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12:27 EDTTAT&T may take $1.1B charge for DirecTV Venezuela assets, Reuters reports
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11:02 EDTLULURumor: lululemon strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:56 EDTTAT&T may take $1.1B charge for DirecTV Venezuela assets, CNBC says
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