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November 14, 2012
16:34 EDTTEA, FB, MWW, SNE, ANF, SBUX, IAG, APOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after a brief pop at the open quickly reversed into a day long sell-off that saw the averages close at their lows. With concerns about the fiscal cliff lingering, President Obama's news conference during the afternoon did little to help the market. Oil prices spiked as Israel launched a Gaza offensive and killed a Hamas commander, though stocks did not follow the commodity's path higher... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales fell 0.3% in October, versus expectations for a decline of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% in the month, versus forecasts for them to have increased 0.2%. Excluding food and energy, the core reading fell 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Business inventories rose 0.7% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Minutes from the October meeting of the Federal Reserve showed many Fed members see the adoption of quantitative thresholds as helping, though the committee said a number of practical issues would need to be overcome before the thresholds could be instituted... COMPANY NEWS: Starbucks (SBUX) announced it was purchasing Teavana (TEA) for $620M, or $15.50 per share, in an all-cash transaction. Shares of Teavana, which were halted ahead of the announcement after the Atlanta Business Chronicle broke the news, advanced $5.32, or 52.52%, to $15.45. Shares of Starbucks settled down $1.47, or 2.92%, at $48.84... Bloomberg reported that Monster Worldwide (MWW) still has no bidders as TPG and Apollo Global (APO) passed on the company, and shares of Monster traded lower after the news, settling down 31c, or 4.97%, at $5.93... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), up $10.74, or 34.45%, to $41.92 after the company reported better than expected earnings, raised its full year EPS view, and the stock received at least five analyst upgrades. Also higher were shares of Facebook (FB), up $2.50, or 12.59%, to $22.36 in spite of the expiration of a lockup that permitted many investors and employees to sell their shares for the first time since the company's IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was IAMGOLD (IAG), down $2.89, or 19.45%, to $11.97 after the company reported quarterly results and production guidance that disappointed. Also lower were shares of Sony (SNE), down 95c, or 8.82%, to $9.82 after the company issued a large amount of bonds that may convert to stock under certain conditions... INDICES: The Dow lost 185.23, or 1.45%, to 12,570.95; the Nasdaq fell 37.08, or 1.29%, to 2,846.81; and the S&P 500 dropped 19.04, or 1.39%, to 1,355.49.
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January 22, 2015
13:53 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Sell at Societe Generale
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12:31 EDTSBUXEarnings Preview: Starbucks sees Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report first quarter results after the market close on Thursday, January 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 80c on revenue of $4.8B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-81c on revenue of $4.63B-$4.93B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 74c on revenue of $4.2B, in-line with estimates for 74c and $4.23B, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%. Looking ahead, the company forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c and guided fiscal year 2015 EPS to $3.03-$3.13 against estimates at that time for $3.16. The company sees FY15 revenue growth of 16%-18%, including over $1B in incremental revenue from the planned acquisition of Starbucks Japan, against estimates at that time for $18.43B. Global comparable store sales growth was targeted in the mid-single digits. NEWS: In November, the European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reported the Wall Street Journal. At its December Investor Day, Starbucks projected that revenue will approach $30B in fiscal year 2019, up from $16B in fiscal year 2014. Additionally, the company announced the launch of "Mobile Order & Pay," which allows customers to place orders in advance of their visit, and to pick up their ready order at their preferred Starbucks store, and also announced plans for food and beverage delivery. The company sees mobile ordering driving transactions and said it was exploring two different delivery models to launch in mid-to-late 2015. Starbucks' partnership with Square for use in mobile device payments also ended and the company replaced Tazo tea in its outlets with products from Teavana. During the quarter, Starbucks said that Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead, a 23-year veteran of the company who also served for many years as the company's Chief Financial Officer, as well as leading the operations and development of Starbucks international business and its Europe, Middle East and Africa business unit, would take an extended unpaid leave from the company; his last day at his current role will be March 1. STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray says it would be a buyer of Starbucks on any sell-off following the news of COO Alstead taking a leave of absence and said its fundamental thesis on the stock is unchanged and that Starbucks remains a top pick. William Blair thinks the near-term could "prove a bit rocky" for Starbucks investors given the departure of the "well-liked" COO and the potential slowing of domestic sales trends. The firm lowered its Q1 comp projection to 4%, below the consensus of 5%, citing a lower sales forecast in the Americas. Bernstein kept a $99 price target and Outperform rating on Starbucks after COO Alstead announced his leave of absence. Janney Capital cut its rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns about the company's near-term sales outlook. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Starbucks shares are up almost 10%. Ahead of tonight's earnings report, shares are down about 0.7% to $81.86.
11:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
There is a potential bullish symmetrical triangle on the daily chart that could become active after earnings if price breaks out above $82.50. What makes the pattern bullish is the preceding uptrend. Upside potential for this pattern is to the $90 area, which would be a fresh lifetime high. When pulling back to a very long-term chart (10-year) the current pattern is visible, but part of a much larger bullish symmetrical triangle which is already in progress. The minimum objective from that pattern is also to the $90 area. While the current technical conditions are strongly bullish, there is always the prospect of pattern failure if the fundamentals fail to live up to bullish expectations. The downside reaction from a negative surprise could be equal in scale to the upside on a positive one. The bottom of the triangle pattern at the $78 area would be the first major support level for the shares. A breakdown below that support would void the pattern, with next support at $76.22.
10:20 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:40 EDTIAGIAMGOLD sells Niobec for $530M
IAMGOLD has completed the sale of its Niobec mine to a group of companies led by Magris Resources. On closing, IAMGOLD received $500M in cash after tax for the niobium business. When combined with the company's current cash, cash equivalents and gold bullion, the balance increases to approximately $800M, exceeding the value of the company's $650M unsecured notes due in October, 2020. The company also has an undrawn $500M revolving credit facility.
08:33 EDTFBFacebook Q4 North America revenues trending slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q4 North American revenues are tracking to $1.8B vs. its prior estimate of $1.775B and consensus of $1.721B.
07:39 EDTIAGIAMGOLD reports 2014 gold production 844K ounces
Reports preliminary total cash costs gold mines estimated at $845-$865 per ounce. Cash costs for IAMGOLD owner-operator mines for 2014 expected to be at the upper end of guidance of $790-$830 per ounce. Preliminary all-in sustaining costs gold mines estimated at $1,100-$1,120 per ounce. All-in sustaining costs for IAMGOLD owner-operator mines for 2014 expected to be at the low end of guidance of $1,100-$1,200 per ounce. 2014 CapEx were approximately $325M, 51% lower than 2013 and well below the 2014 guidance. As a result of the year-end review of asset retirement obligations, the company recorded non-cash expenses of approximately $40.5M related to the rehabilitation costs associated with the closure of the Doyon Mine. As at December 31, 2014, cash, cash equivalents and gold bullion was approximately $333M.
07:36 EDTIAGIAMGOLD reports 2014 revenue $1.2B, consensus $1.21B
07:34 EDTIAGIAMGOLD sees 2015 gold production 820K-860K ounces
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07:32 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:54 EDTSNESony sees mobile success in Middle East and Africa, WSJ says
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06:11 EDTFBWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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January 21, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
11:23 EDTANFSnow Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Abercrombie & Fitch
06:36 EDTSNESony's 'The Interview' nets $40M in online and TV sales, Re/code says
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06:35 EDTSNESony planning to reduce headcount in Japan by 1,500, Variety reports
According to media reports in Japan, Variety reports that Sony is planning to reduce its headcount in various divisions in Japan by about 1,500 by the end of FY14 through early retirement programs. The process, which began last August, involved Sony's corporate planning and finance departments, but has now been expanded to include corporate headquarters staff. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:38 EDTSNESony probed Indian operations for corruption, Bloomberg reports
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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