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November 14, 2012
16:34 EDTMWW, SNE, ANF, SBUX, IAG, APO, TEA, FBOn 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.
News For TEA;SBUX;MWW;APO;ANF;FB;IAG;SNE From The Last 14 Days
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November 20, 2015
07:39 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch reports Q3 adj. EPS 48c, may not compare to consensus 22c
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06:20 EDTSNESony mulling bringing PS2 games to PS4, WSJ says
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November 19, 2015
15:24 EDTANFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 94c... Sirona Dental (SIRO), consensus $1.10... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), consensus 22c... Hibbett Sport (HIBB), consensus 68c.
14:51 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch November 19 straddle priced for 12% movement into Q3
14:26 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have been trading in a sideways but wide range since March of this year. Shares ahead of earnings are currently trading below an important support level, $20, which has held for most of this sideways trading period. A move back above $20 on good news would be a technical positive that could see the highs of the recent range tested. The first resistance level of significance is at the 30-day moving average at $20.93. The 30-day has nearly flattened out in recent months, bisecting the range. Next resistance above the 30-day would be at $21.68, $22.25, and $23.25. If the news is bearish, the shares could drift to the low end of the range. First support would be at $18.74. Below that support, additional downside objectives may be at $17.60 and $16.56. The 52-week low is at $15.42.
13:29 EDTANFEarnings Watch: Abercrombie reports amid ongoing turnaround, CEO search
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Friday, November 20 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Abercrombie & Fitch is a retailer of casual apparel for men, women and kids. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 22c on revenue of $864.65M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 7c-44c on revenue of $832.7M-$897M. LAST QUARTER: On August 26, Abercrombie & Fitch reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 12c on revenue of $817.8M, beating consensus estimates of (4c) and $811.46M, respectively. The company added that same store sales for Q2 were down 4% year over year. Abercrombie & Fitch also said that it expected same store sales trends to improve in the second half of the year, skewed towards the fourth quarter. NEWS: The company said in its Q2 earnings release that it planned to open 15 full-price stores in fiscal 2015 in China, Japan, and the Middle East, six full price stores in North America, and ten new outlet stores in the U.S. The retailer also said that it expected to close roughly 60 stores in the U.S. during the fiscal year through natural lease expirations. On its Q2 conference call, Abercrombie & Fitch said that its board was "deeply engaged" in its search for a new chief executive officer and that someone will be appointed to the role "in due time." The company added on the call that it was still making adjustments to prices at the Abercrombie brand. STREET RESEARCH: On August 27, Stifel upgraded Abercrombie to Buy from Hold and maintained a $24 price target following the company's upbeat Q2 results. A day later, RBC Capital upgraded the company's stock to Sector Perform from Underperform and raised its price target to $20 from $17, saying that the fundamentals of the Hollister unit are improving while revenue was showing signs of rebounding. On September 24, Standpoint Research downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Hold from Buy. On October 19, Wunderlich upgraded the company's shares to Hold from Sell with a $21 price target, saying that there were signs of a business turnaround. On November 19, Susquehanna reiterated a Positive rating and $26 price target on the retailer's stock, saying it believes the company is well positioned for the holiday season. PRICE ACTION: Abercrombie & Fitch shares are flat at $19.75 in afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report. The stock is up about 12.5% over the past three months.
11:15 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; AMZN FB
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CHK BAC FB PFE MU GMCR AMZN NFLX BBY BABA CRM QCOM
08:38 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch well positioned for holidays, says Susquehanna
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06:38 EDTFBFacebook multiple 'has room to move higher,' says Citi
After analyzing Facebook's expense growth, Citi analyst Mark May says 2016 consensus estimates for the social network giant have 3%-6% potential upside. May believes the stock's multiple "has room to move higher" and keeps a Buy rating on Facebook with a $134 price target. He thinks expense growth in 2016 will range between high-30% and 50% and views consensus revenue forecasts as still too conservative.
November 18, 2015
16:44 EDTFBGoogle ad exec jumps to YouTube, Re/code says
Neal Mohan, previously Google's (GOOG) SVP for display and video advertising, has been appointed SVP of product for YouTube in a move signaling renewed efforts to combat Facebook (FB) video, reports Re/code, citing spokesperson statements. Paul Muret, currently head of analytics at Google, will succeed Mohan, and the company's analytics group will be folded into its display operations. Re/code notes that the analytics rollup may indicate Google sees measurement as "core" to its advertising business. Reference Link
14:20 EDTFBFacebook fundraising tool bears resemblance to Kickstarter, TechCrunch says
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:36 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees expanding gross margin in 2016
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08:20 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees no impact from economic weakness in China
Says lunch and afternoon offerings are increasingly relevant to customers. Says has started to roll out Evenings program in multiple stores. Says food makes up 20% of sales, up from 17% a few years ago. Says goal to have food make up 25% of sales. Says Morning Daypart sales up 22% over past five years. Says "a lot of opportunity" in lunch. Says breakfast sandwich sales have doubled over past three years. Says all comp growth in China is traffic. Says growing store portfolio in China at 30% per year clip. Sees no impact from economic weakness in China.
08:15 EDTSBUXStarbucks CFO: 1,500 stores in U.S. have Clover machines, up 50% y/y
Says 1,500 stores have Clover machines now in the U.S., up 50% year over year. Sees selling premium coffees in more international markets. Sees opening 500 larger-format reserve cafes. Says focusing on elevating tea presence in stores. Says Teavana brand driving revenue growth, contributing to comp growth. Plans to have Teavana in more Starbucks stores worldwide.
08:10 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees annual EPS growth of at least 15%
Sees annual revenue growth of about 10%. Says at mid-to-single digit comps each quarter. Says growing comps at 8%. Says playing "the long game." Says growth built on innovation, store experience. Says will see softness in topline unless it invests heavily in store experience. Says food is growing faster than beverage in U.S. stores. Says started to invest in "partner digital." Says customer-facing digital apps and technology is industry leading, though lagging behind in partner-facing digital technology. Says employee turnover is down. Comments taken from Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference.
07:19 EDTSBUXDunkin' Donuts tests mobile ordering app, Bloomberg reports
Dunkin' Donuts, owned by Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), is aiming to play catch up to Starbucks (SBUX) by testing a mobile ordering and delivery service in certain U.S. markets, Bloomberg reports. Starting Wednesday, 124 Dunkin' locations in Portland, Maine, will let customers order ahead of time through an app, the report says. Roughly 19 cafes in Dallas are also testing the delivery, with additional locations in Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and Washington coming soon, the report says. Reference Link
05:56 EDTSNESony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTFBFacebook partners with Airtel Africa to bring free basics to 17 countries
In an announcement on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "In South Africa , we announced with Airtel Africa that we will be bringing free basic services to all 17 countries where they operate. first launched in Zambia and today half of the 30 countries with Free Basics are in Africa. These new launches will bring free services to Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We also recently partnered to launch a satellite to provide internet coverage to remote areas of Sub-Saharan Africa starting in 2016. We've also partnered with the Praekelt Foundation to give developers the tools they need to build free basic services to reach people just coming online. Connecting people across the African continent is critical to our mission. We're going to keep pushing forward to develop new ways to bring people online until the whole world is connected." Reference Link
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