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August 5, 2014
17:01 EDTBLMN, GCI, TRBAA, ECOM, COH, TGT, AHC, MNI, SALE, WAG, GHC, CHGGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in the red and moved in a fairly narrow range through the early part of the day, albeit in negative ground. Stocks gained downward momentum early in the afternoon after headlines circulated that Russia has sharply increased its military presence along its eastern border with Ukraine in the past few days. The market lost not only what it had gained back yesterday but added to its losses from last week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dipped to 60.8 for the final July print from the 61.0 flash estimate for the month. A similar reading from ISM, its non-manufacturing index, climbed to 58.7 in July from June's 56.0 reading. Factory orders rebounded 1.1% in June, which was better than the expected 0.5% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell $2.67, or 4.4%, to $58.03 after the company lowered its forecast for earnings per share in the second quarter, excluding some items, to 78c from its previous guidance of 85c-$1.00. The company expects its comparable sales in the U.S. to be "essentially flat" and noted that discounts weighed on its margins as consumers continued to spend cautiously at the company's stores and focus on value. The retailer also estimated that the after-effects of its December 2013 data breach cost it $110M in the second quarter... Gannett (GCI) slid 45c, or 1.31%, to $33.87 after striking a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chegg (CHGG), which gained $1.21, or 20.54%, to $7.10 after reporting higher than expected quarterly results and that it formed a strategic alliance with Ingram Content Group, the world's largest book distributor. Also higher was Coach (COH), which rose $1.49, or 4.34%, to $35.80 after reporting earnings, excluding certain items, that beat expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Walgreen (WAG), which slipped $2.99, or 4.15%, to $69.12 after Sky News said the company will announce as soon as tomorrow that it will pay "in the region" of GBP5B to acquire the remaining 55% stake in Alliance Boots that it does not already own, though is likely to also state that it intends to remain a U.S.-domiciled company and will not pursue a tax inversion. Early this morning the company also announced that sales in its comparable stores increased by 5.2% in July. Also lower following their earnings reports were RetailMeNot (SALE), which fell $7.15, or 28.26%, to $18.15, ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which dropped $6.90, or 29.73%, to $16.31, and Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), which declined $4.75, or 23.98%, to $15.06. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 139.81, or 0.84%, to 16,429.47, the Nasdaq fell 31.05, or 0.71%, to 4,352.83, and the S&P 500 declined 18.78, or 0.97%, to 1,920.21.
News For TGT;GCI;WAG;COH;BLMN;SALE;ECOM;CHGG;MNI;TRBAA;GHC;AHC From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
14:52 EDTTGTTarget August 79.5 straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q2
14:51 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:01 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target to report Q2 results after management changes
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11:36 EDTTGTTarget reaches settlement with Visa over data breach, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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08:20 EDTTGTTarget August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Target August call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 27 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
07:46 EDTCOHJefferies sees longer turnaround for Vera Bradley, cuts to Hold
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07:40 EDTCOHJefferies says Coach turnaround not being appreciated, ups to Buy
Jefferies analyst Randal Konik upgraded Coach (COH) to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target for shares to $50 from $35. The stock closed yesterday up 8c to $32.02. Survey results show the handbag maker is starting to attract new customers at a faster rate while its remodel initiative should help drive a return to positive comps, Konik tells investors in a research note. He believes the company's turnaround is not being fully appreciated by the market. The analyst also added Coach to the Jefferies Franchise Picks List. He coupled the upgrade with a downgrade Vera Bradley (VRA) to Hold.
06:42 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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August 17, 2015
13:30 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
13:11 EDTSALE, ECOMAlibaba unlikely to make competing offer for zulily, say Baird
zulily (ZU) shareholder Alibaba (BABA) is unlikely to make a competing takeover bid for the online retailer, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. Alibaba, which upped its stake in zulily to 9% in May, likely views the company as an investment rather than a vehicle to enter the U.S. market, Sebastian argues. This morning, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced it had reached an agreement to acquire zulily for $18.75 per share or $2.4B. The analyst sees strategic benefits from the deal. Increased takeover activity in the small-cap internet space could support the valuations of the remaining independents, including ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), Yelp (YELP), Groupon (GRPN), Angie's List (ANGI) and RetailMeNot (SALE), Sebastian writes. Shares of zulily are soaring 47% to $18.50 following the takeover agreement.
11:27 EDTTGTTarget promotes Mulligan to COO, names Smith to CFO role
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08:48 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
Target Corporation (TGT) promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO, effective Sept. 1. Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target's chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell. Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company's CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer's interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX).
08:47 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
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August 16, 2015
18:56 EDTBLMNU.S. food chains see opportunity in a weakened Brazil, WSJ says
North American food chains including McDonald's (MCD), Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Papa John's (PZZA), and Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) are expanding into Brazil in hopes to capture market share while local restaurants pull back amid the country's economic uncertainty, reports the Wall Street Journal. Brazilian economic troubles "make it more challenging, but it's also an opportunity... The Brazilian economy will improve, and we'll be in a position to take advantage of that," commented Patrick Murtha, president of the international arm of Bloomin' Brands. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
17:17 EDTCOHPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTGCIIcahn gives quarterly update on stakes, confirms liquidation of Netflix position
NEW STAKES: Gannett (GCI), and Cheniere Energy (LNG). INCREASED STAKES: Icahn Enterprises (IEP). DECREASED STAKES: None. LIQUIDATED STAKES: Netflix (NFLX).
08:10 EDTTGTTarget merchandising executive Jose Barra stepping down, WSJ reports
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07:54 EDTGCIGannett management to meet with Gabelli
Meeting to be held in Chicago on August 18 hosted by Gabelli.
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