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August 5, 2014
17:01 EDTTRBAA, ECOM, COH, TGT, AHC, MNI, SALE, WAG, GHC, CHGG, BLMN, GCIOn 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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January 29, 2015
07:54 EDTCOHCoach says 'on track' with strategic agenda
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07:07 EDTCOHCoach reports Q2 EPS 72c ex-items, consensus 66c
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January 28, 2015
15:38 EDTCOHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
14:55 EDTCOHCoach January weekly 37 straddle priced for 7.6% movement into Q4
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January 27, 2015
09:06 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor announces strategic integration with Jet
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07:26 EDTCOHCoach January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 26, 2015
17:22 EDTCOHCoach moves Q2 earnings release to January 29
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15:48 EDTCOHCoach technical notes ahead of earnings
The shares have been trading in a wide range, but a well-defined base, since the late summer of last year. The range is largely bound by $33.50 at the low and $38 at the high. A breakout above the top of the range would be bullish, with the prospect of putting the stock back on a more bullish path. A move above the $40 level in particular would break the prevailing downtrend. The $40 level is where the stock broke to the base low in the late summer of 2014. If the low of the range were tested without breaking, then the current range would likely remain intact. A breakdown below the low of the range would find next support at the 52-week low at $32.72.
15:40 EDTCOHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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January 23, 2015
06:09 EDTCOHCoach January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 22, 2015
12:40 EDTGCIIcahn says Gannett spun-off company could be 'aggressively sought'
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12:00 EDTGHCGraham Holdings increases quarterly dividend by 10c to $2.65
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09:16 EDTGCIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:44 EDTGCIGannett: Shareholder interest will remain company's priority
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08:43 EDTGCIGannett says will evaluate Icahn's submission of precatory proposals
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08:43 EDTGCIGannett responds to Icahn actions
Gannett Co. responded to an amended Form 13D filing by Carl Icahn and affiliates, who own approximately 6.6% of Gannett, disclosing nomination of two candidates for election to Gannett’s Board of Directors at Gannett’s 2015 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Icahn also disclosed submission of precatory proposals that would require certain corporate governance provisions at Gannett and at the new publishing company that will be formed upon completion of Gannett’s planned separation later this year. Gannett’s Board of Directors will evaluate the submission and make a recommendation to Gannett shareholders in due course. Marge Magner, non-executive chairman of Gannett’s Board, said, “We are surprised by Mr. Icahn’s aggressive actions, including his threat to run a proxy contest to force wholesale changes in Gannett’s corporate governance and dictate the corporate governance of a company whose governance profile has yet to be determined. His overreaching campaign to advance his own agenda will not deter the Board of Gannett from continuing to serve the interests of all of our shareholders. In addition to performing well, Gannett has a strong track record of shareholder engagement and sound corporate governance. As we execute on the separation of our publishing business this year, shareholder interests will remain our priority.” Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer of Gannett, said, “Gannett is a shareholder-focused company that has consistently delivered strong returns for our owners. Since the launch of our strategic transformation plan three years ago, we have achieved significant revenue growth and margin expansion. During that same period, we have made attractive acquisitions to execute on our announced strategy, our stock price has more than doubled and total shareholder return has exceeded 265%, outpacing the S&P 500 and our peers by a wide margin.” Martore continued, “Our strong and independent Board has been a driving force behind our strategic transformation and our previously announced plan to separate into two publicly traded companies – a plan Mr. Icahn publicly supported following our announcement last summer and continues to support now.”
08:42 EDTGCIGannett says 'surprised' by Icahn's 'agressive' actions
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08:38 EDTGCIIcahn to nominate two to Gannett board, asks for no poison pill
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08:00 EDTGCIIcahn nominates two to Gannett board, CNBC's Faber reports
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January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTTGTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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