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August 5, 2014
17:01 EDTECOM, COH, TGT, AHC, MNI, SALE, WAG, GHC, CHGG, BLMN, GCI, TRBAAOn 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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February 23, 2015
16:14 EDTCHGGChegg sees Q1 revenue $76M-$80M, consensus $87.05M
16:13 EDTCHGGChegg reports Q4 adjusted EPS 19c, consensus 15c
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16:10 EDTCHGGChegg announces agreement in principle with Ingram Content Group
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09:10 EDTCHGGChegg management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:32 EDTTGTTarget lowers online free shipping minimum to $25
Target announced that, effective immediately, all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping, with virtually no exclusions. The new minimum is decreased from $50.
February 20, 2015
08:36 EDTGHCGraham Holdings reports Q4 adjusted EPS $17.31 vs. $10.13 last year
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08:35 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands price target raised to $30 from $26 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital increased its price target on Bloomin' Brands after the company reported higher than expected Q4 EPS. The firm thinks the company's same-store sales growth has accelerated so far in Q1, while its comp sales will likely rise at least 2.5% this year. BMO Capital believes that the company can surpass EPS expectations this year, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:20 EDTTGTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
07:14 EDTCOHOppenheimer to hold a tour
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06:25 EDTCHGGChegg management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on February 26 hosted by Jefferies.
February 19, 2015
09:59 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Altisource Residential (RESI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... British Land (BTLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Monster Worldwide (MWW) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Werner (WERN) upgraded on improving freight fundamentals at RBC Capital... diaDexus (DDXS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg,
07:15 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands sees FY15 adjusted EPS of at least $1.27, consensus $1.28
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07:14 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands reports Q4 Outback comparable sales up 6.4%
Reports Q4 Carrabba's comparable sales up 0.3%; Reports Q4 Bonefish Grill comparable sales up 0.7%; Reports Q4 Fleming's Prime comparable sales pu 3.4%.
07:13 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands reports Q4 comparable sales for domestic concepts up 4.2%
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07:12 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 28c, consensus 27c
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06:30 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
Topeka upgraded Coach to Buy and raised its price target to $44 from $40 following yesterday's Fall 2015 fashion week. The analyst is impressed how quickly Coach has changed its assortments under new design director Stuart Vevers. Topeka said there are more opening price points in handbags and improved cohesion between collection and core, creating a brand halo effect. Additionally, the firm's recent mall checks indicate a pickup in Coach store traffic.
February 18, 2015
15:35 EDTBLMNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
11:36 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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10:21 EDTBLMNHigh option volume stocks
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February 17, 2015
11:09 EDTAHC, MNIA.H. Belo announces partnership with Matter
A. H. Belo (AHC) announced that it has signed on as a partner with Matter, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm and incubator that supports promising media startups and entrepreneurs. A. H. Belo joins three other media companies The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company (MNI) and Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. as new organizational partners. They join three founding partners KQED Public Media for Northern California, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Public Radio Exchange which collectively launched Matter in 2012.
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