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August 5, 2014
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, 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.
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November 18, 2015
08:04 EDTTGTTarget narrows FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.65-$4.75 from $4.60-$4.75
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.48-$1.58, consensus $1.54
08:02 EDTTGTTarget narrows FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.65-$4.75 from $4.60-$4.75
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08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 adjusted EPS 86c, consensus 86c
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07:46 EDTCHGG, SALEJefferies hosts a summit
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November 17, 2015
15:17 EDTTGTTarget November 73 straddle priced for 6% movement into Q3
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15:13 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:53 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Target's Q3 comps ahead of earnings report
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report third quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 86c on revenue of $17.57B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 81c-89c on revenue of $17.42B-$17.76B. In its last earnings report, Target forecast Q3 adjusted EPS 79c-89c Q3 comparable sales up 1%-2%. LAST QUARTER: Target reported second quarter adjusted EPS of $1.22, beating analysts' estimates for $1.11, on revenue of $17.43B, generally in line with analysts' $17.4B consensus. The company said comparable sales increased 2.4% in Q2. Looking ahead, Target raised its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to $4.60-$4.75 from $4.50-$4.65 against estimates at that time for $4.62. On its earnings conference call, Target said it felt "great" about its fourth quarter plans and said it will be "very promotional" in that quarter. NEWS: On August 25, Target said it expects to record a pretax gain of approximately $550M after closing the transaction with CVS Pharmacy (CVS) to sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses for cash consideration of approximately $1.9B. Target also entered into a development agreement with CVS, through which it may jointly develop small-format stores, Target said. The transaction is expected to be accretive to EPS after closing. On September 10, Cherokee (CHKE) announced that Target elected not to renew the license of the Cherokee brand in the U.S., which will expire at the end of its current term on January 31, 2017. Target said on September 30 that it will update its Price Match Policy by expanding digitally and extending its timeframe to 14 days compared to 7 days. The retailer later announced plans to bring back free shipping and returns through the holiday season. STREET RESEARCH: Ahead of the company's earnings report, Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton acknowledged that while sentiment is challenging on Target's stock amid the weakness being reported by a number of retailers this week, he believes Target's Q3 SSS are within the company's guidance of up 1%-2%. The analyst believes Target's fundamentals may be holding up better than some expected. He has an Overweight rating and $88 price target on the stock. Stifel also believes Target will report an above Street comp of 2% versus consensus of 1.7% and inline earnings of 86c. Analyst David A. Schick checks indicate strong merchandising and customer response to key holidays and said PCE trends suggest there is still room for comp upside. Last week, Citi analyst Kate McShane said that in a head-to-head comparison between Costco Wholesale (COST), Target and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), three of the biggest broadlines retailers in the world, Target is the "surprising" winner. McShane said that Target "wins" on potential for EPS growth, operating margin and valuation. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are down over 7% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are up about 1.7% to $73.54.
09:02 EDTTGTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
November 13, 2015
16:33 EDTGHCGraham Holdings acquires Group Dekko, terms not disclosed
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14:15 EDTTGTTarget volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:05 EDTTGTTarget comparable sales likely within guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton acknowledged that sentiment is challenging on Target's stock amid the weakness being reported by a number of retailers this week, but he asserts that Census Bureau data this morning, combined with the firm's observations, leave him thinking that Target's third quarter comparable sales are within the company's guidance of up 1%-2%. The analyst, who thinks Target's fundamentals may be holding up better than some expect, has an Overweight rating and $88 price target on the stock.
08:06 EDTGCIJournal Media Group sees Q4 revenue down in high single digits
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November 12, 2015
19:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: USA Technologies (USAT), up 15.9%... Blue Buffalo (BUFF), up 7.3%... Planet Fitness (PLNT), up 12.3%... Darling Ingredients (DAR), up 8.1%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.8%... Lipocine (LPCN), up 19.9% after reporting quarterly results and that the FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date of June 28, 2016. ALSO HIGHER: Syngenta (SYT), up 14.5% after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected an initial $42B bid from ChemChina... Yum! Brands (YUM), up 4.1% after reporting that October China Same-Store Sales are up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: bebe stores (BEBE), down 10.5%... Nordstrom (JWN), down 20.3%... Fossil (FOSL), down 14.7%... Cisco (CSCO), down 4.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 8.7%... Tahoe Resources (TAHO), down 7.2%. ALSO LOWER: Paycom Software (PAYC), down 5.2%... Netflix (NFLX) down 1% after Dow Jones reported that Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Fox (FOX, FOXA), is in discussions to sell a stake in the company to Time Warner (TWX)... TJX Companies (TJX), down 4%, Burlington Stores (BURL), down 5.3%, Macy's (M), down 1.6%, Target (TGT), down 1.9%, J.C. Penney (JCP), down 1.4%, and Kohl's (KSS), down 1.3%, after Nordstrom reported quarterly results and cut its fiscal 2015 guidance.
18:38 EDTTGTDepartment store stocks drop after Nordstrom reports Q3 earnings, cuts guidance
Shares of Nordstrom (JWN) slipped in after-hours trading after the department store reported its third quarter results and cut its guidance for fiscal year 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Nordstrom reported Q3 earnings per share of 42c, against analyst estimates of 72c, Q3 revenue of $3.24B below consensus estimates of $3.37B, and Q3 same-store sales of 0.9%. The company lowered its FY15 adjusted EPS view to $3.40-$3.50 from $3.70-$3.80, against analyst expectations of $3.75, lowered its FY15 revenue guidance to up 7.5%-8% from 8.5%-9.5%, and lowered its FY15 SSS view to 2.5%-3% from 3.5%-4.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Nordstrom reported that Q3 EPS included a reduction of 15c, which primarily represented transaction costs associated with the closing of its credit card portfolio sale. In its Q3 earnings release, Nordstrom said that its performance was below company expectations, reflecting softer sales trends that were generally consistent across channels and merchandise categories. The company noted that its top-performing merchandise category was Cosmetics. In addition, coats, younger customer-focused departments and dresses continued to reflect strength in Women's Apparel. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Nordstrom are trading lower by 20.55% to $50.45 in the after-hours. OTHERS TO WATCH: Retailers that followed Nordstrom downward included TJX Companies (TJX), down 4%, Burlington Stores (BURL), down 5.3%, Macy's (M), down 1.6%, Target (TGT), down 1.9%, J.C. Penney (JCP), down 1.4%, and Kohl's (KSS), down 1.3%.
16:11 EDTGCIUSA TODAY Sports Media Group, GPI enter into multi-year content partnership
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13:05 EDTTGTTarget to open small-format store in Manhattan next year, Fortune reports
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08:31 EDTGHCGraham Holdings names Timothy O'Shaughnessy president, CEO
Graham Holdings announced that Timothy O'Shaughnessy will become president and CEO effective immediately. He succeeds Donald E. Graham, who has been chairman and chief executive officer since 1991. Graham, 70, will remain chairman of the Board of Directors. O'Shaughnessy, 33, joined Graham Holdings Company in 2014 as President to oversee investments and acquisitions, and to help set a new direction for the company following the sale of The Washington Post.
08:15 EDTTGTTarget names Melanie Healey to board of directors
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November 11, 2015
11:24 EDTTGTStifel is bullish near-term ahead of Q3 report on Target
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