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August 20, 2014
12:37 EDTSFLY, IRF, HTZ, LOW, IFNNY, TGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in negative territory, but within striking distance of the flat line. There was little in the way of major news that investors could use to push the market higher as they moved to the sidelines ahead of this afternoon’s release of the minutes of last month’s FOMC meeting. After spending most of the morning mixed, the each of the major equity averages has crossed into positive territory, albeit just barely. The Fed’s minutes will be released at 2:00 pm ET. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Mortgage Bankers' Association Purchase Applications showed a week-over-week drop of -0.4% in the purchase index, but a 3% rise in the refinance index... The EIA Petroleum Status Report showed a 4.5M draw in oil inventories to 362.5M barrels during last week. COMPANY NEWS: Target (TGT) reported Q2 earnings that missed on the bottom line by 1c but beat slightly on the top line, and the company cut its FY14 EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90. Target is trading up over 1% in midday trading... Lowe's (LOW) reported better-than-expected Q2 earnings and said it sees FY14 EPS approximately $2.63, above the consensus of $2.61. Lowe's is trading up fractionally. MAJOR MOVERS: International Rectifier (IRF) is up 47% after being acquired by Infineon (IFNNY) for $40 per share in cash... Hertz (HTZ) is down more than 9% after the company withdrew its FY14 guidance, saying it expects to be "well below" the low end of the guidance... Shutterfly (SFLY) is up over 3% after Bloomberg reported that private equity firms are bidding on the company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.38, or 0.2%, to 16,952.97, the Nasdaq was up 0.55, or 0.01%, to 4,528.07, and the S&P 500 was up 1.99, or 0.1%, to 1,983.59.
News For TGT;LOW;IRF;IFNNY;HTZ;SFLY From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
13:34 EDTHTZRyanair to pursue Hertz for breach of contract
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12:23 EDTHTZHertz ends partnership with Ryanair
Hertz (HTZ) said that it has ended its car hire agreement with Ryanair (RYAAY). Hertz said that existing bookings will be fully honored and that future bookings can be made directly at the Hertz, Thrifty and Firefly websites.
July 1, 2015
09:46 EDTTGTCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
June 30, 2015
10:00 EDTLOWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:03 EDTLOWLowe's upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital
As previously reported, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's (LOW) to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73. The firm's State Economic Scoreboard research indicates stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. The firm said sales to the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. Additionally, strengthening Q2 housing metrics and robust relative traffic give the firm increased confidence in its 4% Q2 comp-store sales forecast for Lowe's.
06:02 EDTLOWLowe's upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
June 26, 2015
11:46 EDTHTZHertz in exclusive negotiations with Loxam for potential HERC acquisition
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10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apogee Enterprises (APOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... China Cord Blood (CO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Citizens Financial (CFG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Community Health (CYH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... FireEye (FEYE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Insight Enterprises (NSIT) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Swatch Group (SWGAY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Target (TGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital.
07:40 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital downgraded Target to Market Perform citing near-term leadership uncertainty at a time when shares are trading near 52 week and all-time highs. BMO Capital's analyst said it was surprised by the announcement that Kathee Tesija, EPV and Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer will transition into an advisory role but does not view it as a disagreement in strategic direction.
June 25, 2015
16:23 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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11:35 EDTHTZAvis, Hertz slide after Credit Suisse notes pricing challenges
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09:03 EDTTGTTarget: Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer to move to advisory role
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08:26 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Evercore ISI
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Minneapolis on June 29 hosted by Evercore ISI.
05:50 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility movement; HTZ XLF
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June 24, 2015
10:21 EDTLOWLowe's says more focused on asset productivity rather than square footage
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June 23, 2015
09:18 EDTHTZHertz's subsidiary HERC names Bruce Dressel as COO
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07:15 EDTLOWOppenheimer to hold a conference
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