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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.
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November 17, 2014
07:42 EDTTGTTarget looks to put massive breach in rear-view one year later, WSJ says
Encouraging signs are appearing for Target as the company looks to put its massive data breach in the rear view mirror about one year later as it reports earnings this Wednesday, said The Wall Street Journal's "The Week Ahead" column. Target shares are near 2014 highs after analysts have recently reported a pickup in foot traffic at its stores, the article noted. Reference Link
05:54 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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November 14, 2014
17:01 EDTHTZIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTHTZThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
16:01 EDTHTZOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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10:05 EDTHTZHertz restatatement news worse than expected, says Deutsche Bank
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10:02 EDTHTZHertz restatements to last into next year, says Wells Fargo
After speaking with management, Wells Fargo says Hertz's restatement process is likely to last through most of the first half of 2015. On the plus side, Wells notes that it confirmed vehicle fleet depreciation was not cited as an issue with the company's 2011-2013 restatements. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:56 EDTHTZHertz falls on restatements, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTHTZJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
09:38 EDTHTZActive equity options trading
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08:20 EDTHTZHertz November volatility elevated into outlining new rental car strategy
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07:44 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated at 29 into Q3 and outlook
Target November call option implied volatility is at 29, December is at 21, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
07:21 EDTHTZHertz: Lower revenue growth, higher directing expenses are transitionary
Interim CEO Brian MacDonald said, "We believe the lower revenue growth and higher direct operating expenses we are experiencing in 2014 are transitory, primarily associated with fleet and systems integration challenges related to the Dollar Thrifty acquisition as well as some execution issues. We are addressing the operational issues by strategically repositioning the fleet, hiring incremental sales and maintenance staff and migrating the Dollar and Thrifty financial and counter systems onto Hertz systems. Accordingly, 2015 will represent a transitional year with a more normal base performance becoming evident in 2016."
07:20 EDTHTZHertz sees FY14 corporate EBITDA $1.3B-$1.45B
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07:20 EDTHTZHertz reports Q3 revenue $3.12B, compared to $3.07B a year ago
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07:17 EDTHTZHertz to restate 2011, 2012, 2013 financial statements
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz to implement global cost reduction program
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz announces new U.S. rental car fleet strategy
Hertz announced a new fleet purchasing strategy to improve the U.S. rental car business's competitive position and customer experience. Hertz will purchase roughly 350,000 model year 2015 vehicles in the U.S., approximately 60% more than the model year 2014 vehicles. Approximately 25% of the model year 2015 fleet buy is being delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014. Approximately 70% of the U.S. operating fleet is expected to be risk vehicles in calendar year 2015 versus approximately 85% in 2014. As the company strategically transforms the U.S. fleet, the average U.S. risk-car holding period for 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles is expected to be substantially lower than the 2013 model year holding periods. To accelerate its fleet transformation, the company increased its fourth quarter U.S. risk vehicle dispositions by 45% versus plan, targeting its highest mileage vehicles. As of the end of October, approximately 40% of the sales planned for fourth quarter 2014 have been completed. For the full year 2014, U.S. car rental monthly depreciation per vehicle is expected to be approximately $280 - $300 per unit, which is higher than forecast primarily due to the accelerated disposition timeline and weaker residual values.
November 13, 2014
14:50 EDTHTZLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTHTZLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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