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November 26, 2012
16:20 EDTTGT, ARO, HOGS, EBAY, KCG, FB, APO, MHP, M, ZLCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day with the Nasdaq the only one of the major averages to finish in positive territory. Several major retailers, including Target (TGT) and Macy's (M), traded lower on the session, despite numbers out of the National Retail Federation indicating consumer spending increased 13% over the holiday weekend compared to a year ago... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing survey for November came in at -2.8, versus forecasts for a +2.5 reading. Also, Mary Schapiro stepped down as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and President Obama designated current SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to take over the position. In Europe, the Bank of England named Mark Carney, who is currently the head of Canada’s central bank, as its next governor... COMPANY NEWS: McGraw-Hill (MHP) advanced 20c, or 0.40%, to $51.89 after confirming it reached a deal to sell its education business to Apollo Global Management (APO) for $2.5B... Shares of Facebook (FB) traded up $1.94, or 8.09%, to $25.94 after Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform and BTIG raised its rating on the name to Neutral... A CNBC report just after midday said that Knight Capital (KCG) was exploring a sale of the whole company, not just its market-making business, as had been reported earlier. The CNBC report said that the price being discussed for a sale of the company was in the $600M-$700M range and shares gained 33c, or 13.25%, to $2.82... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers were shares of eBay (EBAY), up $2.39, or 4.88%, to $51.40 after various reports indicated growth in "Cyber Monday" sales, including a note from ChannelAdvisor that said client sales on the site were up 57% from a year ago. Also higher were shares of Zhongpin (HOGS), up $1.64, or 15.10%, to $12.50 after after agreeing to a "go private" offer for $13.50 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Aeropostale (ARO), which fell 68c, or 4.71%, to $13.77 following a downgrade to Neutral at Janney Capital. Also trading lower were shares of Zale (ZLC), down 25c, or 4.97%, to $4.78 as Bank of America Merrill Lynch removed the stock from its "Most Attractive Buy" list... INDICES: The Dow was down 42.31, or 0.33%, to 12,967.37; the Nasdaq was up 9.93, or 0.33%, to 2,976.78; and the S&P 500 was down 2.86, or 0.20%, to 1,406.29.
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August 20, 2014
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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06:11 EDTEBAYeBay volatility at record low
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August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTEBAYOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTEBAYPayPal taking up Braintree’s Venmo Touch technology, GigaOM says
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, 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 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:53 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
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