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November 26, 2012
16:20 EDTZLC, EBAY, APO, TGT, ARO, KCG, MHP, HOGS, FB, MOn 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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February 23, 2015
14:03 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
The shares are in a topping pattern, with the $62 area a key support level. If there were a break below $62, the topping pattern would be confirmed. Next support in that event would be at $60.57, and then at $59 to $57.03. If the news is a positive surprise, next resistance would be at $65.74 and then at the 52-week high and life high at $68.30.
13:56 EDTMEarnings Preview: Macy's sees FY14 EPS $4.35-$4.37, SSS up 2.5%
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.40 on revenue of $9.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.21-$2.59 on revenue of $9.32B-$9.56B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported third quarter EPS of 61c, above estimates for 50c, on revenue of $6.2B, slightly below estimates for $6.34B. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were down 0.7% from the prior year. Q3 comparable sales exclusive of licensed businesses were down 1.4%. Macy's chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said the company was "optimistic" for Q4, though the company commented on the Q3 earnings conference call that it was "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for the holiday season. Macy's said Q4 gross margin "could be flat or could be down." NEWS: In early February, Macy's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.35-$4.37 from its previous outlook of $4.25-$4.35. Estimates at that time called for FY14 EPS of $4.35. Macy's said the outlook excludes charges of approximately $100M-$110M related to the previously announced merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17M of interest expense related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. Macy's said Q4 comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis was 2.5%. This calculates to growth in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis 2014 of 1.4%. On an owned basis, Q4 comparable sales were 2%. The retailer said its Q4 performance represents a "strengthening trend" from Q3 and spring season. The company said Jeff Gennette, president of Macy’s, will oversee Macy’s merchandise planning, as well as maintain oversight responsibility for merchandising and marketing of Macy’s stores and digital, and private brand product development. Gennette relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities as Macy’s chief merchandising officer. Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer since 2012, moved to a new role as Macy’s Chief for Innovation and Business Development. Jeff Kantor, previously chairman of macys.com, was named Macy’s Chief Stores Officer. The company also said R.B. Harrison would continue in his role as Macy’s. Chief Omnichannel Officer and that Julie Greiner, Macy’s Chief Merchandise Planning Officer since 2009, will retire from the company in August. During the quarter, Macy's said it would close 14 stores and restructure merchandising and marketing functions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. In conjunction with the merchandising and marketing restructuring and store and field adjustments, as well as store closings and asset impairment charges, an estimated $100M-$110M of charges, of which approximately $80M-$90M is expected to be cash, will be booked in Q4. The retailer named RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) Chief Financial Officer Leslie Hale to its board of directors, sued Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names and acquired Bluemercury for $210M in cash. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley downgraded Macy's to Equal Weight and removed shares from the Best Ideas List based on share and earnings outperformance. The analyst believes valuation appropriately values Macy's superior execution and sees balanced risk/reward going forward. Evercore ISI initiated Macy's with a Buy and $74 price target given its scale and stability, competitive advantages, strong vendor relationships and significant cash-flow generation. During the quarter, Macy's was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up fractionally. In afternoon trading, he stock is down 0.3% to $63.51 ahead of Tuesday's report.
09:48 EDTFBFacebook experiencing likely service disruption, downrightnow says
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTFBBelgian commissioned study finds Facebook privacy policy violates European law
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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.
06:21 EDTEBAY, FBFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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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
05:21 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
11:47 EDTFBFacebook breaks above its 50-day moving average
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11:40 EDTFBFacebook rises after analyst pegs Instagram value at $33B
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09:35 EDTFBOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
07:58 EDTFBFacebook remains a top pick for 2015, says Cowen
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06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:17 EDTFBFacebook Seattle gets new office, 1500 hires in 2016, TechFlash says
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05:36 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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