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January 10, 2014
13:00 EDTYRCW, TGT, SHLD, ICPT, SWS, HTH, CHTPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after a report showed that U.S. hiring slowed markedly in December. The averages began the session in positive territory, as a "bad news is good news" attitude appeared to breifly return to the market, but the market never gained upside momentum. The averages crossed into negative territory before the end of the first hour of trading and have drifted in negative ground since then. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., employers added 74K jobs in December, which was the smallest jobs gain since January 2011 and fell well short of expectations for 200K jobs to have been added. The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 6.7% from 7% in November, but the drop occurred largely because more people stopped looking for work. In China, the nation's trade surplus of $25.6B for December was below the $32.2B surplus expected. Export growth of 4.3% was slower than the prior month and missed expectations, while imports rose by 8.3%, which was more than expected. In Europe, S&P reaffirmed at its AAA rating on Germany with a stable outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Target (TGT) shares slipped 1% after the company increased its estimate of people affected by its recent security breach to 70 million and said additional information may have been stolen. The company also cut its forecast for the fourth quarter performance of its U.S. unit, noting that it now expects same-store sales will fall about 2.5%, compared with a prior view that they would be flat compared to last year. Target stated that its new expectation reflects stronger-than-expected Q4 sales prior to the company’s announcement of its data breach and "meaningfully weaker-than expected" sales since the announcement... Another department store owner, Sears Holdings (SHLD), plunged 12% after forecasting worse than expected fourth quarter losses and saying domestic comparable store sales for the quarter-to-date fell 5.7% at Kmart and 9.2% at Sears stores in the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which rose another 70% after its stock nearly tripled yesterday following the company's trial of obeticholic acid for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis being stopped early for efficacy. Also higher was SWS Group (SWS), which rose about 21% to $7.33 near midday after Hilltop Holdings (HTH) offered to buy the rest of SWS that it doesn't already own for $7 a share in cash and Hilltop stock. Hilltop shares also rose nearly 9% after making the proposal. Among the noteworthy losers was Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), which fell 29% after the FDA posted briefing documents related to a review of a resubmission for the company's Northera drug. Also lower were shares of trucker YRC Worldwide (YRCW), which declined 13% after members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters did not approve the memorandum of understanding extension proposal made by the company. INDEXES: Near 1 pm ET, the Dow was down 35.43, or 0.22%, to 16,409.33, the Nasdaq was down 1.71, or 0.04%, to 4,154.49, and the S&P 500 was down 1.10, or 0.06%, to 1,837.03.
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September 22, 2014
09:15 EDTICPTIntercept recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Summer Street
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06:59 EDTSHLDSears failed to get 'acceptable' bids for Sears Canada unit, NY Post reports
Sears failed to get any acceptable bids for its Sears Canada unit after potential bidders examined the company’s books, the New York Post reports. Sears was forced last week to take out a $400M loan from CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
17:17 EDTSHLDESL Partners reports 48.5% stake in Sears, provides update on loan talks
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September 18, 2014
18:25 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Concur (CNQR), up 19.5% after SAP (SAP) announced that it will acquire the company for $129 per share... Navidea Biopharmaceuticals (NAVB), up 9.8% after confirming FDA orphan designation for Lymphoseek... Molycorp (MCP), up 6.1% after Oaktree Capital reported a 9.1% passive stake in the company... JetBlue (JBLU), up 4.6% following CEO transition announcement... Wendy's (WEN), up 2.15% after Trian reported a 24.39% stake in the company... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.6% after Fairholme Capital reported a 24% stake in the company... AMD (AMD), up 1% after announcing that it expanded an IP partnership with Synopsys (SNPS). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Red Hat (RHT), down 3%... Oracle (ORCL), down 2.4% following first quarter earnings miss and CEO transition... Tibco Software (TIBX), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Quest Resource (QRHC), down 13.4% after filing an automatic common stock and warrant shelf... Eagle Rock (EROC), down 4.5% after filing to sell 53.34M common units for limited partners... Chatham Lodging (CLDT), down 3.3% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 2.3% after filing to sell 9.98M shares of common stock for holders... Blackstone Mortgage (BXMT), down 1.6% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock.
17:33 EDTSHLDFairholme Capital reports 24.0% stake in Sears
The St. Joe Company, an affiliate of the Fund and Fairholme, is in discussions with the company regarding the $400M secured short-term loan disclosed on the 8-K filed by the Issuer on September 15. The St. Joe Company may invest up to $100M in participations relating to the Short Term Loan.
11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:56 EDTSHLDSears operations erasing $10/share in value each year, says Credit Suisse
In a note titled "Thinking About 'The End,'" Credit Suisse earlier today said events over the past month "had to shake supplier confidence" in Sears. The firm noted that Sears is generating negative operating cash flow of between $1B-$2B in 2014. Credit Suisse concludes that if Sears' real estate assets are worth as much as bulls think they are, then the company should liquidate since its operations are taking over $10 per share of value away every year. It has Underperform rating on Sears with a $20 price target. Shares of the retailer are down 2%, or 66c, to $28.90 in morning trading.
09:36 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
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September 17, 2014
09:36 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
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07:28 EDTHTHStephens to hold a forum
4th Annual Bank CEO Forum to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 17-18.
05:46 EDTSHLDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SHLD GTAT
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September 16, 2014
17:14 EDTYRCWYRC Worldwide sees Q3 operating income $22M-$27M
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10:15 EDTSHLDSears tumbles to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares hit a fresh 52-week low at $30.88 before bouncing slightly higher. WIth price last at $31.18, support is at that new low. A break below $30.88 would see next support at $30.10. Resistance is at $31.71, a pivot low on a closing basis, and then at $32.62.
06:35 EDTSHLDSears borrows $400M from CEO's hedge fund
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September 15, 2014
09:59 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Realty (ARCP) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Athlon Energy (ATHL) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Capital Product (CPLP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Costco (COST) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Solutions (PSIX) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team (TISI) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi... Wal-Mart (WMT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Winnebago (WGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
06:11 EDTTGTTarget initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup started shares of Target with a Neutral rating saying the risk/reward is fair with valuation at three year highs. Citi believes Target is taking the right steps to improve execution and set a $66 price target for the stock.
September 10, 2014
11:43 EDTSHLDLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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September 8, 2014
12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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