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January 10, 2014
13:00 EDTYRCW, HTH, SHLD, SWS, TGT, CHTP, ICPTOn 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 companyís 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.
News For TGT;SHLD;ICPT;SWS;HTH;CHTP;YRCW From The Last 14 Days
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April 17, 2015
10:00 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:53 EDTICPTIntercept initiated with a Buy, $465 target at UBS
UBS analyst Matthew Roden started shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating and $465 price target. Roden sees a favorable risk/reward ahead of the approval and commercial launch of the company's obeticholic acid, known as OCA, in primary biliary cirrhosis. Roden also thinks OCA's opportunity in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is being undervalued at current share levels. Shares of Intercept closed yesterday up $2.53 to $274.44.
April 16, 2015
07:11 EDTSHLDSears may need to contibute more money into pension plan, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
17:32 EDTTGTMasterCard reaches agreement with Target to resolve claims
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTTGTTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailerís massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
18:17 EDTTGTTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, DJ says
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April 13, 2015
14:18 EDTTGTTarget names Anne Dament as SVP, Merchandising
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10:00 EDTHTHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Barnes & Noble (BKS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Calgon Carbon (CCC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Compass Diversified (CODI) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Green Bancorp (GNBC) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Hilltop Holdings (HTH) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Independent Bank (IBTX) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... MarkWest Energy (MWE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Medgenics (MDGN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... National Commerce (NCOM) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... OGE Energy (OGE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Owens Corning (OC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Southside Bancshares (SBSI) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with a Buy at Empire.
09:23 EDTSHLDSears moves higher on Simon Property Group deal
Price was last higher by over 3.8% in the pre-market to $44.60 after the company struck a deal with Simon Property Group (SPG) similar to that previously made with General Growth Properties (GGP). Resistance is at $45.69. Support is at $44.02.
08:24 EDTICPTDeutsche Bank pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:14 EDTHTHHilltop Holdings initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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06:35 EDTSHLDSears volatility low into Simon Property a joint venture of real estate holdings
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06:22 EDTSHLD, TGTGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
06:07 EDTICPTIntercept announces several presentations evaluating OCA
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06:06 EDTSHLDSears, Simon Property form 50/50 JV
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTTGTBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:20 EDTICPTWedbush reiterates $493/share acquisition value for Intercept
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April 8, 2015
06:57 EDTICPTIntercept added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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April 7, 2015
09:23 EDTTGTFreshpet dry food product launched at Target, says Baird
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