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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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August 21, 2014
09:50 EDTSHLDSears falls after earnings, levels to watch
The stock is down 4.7% to $34.24 at time of writing following a much wider than expected loss for the company's Q2. At current price support is at the session low at $33.51 and then at $32.62. Resistance is at $35.16.
09:37 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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06:04 EDTSHLDSears reports Q2 EPS ($5.39), consensus ($2.63)
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August 20, 2014
15:17 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly 36.5 straddle priced for 8.5% move into Q2
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12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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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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August 19, 2014
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 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.
07:54 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Sears Holdings August weekly call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 55, December is at 46, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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