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May 21, 2014
09:13 EDTINTU, EBAY, TIF, CRM, CMRX, AEO, TGT, TSL, ST, PETMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Tiffany (TIF), up 7% after reporting earnings, raising its fiscal year profit view... Target (TGT), up 0.7% after reporting better than expected adjusted earnings, cutting its adjusted earning per share outlook... Trina Solar (TSL), up 10.7% following better than expected earnings... Chimerix (CMRX), up 2% after its 7.3M share secondary stock offering priced at $14.22 per share. LOWER: PetSmart (PETM), down 7% after quarterly and fiscal year profit guidance misses consensus view... Intuit (INTU), down 5.3% after reporting third quarter results and providing fourth quarter guidance below analyst estimates... American Eagle (AEO), down 3.6% after quarterly earnings view below consensus, says will close additional stores... salesforce.com (CRM), down 1% despite raising guidance for fiscal 2015... eBay (EBAY), down 1.6% after disclosing cyberattack, asking user to change passwords... Sensata (ST), down 1.6% after its 11.5M share secondary stock offering priced at $42.65 per share.
News For TGT;TIF;PETM;AEO;EBAY;ST;CMRX;INTU;TSL;CRM From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
14:44 EDTTIFTiffany August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Tiffany August weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, October is at 37, November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 27.
13:17 EDTTGTTarget to pay $2.8M to resolve EEOC discrimination finding
Target has agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve a Commissioner's charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found. In addition, EEOC found that one of the assessments Target formerly used in its hiring process also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC determined that this particular assessment performed by psychologists on behalf of Target was a pre-employment medical examination. Employers are prohibited by the ADA from subjecting applicants to medical examinations prior to an offer of employment. EEOC found that Target also committed record-keeping violations by failing to maintain records sufficient to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. EEOC's investigation revealed that thousands were adversely affected when Target used these assessments in its hiring process. The monetary settlement will be divided among these individuals as appropriate. Target will pay for a claims administrator to distribute the funds.
11:09 EDTTSLGoldman says SolarCity attractive after sharp pullback
SolarCity (SCTY) shares are climbing in the down market after Goldman Sachs contended in a note to investors today that the stock is attractive following its recent sharp retreat, The company probably won't be affected by issues that are causing investors to worry about the solar sector, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that SolarCity's stock had tumbled 27% in the last month before today's open, Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee wrote that the shares are being dragged down by worries about financing and cost of capital that are affecting the entire solar sector. However, he contended that these issues are having only a "limited" impact on SolarCity. On August 13, the company successfully sold asset-backed securities and it said that more such sales are likely to occur in the near-term, Lee noted. Meanwhile, SolarCity isn't being affected by the cost of capital increases that other solar companies are experiencing, the analyst reported. Before today's open, the stock was near a two year low, even though SolarCity's fundamentals are still "strong," Lee believes. Additionally, the largest U.S. solar trade show, which is expected to begin on September 14, could boost solar stocks, as it has historically been a catalyst for the sector, the analyst stated. SolarCity may provide guidance about the outlook for its Silevo solar panel manufacturing subsidiary in the second half of 2015, and the guidance could boost the stock, Lee believes. The risk/reward ratio of SolarCity's stock is positive, according to the analyst, who has a Conviction List Buy and $85 price target on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SolarCity advanced 5.3% to $43.18.
08:11 EDTEBAYeBay Motors partners with Assurant to extend warranties on purchase
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07:15 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle risk/reward remains compelling, says Susquehanna
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August 21, 2015
13:39 EDTINTUIntuit trades near upper-middle of intraday range
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11:24 EDTINTUIntuit plummets after Q1, FY16 outlooks trail estimates
Shares of tax preparation software provider Intuit (INTU) are sinking after the company's first quarter and fiscal 2016 outlooks significantly trailed analyst's consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, Intuit reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of (5c) and revenue of $696M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of (12c) and $738.98M, respectively. In the U.S., TurboTax Online units increased 11% and total TurboTax units grew 7%, excluding the Free File Alliance, the company said. Additionally, Intuit said it reached 1.075M QuickBooks Online subscribers through the end of Q4 and increased total QuickBooks online subscribers by 57% for the year. Brad Smith, Intuit's president and Chief Executive Officer said the company closed out fiscal year 2015 "on a strong note," adding that the company's small business momentum "continues to build and our QuickBooks Online ecosystem growth is accelerating." Looking ahead, Intuit said it expects Q1 adjusted EPS of (4c)-(3c) and revenue of $660M-$680M, well below analysts' consensus estimates of of 6c and $776.36M, respectively. For FY16, the company expects adjusted EPS of $3.40-$3.45 and revenue of $4.53B-$4.6B, far short of the consensus of $3.82 and $5.04B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its earnings release, Intuit announced its intent to divest Demandforce, QuickBase and Quicken. The divestment will help Intuit "focus on and invest in businesses that strengthen the ecosystem and align with two strategic goals: to be the operating system behind small business success, and to do the nations' taxes in the U.S. and Canada," the company said. As a result of the decision, the company said FY16 adjusted EPS will be reduced by about 10c and revenue will be reduced by approximately $250M, as the company reports these assets as discontinued operations. Separately, Intuit raised its dividend for the first quarter by 20% to 30c per share, payable on October 19. ANALYST REACTION: First Analysis analyst James Macdonald downgraded Intuit this morning to Underweight from Equal Weight. Macdonald said Intuit's small business online ecosystem has "relatively low monetization." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Intuit fell $10.80, or 10.41%, to $92.23 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained approximately 5% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the tax preparation space include Liberty Tax (TAX), up 0.16%, and H & R Block (HRB), down 1.5%.
10:32 EDTCRMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTINTUHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: XEO VAR AMCC XPO ROST INTU TFM BTE DXD
10:02 EDTINTUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTINTU, CRMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Accuray (ARAY), up 12.7%... Brocade (BRCD), up 6%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 3.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Intuit (INTU), down 6.7%... Deere (DE), down 5.4%... Nordson (NDSN), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: GigOptix (GIG), down 20% after 9.22M share Spot Secondary priced at $1.70... VirnetX Holding (VHC), down 19.8% after filing to sell 35M shares of common stock... Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO), down 8.7% after TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein reports, via Twitter, that CVax Phase 3 study has been temporarily halted in Germany.
08:51 EDTCRMSalesforce reported strong results, says Roth Capital
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, Roth thinks the company's 8.2% sequential growth was "impressive." Roth says that Salesforce has the best growth of any large-cap tech company. It reiterates an $80 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:31 EDTCRMSalesforce remains favorite large-cap growth stock, says Canaccord
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07:16 EDTCRMSalesforce selloff a rare buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said Salesforce reported strong Q2 results with good guidance and views yesterday's market selloff as a rare opportunity to buy the shares ahead of the release of Dreamforce. The firm sees other catalysts including Marketing Cloud product launches, ongoing adoption of Wave Analytics, improving profitability, and compressed valuation. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $86 from $85 on Salesforce shares.
06:59 EDTCRMSalesforce reported another beat and raise, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Katherine Egbert says Salesforce "beat and raised, again." She views the company's Q2 results as "strong" and says the stock's valuation is "more reasonable" than other cloud names. The next potential catalyst for shares is DreamForce and the September 15 analyst day, Egbert tells investors in a post-earnings research note. She reiterates an Overweight rating on Salesforce with an $80 price target.
06:56 EDTTSLSolar companies spending $1B in Texas projects, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTCRMSalesforce upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research upgraded Salesforce to Buy and increased its price target to $82 from $79 following the Q2 report. The firm remains positive on Salesforce's long-term opportunities and in its ability to execute, and upgraded shares given the sell-off in shares.
06:09 EDTINTUIntuit downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis
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06:04 EDTCRMJefferies keeps sell on Salesforce despite 'respectable' quarter
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