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May 21, 2014
12:38 EDTOGZPY, AEO, TGT, BAH, PETM, PHH, TIFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Dow's triple digit gain recapturing most of what had been lost by the blue chip index yesterday. Stock futures improved during pre-market trading, leading to a positive open for the broader market, but the averages have moved in a narrow range since the opening half hour of trading. Investors now await the release of the minutes from the Fed's last rate-setting meeting to see if there was any change in the language surrounding itís monetary policy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Federal Reserve will release the minutes from its April FOMC meeting at 2 pm ET. In Asia, the Bank of Japan left its policies unchanged, as was widely expected, but its outlook on capital spending was upgraded. Also, central bank head Haruhiko Kuroda signaled he wasn't preparing further monetary easing soon and reiterated his optimism that Japan is on track to meet the bank's 2% inflation target. Also, China and Russia's Gazprom (OGZPY) signed a natural gas contract said to be worth a total of $400B over the 30-year life of the agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) were marginally lower near noon after the retailer reported slightly lower than expected adjusted earnings for its first quarter and lowered its adjusted profits outlook for the fiscal year. The company said that while it was pleased with its "continued recovery" from its well-publicized data breach, that its needs to "move more quickly" and is investing additional resources to drive U.S. traffic and sales, resulting in its lowered earnings expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF), which climbed 8.5% after the company reported significantly stronger than expected results and raised its full-year profit guidance. Also higher was PHH Corp. (PHH), which rose more than 16% after Reuters said a Canadian equipment finance company is in exclusive talks to buy PHH's fleet leasing business for about $1.35B in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was pet products and services supplier PetSmart (PETM), whose shares sunk over 7.5% after the company reported mixed first quarter results and issued a weaker than expected profit outlook. Also lower following their earnings reports were government consultant Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), which fell 10%, and apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), which dropped more than 5%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 134.02, or 0.82%, to 16,508.33, the Nasdaq was up 21.40, or 0.52%, to 4,118.29, and the S&P 500 was up 10.56, or 0.56%, to 1,883.39.
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March 20, 2015
07:13 EDTTIFTiffany sees Q1 worldwide net sales down approx. 10%
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07:12 EDTTIFTiffany says $273M authorized for repurchases at January 31
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07:11 EDTTIFTiffany sees 'minimal growth' in FY16 EPS from $4.20 in FY14
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07:07 EDTTIFTiffany sees approx. 30% decline in Q1 net earnings, consensus 92c
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07:06 EDTTIFTiffany says facing challenges from global economic uncertainties
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07:05 EDTTIFTiffany: Strength of U.S. dollar having negative effect on spending by tourists
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07:04 EDTTIFTiffany reports Q4 EPS $1.51, consensus $1.51
Reports Q4 revenue $1.3B, consensus $1.31B. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, which excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars, worldwide net sales increased 3% led by growth in Europe and Asia-Pacific, with the largest growth in the fashion jewelry category, and worldwide comparable store sales were equal to the prior year.
March 19, 2015
15:19 EDTTIFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:44 EDTTIFTiffany March 85 straddle priced for 5.3% movement into Q3
10:23 EDTTIFHigh option volume stocks
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10:02 EDTOGZPYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTBAHBooz Allen the best way to play defense spending rebound, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital views Booz Allen as the best way to play the defense budget recovery, due to its industry-leading margins, focus on R&D and respectable 2% yield. However, the firm, noting that the company returns 134% of its free cash flow to shareholders, believes that its cash deployment strategy is its best attribute. RBC keeps a $34 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTOGZPYGazprom downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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07:17 EDTTGTStephens to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTTGTTarget settles class action lawsuit over data breach, Reuters reports
Target agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, according to Reuters. Under the settlement, which must be approved by a federal judge, the retailer also agreed to implement data security measures, including hiring a chief information security officer, the news service stated. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
17:42 EDTTGTTarget to increase minimum wage paid to $9 per hour in April, WSJ says
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15:56 EDTTGTTarget to increase minimum wage paid to $9 per hour in April, Dow Jones says
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12:26 EDTTGTTarget unveils extended one-year return policy
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March 17, 2015
09:05 EDTTGTMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:53 EDTAEOMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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