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May 21, 2014
12:38 EDTTGT, TIF, PETM, AEO, PHH, BAH, OGZPYOn 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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July 31, 2014
07:02 EDTTGTTarget names Brian Cornell as chairman and CEO, effective August 12
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07:01 EDTTGTTarget names Brian Cornell as chairman and CEO
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06:39 EDTBAHBooz Allen upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:01 EDTTGTTarget to name PepsiCo's Brian Cornell as new CEO, WSJ reports
Target (TGT) is reportedly set to name Brian Cornell, an executive at PepsiCo (PEP), to become its new CEO, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cornell, who would be Target's first outside CEO pick, most recently ran PepsiCo's Americas Foods business. Reference Link
July 30, 2014
11:36 EDTPETMPE firms not showing much interest in PetSmart, NY Post says
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07:05 EDTBAHBooz Allen backs FY15 adjusted EPS view $1.50-$1.60, consensus $1.56
Reaffirming guidance issued on May 21, which calls for a mid-single digit percentage decline in revenue, consensus $5.25B.
07:04 EDTBAHBooz Allen reports Q1 adjusted EPS 50c, consensus 42c
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July 29, 2014
15:53 EDTBAHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:18 EDTOGZPYEU to hit Russia with new sanctions, Washington Post says
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09:10 EDTPETMJANA sends letter to PetSmart urging full strategic review
JANA Partners, owner of 9.8% of PetSmart's outstanding shares, sent a letter to the company dated July 29, which read in part: "While PetSmart was once an industry leader, it has long trailed most of its peers in shareholder value creation and failed to keep pace with its competitors, and shareholders have lost confidence that it can reverse course. We have therefore called on PetSmart to conduct a full review of all strategic alternatives including a sale. While we typically work constructively with boards and focus primarily on changes that can be made while companies remain public, given PetSmartís chronic underperformance and significant private equity interest in the Company, a sale in this case very likely offers the highest risk-adjusted return for shareholders...should PetSmart fail to do so, we will not hesitate to seek significant Board change at the next annual meeting."
July 23, 2014
06:46 EDTPETMPetSmart volatility at low end of historic range
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06:36 EDTOGZPYEU fails to impose tough sanctions on Russia, NY Times says
EU foreign ministers failed to impose any tough sanctions against Russia during a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers yesterday, according to The New York Times. Given their dependence on Russia's energy, EU countries have "largely decided" they "have to live with" Russia, the newspaper stated. Significant Russian companies include Gazprom (OGZPY), Lukoil (LUKOY) and Yandex (YNDX), while BP (BP) has a 20% stake in major Russian energy company Rosneft. Reference Link
July 22, 2014
06:29 EDTOGZPYEU weighing new sanctions on Russia, NY Times says
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July 21, 2014
09:01 EDTTIFTiffany names Frederic Cumenal as CEO, effective April 1, 2015
09:01 EDTTIFTiffany CEO Michael Kowalski to retire, effective March 31, 2015
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTTGTVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macyís (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
09:35 EDTPHHPHH Corp. initiated with a Buy at Sidoti
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06:33 EDTOGZPYChinese helping Russia blunt sanctions' impact, NY Times says
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July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTPETMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
06:19 EDTPETMPetSmart downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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