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May 21, 2014
12:38 EDTPHH, TIF, OGZPY, AEO, TGT, BAH, PETMOn 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.
News For TGT;TIF;PETM;AEO;PHH;BAH;OGZPY From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
09:46 EDTTGTCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
June 26, 2015
10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apogee Enterprises (APOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... China Cord Blood (CO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Citizens Financial (CFG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Community Health (CYH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... FireEye (FEYE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Insight Enterprises (NSIT) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Swatch Group (SWGAY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Target (TGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital.
07:40 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital downgraded Target to Market Perform citing near-term leadership uncertainty at a time when shares are trading near 52 week and all-time highs. BMO Capital's analyst said it was surprised by the announcement that Kathee Tesija, EPV and Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer will transition into an advisory role but does not view it as a disagreement in strategic direction.
June 25, 2015
09:03 EDTTGTTarget: Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer to move to advisory role
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08:26 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Evercore ISI
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Minneapolis on June 29 hosted by Evercore ISI.
June 24, 2015
09:11 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle says environment continues to be highly promotional
Says "pleased" with 1H15 results. Says has seen "good" sequential improvement starting from 2H14 through 1Q15 and 2Q15. Says environment continues to be highly promotional, but seeing strength across all categories and regions. Says leveraging mall traffic, says AUR continues to grow, as well as unit volume. Sees room for improved merchandise margins in 2H. Sees continued EPS growth in 2H. Says "very" optimistic going into 2H. Comments made at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference.
09:04 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle repeats Q2 EPS view 11c-14c, consensus 14c
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June 23, 2015
11:02 EDTBAHBooz Allen selected as prime contractor for $7.9B NETCENTS-2 contract
Booz Allen Hamilton has been selected by the U.S. Air Force as a prime contractor for the $7.9B Network-Centric Solutions-2 Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for U.S. Air Force IT programs. The award designates Booz Allen as one of 20 prime contractors eligible to compete for task orders for the life of the IDIQ, which is expected to run through May 2022. As part of the NETCENTS-2 Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions contract, Booz Allen will deliver a wide range of services and solutions covering existing legacy infrastructure, networks, systems and operations as well as emerging requirements. The company will provide network-centric information technology, cloud-based capabilities, advanced networking, and cybersecurity, voice, video and data communications, system solutions and services to satisfy Air Force and DoD combat support, command, control, computing, communications, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements worldwide. Booz Allen possesses both a Capability Maturity Model Integration Level 3 rating as well as International Organization for Standardization 20000 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications. The NETCENTS-2 Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions award is the third IDIQ award Booz Allen has received under the NETCENTS-2 umbrella contract.
10:37 EDTTIFTiffany sees 'minimal growth' in FY EPS, consensus $4.23
Says plans to increase global square footage 4%-5% annually for the foreseeable future. Sees ability to generate "healthy" free cash flow. Sees demand for products "consistent" with past trends. Says branded jewelry continues to be attractive globally. Says tourism purchases in the U.S. are "definitely down," but seeing pickups in other markets around the world. Comments made by CFO Ralph Nicoletti at the Jefferies 2015 Global Consumer Conference. Tiffany & Co is up 0.9% to $94.06 in morning trading.
07:15 EDTAEOOppenheimer to hold a conference
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