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May 21, 2014
12:38 EDTBAH, PETM, PHH, TIF, OGZPY, AEO, TGTOn 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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October 9, 2015
11:32 EDTAEOGap sinks to 52-week low after September SSS fall 1%
Shares of casual apparel retailer GAP (GPS) are sinking after the company's September same-store sales fell 1%. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, Gap reported that net sales for the five-week period ended October 3 decreased 1% to $1.46B, compared with net sales of $1.48B for the five-week period ended October 4, 2014. On a constant currency basis, September net sales increased 2% compared with last year. Gap's comparable sales for September were down 1% versus flat last year. The company's comparable sales by global brand for September were as follows: Gap Global were flat versus (3%) last year; Banana Republic Global were (10%) versus 2% last year; Old Navy Global were 4% versus 1% last year. CFO Sabrina Simmons noted, "While September proved challenging, our leadership teams remain focused on taking the necessary steps to improve performance." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gap now expects its gross margin rate for the third quarter to be similar to the second quarter. ANALYST REACTION: Friday morning, research firm MKM Partners downgraded Gap to Neutral from Buy and lowered its price target to $29 from $40. Analyst Roxanne Meyer said the Q3 shortfall was likely across all brands and significantly cut sales and margin estimates. Meyer said the Old Navy September comp miss is likely more than weather and the drag from Banana Republic. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap fell $1.75, or just over 6%, to $27.20 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $26.50. Including the pull back, the shares have lost approximately 26% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel retailers include Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 1.3%, American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), down fractionally, Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) down 2.4%, Buckle (BKE) down 1.3%, and Guess? (GES), down 1%.
October 7, 2015
15:13 EDTBAHBooz Allen awarded $82.9M, three-year DHS contract task order
The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, or GSA FEDSIM, have selected Booz Allen Hamilton to fulfill Task Order 2D of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program. The contract -- valued at $82.9M over three years -- is the second CDM Task Order award for Booz Allen under the DHS CDM Program. When combined, Booz Allen's two CDM contracts cover almost 70% of the Federal IT enterprise, and exemplify Booz Allen's strategic focus to help organizations identify and reduce cyber vulnerability risks. With the award of Task Order 2D from the DHS, Booz Allen is now engaged to assist 13 separate Federal agencies to implement CDM systems and capabilities for a total contract value of up to $119.9M over the next three years.
11:12 EDTTIFCiti favors lululemon in retailing, says sell Penny and Kors
Citi analyst Paul Lejuez rolled out coverage of 20 companies in the Specialty Retailing and Department Stores space, recommending to investors that they sell J.C. Penney (JCP) and Michael Kors (KORS) shares and buy stock in lululemon (LULU). SELL J.C. PENNEY: Commenting on the "stormy sector" in general terms, Lejuez said he believes challenges to the retail industry are here to stay, but that there are still stand-outs on both the positive and negative side. Regarding J.C. Penney specifically, Lejuez told investors that the company's management is in a "tough spot," as they need to recover from a prior failed strategy but don't have the needed cash flow to invest and win back customers. The analyst think Penney will see some improvement in the top line, but that any increases in operating cash flow as a result of sales and margin improvement will be matched by increased capital expenditures, meaning that free cash flow will be "elusive for the foreseeable future. Lejuez started shares of J.C. Penney with a Sell rating and $7 price target. SELL KORS: Among the 20 stocks he started coverage on in the space, Michael Kors was the only other Sell rating the analyst issued. Lejuez believes the company has overdistributed its brand and though U.S. comparable sales have just started to decline he thinks this decline will last for the "foreseeable future." Lejuez, who contends that Europe and wholesale may be next to deteriorate, set a $38 price target on the stock. BUY LULULEMON: Among the ten Buy rating issued this morning, Lejuez said his most preferred stock in the bunch is yoga apparel maker lululemon. The analyst thinks the "athleisure" retailer has moved beyond its prior product and public relations missteps and that its international opportunities will provide the next leg of growth for the company. The analyst, who expects double-digit sales growth for the next several years for lululemon, set a $69 price target on its shares. His other Buy-rated names, in order of preference, include TJX (TJX), Tiffany (TIF), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Ross Stores (ROST). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, J.C. Penney fell 2.7% to $9.52, Michael Kors slipped 0.3% to $43.24 and lululemon shares rose 2.2% to $52.86.
10:01 EDTTIF, AEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:17 EDTBAHBooz Allen wins $937M DOD global threat mitigation program
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07:34 EDTTIFTiffany initiated with a Buy at Citi
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07:29 EDTTIFJ.C. Penney initiated with a Sell, $7 target at Citi
Citi analyst Paul Lejuez started shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) with a Sell rating and $7 price target. The retailer closed yesterday down 6c to $9.73. The company's goals are aggressive while its free cash flow is "elusive," Lejuez told investors this morning in a research note. He initiated 19 other companies in the Specialty Retailing and Department Stores space. His Buy-rated names, in order of preference, include lululemon (LULU), TJX (TJX), Tiffany (TIF), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Ross Stores (ROSS).
07:22 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Neutral at Citi
Target $16.
October 2, 2015
18:41 EDTBAHLockheed Martin weighs merger of services units with competitor, Reuters says
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11:32 EDTTGTAnalyst sees Amazon becoming #2 player in $425B consumables market
Amazon (AMZN) will advance to the number two position in the $425B U.S. consumables market, excluding food and beverages, by 2018, research firm Cowen predicted in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon's "multi platform approach around Prime" is enabling it to gain share in the U.S. market for goods including personal care, household, pet and baby products, Cowen analyst John Blackledge stated. Specifically, the e-commerce giant is effectively using its Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh offerings to sell consumables and it has significantly increased the number of fulfillment centers it operates, lowering its delivery times, according to Blackledge. The company's delivery times are now "well ahead of (the) competition," the analyst reported. The e-commerce giant's strategy in the consumables market appears to be working, as Cowen's proprietary data indicates that the company is gaining share in the category, Blackledge wrote. Additionally, Amazon is beginning to attract more customers from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), he believes. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Amazon slipped 0.4% to $518.70.
10:03 EDTTGTTarget to begin selling Apple Watch at stores this week
Target (TGT) announced that the Apple (AAPL) Watch is coming to Target stores this week and all stores by October 25. At, Apple Watch will be available beginning Oct. 18. Reference Link
08:21 EDTTGTAmazon to be number two player in U.S. consumables by 2018, says Cowen
John Blackledge and the research team at Cowen project that (AMZN) will grow to be the number two player in the $425B market for U.S. consumables - which they define as personal care, household, pet and baby products - by 2018. The firm expects Amazon to use its multi-platform approach, centered around Prime, to help the e-commerce giant gain share in consumables at the expense of Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS). Cowen has Outperform ratings on Amazon and Target and a Market Perform rating on shares of Wal-Mart.
September 30, 2015
12:00 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on October 5 hosted by Jefferies.
11:13 EDTTGTTarget announces expansion of price matching policy
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10:00 EDTPHHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Brookfield (BAM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Citizens Financial (CFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... HSBC (HSBC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded on asset value, share buyback outlook at Stifel... Medivation (MDVN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Post Holdings (POST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Shire (SHPG) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Sinopec (SNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus.
09:13 EDTPHHPHH Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point
September 29, 2015
07:11 EDTTGTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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September 28, 2015
19:57 EDTTGTRetailers urge courts to reject Visa, MasterCard settlement, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTTGTPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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