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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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October 24, 2014
12:21 EDTAEOAbercrombie & Fitch retreats after Goldman cuts to Sell
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10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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October 23, 2014
06:16 EDTPETMPetSmart attracts interest from KKR, NY Post reports
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06:10 EDTTGTTarget's Canadian unit experimenting with overstocking, Globe and Mail reports
As part of its turnaround effort, Target Canada is experimenting with overstocking items at its premier locations and retraining employees to create a service culture, the Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
October 22, 2014
12:42 EDTTGTTarget free shipping impact already in guidance, says Wells Fargo
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09:50 EDTTGTCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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05:50 EDTTGTTarget announces partnership with STORY
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05:49 EDTTGTTarget announces plans for holiday shopping season
Target announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on products, value and guest-friendly services; including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20. With conversion on Targetís digital channels up 40% this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80% of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve. Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31; a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10M users, and from Nov. 2-Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50% off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire. For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window.
October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:22 EDTTGTStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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06:06 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with an Outperform at BlueFin
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October 20, 2014
10:26 EDTBAHBooz Allen acquires healthcare unit of Genova Technologies
Booz Allen Hamilton announced that it has purchased the Baltimore, Md.-based healthcare unit of Genova Technologies, a move that represents the firmís commitment to further support the transformational efforts of the U.S. governmentís Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The acquisition of the unit and its assets, which includes a facility in Baltimore and a staff of about 40 people who currently provide IT solutions and strategy for CMS, will expand and supplement Booz Allenís strong legacy of support for the Department of Health and Human Services and its broader Health business. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Genova Technologies will retain its defense and commercial businesses.
October 19, 2014
16:54 EDTOGZPYRussia, Ukraine near deal for winter gas supply, WSJ says
Russia and Ukraine are getting closer to a deal for winter gas supplies that would alleviate worries that the conflict between the two country's could result in disrupting supplies to Europe via Ukraine, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
10:43 EDTAEOUrban Outfitters slumps after warning on continued retail sales weakness
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10:00 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:32 EDTTIFTiffany initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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October 16, 2014
17:10 EDTAEOAbercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle lower after Urban Outfitters warns on sales
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10:01 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:36 EDTTIFTiffany upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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