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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 it’s 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 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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October 13, 2014
07:15 EDTTGTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 10, 2014
10:25 EDTOGZPYGazprom talks new gas supply agreement with China, Bloomberg says
08:05 EDTTIFTiffany underlying sales, earnings power intact, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that Tiffany 's stock has been weighed down by a strengthening U.S. dollar and social unrest in Hong Kong, The firm says that near-term Street estimates are probably a bit too optimistic. However, Oppenheimer added that the company's underlying earnings power is intact, and it expects investor sentiment towards the name to improve. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
October 9, 2014
10:50 EDTAEOGap falls after announcing CEO Murphy will step down, weak September sales
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09:41 EDTTGT, TIFBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget CEO hands-on with Canadian turnaround, Globe and Mail says
Brian Cornell, the new CEO of Target, told The Globe and Mail in an interview that he is taking a hands-on approach to repairing the company’s Canadian business and that he will travel north on a “regular” basis to oversee the turnaround. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
13:54 EDTOGZPYMinister says Gazprom, YPF discussing $1B agreement, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTPHHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
06:50 EDTPHHPHH Corp. upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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October 6, 2014
17:23 EDTTGTContainer Store plummets after cutting fiscal 2014 outlook
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10:04 EDTPETMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Air France-KLM (AFLYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Delhaize (DEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Myers Industries (MYE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Tekmira (TKMR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at ... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore.
07:13 EDTTGTMobile Marketing & Technology Magazine to hold a conference
Mobile Payments Conference is being held in Chicago on October 6-8.
05:34 EDTPETMPetSmart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded PetSmart to Equal Weight citing the recent rally in shares as well as the company's weak traffic and deteriorating margins. The firm sees share downside should management choose to not pursue a strategic alternative. In the event of a sale, Barclays sees a potential price of $80 per share, however. It lowered its price target for PetSmart to $70 from $75.

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