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February 27, 2013
12:28 EDTFSLR, ZGNX, TGT, CBB, DLTR, AH, TJXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid some more encouraging housing data and continued testimony from Fed Chairman Bernanke. The averages began the session in negative territory but almost immediately began to pare their losses. Within the first 30 minutes of trading the market crossed back into positive territory, then continued to advance after the pending home sales data surprised Wall Street with a better than expected move up compared to both the prior month and prior year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders fell 5.2% in January, versus the expected decline of 4.8%. When transportation items are removed from the data, orders were up 1.9%, versus an expected increase of 0.2%. Pending home sales increased 4.5% in January from the prior month, versus an expected increase of 1.9%... COMPANY NEWS: As retailers continue their turn during the nearly finished earnings season, two prominent ones saw their shares move in opposite directions following their quarterly reports. Target (TGT) shares slid about 1% in spite of headline adjusted earnings that were better than expected, while TJX (TJX) rose about over 1% following its report and planned dividend increase... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Dollar Tree (DLTR), up over 12% following its earnings report, and Zogenix (ZGNX), which rose 35% after Street analysts said the FDA's decision to delay its decision on one of the company's drugs could be a positive. Among the noteworthy losers was Accretive Health (AH), which dropped 25% and was downgraded at Dougherty following its Q4 earnings postponement due to an accounting review. Also lower were shares of Cincinnati Bell (CBB), down 23%, and First Solar (FSLR), down over 14% following their earnings reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 115.27, or 0.83%, to 14,015.40; the Nasdaq was up 36.16, or 1.16%, to 3,165.81; and the S&P 500 was up 14.79, or 0.99%, to 1,511.73.
News For TGT;TJX;DLTR;ZGNX;AH;CBB;FSLR From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
14:52 EDTTGTTarget August 79.5 straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q2
14:51 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:01 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target to report Q2 results after management changes
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12:29 EDTTJXTJX price target raised to $71 from $64 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine raised her price target for TJX to $71 after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. She believes the same-store-sales momentum is priced into the stock, however, and keeps a Hold rating on the name.
11:43 EDTTJXTJX says will 'tread lightly' before expanding to more countries
11:36 EDTTGTTarget reaches settlement with Visa over data breach, WSJ reports
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11:24 EDTTJXTJX still sees buying back $1.8B-$1.9B of stock this year
Says entering 2H in "excellent" inventory position. Continues to see buying back $1.8B-$1.9B of TJX stock this year. Says adjusting price, mix "the right thing to do for our business." Says on track to open first two stores in the Netherlands this fall. Says planned acquisition of Trade Secret fits into "clear vision." Sees Q3 gross profit margin 28.5%-28.7%. Expects Q3 underlying merchandise margins to remain healthy. Sees Q3 tax rate 37.5%, net interest expense about $12M. Sees FY16 gross profit margin approx. 28.5%. Sees "slight increase" in merchandise margins for FY16. Says expects currency exchange rates will remain unchanged from beginning of Q3. TJX is up 5.61% to $75.66 in morning trading.
11:23 EDTTJXTJX sees Q4 EPS 96c-98c, SSS up 2%-3%
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11:20 EDTTJXTJX sees Q3 sales $7.6B-$7.7B, consensus $7.67B
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11:03 EDTFSLRSunEdison raises capital while Trina Solar tops expectations
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08:36 EDTTJXTJX says Q3 'off to a solid start'
08:36 EDTTJXTJX raises FY16 EPS view to $3.24-$3.28 from $3.21-$3.27
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08:35 EDTTJXTJX sees Q3 EPS 80c-82c, consensus 89c
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08:34 EDTTJXTJX reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 76c
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08:20 EDTTGTTarget August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Target August call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 27 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
August 17, 2015
14:48 EDTTJXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:30 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
11:27 EDTTGTTarget promotes Mulligan to COO, names Smith to CFO role
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08:48 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
Target Corporation (TGT) promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO, effective Sept. 1. Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target's chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell. Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company's CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer's interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX).
08:47 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
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