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February 27, 2013
12:28 EDTAH, TJX, FSLR, ZGNX, TGT, CBB, DLTROn 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.
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February 24, 2015
12:53 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.43-$1.47, above prior view
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, February 25, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.46 on revenue of $21.64B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.44-$1.49 on revenue of $21.42B-$21.94B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 54c on revenue of $17.73B, against estimates for 47c and $17.56B, respectively. The company said U.S. segment comparable store sales were up 1.2% in Q3, reflecting digital sales growth of over 30%, with Canadian segment SSS up 1.6%. In an interview with CNBC following the earnings report, Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell said that the company was "not happy" with Target Canada's performance and that the company has "upped our game" with respect to data security. Cornell said the company viewed Q4 as a "notable inflection point." NEWS: In January, Target announced that it plans to discontinue operating stores in Canada through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Target Canada. The company said it expects to report approximately $5.4B of pre-tax losses on discontinued operations in Q4, driven primarily by the write-down of the company's investment in Target Canada, along with costs associated with exit or disposal activities and quarter-to-date Canadian Segment operating losses prior to today. Target expects to report approximately $275M of pre-tax losses on discontinued operations in FY15. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in FY15 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Based on performance through November and December, Target now expects to report Q4 U.S. comparable sales of approximately 3%, better than prior guidance of approximately 2%, driven primarily by increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales. The company raised its Q4 adjusted EPS view to $1.43-$1.47 from $1.13-$1.23. The company said GAAP results are expected to include losses related to liquidation of Target Canada,net of taxes, net expenses related to the 2013 data breach, which are not expected to be material, the impact of the reduction of the beneficial interest asset recognized in connection with the 2013 sale of the company’s credit card portfolio, which is expected to reduce GAAP EPS by approximately 2c. The company noted that the "vast majority" of exit costs from Canada are non-cash and said the exit will allow a quicker return to share repurchases. During the quarter, Target named Mike McNamara as executive VP and Chief Information Officer. Target said it is planning open 15 stores in FY15, including three distinct store formats: eight TargetExpress locations, one CityTarget and six general merchandise stores. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge by retailers including Target to the Federal Reserve's rules for debit card "swipe fees," meaning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision, which upheld the rules, will must be followed, said Reuters. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter to Target and other retailers for "allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels." The letters call for the retailers to "immediately stop the sale of certain popular products," including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and others. Target recently announced that all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping. Target agreed to pay $3.9M to settle a lawsuit alleging the company used inaccurate price scanners, misrepresented product weight, and charged higher prices than advertised, The San Francisco Gate reported, citing prosecutor statements. Target announced on its website that it will shutter its online streaming service Target Ticket on March 7. STREET RESEARCH: BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Neutral from Underperform. The firm sees a more stable outlook for Target with the exit of the Canada division and expects the U.S. improvements to continue. RW Baird says that while Target's decision to exit Canada should help cash flows longer term, its view on the company's U.S. fundamentals remain unchanged. The firm says it's hard to call the company's above-plan Q4 comps "robust" given the easy compare. Wells Fargo believes that Target's decision to exit Canada came sooner than expected and removes a major ''weight off the shoulders'' of the company. The firm estimates Target's U.S. earnings can grow to as high as $5.50 in 2016. Stifel downgraded Target to Hold from Buy. The firm believes near-term tactical opportunities are play out and management commentary indicates investments will be necessary in order to modernize. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 6.5% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.5% to $76.27.
12:42 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFSLRActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:38 EDTTJXTJX volatility slightly elevated into Q4 and outlook
TJX March call option implied volatility is at 24, April is at 19, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 25.
07:37 EDTTGTTarget February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Target February weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, March is at 25, April is at 23, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 25.
07:11 EDTFSLRFirst Solar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:09 EDTFSLRJPMorgan positive on First Solar, SunPower joint venture talks
JPMorgan says its initial view is positive of the First Solar (FSLR), SunPower (SPWR) advanced talks to form a joint venture. The firm believes the initial portfolio of the combined YieldCo should be 1.2GW or more, which it thinks would support "strong" dividend growth. It has an Overweight rating on both names.
February 23, 2015
18:02 EDTFSLROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:39 EDTFSLRFirst Solar gaps up after hours, levels to watch
Shares were last up over 11% to $55.27 following news that the company was in discussion with SunPower (SPWR) to create a joint venture YieldCo vehicle. SunPower shares were also rallying. At current price next resistance is at $56.99. Support is at $54.29.
17:25 EDTFSLRFirst Solar, SunPower rally after saying they are in talks to form YieldCo
Solar stocks are moving up in extended trading this afternoon after First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower (SPWR) announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar and SunPower announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo. Formation of the YieldCo and completion of the IPO are subject to, among other things, the execution of definitive documentation, each party’s board approval and regulatory approval. PRICE ACTION: First Solar is up over 10% to $54.90 in the after hours while SunPower is higher by over 12% to $31.27. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other solar stocks gaining in after-hours trading include SolarCity Corporation (SCTY), Trina Solar (TSL), JA Solar Holdings (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), and Canadian Solar (CSIQ).
16:41 EDTFSLRFirst Solar up about 10% following announcement of joint YieldCo with SunPower
SunPower is up about 12% on the news.
16:33 EDTFSLRFirst Solar, SunPower plan to partner to form joint YieldCo vehicle
First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower (SPWR) announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo. Formation of the YieldCo and completion of the IPO are subject to, among other things, the execution of definitive documentation, each party’s board approval and regulatory approval. There is no assurance that the YieldCo will be formed or that the IPO will be consummated or that any other transaction will occur.
13:23 EDTFSLRFirst Solar February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:32 EDTTGTTarget lowers online free shipping minimum to $25
Target announced that, effective immediately, all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping, with virtually no exclusions. The new minimum is decreased from $50.
February 20, 2015
07:20 EDTTGTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
February 19, 2015
13:18 EDTFSLRIsrael's SolarEdge to launch IPO
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07:02 EDTCBBCincinnati Bell sees FY15 revenue $1.1B, consensus $1.12B
Sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA $297M plus or minus 2%.
07:02 EDTCBBCincinnati Bell reports Q4 EPS (10c), consensus (7c)
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