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February 3, 2014
11:39 EDTV, AXP, TGT, MATarget could be fined over $1 billion for card breach, analyst says
Target (TGT) may be fined $400 million to $1.1 billion for its credit card data breach late last year, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors last week. WHAT'S NEW: Target may be fined up to $1.1 billion for its violation of Payment Card Industry, or PCI, standards as a result of the data breach, Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder wrote. PCI was founded by Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), American Express (AXP) and other major credit card networks to adopt security controls for handling credit and debit card data. In addition to leading to a fine, the incident could hurt Target's sales, and lower the profits that it receives from holders of its credit card, Binder stated. The data breach could also hamper Target's ability to meet its $4B share buyback target for fiscal 2015, added Binder. He now expects the company to buy back only $1B of its shares in fiscal 2015, and he reduced his fiscal 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $4.29 from $4.41. The analyst trimmed his price target on the shares to $56 from $59 and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Contrary to a previous version of this story, PCI does not levy fines. Rather individual payment brands may impose financial consequences on businesses that are not compliant with PCI standards. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Target shares are down 2%, or 98c, to $55.66.
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August 19, 2015
09:19 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget says SSS in signature categories grew 3x faster than company average
"We're very pleased with our second quarter financial results, as traffic growth, strong sales in our signature categories and continued expense discipline drove better-than-expected profitability," said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target. "While the momentum in our financial results is encouraging, we have much more to accomplish. Looking ahead, we are focused on making further progress against our strategic priorities and are committed to improving operations as we move through the important back-to-school, back-to-college and holiday seasons." Says comparable sales in signature categories -- Style, Baby, Kids and Wellness -- grew three times faster than the company average, resulting in comparable sales growth of four to five percent in both Home and Apparel.
08:01 EDTTGTTarget raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.60-$4.75 from $4.50-$4.65
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 EPS $1.22, consensus $1.11
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August 18, 2015
14:54 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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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 EDTTGT, MAEarnings Watch: Target to report Q2 results after management changes
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11:36 EDTTGT, VTarget reaches settlement with Visa over data breach, WSJ reports
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11:10 EDTVVisa calls active on activist investor speculation
Visa August 74.5 and 75 calls are active on total call volume of 12K (1K puts) on activist investor speculation. August call option implied volatility is at 18, September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 31. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:34 EDTVRumor: Visa goes positive on activist investor speculation
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09:01 EDTMAMasterCard, First Tech Federal announce first U.S. biometric payments pilot
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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.
06:03 EDTVVisa and QIWI implement contactless payment technology
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August 17, 2015
16:48 EDTAXPValueAct discloses 11.1M share stake in American Express in 13F filing
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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.
12:02 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports July net write-off rate 1.3% vs. 1.3% last month
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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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