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August 5, 2014
12:37 EDTECOM, DG, CHGG, DLTR, WFM, SALE, FDO, TGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at the open and remained in negative ground throughout the morning. The market broke its losing streak yesterday but is on track to give back those gains if the levels near noon hold into the closing bell. The move lower comes in spite of the day's economic data generally beating expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dipped to 60.8 for the final July print from the 61.0 flash estimate for the month. A similar reading from ISM, its non-manufacturing index, climbed to 58.7 in July from June's 56.0 reading. Factory orders rebounded 1.1% in June, which was better than the expected 0.5% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell about 3% after the company pre-announced that it now expects its earnings per share in the second quarter, excluding some items, to come in at 78c, versus its previous guidance of 85c-$1.00. The company expects its comparable sales in the U.S. to be "essentially flat," and it believes the profit margin on its earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amoritzation were lower than expected in Q2. Discounts weighed on the company's margins, as consumers continued to spend cautiously at the company's stores and focus on value, Target reported. The retailer also estimated that the after-effects of its December 2013 data breach cost it $110M in the second quarter... Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) jumped in early trading, with the strength attributed to speculation that activist investor Carl Icahn may have taken a stake in the natural foods grocer, potentially fueled by a tweet from TheStreet's Douglas Kass. Following the circulation of the rumors early in the trading day, Yahoo Finance's Kevin Chupka reported that Carl Icahn has "absolutely no interest in Whole Foods whatsoever," citing sources familiar with the situation. Near noon, shares of Whole Foods were off their highs, but remained up about 2% near $39 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chegg (CHGG), which gained 17% after reporting higher than expected quarterly results and that it formed a strategic alliance with Ingram Content Group, the world's largest book distributor. Also higher was Dollar General (DG), which rose 3% after Bloomberg said that the company is exploring a bid for Family Dollar (FDO), which it had previously passed on before the latter announced a deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree (DLTR). Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which dropped 28% after its earnings report was followed by analysts at Stifel and RW Baird lowering their respective price targets on the stock to the low $30 area from $40 per share, where both firms previously had their targets pegged. Also lower following its earnings report was RetailMeNot (SALE), which tumbled 26% after the company last night reported weaker than expected results and cut its guidance and saw RBC Capital downgrade its stock to Sector Perform from Outperform. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 87.69, or 0.53%, to 16,481.59, the Nasdaq was down 20.02, or 0.46%, to 4,363.87, and the S&P 500 was down 10.89, or 0.56%, to 1,928.10.
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January 14, 2015
07:37 EDTWFMWhole Foods downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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05:52 EDTECOMStocks with implied volatility movement; RSH ECOM
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January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
16:00 EDTWFMOptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
08:37 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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07:48 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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06:06 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded ChannelAdvisor to Hold citing churn and pricing concerns following the company's negative Q4 preannouncement. The stock was downgraded this morning at five other firms.
06:05 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital downgraded ChannelAdvisor to Neutral citing a lack of near-term revenue visibility following the company's negative Q4 preannouncement. The stock was downgraded this morning at four other firms.
06:04 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded ChannelAdvisor to Market Perform citing limited visibility following the company's negative Q4 preannouncement. Shares were also downgraded this morning at three other firms.
06:00 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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05:59 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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05:46 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility movement; ARCP WFM
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05:31 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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January 12, 2015
17:01 EDTFDOFred's names Michael Bloom COO
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16:08 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor sees Q4 revenue $23.7M vs. prior outlook $25.6M-$26.1M
Consensus $25.9M. The company said, "We are disappointed that the fourth quarter did not meet our guidance. We saw an unusual shift of gross merchandise volume to larger customers this holiday season at the expense of smaller customers. Because larger customers enjoy volume discounts in the form of lower take rates, this shift translated to lower variable subscription revenue, even though overall GMV increased 31% year over year for the fourth quarter. This resulted in fixed subscription revenue for the fourth quarter growing approximately 27% while variable subscription revenue decreased approximately 5% compared to a year ago. Despite this, we believe our fundamental value proposition, position in the market, and opportunities for continued growth remain intact. As fixed subscriptions grow as a percentage of overall revenue, we expect our overall visibility to improve as we look to continued growth in 2015. I want to emphasize that these financial results are preliminary and subject to change based on the completion of our normal."
06:18 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar sends letter to stockholders on proposed merger with Dollar Tree
Family Dollar (FDO), in a letter to its stockholders, explains the recommendation of the board that stockholders vote "FOR" the merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). In the letter, Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine said, "I wanted to provide complete transparency to you regarding the most recent feedback that we have received from the FTC staff, which reaffirms the statements that we have been making for several months now about the inability of the Dollar General proposal to be consummated on the terms proposed by Dollar General and the certainty of the Dollar Tree merger... This existing economic analysis by the FTC will be refined in certain respects, but we see no basis to believe that, taken together, these refinements will result in a final divestiture number anywhere near the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest. Importantly, the 3,500 to 4,000 store range does not include many additional divestitures that likely will be triggered by the well over 1,000 additional new or planned Dollar General and Family Dollar stores. The FTC staff plans to incorporate these stores into the same economic analysis, which will create new overlaps and exacerbate existing overlaps that have not yet created presumptions of requirements to divest. Going in the other direction, the FTC will incorporate into its economic analysis a modest number of competitors’ additional new or planned stores. We expect that the net impact of these two changes will be an increase in the store count... With respect to timing, in light of the thousands of stores at issue, we expect that the definitive number of divestitures that the FTC will actually require is not likely to be known by Family Dollar or Dollar General for several months... We expect Dollar Tree to continue to make rapid progress in completing the antitrust clearance process pursuant to its binding undertakings in the merger agreement, including its covenant to divest as many stores as necessary or advisable to obtain such clearance. In sum, antitrust clearance of the Dollar Tree merger on its terms and in a timely manner is a virtual certainty."
06:04 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree provides update on FTC review of Family Dollar acquisition
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