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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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October 9, 2015
05:44 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 44 at upper end of index mean range
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October 8, 2015
11:10 EDTWFMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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October 7, 2015
14:29 EDTWFMWhole Foods November volatility elevated
Whole Foods October weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, October is at 33, November is at 43; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 43 suggesting large November price movement.
10:52 EDTWFMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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October 6, 2015
10:55 EDTWFMOptions with increasing implied volatility: FOLD WFM
05:42 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM MNKD
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October 5, 2015
10:55 EDTWFMOptions with increasing implied volatility: FOLD JWN PMCS SLH WFM
05:12 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM PMCS
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whole Foods (WFM) 39, PMC-Sierra (PMCS) 59 according to iVolatility.
October 2, 2015
11:45 EDTWFMWhole Foods calls active
Whole Foods October weekly 31.5 and 32 calls are active on total call volume of 19K contracts (2K puts). October weekly call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 35, November is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 43. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
11:32 EDTTGTAnalyst sees Amazon becoming #2 player in $425B consumables market
Amazon (AMZN) will advance to the number two position in the $425B U.S. consumables market, excluding food and beverages, by 2018, research firm Cowen predicted in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon's "multi platform approach around Prime" is enabling it to gain share in the U.S. market for goods including personal care, household, pet and baby products, Cowen analyst John Blackledge stated. Specifically, the e-commerce giant is effectively using its Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh offerings to sell consumables and it has significantly increased the number of fulfillment centers it operates, lowering its delivery times, according to Blackledge. The company's delivery times are now "well ahead of (the) competition," the analyst reported. The e-commerce giant's strategy in the consumables market appears to be working, as Cowen's proprietary data indicates that the company is gaining share in the category, Blackledge wrote. Additionally, Amazon is beginning to attract more customers from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), he believes. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Amazon slipped 0.4% to $518.70.
10:03 EDTTGTTarget to begin selling Apple Watch at stores this week
Target (TGT) announced that the Apple (AAPL) Watch is coming to Target stores this week and all stores by October 25. At, Apple Watch will be available beginning Oct. 18. Reference Link
08:21 EDTTGTAmazon to be number two player in U.S. consumables by 2018, says Cowen
John Blackledge and the research team at Cowen project that (AMZN) will grow to be the number two player in the $425B market for U.S. consumables - which they define as personal care, household, pet and baby products - by 2018. The firm expects Amazon to use its multi-platform approach, centered around Prime, to help the e-commerce giant gain share in consumables at the expense of Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS). Cowen has Outperform ratings on Amazon and Target and a Market Perform rating on shares of Wal-Mart.
September 30, 2015
12:00 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on October 5 hosted by Jefferies.
11:13 EDTTGTTarget announces expansion of price matching policy
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September 29, 2015
07:11 EDTTGTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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September 28, 2015
19:57 EDTTGTRetailers urge courts to reject Visa, MasterCard settlement, Reuters says
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08:00 EDTWFMWhole Foods says to cut 1,500 jobs, or 1.6% of workforce, over 8 weeks
Whole Foods Market said in a regulatory filing that as part of its ongoing commitment to lower prices for its customers and invest in technology upgrades while improving its cost structure, the company will reduce a number of positions over the next eight weeks. The company estimates the net reduction to be approximately 1,500 jobs, which represents 1.6 percent of its workforce. It anticipates many of the reductions to be managed through natural attrition and expects a significant percentage of affected Team Members will find other jobs from the nearly 2,000 open positions across the company or via new jobs created from the more than 100 new stores in development.Whole Foods Market added over 9,000 new jobs in the past year and created nearly 35,000 over the past five years. "This is a very difficult decision, and we are committed to treating affected Team Members in a caring and respectful manner. We have offered them several options including transition pay, a generous severance, or the opportunity to apply for other jobs. In addition, we will pay these Team Members in full over the next eight weeks as they decide which option to choose." said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. "We believe this is an important step to evolve Whole Foods Market in a rapidly changing marketplace."
06:42 EDTTGTPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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