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November 29, 2012
12:05 EDTLQDT, ARO, JWN, AAP, RIMM, M, BKS, BLOX, TGT, GES, GPS, KSS, LTD, TIFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher throughout the morning but fell sharply after tough words from House Speaker John Boehner aimed at Democrats and the White House. The initial reading on gross domestic product growth in the third quarter was revised up and October pending home sales were higher than expected, but the economic data was largely overshadowed by the ongoing political drama that continues to drive the market's swings. The averages quickly recovered a bit after the end of Boehner's press conference but head into the second half of the trading day well off their earlier highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims dropped 23,000 from last week's upwardly revised level to 393,000, versus expectations for claims to fall to 390,0000. The Commerce Department revised its estimate for the gain in Q3 GDP to 2.7% from the previously reported 2% gain. Analysts expected growth to be revised to a 2.8% rate. However, within the report, Q3 consumer spending was lowered to a 1.4% growth rate from the 2% gain previously reported. Pending home sales rose 5.2% in October from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 1%. In Europe, the Bank of England urged commercial banks to bolster their capital levels. Also, the European Commission's monthly business and consumer survey showed a measure of economic sentiment rose to 85.7, beating forecasts, with Germany and France gaining strongly... COMPANY NEWS: Among retailers reporting November same store sales, Limited (LTD) was one of the few to beat expectations and its shares advanced 1%. Among those declining after reporting worse than expected November comparable sales were Kohl's (KSS), Gap (GPS), Macy's (M), Target (TGT) and Nordstrom (JWN)... Several retail stocks also moved following earnings reports, with Tiffany (TIF) and Aeropostale (ARO) among the notable decliners. Guess (GES), however, advanced after its quarterly report and the declaration of a $1.20 per share special dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Infoblox (BLOX), up 36% following its better than expected earnings and guidance, and Research in Motion (RIMM), up 6% after Goldman Sachs raised its rating on shares to Buy with a $16 price target. Among the noteworthy losers were Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 17%, and Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 10%, after their earnings reports. Also lower were shares of Advance Auto Parts (AAP), down 6% after Reuters and the New York Post said private equity bids for the company fell short of Advance's expectations, and that a sale may now be unlikely... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 1.11, or 0.01%, to 12,984.00; the Nasdaq was up 9.83, or 0.33%, to 3,001.61; and the S&P 500 was up 2.09, or 0.15%, to 1,412.02.
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April 11, 2014
09:13 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
09:04 EDTAROAeropostale price target lowered to $5 from $7.50 at BofA/Merrill
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08:12 EDTTIFTiffany announces General Counsel to retire
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07:09 EDTKSSLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
06:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:29 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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April 10, 2014
19:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: According to a Bloomberg report that cited sources, Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is set to resign tomorrow. A New York Times report added that President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Sebelius' replacement. HIGHER: Shares of BofI Holding (BOFI) and H&R Block (HRB) both advanced after announcing a deal for BofI to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. BofI, which saw shares gain 9% after hours, said it expects ongoing annual revenue from the deal of $26M-$28M beginning with its fiscal 2015. H&R Block, which gained 7%, said it expects the deal to be 7c-9c dilutive to earnings per share beginning in its fiscal 2015, and the company said it sees the deal resulting in $200M-$250M of immediate excess capital. LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2.6% after reporting March same-store sales that fell 6% and saying that it expects first quarter gross margins to decline more when compared to the prior year period than they did in the preceding quarter... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 8.8% after reporting earnings that missed expectations on revenue that topped estimates and saying that it identified an accounting overstatement related to share-based compensation for the three and nine months ended September 30... Datawatch (DWCH), down 25% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook... TTM Technologies (TTMI), down 3.9% after cutting its first quarter earnings outlook and saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in at the low end of its previous guidance range.
16:02 EDTGPSGap reaffirms FY14 EPS view $2.90-$2.95, consensus $2.96
As the company noted last month, the Easter holiday is in April this year versus March last year. Given this shift in peak spring selling weeks, the company expected March to be negatively impacted. The company expects gross margins for Q1 to be below the prior year by more than the year-over-year decline in Q4. In addition, given ongoing expense management, the company expects Q1 operating expenses to be flat to last year.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports March SSS down 6%
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07:56 EDTAAPAdvance Auto Parts added to Best Ideas List at Wedbush
Wedbush added Advance Auto Parts to its Best Ideas List as the firm continues to believe that the company's acquisition of General Parts International will generate significantly greater synergies than expected. The firm also thinks the company could benefit from a hotter than normal summer, while its core business could be poised to rebound. The firm keeps a $150 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
April 9, 2014
16:34 EDTKSSAbercrombie & Fitch names Joanne Crevoiserat CFO
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13:45 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble rises after report says Nook spin may now be more feasible
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13:09 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble shares up more than 3% after reports company will spin-off Nook
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10:06 EDTAROOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTTIF, MBofA/Merrill's retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2014
17:04 EDTAROAeropostale downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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April 7, 2014
07:38 EDTGESGuess risk/reward remains compelling, says Brean Capital
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April 4, 2014
10:02 EDTAAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Hasbro (HAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sonic (SONC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... AutoZone (AZO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.
09:15 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services shares undervalued at current levels, says Roth Capital
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08:17 EDTAAPAdvance Auto Parts downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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