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November 29, 2012
12:05 EDTAAP, BKS, LQDT, RIMM, BLOX, ARO, M, TGT, JWN, GPS, LTD, GES, KSS, 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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September 10, 2014
10:00 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:51 EDTTIFTiffany downgraded at Credit Suisse
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07:01 EDTKSSKohl's announces Juicy Couture now available at stores nationwide
Kohlís announced that Juicy Couture is now available at Kohlís stores nationwide and Kohls.com/JuicyCouture. Kohlís is supporting the launch of Juicy Couture with a marketing campaign that includes a new partnership with Refinery29. For the first time, Kohlís is engaging the influential and popular online lifestyle destination to partner with key trend-setting bloggers and to host celebratory events. There will also be print, broadcast and digital advertising and social initiatives.
06:19 EDTTIFTiffany downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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12:02 EDTBKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: KERX CIEN FNSR PAY BKS PVH NAV BYI FTR JOY
10:29 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says third parties see value in NOOK assets
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10:18 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says won't launch new bn.com in time for holiday season
Says "extremely happy" with Retail's Q1 performance, sees moderation of physical booksales decline. Says sees sales lift due to dispute between Amazon (AMZN) and Hachette. Regarding the launch of bn.com says making progress on development, but completion taking longer than expected. The company plans to launch the new site later this FY, but not in time for holiday season. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call.
08:37 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble's NOOK launched first co-branded tablet with Samsung
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08:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY15 college SSS to decline low-single digits
For FY15 the company continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits. College comparable store sales are also expected to decline in the low-single digits. The company expects full fiscal year EBITDA losses in the NOOK segment to decline versus the prior year.
08:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says making progress on separation of Retail and NOOK Media
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08:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble reports Q1 EPS (56c), consensus (63c)
Reports Q1 revenue $1.2B, consensus $1.26B. ďCoreĒ comparable bookstore sales, which exclude sales of NOOK products, decreased 0.4% for the quarter. Comparable College store sales decreased 2.0% for the quarter, primarily impacted by the timing of the start of the back-to-school rush season as compared to last year. Comparable College store sales reflect the retail selling price of new or used textbooks when rented, rather than solely the rental fees received and amortized over the rental period. The NOOK segment had revenues of $70 million for the quarter, decreasing 54.3% from a year ago.
06:29 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble results likely to highlight retail business strength, WSJ says
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September 8, 2014
15:27 EDTBKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:53 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble September volatility increases into Q1 and guidance
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12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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10:06 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Gap to Underperform based on expectations it will miss full year guidance and consensus expectations. The firm said lower than expected August comps due not bode well for turnaround and lowered its full year EPS estimate to $2.85 from $2.96, vs. guidance of $2.95-$3.00.
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