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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 29, 2014
16:37 EDTTIFLone Pine Capital reports 5.3% passive stake in Tiffany
09:52 EDTBLOXInfoblox management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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08:01 EDTMMacy's to hire 86,000 seasonal associates in 2014
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September 26, 2014
10:58 EDTMFinish Line left out of sports footwear rally after earnings miss
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09:12 EDTMFinish Line cites assortment 'blip' for Q2 performance
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07:12 EDTMFinish Line says Q2 results fell short due to basketball offering 'softness'
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September 25, 2014
11:22 EDTM, KSSSkechers rebounds after refuting Barrington research report
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05:31 EDTJWNNordstrom store in Canada off to strong start, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says the feedback received regarding Nordstrom's first store opening in Canada has been "particularly favorable." Deutsche expects Canada to eventually add 30c-40c to Nordstrom's bottom line and contribute up to $6 in value to the stock. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on the name with a $77 price target.
September 24, 2014
08:21 EDTTIFTiffany's new CFO to unlock value through P&L initiatives, says Goldman
Goldman said Tiffany's recently appointed CFO Ralph Nicoletti is a new driver of strength and expects him to drive meaningful free-cash-flow improvement by unlocking value in the P&L. The analyst said yesterday's refinancing is just the beginning of initiatives that will unlock value and expects to see sourcing cost reductions, streamlining of lead times, and lower capex, tax rate, and interest expenses. Shares are Buy rated with a $116 price target up from $114.
06:33 EDTBLOXInfoblox on path to regain sales momentum, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes Infoblox is a path to regain sales momentum and that its growth should continue to strengthen in FY15. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $20 price target.
September 19, 2014
10:06 EDTGESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Concur (CNQR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial... First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Guess (GES) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... SABMiller (SBMRY) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.
07:26 EDTGESGuess upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
September 18, 2014
11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:57 EDTGES, GPSU.S. ITC to investigate 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement
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10:00 EDTKSSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:12 EDTKSSKohl's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Kohl's to Buy on expectations the company's comp store sales and margins will improve due to better product assortment, loyalty program leverage and inventory management. Citi raised its price target for shares to $70 from $63.
05:28 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble NOOK Press partners with The Bookseller
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September 17, 2014
15:03 EDTBLOXInfoblox management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held in Boston on September 24 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:01 EDTKSSKohl's to hire over 67K associates this holiday season
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