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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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July 28, 2014
15:00 EDTLQDTIronPlanet awarded contract for DoD rolling stock surplus
IronPlanet announced that it was awarded the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency contract to manage and sell rolling stock surplus assets of the U.S. Department of Defense. The DLA issued the final contract award to IronPlanet on July 25, pursuant to a competitive bid process that was held on April 1. Bids for the Surplus Contract were based on a percentage of the sales price of the items that bidders will share with the DLA. IronPlanet estimates $50M-$70M of rolling stock annually, and its bid was equal to 75.29% revenue share to the DLA. The Surplus Contract has a base term of two years with four one-year renewal options. Following the bid process, Liquidity Services (LQDT) filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office. This protest and supplemental protests filed were denied by the GAO on July 23. Rolling stock includes surplus trucks, trailers, generators, wheel loaders, cranes, crawler tractors, and other equipment. While Surplus Contract volume will begin to flow to IronPlanet in the third quarter of 2014, the contract is scheduled to fully commence late 2014 into 2015. “We are very pleased and excited to be officially awarded this contract, and to partner with the Defense Logistics Agency. We have already begun moving forward leveraging our existing infrastructure and resources to build the dedicated capabilities necessary to maximize the returns for the U.S. Department of Defense, and ultimately the U.S. taxpayer, in selling their surplus rolling stock assets,” said Greg Owens, CEO, IronPlanet.
08:01 EDTMMacy's FY14 SSS guidance likely at risk, says Deutsche Bank
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July 23, 2014
09:02 EDTMMacy's reports new initiates in multi-year program to enhance sustainability
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July 21, 2014
14:02 EDTGPSGap expands brand to Slovenia and Austria
Gap announced that it will introduce the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners. Magistrat International has been selected for the launch of Slovenia and Gottex, which currently manages the Gap franchise business in Israel and Hungary, will launch Austria. Gap has signed a new agreement with Magistrat International to open three stores for the first time later this year in the capital city of Ljubljana. City Park. All locations are scheduled to open by September this year. Gap will also open its first store in Vienna, Austria this October through an existing relationship with Gottex Brands, which is a part of the Trimera Group.
09:01 EDTTIFTiffany names Frederic Cumenal as CEO, effective April 1, 2015
09:01 EDTTIFTiffany CEO Michael Kowalski to retire, effective March 31, 2015
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTM, TGTVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
10:38 EDTAAPAutoZone, O'Reilly drop following Stifel downgrades
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