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November 29, 2012
12:05 EDTBKS, BLOX, TGT, LQDT, ARO, JWN, AAP, RIMM, M, LTD, TIF, GES, GPS, KSSOn 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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May 13, 2015
08:08 EDTMMacy's drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
08:06 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 comparable sales on owned plus licensed basis down 0.1%
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08:05 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15% to 36c, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
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08:03 EDTMMacy's reiterates FY15 EPS view $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.75
Macy’s continues to expect comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis of approximately 2% in FY15, with comparable sales slightly lower on an owned basis. The company continues to expect total sales growth of approximately 1%, consensus $28.44B.
08:02 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15%, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 EPS 56c, consensus 62c
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May 12, 2015
15:00 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:09 EDTMMacy's May volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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12:44 EDTMEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
07:36 EDTKSSKohl's Q1 estimates, price target raised at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its Q1 earnings per share estimate for Kohl's to 56c from 54c and its comp estimate to 3.0% from 2.5% after its research indicate the company had a "solid" quarter. The firm believes Kohl's various sales initiatives continued to drive traffic. Jefferies raised its price target for shares to $85 from $82 and reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
06:24 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
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May 11, 2015
17:55 EDTGPSGap price target lowered to $44 from $47 at Cantor
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16:06 EDTGPSGap down 1.2% after reporting April, Q1 same-store sales
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16:05 EDTGPSGap sees Q1 EPS 55c-56c, consensus 55c
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16:04 EDTGPSGap reports Q1 SSS down 4%
Gap reported Q1 net sales decreased 3% to $3.66B, compared with $3.77B for the first quarter last year. The translation of net sales in foreign currencies into U.S. dollars negatively impacted the company’s reported sales for Q1 by about $90M, primarily due to the weakening Japanese yen and Canadian dollar. On a constant currency basis, net sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 decreased 1% compared with last year. Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for Q1 were down 4%, versus negative 1% last year. Comparable sales by global brand for the first quarter were as follows: Gap Global: negative 10%; Banana Republic Global: negative 8%; Old Navy Global: positive 3%.
16:02 EDTGPSGap reports April SSS down 12%
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09:01 EDTTGTLowe's acquires leases of 13 former Target stores in Canada
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May 10, 2015
17:45 EDTTGTJudge allows $19M Target data breach settlement to move ahead, Reuters says
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13:43 EDTKSSKohl's may continue to outperform, Barron's says
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