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March 7, 2014
16:54 EDTTM, F, RSH, SPLS, SWYUkraine, U.S. jobs dominate headlines as markets log gains
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a week that saw instability in Ukraine dominate headlines early, with a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report finishing the week. MACRO NEWS: Global markets started the week lower on concerns regarding the situation in Ukraine, and while the flow of news coming out of the region did not slow during the week, it appeared to weigh less prominently on investors as the week wore on... On Monday, China's final Markit/HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for February fell for the third straight month to a seven-month low of 48.5... The U.S. non-farm jobs report for February showed the economy added 175,000 jobs, exceeding economists' expectations for 150,000. Despite the better-than-expected job gains, the unemployment rate edged higher to 6.7% from last month's 6.6% level... The Federal Reserve released its latest Beige Book report of economic activity on Wednesday, which showed that economic activity in eight of the central bank's twelve districts saw modest to moderate improvements since the last survey. The report showed, however, that the severe winter weather has weighed on retail sales. COMPANY NEWS: Auto sales fell for major US and Japanese brands, including Ford, which saw sales slide 6% and Toyota (TM), which saw sales slide 4% for February... Legacy big box retailers RadioShack (RSH) and Staples (SPLS) both reported earnings this week that disappointed and announced plans to close stores. RadioShack announced it would close 1,100 stores and said it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy, while Staples said it would close 225 stores in North America and said it will no longer provide annual sales or earnings guidance. Shares of both retailers fell more than 15% during the week... Safeway (SWY) announced a deal Thursday night to be acquired by Albertsons, which is owned by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital, in a deal that values the grocer at about $40 per share. Shares of Safeway lost about 2% after the deal, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, was formally announced. Shares of Safeway, however, have gained about 60% over the 52-week period ended with today's trade. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.8% to 16,452.72, the S&P 500 was up 1% to 1,878.04, and the Nasdaq was up 0.6% to 4,336.22.
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September 11, 2014
09:23 EDTRSHRadioShack CEO says excited about Holiday, 'more robust' Black Friday strategy
RadioShack (RSH) says the company has become a "top five" Apple (AAPL) retailer. RadioShack says its is working on enhanced capabilities for its e-commerce platform.
09:18 EDTRSHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: lululemon (LULU), up 15%... Sigma Designs (SIGM), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: JDSU (JDSU), up 13.8% after announcing that it will separate into two publicly traded companies... Wet Seal (WTSL), up 4.5%, upgraded at B. Riley following Q2 earnings results... Gogo (GOGO), up 5% after announcing partnership with T-Mobile (TMUS)... Digital Ally (DGLY), up 8.4% after announcing plans to introduce "bullet camera" option at October police conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), down 5%... Five Below (FIVE), down 5.6%. LOWER: Radio Shack (RSH), down 8% after reporting Q2 losses, stating that it may need to pursue bankruptcy... E2open (EOPN), down 29%, downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company announced preliminary Q2 earnings results... Twitter (TWTR), down 1% after announcing that it will offer $1.3B in convertible unsecured senior notes... Crocs (CROX), down 2.6% after downgraded at Buckingham... Macy's (M), down 1.3% after downgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:07 EDTRSHRadioShack CEO says turn-around pace 'simply not fast enough'
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07:53 EDTRSHRadioShack says will need liquidity, may need to pursue bankruptcy
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07:09 EDTRSHRadioShack restructuring overhaul develops, Reuters says
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07:04 EDTRSHRadioShack says improving sales trend to continue into Q3
The company added that it has nonetheless been challenged by persistent industry-wide decline in consumer electronics and soft mobility market. CEO Joseph Magnacca said, ""The postpaid mobility business drove the majority of the weak performance this quarter due to lackluster consumer interest in the current handset assortment, consumers waiting for an iconic handset launch this fall, and intense promotional activities by the wireless carriers."
07:03 EDTRSHRadioShack CEO: We may need additional capital to complete turnaround
CEO Joseph Magnacca added, "As a result, we are actively exploring options for overhauling our balance sheet and are in advanced discussions with a number of parties. We are also working with our key financial stakeholders, including our existing lenders, bondholders, shareholders and landlords seeking to create a long-term solution. This may include a debt restructuring, a store base consolidation program, and other measures to make significant reductions in our cost structure. The details of a recapitalization have yet to be finalized, and we are reviewing several alternatives, some of which would require consent from our lenders. There is no pre-determined outcome to this work and, of course, we cannot be certain as to the outcome from the current discussions."
07:02 EDTRSHRadioShack reports Q2 adjusted loss of $101.5M, compared to $62.9M a year ago
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03:27 EDTRSHRadioShack loan being prepped by UBS, Standard General, Bloomberg says
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September 10, 2014
18:28 EDTRSHRadioShack loan being prepped by UBS, Standard General, Bloomberg says
According to three people with knowledge of the situation, UBS is working with Standard General on loans for RadioShack as it tries to avoid bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
15:51 EDTRSHRadioShack loan being prepped by UBS, Standard General, Bloomberg says
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15:27 EDTTMToyota searching for Mexico assembly plant site, Bloomberg reports
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09:17 EDTF, TMChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTSPLSApple announces Apple Pay
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14:47 EDTSPLSStaples to support Apple Pay in stores this fall
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10:57 EDTTMMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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09:55 EDTRSHRadioShack price target cut to $0, bankruptcy likely, says Wedbush
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09:28 EDTTMMobileye price target raised to $62 from $48 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Mobileye (MBLY) shares to $62 saying it left day one of the ITS World Congress feeling better about its thesis regarding the company landing Toyota (TM) as a client. Citi says Toyota is one of few remaining large OEMs that has yet to enter production with Mobileye. It believes Toyota recognizes Mobileye’s distinct technological advantages and expects to source more ADAS suppliers over the medium-term. William Blair this morning said it believes Tesla (TSLA) and GM (GM) are using Mobileye for their automated highway driving assist technology while Morgan Stanley upped its price target for shares to $65. The stock is trading up 6% to $56.23 in pre-market trading.
07:17 EDTFThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTF, TMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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