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December 27, 2012
12:16 EDTSWHC, SHLD, RSH, DIOD, BBY, TM, BCDS, JCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after a reading of consumer confidence fell and a leading Democrat warned that there may not be enough time left to avoid a trip over the fiscal cliff... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 12,000 to 350,000, compared to expectations for claims to remain relatively flat with the prior week. Sales of new homes rose 4.4% in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 377,000, beating expectations. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since August with a 65.1 reading for December, versus expectations for a 70.0 figure. Also, the Treasury Department warned last night that the government would hit its borrowing limit by Monday. Then, this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that there may not be enough time left to reach a budget deal and that the U.S. appears destined to head over the "fiscal cliff." In China, the National Bureau of Statistics reported that industrial profit surged 22.8% on-year in November, which was up from 20.8% growth in October... COMPANY NEWS: U.S. listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) rose about 1.75% after the company agreed to a settlement valued over $1B related to previous recalls over claims of accelerator pedal problems... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BCD Semiconductor (BCDS), which rose 92% to $7.64 after agreeing to be acquired by Diodes (DIOD) for $8.00 per U.S. listed share. Diodes, meanwhile, rose over 3% following the deal. Also higher were shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which advanced more than 3% after the company expanded its share repurchase program. Among the noteworthy losers were RadioShack (RSH), which fell over 6%, and J.C. Penney (JCP), which declined nearly 6% as well, after both were mentioned by The Wall Street Journal among four retailers that may face a particularly challenging and important year in 2013. The other two, Best Buy (BBY) and Sears Holdings (SHLD), also saw their shares fall more than the broader market... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 105.18, or 0.80%, to 13,009.41; the Nasdaq was down 29.98, or 1.00%, to 2,960.18; and the S&P 500 was down 13.89, or 0.98%, to 1,405.94.
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April 1, 2015
06:23 EDTSHLDSears, General Growth announce 50/50 JV
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March 31, 2015
16:33 EDTJCPJPMorgan ups J.C. Penney price target after seeing management
After meetings with J.C. Penney management, JPMorgan raised its price target for the retailer to $10 from $8. The firm says Penny management expressed confidence in the company’s ability to reach its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. JPMorgan notes that management sees "multiple ways" to achieve the target, even if sales do not grow. More near-term, the firm points out its work suggests Penny will post in-line or better Q1 results despite port issues and inconsistent weather. Nevertheless, the firm keeps a Neutral rating on the retailer. Shares of Penny closed the trading day up 58c to $8.41 after Piper Jaffray this morning upped its price target for shares to $14.
06:42 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 comp estimate, price target raised at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes warmer weather versus last year and greater mall traffic from Apple (AAPL) Watch interest will drive positive Q1 momentum for J.C. Penney (JCP). Piper raised its comp estimate for Q1 to up 3% from up 1% and its price target for shares to $14 from $13. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on J.C. Penney.
March 30, 2015
12:58 EDTTMToyota launches new vehicles, automated safety features
Toyota will reveal its first-ever RAV4 Hybrid SUV, while Lexus unveils its all-new fourth-generation RX luxury crossover SUV, Toyota stated earlier today. Both debuts will mark the arrival of new, multi-feature, integrated safety packages, each anchored by automated pre-collision braking and offered at a price dramatically below comparable systems across the auto industry, the automaker stated. Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety System+ are designed to support the driver’s awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds, Toyota stated. Packaged together in an integrated system, their features help address three key areas of accident protection: preventing or mitigating rear collisions, keeping drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during night time driving, according t othe company.
08:01 EDTBBYBest Buy Canada changes could be quite profitable in long-term, says RBC Capital
After Best Buy announced major changes to its Canada business, RBC Capital says that the changes could more than double the company's international EBIT. The firm continues to recommend buying Best Buy's stock.
March 29, 2015
20:18 EDTBBYBest Buy sees FY16 EPS lower by 10c-20c due to Canada consolidation
Best Buy Canada, a subsidiary of Best Buy– which owns and operates both Best Buy and Future Shop stores – announced earlier that it is consolidating the Future Shop and Best Buy stores and websites under the Best Buy brand. The company also expects its GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to be negatively impacted in FY16 in the range of 10c to 20c due primarily to a temporary increase in operational expenses associated with consolidation activities and store disruptions resulting from our investments to support the Best Buy multi-channel customer experience. Due to the transitional nature of the majority of these costs, the company does not expect this negative EPS impact to continue into future years. Consensus for Best Buy's FY16 EPS is currently $2.56 per share.
13:19 EDTBBYBest Buy Canada announces consolidation of Future Shop and Best Buy stores
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTDIODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:27 EDTTMToyota unveils new manufacturing process, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTDIODDiodes downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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March 26, 2015
09:02 EDTBBYSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
06:01 EDTBBYBest Buy implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
March 25, 2015
06:05 EDTBBYBest Buy implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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March 24, 2015
07:27 EDTBBYTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 23, 2015
10:18 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility at low end of 44-month range as shares trend higher
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09:05 EDTTMToyota to partner with I.D. Systems on new VMS
Toyota (TM) Material Handling, U.S.A., and I.D. Systems (IDSY) have executed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deploy a new wireless industrial Vehicle Management System, or VMS. The new VMS will be marketed through the Toyota Industrial Equipment umbrella in North America under the "T-Matics" brand. The T-Matics products were officially launched to Toyota dealers on March 3.
March 22, 2015
17:42 EDTTMToyota close to approving Mexico plant, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
09:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says general counsel Janet Dhillon to leave company
J.C. Penney said in a filing that effective March 20, Janet Dhillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, is leaving J. C. Penney Company.
March 18, 2015
13:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney trades lower after news of executive departures
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12:35 EDTSHLDSears supply chain under pressure, WSJ says
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