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December 27, 2012
12:16 EDTBCDS, JCP, SWHC, SHLD, RSH, DIOD, BBY, TMOn 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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February 5, 2016
05:39 EDTTMToyota reports FY16 first nine months Automotive revenue up 5.6% to Y1.04T
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05:36 EDTTMToyota reports FY16 first nine months EPS Y597.29 vs. Y545.68 last year
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February 4, 2016
10:28 EDTJCPKohl's slumps after cutting forecast on lower than planned sales, margins
Shares of Kohl's (KSS) are plunging after the department store retailer cut its earnings per share guidance for fiscal year 2015 based on lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margins. WHAT'S NEW: Kohl's said this morning that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter increased 0.4%, with total quarterly sales rising 0.8%. The company said that despite a "very strong" holiday selling season, sales were "very volatile and less than planned" in the quarter. Additionally, Kohl's said the holiday season results were offset by a "very slow start" to Q4 in November as well as a weaker than expected January due to soft demand for cold-weather goods that led to lower store traffic. Looking ahead, Kohl's cut its FY15 EPS view to $3.95-$4.00, excluding losses from debt repayment, against analysts' consensus estimate of $4.30. Kohl's previously expected FY15 EPS to be at the low end of its $4.40-$4.60 range. Kohl's said it lowered its guidance as a result of lower than expected quarterly sales and "significantly lower than planned" gross margin. Kohl's is expected to report Q4 results on February 25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kohl's is considering whether to hire an investment bank to advise the company on alternatives including going private or a break up, The Wall Street Journal reported on January 11, citing a source. Kohl's executives are said to be open to a strategic review, the source said. ALSO NOTABLE: Retailer Ralph Lauren (RL) this morning said that while international net revenue grew 6% in constant currency in its third quarter, North America revenue declined 4%, due in part to warmer temperatures for the fall and holiday season. ANALYST OPINIONS: Buckingham yesterday upgraded Kohl's to Buy from Neutral, as the firm expected Kohl's SSS to rise by a low single digit percentage level in Q4. Analysts at Stifel said on January 11 that Kohl's could be worth as much as $95 in a takeover. PRICE ACTION: Kohl's is down over 14% to $43.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ralph Lauren is down over 17.5% to trade near $95 per share. Department store peers Macy's (M) and J.C. Penney (JCP) are down 3% and 2%, respectively, this morning.
February 3, 2016
09:49 EDTTMToyota says Scion brand to transition to Toyota brand
Scion, established as a separate brand in 2003 as a laboratory to explore new products and processes to attract youth customers, is now transitioning back to the Toyota brand, Toyota said in a statement. Scion achieved its goals of developing unique products and processes, and bringing in new, younger customers to Toyota. With more than a million cars sold, 70 percent of Scions were purchased by customers new to Toyota and 50 percent were under 35 years old. "This isn't a step backward for Scion; it's a leap forward for Toyota. Scion has allowed us to fast track ideas that would have been challenging to test through the Toyota network," said Jim Lentz, founding vice president of Scion and now CEO, Toyota Motor North America. Toyota's decision was made in response to customers' needs, the company said. As part of the brand transition, beginning in August 2016, MY17 Scion vehicles will be rebadged as Toyotas. The FR-S sports car, iA sedan and iM 5-door hatchback will become part of the Toyota family. The tC sports coupe will have a final release series edition and end production in August 2016. The C-HR, which recently debuted at the L.A. Auto Show, will be a part of the Toyota line-up. Scion's 22 dedicated team members, who represent sales, marketing, distribution, strategy, and product and accessories planning, will have the opportunity to take on new jobs at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in Torrance.
February 2, 2016
15:46 EDTTMToyota recalls about 320K vehicles in U.S. due to airbags
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15:33 EDTTMDoJ, CFPB reach settlement with Toyota on allegations of auto lending bias
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14:11 EDTTMAutodata estimates January U.S. auto sales pace at 17.58M, CNBC reports
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11:23 EDTTMToyota reports January U.S. sales down 4.7% to169,194 units
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07:09 EDTTMTrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached $38B in January
TrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached a record high for the month of January of $38 billion, up 1.4 percent from a year ago. January marked the auto industry's 25th consecutive month of year over year revenue expansion. Higher average transaction prices helped automakers post a $520 million gain in revenue versus January 2015, despite a likely increase in incentive spending and somewhat lower sales compared with a year ago. As previously announced, TrueCar projects sales of new cars and light trucks contracted 0.3 percent last month. Publicly traded companies in the space include Daimler AG (DDAIF), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:55 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2016
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February 1, 2016
18:46 EDTTMAutomakers hit with additional costs due to China regulatory shift, Reuters says
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05:48 EDTTMToyota confirms plans to halt domestic production from February 8-13
Due to parts shortages resulting from an explosion that occurred on January 8 at an Aichi Steel Corporation manufacturing facility, Toyota Motor Corporation will suspend all production on its vehicle assembly lines within Japan from February 8 through 13. Operations are scheduled to recommence on February 15, and vehicle production on lines outside Japan will not be suspended. Toyota will continue to take any measures necessary to minimize the impact of this incident on vehicle production. Such measures may include production on alternate lines operated by Aichi Steel and procurement from other steelmakers.
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTTMOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
19:39 EDTTMToyota may halt domestic production amid steel shortage, Reuters says
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January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
09:21 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
06:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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05:48 EDTTMToyota confirms plans to buy out rest of Daihatsu
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January 28, 2016
10:28 EDTTMTakata CEO plans to resign, WSJ reports
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05:47 EDTTMToyota seen deciding Friday on buying out rest of Daihatsu, Reuters reports
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