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November 26, 2014
17:09 EDTRSHRadioShack in amendment agreement with General Retail
RadioShack disclosed in a filing that on November 26, RadioShack entered into an amendment to the Recapitalization and Investment Agreement, dated as of October 3 between the company and General Retail Holdings, GRH. The Amendment (1) potentially reduces the number of shares of preferred stock of the company (otherwise issuable to GRH under the Recapitalization Agreement by up to 10% and (2) provides that GRH will have the right to designate four individuals to the company’s board of directors in connection with completion of the rights offering described in the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 7, if the conditions to the rights offering are satisfied.
09:02 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson to aqcuire Battenfeld Technologies for $130.5M
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05:46 EDTSHLDSears, Kmart to extend Cyber Monday deals to a week
Sears and Kmart, two leading integrated retailers, have turned Cyber Monday into a weeklong savings event to make holiday shopping easier for Shop Your Way members and customers. Cyber Week deals start Nov 30 at 12:00 a.m. and run for seven days to Dec 6 at 11:59 p.m. Plus, through the online/in-store collaboration between Sears and Kmart, members and customers can avoid shipping and pick up their gifts at more than 1,800 locations, ready in five minutes or less.
November 25, 2014
06:35 EDTTMJapanese ministry urging automakers to speed up air bag recalls, Reuters says
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November 24, 2014
13:32 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney director discloses 100K share purchase at $7.28
J.C. Penney director Javier Teruel disclosed in a filing late Friday the purchase of 100K shares at $7.28 on Nov. 19. Shares of JCP are up 5.5% in early afternoon trading.
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10:01 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson, General Dynamics partner on modular handgun system
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09:14 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Sears Holdings overall option implied volatility of 80 compares to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results.
November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTBBYMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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11:30 EDTBBYGameStop plummets after Q3 results, profit outlook trail analysts' estimates
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are sinking after reporting third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, that trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: GameStop last night reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 57c and revenue of $2.09B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 61c and $2.2B, respectively. Consolidated comparable store sales dropped 2.3% for the quarter. The company said topline and comparable store sales were negatively impacted by the delayed release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. GameStop said new hardware sales increased 147.4% during the quarter, outpacing industry growth of 102.4%. Additionally, GameStop said it reached 47.3% new software market share in Q3. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, GameStop forecast adjusted Q4 EPS of $2.08-$2.24, below analysts' estimates of $2.28. GameStop expects Q4 SSS to be down 5% to up 2%. The company cited several titles being moved out of 2014 and the current sales trends of prior generation software for the weak outlook. For FY14, GameStop narrowed its EPS view to $3.40-$3.55 from $3.40-$3.70, trailing analysts' estimates of $3.68. Full year comparable store sales growth is now expected to be up 2%-5%, down from its prior view of 6%-12% growth. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Telsey Advisory downgraded GameStop to Market Perform given that the previous thesis for a robust new gaming cycle has not materialized. They said soft Q3 results and lowered guidance indicate the gaming cycle is not as strong as previously thought, and lowered their price target on the shares to $45 from $51. Another firm, RW Baird, called GameStop's Q3 results disappointing, citing its accelerating declines in old generation hardware and software sales, reduced guidance and a key title delay. Baird maintained its Outperform rating on GameStop shares, but lowered its price target to $50 from $52. Janney Capital said that GameStop's mobile miss is surprising and disappointing given the iPhone 6 launch and the company's need for mobile growth to break its dependence on the game cycle. Prior-gen software declines have been steeper, pushing out the software inflection beyond Q4, which the firm said is later than expected. However, Janney maintained the value of discs will be more evident and ease concerns as game file sizes increase. The firm maintained its Buy rating on the stock, but lowered its fair value estimate to $45 from $50. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GameStop fell $5.9, or 13.52%, to $37.66 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Including today’s pullback, the stock has lost approximately 23% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other video game retailers include Best Buy (BBY), which is up 1%.
10:32 EDTTMToyota to recall 422K Lexus models for possible fuel leak, Reuters reports
Toyota is recalling 422.5K Lexus models due to possible fuel leaks that increase the risk of fire, Reuters reports. The models include 2007-2010 Lexus LS, 2006-2011 GS and 2006-2011 IS. Reference Link
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10:00 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:14 EDTTMHonda warned Takata on airbags years before recalls, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $43 from $36 at Citigroup
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06:11 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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November 20, 2014
16:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:54 EDTBBYBest Buy strength a selling opportunity, says Evercore ISI
12:46 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite disappointing purchasing managers' index readings in both China and Europe. The market took its early lead from Europe and opened lower, though the major averages moved into positive territory following a trio of better than expected domestic economic reports, as the leading economic indicators, Philadelphia Fed survey, and existing home sales all beat consensus forecasts. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 2K to 291K in the week ended November 15, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged in October, versus expectations for a drop of 0.1%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI slipped 1.2 points to 54.7 in November, versus the consensus forecast for a 56.5 reading. Existing home sales rose 1.5% to a 5.26M rate in October, which beat expectations for a decline to a 5.15M unit rate. The index of leading indicators climbed 0.9% to 105.2 in October, beating expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to 40.8 in November, easily topping the consensus expectation for a 18.0 reading. In Asia, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI for China fell to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, which is down from a final reading of 50.4 in October and below the 50.3 consensus forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash eurozone PMI composite output index, which tracks surveys from both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at 51.4 for November, which was down from 52.1 in October and represents the measure's lowest level in 16 months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Best Buy (BBY) advanced 7% after its third quarter profit beat estimates and it reported that its domestic same-store sales grew 3.2%. The electronics retailer also said the sales trends it is seeing as its enters the critical fourth quarter are "encouraging from a top-line perspective." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which rose nearly 10% after the home goods retailer's third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and the company raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher following its own "beat and raise" quarterly report was Kirkland's (KIRK), which advanced 18%. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 9% after its fourth quarter earnings missed expectations and the company said it will no longer give yearly guidance. Also lower was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which dropped 6% after its first quarter profit outlook fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates and the company's Chief Financial Officer announced plans to depart. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,693.57, the Nasdaq was up 22.08, or 0.47%, to 4,697.80, and the S&P 500 was up 3.01, or 0.15%, to 2,051.73.
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09:21 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTBBYBest Buy says will evaluate cash position, potential buybacks after Q4
Best Buy says its knows how important that the matter of cash return is to investors, and that its use of cash will be evaluated after Q4, but also notes that its "number one priority" for its cash is investing in growth.
08:40 EDTBBYBest Buy says few stores not cash flow positive
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08:24 EDTBBYBest Buy cites strength in televisions, computing, tablets helping Q3 top-line
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07:57 EDTTMIIHS crash tests results for minivans 'one of the worst', CNBC says
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07:11 EDTTMBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy says internal, external factors could pressure operating income rate
CFO McCollam said "The sales trends we are seeing in our business as we enter the fourth quarter are encouraging from a top-line perspective. But to drive these results, similar to Q3, there are internal and external factors that we believe could put pressure on our operating income rate. The internal factors include: (1) the increased mix of faster growing, but lower-margin products in our revenue; (2) the potential impact of higher incentive compensation, particularly in our retail stores, based on our expected year-over-year improvement in performance; (3) higher growth in our lower-margin online channel; and (4) intensified investments in customer-facing initiatives. The external factors include: (1) an intensely promotional competitive environment; (2) a possible constraint in product availability in recent high-profile product launches; and (3) a potential supply chain disruption related to the West Coast port delays.”
07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy says total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions at $965M
Since its Q2 FY15 earnings release, Renew Blue annualized cost reductions have increased an additional $65 million, bringing the total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions to $965 million.
07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q4 revenue, SSS growth 'near-flat' y/y
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q3 continuing ops EPS 32c, consensus 25c
Reports Q3 revenue $9.38B, consensus $9.11B. Reports Q3 SSS up 2.2%.
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November 19, 2014
15:31 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments before results
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13:33 EDTBBYBest Buy November 36 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q3
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07:26 EDTBBYBest Buy November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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06:51 EDTTMRegulators push automakers for wider airbag recall, NY Times says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to recall all U.S. vehicles with airbags made by Takata, according to The New York Times. The recall of of vehicles with the airbags has been limited to two states and two territories associated with high humidity, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
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November 18, 2014
17:52 EDTRSHRadioShack loan from Monarch off table, Bloomberg says
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17:37 EDTTMNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
15:02 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 25 hosted by Jefferies.
15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with B. Riley
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14:14 EDTRSHRadioShack loan talks with Monarch hedge fund ended, Bloomberg reports
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06:46 EDTTMToyota to sell fuel cell car in Japan in December, Reuters says
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November 17, 2014
15:45 EDTBBYBest Buy remains a top pick for the holiday season at BofA/Merrill
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14:21 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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12:59 EDTTMToyota experimenting with driverless car technology, Nikkei reports
Toyota is working on driverless car technology at its U.S. research centers in a move to develop "self-judging" vehicles that can avoid traffic accidents, the Nikkei reports. Reference Link
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10:06 EDTSHLDSears Canada, JPMorgan Chase announce changes to credit card program
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10:01 EDTSHLDSears introduces 'Reserve It' service
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07:39 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $42 from $35 at Stifel
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $40 from $36 at RBC Capital
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November 16, 2014
19:58 EDTTMJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTBBYSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:36 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $32 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Best Buy to $36 from $32 ahead of its Q3 results. The firm sees a favorable near-term set-up, citing the company's cash balances, selection of premium products, and focused strategy of promotions deployment and expenses. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Best Buy shares.
November 13, 2014
09:40 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
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07:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney price target lowered to $7 from $9 at JPMorgan
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06:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q4 comp guidance likely conservative, says Piper Jaffray
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