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June 26, 2014
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News For TSCO;CNP;BBBY;IM;COCO;EDMC;WUBA;UNXL;D From The Last 14 Days
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September 23, 2014
16:17 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond sees FY14 EPS $5.00-$5.08, consensus $5.03
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16:16 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond sees Q3 EPS $1.17-$1.21, consensus $1.20
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16:16 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond reports Q2 EPS $1.17, consensus $1.14
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15:27 EDTBBBYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), consensus $1.14; Copart (CPRT), consensus 41c; HB Fuller (FUL), consensus 76c; Steelcase (SCS), consensus 23c; AAR Corp. (AIR), consensus 38c; Overland Storage (OVRL), one estimate (33c).
15:15 EDTBBBYBed Bath September weekly 63 straddle priced for 5.9% move into Q2
12:51 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond technical notes ahead of earnings
In the prior three months the shares have moderately outperformed the broader averages. The trend has been bullish, with very little volatility, over the interval. The stock is trading below the middle of its range for the last 52 weeks. There has been a strong degree of resistance at the $65 area since mid April of this year. On strongly bullish news, a breakout above $65 could turn the intermediate-term trend to bullish from neutral. Additional upside objectives could be at the following resistance levels on an increasing band of positive surprises: $67.25, $68.10, and $69.80. If the news is not bullish, the recent uptrend in the prior three months could be broken. A move that remains below $62 would break the short-term uptrend. Additional downside objectives could be at the following support levels on a progressive band of misses: $61.27, $59.61, and $57.80.
10:02 EDTBBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Analog Devices (ADI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair... Cameco (CCJ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Clorox (CLX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Del Frisco's (DFRG) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Equinix (EQIX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Fluor (FLR) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Gordmans Stores (GMAN) downgraded at Canaccord... Jacobs Engineering (JEC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Nanometrics (NANO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Viasystems (VIAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Watsco (WSO) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter.
08:09 EDTIMIngram Micro announces new strategies for its data capture/POS business
Ingram Micro announced its data capture/POS business' five new strategic technology pillars: payments, mobility, networking, omni-channel retailing, and Software-as-a-Service solutions for its channel partner value-add. Ingram Micro also named industry expert Jeff Yelton as the new executive director and general manager of its North America data capture/POS business. Yelton brings more than 30 years of channel and industry-specific experience to Ingram Micro, and previously served as the president of ScanSource POS and Barcode.
07:36 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:10 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair
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05:46 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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September 22, 2014
08:17 EDTCNPUpdate: CenterPoint Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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08:05 EDTIMIngram Micro signs U.S. agreement with IBM's SoftLayer
Ingram Micro Cloud, a global division of Ingram Micro (IM), announced a new relationship with SoftLayer, an IBM company (IBM). Under the U.S. agreement, Ingram Micro is expanding its relationship with IBM and now offers SoftLayer cloud services to its mutual channel partners within the U.S. As part of the new relationship, Ingram Micro will be able to market, sell and support SoftLayer cloud services and drive solutions and cross-selling opportunities within its partner community and the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace. As a master Cloud Services Provider, Ingram Micro will also offer its cloud onboarding capabilities, marketing support, as well as end-to-end technical and operational support to its channel partners focused on building cloud solutions.
07:31 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond Q2 results likely similar to recent quarters, says UBS
UBS said it expects Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 results to "look a lot like" its recent quarters, reflecting a modest comp sales increase and ongoing gross margin pressure. The firm maintains its Neutral rating and $62 price target on the stock.
September 19, 2014
17:40 EDTCOCOCorinthian Colleges received grand jury subpoena on September 3
On September 3, the company received a grand jury subpoena for documents from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida. The subpoena seeks documents and records relating to an internal investigation of a former employee’s misconduct at the Everest Brandon campus and the company’s return of Title IV funds as a result of the investigation. The company initially self-reported the results of the internal investigation to the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Education on June 28, 2013. It is not clear whether the subpoena seeks this information regarding the former employee, the company or both. The company is evaluating the subpoena and intends to cooperate fully with the request. On September 10, the company received a grand jury subpoena for documents from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia. The subpoena seeks documents and records relating to the Everest Jonesboro and Everest Decatur campuses regarding matters including job placement, graduation rates, admissions, attendance, and student and employee information. The grand jury subpoena is signed by the same assistant United States attorney that assisted with the original, April 11, 2011 civil investigative demand for similar documents related to the same two campuses. The company is evaluating the subpoena and intends to cooperate fully with the request. On September 15, the company received a letter from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, or ACCSC, the institutional accrediting agency for forty campuses, notifying the company that it was placing the Corinthian system of schools on “Warning,” continuing the company’s schools on Employment Verification Reporting, continuing to review the materials and responses submitted by the company regarding all outstanding matters both within ACCSC and externally, directing the company’s ACCSC schools to inform current and prospective students that it is on Warning, placing Corinthian’s schools on Financial Reporting, and restricting the company’s schools from applying for certain substantive changes.
11:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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September 18, 2014
10:40 EDTBBBYPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
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September 17, 2014
09:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond 2H guidance appears optimistic, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research checks indicate Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 sales trends remain flattish to up 1%, similar to Q1. The firm believes 2H guidance is too optimistic, especially for FY comps of +3%. The analyst remains cautious on shares and expect margin pressures to continue. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:36 EDTDWolfe Research to hold a conference
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