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July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTUAL, FDO, TRW, CRAY, PBPB, LLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and although they have managed recoup some ground, they remain lower. Fears about the health of one of Portugal’s largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The decline in the market marked its biggest drop since May, but the averages have recaptured some of their earlier session losses by midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May, and the Bank of England maintained its main bank rate and its stock of purchased assets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of airline United Continental (UAL) rose nearly 10% after reporting that its consolidated traffic, or revenue passenger miles, was flat year-over-year in June. In a note to investors following the company's update, UBS said it expected United Continental shares to trade higher given its higher than expected PRASM... Family Dollar (FDO) initially fell after reporting third quarter earnings that missed expectations. The dollar store operator stated that its same-store sales were down 1.8% in the period, but noted that its June comparable sales were approximately flat and that it was "encouraged" by its improving trends. Near noon, the stock had recovered and was up nearly 1%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY), which rallied 14.5% after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M computer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Also higher was TRW Automotive (TRW), which rose nearly 7% before being halted for pending news near noon. Prior to the trading halt, Bloomberg had reported that Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen has approached TRW about a potential takeover offer, with one source saying that the German company values the U.s. auto parts maker at around $11B-$12B. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged 23% after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL), which sunk 21% and was downgraded at both Credit Suisse and Jefferies after the company lowered its outlook for the year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 91.13, or 0.54%, to 16,894.48, the Nasdaq was down 23.91, or 0.54%, to 4,395.13, and the S&P 500 was down 8.95, or 0.45%, to 1,963.88.
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October 13, 2014
15:13 EDTUALUnited Continental volatility increases as trend lower
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12:01 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INFY YUM FDO HSY
10:28 EDTUALUnited Continental falls sharply, levels to watch
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October 10, 2014
16:17 EDTFDODollar General receives second request from FTC
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15:42 EDTUALPlane held on Las Vegas tarmac over Ebola scare, Reuters reports
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08:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar Q4 bad enough to justify merger, says FBR Capital
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October 9, 2014
17:30 EDTUALUnited Continental shares could climb 30%, Barron's says
United Continental shares could trade 30% higher in a year, driven by industry momentum, Barron's argues in its 'Ahead of the Crowd' column. Reference Link
16:38 EDTLLStockbridge Partners reports 7.1% passive stake in Lumber Liquidators
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16:19 EDTFDOFamily Dollar will not provide guidance for FY15
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16:17 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q4 adjusted EPS 73c, consensus 77c
Reports Q4 revenue $2.61B, consensus $2.58B. Reports Q4 SSS up 0.3%. Q4 adjusted results exclude the negative impact on diluted net income per common share of 43c per share related to the Company’s restructuring charges and fees related to its pending merger with Dollar Tree.
13:14 EDTLLLumber Liquidators nearing 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares are down over 4% to $53.50 at time of writing. At that price the 52-week low is nearby support at $52.76. Resistance is at $54.33.
09:41 EDTFDOBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTUALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:52 EDTUALUnited Continental price target raised to $58 from $53 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on United Continental to $58 from $53 following guidance from the company. The firm expects the stock to trade higher on the update and reiterates its Buy rating on United Continental shares.
07:51 EDTUALUnited Continental lowers Q3 capex view to $470M-$490M, maintains FY view
United Continental expects between $470M-$490M of gross capital expenditures in Q3, which is below previous guidance. The difference versus prior guidance is primarily attributable to certain capital expenditures having shifted from Q3 to Q4. There is no impact to full-year 2014 capital expenditure guidance, the company said.
07:49 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q3 PRASM up 3.5%-4%
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07:24 EDTUALUnited Continental added to U.S. Focus List at Credit Suisse
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October 8, 2014
17:21 EDTUALUnited Continental reports September consolidated traffic down 0.2% y-o-y
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15:25 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP), consensus $1.29; Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 77c; Lindsay (LNN), consensus 57c.
11:26 EDTUALUnited Continental volatility increases as shares pull back
United Continental October weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, October is at 51, November is at 50, December is at 47; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
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