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June 3, 2014
07:20 EDTV, MA, WMT, JCPRetailers request Supreme Court to listen to 'swipe fee' case, Reuters says
A group of retailers in the National Retail Federation, such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and J.C. Penney (JCP), are planning to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case involving Federal Reserve regulations that let banks charge debit card "swipe fees" that retailers see as too expensive, according to Reuters, citing comments from an attorney for the merchants. "Swipe fees" are set by companies such as Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) who reimburse banks for costs involved in providing the cards. Reference Link
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August 20, 2014
11:42 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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05:51 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP VHC
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August 19, 2014
10:42 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 18, 2014
18:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart not likely to bid for Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
According to people familiar with the situation, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is unlikely to make an offer for Family Dollar Stores (FDO), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
11:57 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP GPRO
J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 43, GoPro (GPRO) January 48 call option implied volatility decreased 8% to 45 according to IVolatility.
08:47 EDTWMTDollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTJCP, WMTStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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16:38 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
12:53 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP SINA
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12:39 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
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10:27 EDTVVisa management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on August 21 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:35 EDTJCPActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comps get more difficult from here, says Maxim
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08:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comp run rates does not support quick recovery, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said J.C. Penney's underlying comp run-rate of 4% does not support a quick turnaround and believes comps will decelerate from current levels. The firm trimmed its 2015-2017 base assumptions and believes the company will struggle to reach +6% comps. Shares are Underweight rated with a reduced price target of $7 from $7.50.
07:19 EDTJCPWells says 'no reason to get too excited' about J.C. Penney
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06:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney turnaround 'very much underway,' says Piper Jaffray
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06:15 EDTVSprint's new CEO to introduce 'disruptive' prices next week, Re/code reports
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