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November 14, 2012
05:55 EDTVIAB, VIAB, WMT, WMT, GME, GME, HP, HP, ROST, ROST, DLTR, DLTRCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Thursday, November 15th
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include Dollar Tree (DLTR), GameStop (GME), Helmerich & Payne (HP), Ross Stores (ROST), Viacom (VIAB), Wal-Mart (WMT)
News For VIAB;WMT;GME;HP;ROST;DLTR From The Last 14 Days
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January 14, 2015
07:47 EDTGMEGameStop new software sales promising, says SunTrust
After GameStop reported roughly in-line holiday SSS but said that its new software sales had risen 6%, the firm thinks the overall holiday data bodes well for the company's Q4 results. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:36 EDTROSTRoss Stores downgraded to Neutral at UBS
As previously reported, UBS downgraded Ross Stores to Neutral from Buy based on valuation. The firm sees limited upside, an elevated level for comps, and lower risk/reward. UBS raised its price target on Ross Stores to $96 from $92.
07:23 EDTGMEGameStop looks to be capitalizing on new products, says Oppenheimer
After GameStop reported that its total holiday SSS fell 3.1% but reiterated its previous Q4 EPS guidance, Oppenheimer says the company looks to be capitalizing on new products, while the short thesis on the stock was "somewhat" undermined by the company's report. The firm says the company is not yet out of the woods, but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:04 EDTROSTRoss Stores downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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06:38 EDTGMEGameStop upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:28 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Viacom (VIAB) two notches to Sell from Buy and lowered its price target for shares to $62 from $88. Citi says its new price target assumes a 50% probability that DISH (DISH) drops Viacom's channels. The firm sees 30% share downside risk should such an event occur. Citi lists two potential M&A deals that could offset the downside risk: Viacom acquiring CBS (CBS), which it feels would be neutral for the stock, or another media firm acquiring Viacom, which it feels could drive 20% upside for Viacom shares. Citi assumes a 10% probability of Viacom getting bought out.
January 13, 2015
18:37 EDTGMEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:24 EDTGMEGameStop now sees FY14 SSS up 3% to up 4%
18:24 EDTGMEGameStop now sees Q4 SSS down 2.5% to down 1%
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16:18 EDTGMEGameStop trades up after hours, levels to watch
Shares are up over 6.8% to $35 in the extended session. At that price resistance is at the after hours high at $36 and then at $37.20. Support is at $34.88.
16:14 EDTGMEGameStop up 9.3% after reporting holiday SSS, backing Q4, FY14 EPS guidance
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16:13 EDTGMEGameStop backs FY14 EPS view of $3.40-$3.55, consensus $3.49
16:13 EDTGMEGameStop backs Q4 EPS view of $2.08-$2.24, consensus $2.16
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16:12 EDTGMEGameStop reports total holiday SSS down 3.1%
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January 12, 2015
14:48 EDTGMEiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures is recently up 2.17 to 34.16
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13:49 EDTGMEGameStop volatility increases into 2014 holiday sales release
GameStop January call option implied volatility is at 119, February is at 58, April is at 48; compared to it 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of 2014 holiday sales release on January 13.
08:05 EDTGMEGameStop to use Microsoft Azure to stream game content, promotional materials
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07:35 EDTWMT, GMENational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:18 EDTDLTRFamily Dollar sends letter to stockholders on proposed merger with Dollar Tree
Family Dollar (FDO), in a letter to its stockholders, explains the recommendation of the board that stockholders vote "FOR" the merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). In the letter, Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine said, "I wanted to provide complete transparency to you regarding the most recent feedback that we have received from the FTC staff, which reaffirms the statements that we have been making for several months now about the inability of the Dollar General proposal to be consummated on the terms proposed by Dollar General and the certainty of the Dollar Tree merger... This existing economic analysis by the FTC will be refined in certain respects, but we see no basis to believe that, taken together, these refinements will result in a final divestiture number anywhere near the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest. Importantly, the 3,500 to 4,000 store range does not include many additional divestitures that likely will be triggered by the well over 1,000 additional new or planned Dollar General and Family Dollar stores. The FTC staff plans to incorporate these stores into the same economic analysis, which will create new overlaps and exacerbate existing overlaps that have not yet created presumptions of requirements to divest. Going in the other direction, the FTC will incorporate into its economic analysis a modest number of competitorsí additional new or planned stores. We expect that the net impact of these two changes will be an increase in the store count... With respect to timing, in light of the thousands of stores at issue, we expect that the definitive number of divestitures that the FTC will actually require is not likely to be known by Family Dollar or Dollar General for several months... We expect Dollar Tree to continue to make rapid progress in completing the antitrust clearance process pursuant to its binding undertakings in the merger agreement, including its covenant to divest as many stores as necessary or advisable to obtain such clearance. In sum, antitrust clearance of the Dollar Tree merger on its terms and in a timely manner is a virtual certainty."
06:04 EDTDLTRDollar Tree provides update on FTC review of Family Dollar acquisition
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