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July 10, 2014
16:25 EDTLOW, REG, LL, HD, PBPB, AMRE, TSCO, VZ, CRAY, SRPTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. 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 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. 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. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
News For VZ;HD;LOW;TSCO;LL;SRPT;AMRE;REG;CRAY;PBPB From The Last 14 Days
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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14:57 EDTVZTelecom equipment stocks rally after Verizon CFO comments on wireless CapEx
Telecom equipment stocks, which opened lower, rallied after Verizon (VZ) CFO Fran Shammo said he sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend upward. Shammo, speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media And Communications Conference, said, "The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Ciena (CIEN), JDSU (JDSU), and Finisar (FNSR) all reversed earlier losses. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Ciena is up 1.5%, JDS Uniphase is up 3.8%, and Finisar is up 4.5%. Verizon, which was downgraded this morning to Neutral from Buy by RW Baird, is trading down almost 5%.
12:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:48 EDTLOWLowe's volatility elevated into analyst and investor meeting
Lowe's December call option implied volatility is at 24, January is at 19, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into a company hosted analyst and investor meeting to be held on December 11.
10:38 EDTVZVerizon CFO Shammo says not interested in doing large international M&A deal
CFO Fran Shammo sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend up, sees wireline CapEx continuing to trend down. Says does not believe wireless CapEx will decline. Shammo commented that ""The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Says dividend policy "very important." Says doesn't see share buybacks until balance sheet is delevered.
10:28 EDTVZVerizon drops after warning about promotional impact on profits
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10:27 EDTVZVerizon CFO says would sell towers for 'right price, right terms'
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10:23 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:17 EDTVZVerizon CFO Shammo says sees promotional pricing 'settling down' in 2015
Says Q4 has been a "pretty exciting" period, says seeing increase in activations, but seeing some increase in churn as well. Says has seen high volume in Q4 sales. Says continues to see strong momentum for wireless customer growth in Q4. Sees promotional pricing "settling down" in 2015. Shammo says social media, press has built this up as a price war; says rival's half-priced promotion "not as dramatic" as it looks. Says tablets a "tremendous" growth area for industry. Says streaming TV to mobile to begin in mid-2015. Says that over time, company believes can increase margins. Comments made at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference. Verizon shares are down 3.8% to $47.04 in morning trading.
09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTTSCOTractor Supply demand healthy, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Tractor Supply demand looks healthy and the company is making progress with merchandising and execution. The analyst believes Tractor Supply is well positioned to continue posting upside results near-term.
07:40 EDTVZVerizon competition increased, company should be able to respond, says Canaccord
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07:32 EDTVZUBS to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTVZVerizon downgraded at RW Baird
As previously reported, Baird downgraded Verizon to Neutral from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares citing last night's negative pre-announcement due to increasing competitive concerns, margin pressures, higher churn, and full valuation. Price target lowered to $50 from $54.
06:01 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTVZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:05 EDTVZVerizon sees Q4 impacts of promotional offers will pressure wireless EBITDA, EPS
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12:04 EDTLOWLowe's to host analyst and investor meeting
Analyst and Investor Meeting to be held on December 11 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:42 EDTPBPBPotbelly coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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December 5, 2014
08:35 EDTHDHome Depot continues to execute at very high level, says RW Baird
Baird said Home Depot continues to operate and execute at a very high level and should remain a stable port in the choppy retail environment. The firm reiterates its Outperform rating and $110 price target on Home Depot shares, citing operational efficiencies across the organization and a balanced approach to capital allocation.
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