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January 11, 2013
12:21 EDTWFC, BV, ERIC, BBY, ARQL, UPIP, AXP, JCP, INFYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow managing to cross back into positive ground near noon. The averages began the session in relatively quite fashion and traded in a narrow range throughout the morning. There was little reaction to the pre-market release of both the trade balance report for November and import and export price data for December. The focus for investors was more on the release of earnings from banking giant Wells Fargo (WFC), the first of the big U.S. banks to report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit grew in November to $48.7B, after analysts called for the deficit to shrink to $41.3B. However the gap's widening was driven by an increase in consumer goods imports, which is a potentially positive signal for consumer spending. Import prices decreased 0.1% in December, versus an expected increase of 0.1%, while export prices were similarly down 0.1% in the month, which matched expectations. In Asia, Japan's government approved $116B in new stimulus spending. Also, China's consumer price index grew 2.5% in December from the prior year, overshooting expectations for a less pronounced pick-up from the 2.0% growth rate of November. Producer prices, however, fell 1.9% from the prior year, which was roughly in-line with expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Wells Fargo's headline results topped expectations, as its EPS of 91c and $21.9B revenue both beat consensus. However, Wells’ Q4 net interest margin slid 10 basis points from the prior quarter to 3.56% and its stock declined 1% in midday trading... Shares of another newsmaker in the financial sector, American Express (AXP), fared a bit better, rising about 0.35%. AmEx said it plans to cut 5,400 jobs, with the largest cuts to come in its travel business. The company also said last night that cardmember spending rose 8% in Q4 and reported preliminary quarterly profit that beat Street expectations... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Best Buy (BBY), which rose over 12% after reporting its domestic same-store sales were flat during the holiday season, but also cutting its view of free cash flow for this year. Also higher were shares of Infosys (INFY), up 17% after its results and guidance topped expectations, and Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 30% after the company announced a patent purchase agreement with Ericsson (ERIC) and the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Northland. Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) sunk nearly 6% after UBS said the retailer's earnings outlook is deteriorating and downgraded the stock to Sell. Among the other noteworthy losers were ArQule (ARQL), down 15% after a Phase 2 trial for its cancer treatment failed to meet its primary endpoint, and Bazaarvoice (BV), down 11% after the Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against the company and its stock was downgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 6.12, or 0.05%, to 13,477.34; the Nasdaq was down 2.29, or 0.07%, to 3,119.47; and the S&P 500 was down 1.81, or 0.12%, to 1,470.31.
News For WFC;AXP;BBY;INFY;UPIP;ERIC;JCP;ARQL;BV From The Last 14 Days
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May 15, 2015
07:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
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May 14, 2015
16:19 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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12:55 EDTJCPBulls, bears debate J.C. Penney after earnings report
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09:22 EDTARQLLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:11 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 encouraging, but cash flow remains tough, says Baird
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07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 beats on EBITDA despite sluggish sales, says UBS
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07:11 EDTJCPOptions expected to be active
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06:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney target upped to $15 after Q1 results at Piper Jaffray
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06:51 EDTWFCWells Fargo looking to streamline operations, Charlotte Observer says
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May 13, 2015
16:39 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney gross margin helped by penetration of private brands
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16:34 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney saw slowdown in late April versus its expectations
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16:28 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees FY15 free cash flow breakeven
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16:26 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 gross margin 36.4%
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16:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney narrows FY15 SSS view to up 4%-5% from up 3%-5%
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16:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 EPS (57c), consensus (77c)
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15:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney May 9 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q1
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15:04 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:54 EDTJCPEarnings Watch: J.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (77c) on revenue of $2.87B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (96c)-(61c) on revenue of $2.78B-$2.92B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported fourth adjusted earnings per share of breakeven against estimates for 11c, on revenue of $3.89B against estimates for $3.87B. Comparable store sales were up 4.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 SSS up 3%-5% and said it expected gross margin to improve 50 to 100 basis points versus 2014 and free cash flow to be flat. On its Q4 earnings conference call, the company said that it expected Q1 sales to be impacted less than 1% due to the West Coast port slowdown. NEWS: On March 17, AdAge said Chief Marketing Officer Debra Berman would leave the company immediately. Later that day, Bloomberg reported that General Cousnel Janet Dhillon would also leave the company, which was confirmed by J.C. Penney on March 20. On April 28, J.C. Penney appointed Mary Beth West as executive vice president and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, effective June 1. In an April regulatory filing, J.C. Penney said it became aware that a senior company official "inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%." The company said it expects Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%, which takes into account the shift of Easter into March. The retailer said it would introduce Sephora to 25 additional stores starting on May 1. In April, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters warning J.C. Penney and other retailers that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of J.C. Penney's Q4 results, Deutsche Bank said J.C. Penney remained a "show me story" until liquidity is improved. Craig-Hallum said J.C. Penney's 2015 gross margin outlook supports its view the company's 2017 financial targets are "unattainable." In March, JPMorgan raised its price target for the retailer to $10 from $8 and said management expressed confidence in the company’s ability to reach its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Baird said J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing," but believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are up over 7.45%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, J. C. Penney is down 2.5% to $8.66.
06:35 EDTBBYBest Buy May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Best Buy May weekly call option implied volatility is at 54, June is at 34, September is at 33; compared to its 90-day average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 earnings on May 21.
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