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November 25, 2014
16:35 EDTWFCFed says Wells Fargo 2014 resolution plan has shortcomings
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10:00 EDTINFYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Sell from Hold at Societe Generale
November 24, 2014
13:32 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney director discloses 100K share purchase at $7.28
J.C. Penney director Javier Teruel disclosed in a filing late Friday the purchase of 100K shares at $7.28 on Nov. 19. Shares of JCP are up 5.5% in early afternoon trading.
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08:56 EDTERICEricsson, IBM collaborate to research phased-array antenna designs for 5G
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07:01 EDTWFCFed could further restrict banks' commodities businesses, NY Times says
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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTBBYMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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11:30 EDTBBYGameStop plummets after Q3 results, profit outlook trail analysts' estimates
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are sinking after reporting third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, that trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: GameStop last night reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 57c and revenue of $2.09B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 61c and $2.2B, respectively. Consolidated comparable store sales dropped 2.3% for the quarter. The company said topline and comparable store sales were negatively impacted by the delayed release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. GameStop said new hardware sales increased 147.4% during the quarter, outpacing industry growth of 102.4%. Additionally, GameStop said it reached 47.3% new software market share in Q3. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, GameStop forecast adjusted Q4 EPS of $2.08-$2.24, below analysts' estimates of $2.28. GameStop expects Q4 SSS to be down 5% to up 2%. The company cited several titles being moved out of 2014 and the current sales trends of prior generation software for the weak outlook. For FY14, GameStop narrowed its EPS view to $3.40-$3.55 from $3.40-$3.70, trailing analysts' estimates of $3.68. Full year comparable store sales growth is now expected to be up 2%-5%, down from its prior view of 6%-12% growth. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Telsey Advisory downgraded GameStop to Market Perform given that the previous thesis for a robust new gaming cycle has not materialized. They said soft Q3 results and lowered guidance indicate the gaming cycle is not as strong as previously thought, and lowered their price target on the shares to $45 from $51. Another firm, RW Baird, called GameStop's Q3 results disappointing, citing its accelerating declines in old generation hardware and software sales, reduced guidance and a key title delay. Baird maintained its Outperform rating on GameStop shares, but lowered its price target to $50 from $52. Janney Capital said that GameStop's mobile miss is surprising and disappointing given the iPhone 6 launch and the company's need for mobile growth to break its dependence on the game cycle. Prior-gen software declines have been steeper, pushing out the software inflection beyond Q4, which the firm said is later than expected. However, Janney maintained the value of discs will be more evident and ease concerns as game file sizes increase. The firm maintained its Buy rating on the stock, but lowered its fair value estimate to $45 from $50. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GameStop fell $5.9, or 13.52%, to $37.66 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Including today’s pullback, the stock has lost approximately 23% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other video game retailers include Best Buy (BBY), which is up 1%.
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10:00 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
07:24 EDTWFCBB&T CEO says 'banks lending recklessly' again, Reuters reports
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06:22 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $43 from $36 at Citigroup
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06:11 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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November 20, 2014
16:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:54 EDTBBYBest Buy strength a selling opportunity, says Evercore ISI
12:46 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite disappointing purchasing managers' index readings in both China and Europe. The market took its early lead from Europe and opened lower, though the major averages moved into positive territory following a trio of better than expected domestic economic reports, as the leading economic indicators, Philadelphia Fed survey, and existing home sales all beat consensus forecasts. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 2K to 291K in the week ended November 15, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged in October, versus expectations for a drop of 0.1%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI slipped 1.2 points to 54.7 in November, versus the consensus forecast for a 56.5 reading. Existing home sales rose 1.5% to a 5.26M rate in October, which beat expectations for a decline to a 5.15M unit rate. The index of leading indicators climbed 0.9% to 105.2 in October, beating expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to 40.8 in November, easily topping the consensus expectation for a 18.0 reading. In Asia, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI for China fell to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, which is down from a final reading of 50.4 in October and below the 50.3 consensus forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash eurozone PMI composite output index, which tracks surveys from both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at 51.4 for November, which was down from 52.1 in October and represents the measure's lowest level in 16 months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Best Buy (BBY) advanced 7% after its third quarter profit beat estimates and it reported that its domestic same-store sales grew 3.2%. The electronics retailer also said the sales trends it is seeing as its enters the critical fourth quarter are "encouraging from a top-line perspective." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which rose nearly 10% after the home goods retailer's third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and the company raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher following its own "beat and raise" quarterly report was Kirkland's (KIRK), which advanced 18%. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 9% after its fourth quarter earnings missed expectations and the company said it will no longer give yearly guidance. Also lower was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which dropped 6% after its first quarter profit outlook fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates and the company's Chief Financial Officer announced plans to depart. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,693.57, the Nasdaq was up 22.08, or 0.47%, to 4,697.80, and the S&P 500 was up 3.01, or 0.15%, to 2,051.73.
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10:02 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:21 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTBBYBest Buy says will evaluate cash position, potential buybacks after Q4
Best Buy says its knows how important that the matter of cash return is to investors, and that its use of cash will be evaluated after Q4, but also notes that its "number one priority" for its cash is investing in growth.
08:40 EDTBBYBest Buy says few stores not cash flow positive
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08:24 EDTBBYBest Buy cites strength in televisions, computing, tablets helping Q3 top-line
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy says internal, external factors could pressure operating income rate
CFO McCollam said "The sales trends we are seeing in our business as we enter the fourth quarter are encouraging from a top-line perspective. But to drive these results, similar to Q3, there are internal and external factors that we believe could put pressure on our operating income rate. The internal factors include: (1) the increased mix of faster growing, but lower-margin products in our revenue; (2) the potential impact of higher incentive compensation, particularly in our retail stores, based on our expected year-over-year improvement in performance; (3) higher growth in our lower-margin online channel; and (4) intensified investments in customer-facing initiatives. The external factors include: (1) an intensely promotional competitive environment; (2) a possible constraint in product availability in recent high-profile product launches; and (3) a potential supply chain disruption related to the West Coast port delays.”
07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy says total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions at $965M
Since its Q2 FY15 earnings release, Renew Blue annualized cost reductions have increased an additional $65 million, bringing the total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions to $965 million.
07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q4 revenue, SSS growth 'near-flat' y/y
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q3 continuing ops EPS 32c, consensus 25c
Reports Q3 revenue $9.38B, consensus $9.11B. Reports Q3 SSS up 2.2%.
06:35 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBY GME
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November 19, 2014
16:39 EDTAXPAmerican Express initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
15:31 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments before results
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13:33 EDTBBYBest Buy November 36 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q3
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07:37 EDTWFCCitigroup to hold a conference
Global Financial Conference is being held in Singapore on November 19-20.
07:26 EDTBBYBest Buy November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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06:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo unit to launch Europe infrastructure fund
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05:58 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBY SPLS
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November 18, 2014
17:34 EDTWFCWells Fargo, U.S. not as optimistic on settling mortgage suit, Reuters says
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16:48 EDTWFCWells Fargo, U.S no longer confident on settlement, Bloomberg says
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15:02 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 25 hosted by Jefferies.
15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with B. Riley
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12:50 EDTINFYInfosys BPO unit fires CFO, unit CEO resigns
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09:56 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... CBS (CBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Key Energy (KEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Statoil (STO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded at BMO Capital
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07:24 EDTWFCWells Fargo to hold a forum
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07:20 EDTARQLEuro Organization for Research & Treatment of Cancer co-hosts a symposium
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06:20 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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November 17, 2014
15:45 EDTBBYBest Buy remains a top pick for the holiday season at BofA/Merrill
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14:21 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports October net write-off rate 1.3% vs. 1.2% last month
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09:00 EDTAXPDollar General says now accepting American Express cards
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07:39 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $42 from $35 at Stifel
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $40 from $36 at RBC Capital
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTBBYSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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11:48 EDTBBYStocks with call strike movement; GILD BBY
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07:36 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $32 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Best Buy to $36 from $32 ahead of its Q3 results. The firm sees a favorable near-term set-up, citing the company's cash balances, selection of premium products, and focused strategy of promotions deployment and expenses. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Best Buy shares.
November 13, 2014
17:35 EDTWFCOcwen unit signs mutual termination agreement with Wells Fargo
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17:32 EDTWFCWells Fargo, Ocwen agree to cancel sale of mortgage servicing rights
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) announced that its subsidiary, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Ocwen Loan Servicing have mutually decided to cancel a previously announced sale to Ocwen of certain Wells Fargo residential mortgage servicing rights. Cancelation of the transaction is not expected to be material to Wells Fargo’s consolidated financial results.
12:53 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3
Expects Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3, reflecting normal seasonality in purchase market, while gain on sale margin is expected to remain within range of last four quarters. Expects to operate within targeted efficiency ratio range of 55%-59% in Q4. Wells Fargo said that while there is potential for continued net interest margin pressure, focus remains on growing net interest income over time. The comapny said it expects future reserve releases absent signification deterioration in the economy, but expect a lower level of future releases as the rate of improvement in credit loans and loan portfolio grows. Expects share count to continue to decline in Q4 as result of anticipated net share repurchases. Says mortgage business profitable and very pleased with that segment. Comments taken from slides for presentation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banking and Financial Services Conference.
10:10 EDTAXPAmerican Express CFO sees opportunity to change cardmember mindset on borrowing
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10:01 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTAXPAmerican Express CFO sees high-growth rate in cash-back products
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09:40 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
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08:52 EDTINFYInfosys among suitors for Airbus' CIMPA unit, Economic Times says
Infosys (INFY) is among the suitors looking to acquire CIMPA, the engineering services unit of Airbus (EADSY), said Economic Times, citing people familiar with the matter, who added that Infosys could also get a revenue assurance from Airbus as part of a deal. Reference Link
08:33 EDTWFCWells Fargo sells federal student loans to Navient
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) Education Financial Services announced that Navient (NAVI) will purchase a principal balance of $8.5B of Federal Family Education Loan Program loans, which are included in Wells Fargo’s held-for-sale loan portfolio. Due to a change in federal law, Wells Fargo has not issued federal student loans since June 30, 2010. This sale supports Wells Fargo’s ongoing strategic focus on its private student lending business. “By selling these FFELP loans to Navient, Wells Fargo will be in a position to focus more on meeting the needs of our private student loan customers,” said John Rasmussen, head of Wells Fargo’s Education Financial Services. “We are deeply committed to the private student loan business because next to purchasing a home or saving for retirement, paying for an education is one of the most important financial events for our customers.” ). The sale is expected to close in a series of transactions, substantially all of which are expected to be completed in fourth quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the sale is not material to Wells Fargo.
08:08 EDTERICEricsson sees reducing costs by SEK 9B with restructuring cost SEK 3B-4B
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08:06 EDTERICEricsson targets growth faster than TAM 3%-5% CAGR over 2013-2017
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07:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney price target lowered to $7 from $9 at JPMorgan
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06:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q4 comp guidance likely conservative, says Piper Jaffray
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05:36 EDTAXPAmerican Express initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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November 12, 2014
18:29 EDTJCPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:53 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney pleased with business so far in Novemeber against last years comps
16:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says saw slowdown in September and October
Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
16:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney expects to be free cash flow positive for 2014
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16:11 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney lower by almost 3% to $7.55 after Q3 financial report
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16:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q3 gross margin 36.6%
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16:08 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees 2014 SSS 3.5 % to 4.5 %
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16:06 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS to increase 2 %-4 %
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16:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q3 EPS (77c), consensus (80c)
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15:29 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:32 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney lowered Q3 SSS view, affirms FY14 metrics in Q3
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, November 12, 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 (80c) on revenue of $2.81B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (95c)-(54c) on revenue of $2.72B-$2.93B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second quarter adjusted EPS of (75c) against estimates for (93c), on revenue of $2.8B against estimates for $2.79B. Comparable store sales increased 6% for the quarter and online sales through jcp.com were up 16.7% from the year-ago period to $249M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, the company said that expected a "profitable" sales in the back-to-school season, adding that the company could see some "anomalies" in expense during Q3. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, EVP of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board, and succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of the company on August 1, 2015, at which time Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year. At its analyst day in October, the retailer lowered its Q3 SSS view to low single digit growth from its previous view of mid single digit growth. J.C. Penney also warned investors that its September sales were weaker than expected. Despite lowering its SSS forecast, the retailer reaffirmed the rest of its quarterly guidance, including gross margins and SG&A expenses, and maintained all of its fiscal year 2014 guidance metrics, including mid-single digit SSS growth and positive free cash flow. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Wells Fargo, which has an Underperform rating on the stock, said that Ellison lacks expertise in apparel and accessories, where J.C. Penney is having a tough time. J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's said. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down almost 20%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q3 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up almost 6% to $7.61.
13:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November weekly 7.5 straddle priced for 11.8% move into Q3
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09:36 EDTWFCInformation Management Network to hold a symposium
Private Label RMBS Reform Symposium is being held in New York on November 12.
08:07 EDTAXPMacy's, Citi Retail Services renew card agreement
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07:28 EDTWFC, AXPBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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