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October 22, 2013
11:23 EDTWHR, BBY, HGG, SSNLF, LOW, SHLD, GE, HD, ELUXYWhirlpool rallies after raising full year profit outlook
Shares of appliance manufacturer Whirlpool (WHR) are rallying after the company raised its full year profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Whirlpool reported third quarter adjusted EPS of $2.72 and revenue of $4.7B. This compared to analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.61 and $4.74B, respectively. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings view to $9.90-$10.10 from $9.50-$10.00, versus consensus of $9.97. The company’s full-year diluted earnings per share guidance was increased to $10.45-$10.65 compared to the previous range of $10.05-$10.55. The company now expects full-year 2013 U.S. industry unit shipments to increase by approximately 9%. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Whirlpool rose about 9% to over $143 per share on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. OTHERS TO WATCH: Whirlpool's competitors in the appliance space include General Electric (GE), Samsung (SSNLF), Electrolux (ELUXY) and LG. Appliances retailers include Home Depot (HD), Lowe's (LOW), Sears (SHLD), Best Buy (BBY) and hhgregg (HGG).
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November 12, 2014
13:32 EDTHDEarnings 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.
12:55 EDTSSNLFNVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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09:10 EDTSSNLFSamsung and M-GO launch UHD transactional VOD service
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09:01 EDTGEGE to build advanced manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania
GE announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE. The new facility represents a $32M investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering. These technologists will join GE’s global network of 50,000 world-class scientists, engineers, and skilled labor who are working to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. The new facility reflects GE’s belief that the intersection of technology and manufacturing – marrying hardware with software – is bringing a new era of manufacturing. The site will be located outside of Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, PA to capitalize on the renowned academic institutions and skilled workforce in the area. Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 to be completed by September 2015.
08:05 EDTGEGoldman to hold a conference
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08:01 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $113 from $102 at Jefferies
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November 11, 2014
12:37 EDTLOWLowe's November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Lowe's November call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 22, January and April is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
08:34 EDTBBYBest Buy to open over 1,000 stores at 5 pm local time on Thanksgiving
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08:01 EDTGEGE Healthcare, Takeda enter into alliance agreement for R&D in hepatic fibrosis
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07:09 EDTHDHome Depot November volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Home Depot November call option implied volatility is at 24, December is at 20, January is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
06:57 EDTBBYBest Buy November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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06:38 EDTSSNLFSamsung, SAP announce collaboration plans for mobile devices, wearables
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and SAP SE (SAP) announced initial plans to deliver enterprise mobility solutions for a number of industries; once implemented, the plans are expected to help create an enterprise mobility ecosystem based on Samsung mobile devices. The new ecosystem will be designed to build on the popularity and reach of Samsung's mobile innovations and the SAP Mobile Platform. The collaboration of the two companies is expected to create new opportunities for developers to build solutions that can leverage the integrated offering from Samsung and SAP on mobile devices and wearables, as well as to leverage joint cloud solutions based on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services. Additionally, the plans are anticipated to benefit the retail industry by integrating payments to be made on-to-go, along with helping to shed light on innovative shopping experiences for consumers and retailers alike.
06:03 EDTSSNLFQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
16:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung to hold a conference
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09:08 EDTSHLDSears announces plans for mixed-use development in Aventura
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07:11 EDTSHLDOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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07:06 EDTSSNLFCoupons.com announces partnership with Samsung for mobile savings
Coupons.com (COUP) announced a strategic partnership with Samsung (SSNLF) to power mobile savings for more than 20M Samsung flagship devices in the U.S. Shoppers can now add Coupons.com's Card Linked Offers via their Samsung Wallet for automatic redemption at checkout.
07:05 EDTSHLDMarket too upbeat on Sears report, Reuters columnist says
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06:32 EDTSSNLFSamsung plans to invest $3B to expand Vietnam facilities, Reuters reports
Samsung will invest up to $3B to expand its existing handset manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, Reuters reports. The company says it is finalizing details with Vietnamese authorities, and that it hadn’t yet set a specific schedule or investment size for the deal. Reference Link
06:30 EDTGEGlobal LED lighting market ste to rach $25.7B in 2014, DigiTimes says
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