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May 16, 2014
16:33 EDTGM, CSCO, NYT, M, KO, GMCR, WMT, JCP, VRX, JWN, IBM, RDEN, RAX, AGN, DEMarket finishes week slightly lower after weak retail sales growth
The market finished the week lower after several economic data points missed expectations and a number of notable companies reported soft results. MACRO NEWS: Retail sales and industrial production for April, a housing market index, and a measure of consumer confidence in May were all worse than expected. On the other hand, jobless claims fell more than expected and reached a seven year low... Overseas, the euro zone's GDP increased only 0.2% last quarter, versus the 0.4% growth forecast by economists. The trend of poor economic news also extended to China, whose April industrial output came in below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Among the companies that reported weaker than expected results were Wal-Mart (WMT) and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN). Also, IBM (IBM) and farm equipment maker Deere (DE) fell after providing guidance that disappointed investors. Conversely, Cisco (CSCO), Nordstrom (JWN), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Macy's (M) climbed after their earnings surpassed expectations... Allergan (AGN) officially rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Valeant (VRX), which indicated that it would raise its bid... GM (GM) retreated after the company announced five new recalls covering about 2.7M vehicles and agreed to pay a record $35M civil penalty levied by the DOT... The New York Times (NYT) slumped after abruptly announcing that it had dismissed the executive editor at its namesake newspaper, effective immediately... Cloud computing services provider Rackspace (RAX) announced that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships, including partnerships and acquisitions. Rackspace hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to evaluate the proposals and explore other alternatives... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) advanced after Coca-Cola (KO) confirmed plans to exercise its option to raise its stake in the K-cup coffee machine maker up to 16%. INDEXES: The Dow was down 0.55% to 16,491.31, the S&P 500 was down 0.03% to 1,877.86, and the Nasdaq was up 0.46% to 4,090.59.
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November 10, 2014
16:37 EDTRAXRackspace announces $500M share repurchase plan
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16:10 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 adjusted EBITDA margin 33%-35%
16:09 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 EPS $469M-$476M , consensus 476.51M
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16:08 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q3 EPS 18c, consensus 16c
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16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:50 EDTDEUSDA data remains negative for Ag equipment names, says Wells Fargo
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15:29 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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15:26 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:47 EDTRAXRackspace technical comments before earnings
The shares have broadly outperformed in the prior three months, trading up over 16%. Since a bearish gap down in September, the stock has been trending up. A look at a 1-year chart shows the importance of the $40 level. It has been touched as resistance several times over that interval, but without being able to break through for long. On stronger than expected news, a move to the $40 area would seem probable. If the news or outlook is sufficiently strong, there could be a breakout above $40. Such a breakout given the length of time the $40 area has been resistance would be long-term bullish for price. Additional upside objectives above $40 would be at $42.09 and then at $43.83. If the news is worse than expected, there are several points of support that could be tested as downside objectives: $34.70, $32.36, and $30.74. A move down through all of the levels noted would retrace the advance made in recent months nearly completely.
13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:36 EDTWMT, JCPAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty, the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
12:07 EDTDEUSDA lowers corn production forecast by 68M bushels
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10:49 EDTJWNNordstrom November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:28 EDTIBMIBM announces collaboration with with NVIDIA and Julich Supercomputing
IBM (IBM), in collaboration with NVIDIA (NVDA), and the Julich Supercomputing Center, part of the largest research center in Germany, announced plans for a new competency center to advance the creation and optimization of research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.
09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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08:22 EDTCSCONetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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07:12 EDTCSCO, IBM, MCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
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