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May 16, 2014
16:33 EDTWMT, RAX, NYT, VRX, AGN, M, JWN, DE, KO, IBM, GM, GMCR, RDEN, CSCO, JCPMarket 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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August 14, 2014
09:36 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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08:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%
"E-commerce is particularly important to both our customers and our company’s future, and we will continue to invest in areas such as technology, talent, and fulfillment. As a result, our fiscal 2015 earnings per share now assumes 5c-7c of incremental investment, versus our prior guidance of 2c-4c. I would like to add that, although we are slightly revising our e-commerce sales growth to 25% for this year, we continue to be very encouraged by the progress we are making on our strategic goals," Charles Holley, Walmart’s CFO, stated on the company's earnings conference call earlier.
07:57 EDTRAXRackspace partnership potential remains, says Cowen
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07:47 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $33 from $30 at Cowen
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07:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain estimates lowered well below consensus at SunTrust
SunTrust lowered forecasts well below consensus for Keurig Green Mountain, as the firm believes its gross margins will be impacted by higher green coffee costs and new product launches. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $3.70 from $4.00, vs. consensus of $4.05, and FY16 was lowered to $4.39 from $4.49. When the company reports Q4 result in November, the analyst expects the company to provide FY15 guidance around its new estimate and for Street estimates to move lower. Shares are Neutral rated with a lowered price target of $110, down from $115.
07:34 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $29 from $26.50 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Cisco to $29 from $26.50 following its Q4 results. The firm sees continued momentum in several markets and products and strong cash flow and keeps its Buy rating on Cisco shares.
07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. comp traffic down 1.1%, average ticket up 1.1%
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07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart says saw double-digit e-commerce growth in 4 'most important' markets
Wal-Mart saw double-digit e-commerce growth from its "four most important markets," the U.S., U.K., China and Brazil, in Q1, Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon stated on the company's Q2 earnings call.
07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hold a summit
2nd Annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 14 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO says pleased with 'solid' EPS, encouraged by e-commerce growth
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q3 EPS $1.10-$1.20, consensus $1.18
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07:07 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces price increase, effective November 3
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07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. SSS flat
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07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, consensus $5.15
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07:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.21
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06:23 EDTCSCOCisco multiple prices in growth potential, says Citigroup
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05:56 EDTCSCOCisco earnings outlook could prove conservative, says Wells Fargo
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05:54 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP P
Stocks with implied volatility movement; J.C. Penney (JCP) 67. Pandora (P) 59 according to iVolatility.
05:52 EDTCSCOOpco sees Cicso results as favorable for supply chain
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05:39 EDTCSCOCisco shares have little downside risk, says Piper Jaffray
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