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January 10, 2013
12:25 EDTURBN, F, ARO, NOK, WMT, MCP, SVUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, as a slightly worse than expected weekly jobless claims report in the U.S. was balanced by strong export data from China. With the earnings season not set to begin in earnest until next week, and no sign of urgency from lawmakers to pick up their debate on the impending debt ceiling until the last minute again, the market may be range-bound in the near term... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims rose 4K to 371K, versus expectations for 362K claims. Wholesale inventories increased 0.6% in November, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The Job Openings & Labor Turnover survey showed advertised job openings climbed 11,000 in November to 3.67M, which was about 12% more than in the same month a year ago. In Europe, the ECB kept its main interest rate unchanged. The Bank of England also voted, as expected, to keep its main interest rate unchanged and not to buy more government bonds. China's trade surplus rose to $31.6B in December from $19.6B in November, as exports increased 14.1% compared with the same period a year earlier, widely beating expectations for a 4.5% increase. Imports gained 6%, compared to expectations for a 2.6% increase... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) shares slid nearly 1% after two Congressmen suggested that the company's current CEO knew as early as 2005 about bribery allegations against the retailer in Mexico... Ford (F) rose 2.5% after the company doubled its quarterly dividend to 10c per share... Supervalu (SVU) rose almost 13% after the company reported a quarterly profit on sales that were roughly in-line with expectations, but more importantly agreed to sell its Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market chains to a Cerberus-led consortium in a transaction valued at $3.3B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nokia (NOK), which surged over 18% after announcing its Mobile Phones business unit and Lumia portfolio delivered better than expected results in Q4 and operating expenses were lower than expected. Also higher were shares of Urban Outfitters (URBN), up 4% after it reported a 9% increase in comparable retail segment net sales during the holiday season and research firm Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the shares. Among the noteworthy losers were Molycorp (MCP), down 21% after forecasting lower than expected 2013 revenue and cash flow, and Aeropostale (ARO), down 6% after cutting its Q4 profit view and having shares downgraded to Hold at Brean Capital... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 14.49, or 0.11%, to 13,405.00; the Nasdaq was down 0.40, or 0.01%, to 3,105.41; and the S&P 500 was up 3.85, or 0.26%, to 1,464.87.
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December 11, 2014
09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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08:11 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters risk/reward attractive for patient investors, says RW Baird
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07:33 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters Q4 comp trend encouraging, says Oppenheimer
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06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
05:31 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters says Q4 SSS up low single-digit thus far in Q4
Urban Outfitters disclosed last night that thus far during Q4, its comparable Retail segment net sales are low single-digit positive.
December 10, 2014
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
08:36 EDTURBNUrban QTD comps may rise as much as low-single digits, says Janney Capital
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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTFTeleTech to expand in China through Percepta joint venture
TeleTech Holdings (TTEC) announced plans to expand in China through Percepta, a global joint venture with Ford Motor (F). Providing service and support through all stages of the customer lifecycle, Percepta operates customer contact centers on five continents specifically for the automotive industry.
07:37 EDTFUBS to hold a conference
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06:23 EDTSVUSupervalu downgraded after share outperformance at Oppenheimer
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05:54 EDTSVUSupervalu downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTFVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
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