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February 15, 2013
16:35 EDTLOGM, FDO, HLF, BKW, DG, WMT, FOLD, QLIK, TGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day, as the averages moved in a narrow range near the flatline before a midday Bloomberg report indicated Wal-Mart's (WMT) February sales were being called "a total disaster" by a company executive sent the market lower. The averages recovered in the final hour of trading, with Dow the only one of the major indices finishing in positive territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: The New York Fed's February Empire State Manufacturing survey unexpectedly rose to 10.0 from last month's -7.78 reading. Forecast were for a -2.0 reading. The U.S. Treasury International Capital report showed foreigners bought a net $64.2B in U.S. long term assets in December. U.S. industrial production fell 0.1% in January, versus expectations for growth of 0.2%. The preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for February was 76.3, versus the expected 74.8... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Herbalife (HLF) opened sharply higher following a disclosure by Carl Icahn last night that he has taken a 12.98% stake in the company, but finished well off their highs, up 47c, or 1.23%, to $38.74. Icahn, who three weeks ago appeared on CNBC with Bill Ackman, who is notably short Herbalife shares, said in his filing that he plans to discuss business and strategic alternatives with Herbalife management... An afternoon report by Bloomberg citing a leaked internal email by a Wal-Mart executive that said February sales to date have been a "total disaster," sending shares of Wal-Mart and other retailers, as well as the broader market, lower during the afternoon. Shares of Wal-Mart finished down $1.52, or 2.15%, to $69.30, while peer Target (TGT) lost $1.02, or 1.63%, to $61.71, and discount retailers Dollar General (DG), down 66c, or 1.47%, to $44.37, and Family Dollar (FDO), lost 67c, or 1.18%, to $55.94... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up $4.09, or 17.97%, to $26.85 following its Q4 report and the stock was upgraded by at least two analyst firms. Also higher following better than expected earnings was Burger King (BKW), up 78c, or 4.7%, to $17.36. Among noteworthy losers were shares of LogMeIn (LOGM), down $7.01, or 29.63%, to $16.65 after the company provided Q1 and FY13 guidance fell short of consensus estimates, leading to at least three analyst downgrades. Also lower were shares of Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), down $1.00, or 25.71%, to $2.89 after the company presented additional data from a Fabry monotherapy study... INIDICES: The Dow gained 8.37, or 0.06%, to 13,981.76; the Nasdaq lost 6.63, or 0.21%, to 3,192.03; the S&P 500 lost 1.59, or 0.10%, to 1,519.79.
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February 24, 2015
07:37 EDTTGTTarget February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Target February weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, March is at 25, April is at 23, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 25.
06:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico announces retirement of CFO Rafael Matute
Wal-Mart de Mexico announces that its board approved Rafael Matute's decision to retire from the company, after having served for 17 years as CFO, and the appointment of Pedro Farah as the new CFO. The changes will be effective June 1 and Matute will stay until July 31 to help with the transition. Farah is currently CFO of Walmart Latin America.
05:44 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 23, 2015
10:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart to host 2015 Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting
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08:32 EDTTGTTarget lowers online free shipping minimum to $25
Target announced that, effective immediately, all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping, with virtually no exclusions. The new minimum is decreased from $50.
07:57 EDTDGDollar General resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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07:22 EDTFOLDSunTrust to hold a conference
2015 Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical 1:1 Orphan Drug Day is being held in New York on February 23.
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February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTWMTMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTWMTDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTWMTOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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14:04 EDTHLFHerbalife February volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:20 EDTWMTAnalysts divided on Wal-Mart after results, pay raise announcement
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) this morning after the world's largest retailer reported its quarterly results and gave forward looking guidance yesterday. However, research firm Janney Capital wrote in a note to investors that it believes shares of Wal-Mart will probably outperform going forward, as other retailers are likely to implement wage hikes similar to the one that the giant discounter announced. BACKGROUND: Yesterday Wal-Mart announced that it would raise the wages of all of its employees to at least $10 per hour by February 2016. The company also reported higher than expected fourth quarter profits, excluding certain items, but its Q4 revenue came in below expectations. Moreover, the retailer provided lower than expected profit guidance for its fiscal 2016 and lowered its fiscal 2016 sales growth guidance to 1%-2% from its previous outlook of 2%-4%. Wal-Mart's stock fell significantly yesterday after the quarterly report. ANALYST REACTION: Barclays lowered its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst David Strasser said Wal-Mart's stock dropped because of worries about the company's spending and the hit the company took from negative foreign exchange trends. However, other retailers are likely to implement similar wage hikes, causing the entire sector to come under pressure and enabling Wal-Mart's stock to outperform going forward, according to Strasser. Additionally, Wal-Mart is likely to continue to benefit from higher gas prices in Q1, wrote the analyst, who kept an $89 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Wal-Mart added 0.5% to $83.94.
10:30 EDTQLIKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart can outperform as peers follow suit on wages, says Janney Capital
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07:20 EDTWMT, TGTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. The stock closed yesterday down $2.77 to $83.52 after Wal-Mart reported Q4 results.
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