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February 21, 2013
12:19 EDTSWKS, QCOM, KO, RFMD, PRKR, WMT, PAY, RPRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following a number of domestic economic reports. The averages dipped at the outset in a continuation of yesterday’s moderate sell-off, though the market found a level about a half hour into the session and has been range bound since that point... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 20K to 362K last week, coming in above the consensus forecast for 355K claims. The headline consumer price index was flat in January, versus expectations for 0.1% increase, while the "core" rate climbed 0.3%, which was above the 0.2% forecast. Markit's "flash" purchasing managers' index for the U.S. for February came in at 55.2, versus forecasts for a 55.5 first look for the month. The Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing survey fell to -12.5, versus expectations for it to rise to +1.0. Existing home sales for January increased 0.4% to a 4.92M pace, versus an expected decline of 0.8%. The leading economic indicators rose 0.2% to 94.1 in January, in line with expectations. In Europe, the composite services and manufacturing PMI for the shared currency nations fell to 47.3 in February from 48.6 in January, missing forecasts for an improved reading... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) confirmed its February sales started off weak, as leaked in internal emails reported by Bloomberg last week. The telegraphed bad start was reflected in the company’s worse than expected forecast for the coming quarter, but earnings in the holiday quarter that just ended beat consensus. The company raised its dividend by 18% as well and shares of the Dow member reacted favorably, rising about 2.5% to lead the DJIA... Coca-Cola (KO), another Dow component, also increased its dividend by 10%, though investor reaction was more muted. Coke shares were up fractionally in midday trading after the announcement... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were ParkerVision (PRKR), which jumped 37% after the company said it received favorable patent in patent claim construction ruling in a suit with Qualcomm (QCOM), and Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which rose 32% after it said the FDA recommended it complete its study of Androxal. Among the noteworthy losers was VeriFone (PAY), which sank 39% after the company's preliminary Q1 results and preliminary Q2 guidance fell below expectations and the stock was downgraded by at least five firms. Also lower were shares of several semiconductor makers, including RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), which fell following downgrades at Raymond James and the announcement of a new class of chips from Qualcomm... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 59.72, or 0.43%, to 13,867.82; the Nasdaq was down 29.41, or 0.93%, to 3,135.00; and the S&P 500 was down 9.25, or 0.61%, to 1,502.70.
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November 13, 2014
09:40 EDTWMTActive equity options trading
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07:24 EDTPAYSunTrust to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart up 1.3% to $80.25 in pre-market following Q3 earnings beat
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q4 EPS $1.46-$1.56, consensus $1.57
For the 13-week period ending Jan. 30, 2015, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to be between flat and 1%. Sam's Club expects comp sales, excluding fuel, for the 13-week period to be between flat and 2%.
07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart narrows FY14 EPS view to $4.92-$5.02 from $4.90-$5.15
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q3 continuing ops EPS $1.15, consensus $1.12
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06:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart Canada planning to cut 200 jobs, Globe and Mail reports
Wal-Mart Canada is planning to cut 200 jobs, mostly at its head office in Mississauga, the Globe and Mail reports. The reduction is expected to be announced next week and follows disappointing earnings at the Wal-Mart unit over the past few quarters. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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15:48 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
15:29 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.12; Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.68; Tyco (TYC), consensus 56c; Kohl's (KSS), consensus 74c; Helmerich & Payne (HP), consensus $1.67; Sally Beauty (SBH), consensus 40c; Manulife Financial (MFC), consensus 40c; TransDigm (TDG), consensus $2.02; MAXIMUS (MMS), consensus 52c.
15:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the chart is easily seen on a 5-year chart. Since early 2013 the shares have been trading in a sideways channel bound largely by $70 at the low and $80 at the high. Those bounds become the key levels to watch for post-earnings trading. A move above $80, and preferably above the life high at $81.37, would signal a new leg up had begun. It would in effect be a range breakout with the potential for a move to the $90 area over time based on the height of the channel. The stock is pushing up toward that level ahead of earnings. Equally, a major disappointment could send the shares to the low of the range at $70. That area would still need to be broken to the downside to break the range, with an eventual move to $65 possible if it was broken. If the news is insufficiently strong to push price out of the range, it will likely continue in this trading range for some time awaiting a new catalyst.
13:47 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTQCOMNVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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12:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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10:25 EDTKOSABMiller, Coca-Cola to form new company in Africa, Sky News reports
Mark Kleinman of Sky News tweeted, "SABMiller and Coca-Cola to announce formation of new company in Africa later this week, consolidating existing operations, I'm told."
10:00 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advent Software (ADVS) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Brookline Bancorp (BRKL) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DCT Industrial (DCT) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DDR Corp. (DDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Demandware (DWRE) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Douglas Emmett (DEI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Equity One (EQY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hudson Pacific (HPP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kimco Realty (KIM) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Macerich (MAC) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Prologis (PLD) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Regency Centers (REG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryerson (RYI) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Simon Property (SPG) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sunstone Hotel (SHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Taubman Centers (TCO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... VWR (VWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Vornado (VNO) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Westfield Financial (WFD) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... XPO Logistics (XPO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
06:46 EDTWMTWal-Mart reminds stores to display fresh grocery products, NY Times says
Wal-Mart last month issued a memo to managers around the U.S., telling them to discount older meat and baked goods to ensure that they sell before they reach their expiration dates, according to The New York Times. The memo also reminds managers to remove expired dairy products and eggs, as well as moldy or rotting produce, from shelves, and reduce inventory, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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