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March 1, 2012
12:27 EDTTGT, DGI, PEGA, FIATY, M, HUSA, GM, GPS, WMT, VE, FOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, as unemployment claims remained relatively low and retail sales rose. Each of the major indices is higher, with the Nasdaq near its highs of the day. The futures received a boost following in-line jobless claims data, and after the bell rang investors generally ignored the worse-than-expected construction spending number and the ISM data which also fell short of forecasts. The market weakened ever so slightly but continues to show it is resiliency, with the Nasdaq poised to overtake the 3000 level again... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 351,000 initial jobless claims were reported, versus the expected 355,000. Personal income for the month of January showed an increase of 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.5%, while personal spending was up 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Construction spending fell 0.1% in January, versus expectations for an increase of 1.0%. The ISM manufacturing index read 52.4, which was below the expected 54.5. In Europe, sovereign debt yields declined following the latest LTRO and ISDA ruled that no "credit event" had occurred due to Greece's debt swap arrangements. In China, the official PMI reading came in at 51, which was a month-over-month improvement and indicated expansion... MARKET NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) raised its dividend by about 9%. In other retail news, February same store sales were generally strong, with Macy's (M) reporting comparable sales up 4.6% and Target (TGT) saying SSS were up 7%. Among clothing retailers, Gap (GPS) was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a report that surprised to the upside... All the auto makers reporting so far this morning announced increased sales, with Chrysler (FIATY) saying sales were up 40% in February, Ford (F) up 14% and General Motors (GM) up 1% in spite of forecasts that its sales would have declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pegasystems (PEGA), after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations, and Veolia Environment (VE), after it reaffirmed its 2012-2013 goal to sell EUR5B in assets and said it is in exclusive talks with an undisclosed investor to sell its stake in its transport unit. Noteworthy losers included Houston American Energy (HUSA), after revealing that its Tamandua #1 well has been plugged, and DigitalGlobe (DGI), following a report of adjusted earnings that missed estimates... INDICES: Near 12:20 pm ET, the Dow was up 49.38, or 0.38%, to 13,001.45; the Nasdaq was up 22.73, or 0.77%, to 2,989.62; and the S&P 500 was up 8.74, or 0.64%, to 1,374.42.
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April 11, 2014
07:31 EDTF, FIATY, GMChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
06:40 EDTGMGM surpasses VW in Q1 China sales, Bloomberg says
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06:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:36 EDTGMSafety advocates unnerved by accidents in recalled GM cars, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:15 EDTGM, FFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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April 10, 2014
19:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: According to a Bloomberg report that cited sources, Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is set to resign tomorrow. A New York Times report added that President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Sebelius' replacement. HIGHER: Shares of BofI Holding (BOFI) and H&R Block (HRB) both advanced after announcing a deal for BofI to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. BofI, which saw shares gain 9% after hours, said it expects ongoing annual revenue from the deal of $26M-$28M beginning with its fiscal 2015. H&R Block, which gained 7%, said it expects the deal to be 7c-9c dilutive to earnings per share beginning in its fiscal 2015, and the company said it sees the deal resulting in $200M-$250M of immediate excess capital. LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2.6% after reporting March same-store sales that fell 6% and saying that it expects first quarter gross margins to decline more when compared to the prior year period than they did in the preceding quarter... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 8.8% after reporting earnings that missed expectations on revenue that topped estimates and saying that it identified an accounting overstatement related to share-based compensation for the three and nine months ended September 30... Datawatch (DWCH), down 25% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook... TTM Technologies (TTMI), down 3.9% after cutting its first quarter earnings outlook and saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in at the low end of its previous guidance range.
16:39 EDTGMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower as selling pressure took hold early in the session and did not relent. The averages closed near their worst levels, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq down more than 3%. With today's close, each of the major indexes is now lower for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. The the timing of Easter and Passover, as well as other seasonal factors, however, may have lead many to discount the figure. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn settled their proxy contest, with Icahn withdrawing both his two board nominees and his proposal for eBay to spin off its PayPal unit. As part of its agreement with Icahn, eBay will expand the number of independent directors on its board to 10 and add David Dorman to serve in that capacity. The online retail marketplace was among the many tech names suffering losses, closing the session down $1.81, or 3.24%, at $54.08... Ally Financial (ALLY), formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), lost $1.02, or 4.08%, to close at $23.98 in its first day of trade following its return to the public markets after having price its return offering at $25.00 per share... General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. The company also added ignition lock cylinders to its safety recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and said it expects to take a $1.3B charge in the first quarter due to recall-related repairs... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 54c, or 8.44%, to $6.94 after reporting earnings and revenue and that beat expectations and giving a revenue outlook for its fiscal 2015 that came in above estimates. Also higher following a better than expected earnings report was casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which advanced 72c, or 12.08%, to $6.68. Among the noteworthy losers was data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), down $21.73, or 43.7%, to $28.00 which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook. Another name in computer security, FireEye (FEYE), was among a a number of so-called "momentum" stocks that fell during the session, sliding $6.64, or 11.77%, to $49.75. Other momentum stocks that fell included 3D Systems (DDD), down $5.90, or 10.79%, to $48.78, and Yelp (YELP), down $7.78, or 10.92%, to $63.47. INDEXES: The Dow was down 266.96, or 1.62%, to 16,170.22, the Nasdaq was down 129.79, or 3.1%, to 4,054.11, and the S&P 500 was down 39.10, or 2.09%, to 1,833.08.
16:02 EDTGPSGap reaffirms FY14 EPS view $2.90-$2.95, consensus $2.96
As the company noted last month, the Easter holiday is in April this year versus March last year. Given this shift in peak spring selling weeks, the company expected March to be negatively impacted. The company expects gross margins for Q1 to be below the prior year by more than the year-over-year decline in Q4. In addition, given ongoing expense management, the company expects Q1 operating expenses to be flat to last year.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports March SSS down 6%
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14:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors up more than 1% after announcing $1.3B recall-related charge
14:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to take $1.3B charge in Q1 on recall-related repairs
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13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
12:25 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:08 EDTGMGM confirms two engineers placed on paid leave as part of ignition switch probe
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07:20 EDTGMGM fights against judge's request for 'park-it' order, Bloomberg says
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos asked GM to explain why she shouldn’t order the automaker to recommend that drivers of the recalled cars should cease driving them, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from the automotive company. GM feels it shouldn’t be obligated to tell vehicle owners to park the recalled models until they are fixed, because they’re safe to use if government-approved recall instructions are followed. Reference Link
06:32 EDTGM, FIATY, FAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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06:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors requests NASA review in recalled vehicles, Detroit News says
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