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November 15, 2012
12:14 EDTX, ANFStocks with call strike movement; X ANF
U.S. Steel (X) April 24 call volatility increased 2% to 46, Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) February 48 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 46 according to iVolatility.
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August 28, 2014
07:43 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO says Q2 sales were 'somewhat below plan'
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07:38 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch backs FY14 EPS view of $2.15-$2.35, consensus $2.36
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07:35 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch reports Q2 EPS ex-items 19c, consensus 11c
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August 27, 2014
15:27 EDTANFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:19 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch technical commentary ahead of earnings
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13:22 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch August weekly 45 straddle priced for 7.1% move into Q2
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12:51 EDTANFEarnings Preview: Abercrombie guides FY15 EPS $2.15-$2.35
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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTXOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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13:44 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 48, October is at 44, December is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 45 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
11:55 EDTXU.S. Steel gains after Credit Suisse upgrades on pricing outlook
Shares of U.S. Steel (X) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock by two notches, saying that the company should benefit from an improved pricing environment and raw material cost advantages. WHAT'S NEW: An increase in U.S. demand for steel, along with tariffs that have been imposed on foreign steel producers and the possibility that additional tariffs will be imposed, are keeping U.S. steel prices far higher than previously anticipated, Credit Suisse analyst Nathan Littlewood wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Additionally, production at a number of American steel mills has been curtailed, the analyst stated. Moreover, U.S. Steel can obtain raw materials relatively cheaply, enabling it to produce some of the lowest cost steel in North America, Littlewood stated. U.S. Steel should become one of the most profitable steel makers in the world, according to Littlewood, who upgraded his rating on the shares to Outperform from Underperform and hiked his price target on the stock to $50 from $25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Littlewood downgraded his rating on another name in the sector, Steel Dynamics (STLD), to Neutral from Outperform. Although the company has a high quality business, the recent outperformance by the stock caused the analyst to downgrade the name. Littlewood kept a $23 price target on the shares. On Friday, UBS wrote that the threat of new tariffs on imported steel could prevent U.S. steel prices from dropping significantly. The filing of requests for additional tariffs on foreign steel, or even the threat of such filings, could keep steel prices from declining in the short-term, the firm predicted. UBS upgraded AK Steel (AKS) to Neutral from Sell, while raising its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $11 from $6 and keeping a Buy rating on that stock. The firm raised its price target on U.S. Steel to $38 from $28 but kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, U.S. Steel advanced 2.6% to $38.81, Steel Dynamics lost 0.3% to $23.24, AK Steel gained 2% to $10.89, and Nucor climbed 1% to $54.23.
10:00 EDTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Silver Bay Realty (SBY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... U.S. Steel (X) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Endologix (ELGX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... WPX Energy (WPX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Nomura (NMR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.
09:11 EDTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:03 EDTXU.S. Steel upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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August 22, 2014
12:22 EDTXU.S. Steel CEO comments on affirmative decision by ITC in OCTG trade case
United States Steel President and CEO Mario Longhi issued the following statement in response to the International Trade Commission's affirmative final vote in a trade case on Oil Country Tubular Goods against eight countries including South Korea. The company, the largest integrated producer of tubular products headquartered in the United States, was a petitioner in the case. Longhi's statement follows: "United States Steel Corporation is pleased with the International Trade Commission's affirmative final vote to impose anti-dumping orders against six of the nine countries that are dumping Oil Country Tubular Goods into the market. U. S. Steel will continue to evaluate all of its options, including further litigation, with regards to Saudi Arabia, who was excluded from the International Trade Commission's final vote as a result of an amended final determination from the Department of Commerce, and the two countries, Thailand and the Philippines, for which the ITC reached a negative determination. The International Trade Commission's diligent and conscientious investigation and affirmative final vote clearly recognized that these six countries, which represent more than 90% of the unfairly traded imports that entered the U.S. market in 2013, imported OCTG using unfair methods and market distorting pricing. The dumped imports from all nine countries have caused material injury to the American market and the American worker. Orders have been reduced, mills idled and jobs have been lost. We are satisfied that the affirmative vote will ensure a more competitive and fairer OCTG market for American manufacturing and American workers. While U. S. Steel will continue on our own path toward sustainable profitability and to supply our customers with innovative steel solutions, we also intend to seek transformative, meaningful change to our trade laws to ensure that fairness will exist and is preserved, which can lead to a brighter future for American industry."
12:08 EDTANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
10:42 EDTXAnalyst says tariff threat could protect steelmakers
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09:36 EDTXActive equity options trading on open
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07:01 EDTXSteel price outlook raised at UBS
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August 20, 2014
09:36 EDTXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
August 19, 2014
11:53 EDTANFAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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