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April 2, 2014
13:04 EDTAA, APOLStocks with call strike movement; APOL AA
RT Options Scanner shows Apollo Education (APOL) August 36 call option implied volatility decreased 7% to 40, Alcoa (AA) September 15 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 33 according to IVolatility.
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March 26, 2015
10:30 EDTAPOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: ASPS WLL WBAI CTRP FIVE LINE DRC RHT LULU APOL
07:47 EDTAPOLApollo Education shares still undervalued, says Stifel
After Apollo reported lower than expected Q2 revenue and provided lower than expected full-year revenue guidance, Stifel admits that the company's volumes are not recovering as quickly as it believed they would. However, the firm still believes that the stock is too cheap. It cut its price target on the name to $25 from $35 but keeps a Buy rating.
March 25, 2015
16:21 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks opened in quiet fashion and trading remained that way throughout most of the morning. The averages broke to the downside a bit before noon and once the sellers gained control the move became broad based. Each of the major equity averages dropped by about 1.5% or more, with the Nasdaq losing more than 2% of its value during the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders dropped 1.4% in February, falling well below the consensus call for a 0.2% rise for the month. Transportation orders fell 3.5%, with orders excluding transportation down 0.4% against expectations of a 0.2% positive movement. In Europe, Germany's Ifo institute business climate index rose to 107.9 from 106.8 in March, topping expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Kraft Foods (KRFT) surged $21.84, or 35.62%, to $83.17 after announcing it has entered a definitive merger agreement with H.J. Heinz to create the Kraft Heinz Company. Under the terms of the deal, Heinz-owners Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and 3G Capital will fund a special $10B cash dividend of $16.50 per share for Kraft shareholders. The new company, which will be publicly traded and 49% owned by current Kraft shareholders 51% owned by current Heinz shareholders, will become the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and fifth largest food and beverage company in the world. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kofax (KFX), which jumped $3.45, or 46%, to $10.95 after agreeing be acquired by Lexmark (LXK) for $11.00 per share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately $1B, net of cash acquired. Lexmark, which stated the deal will "nearly double" its enterprise software business to roughly $700M, also gained $2.48, or 6.08%, to $43.27. Among the noteworthy losers was Apollo Education Group (APOL), which fell $7.95, or 28.4%, to $20.04 after reporting Q2 earnings and University of Phoenix enrollment information. Also lower were shares of Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), which declined $5.15, or 16.54%, to $25.99 after its 17.5M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $28.95 per share. INDEXES: The Dow declined 292.60, or 1.62%, to 17,718.54, the Nasdaq fell 118.21, or 2.37%, to 4,876.52, and the S&P 500 dropped 30.45, or 1.46%, to 2,061.05.
12:52 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:03 EDTAPOLHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: NVO SXC SONC EXH KRFT WLB ETR LXK APOL EWH
09:57 EDTAPOLApollo Education tumbles after earnings and guidance, levels to watch
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09:24 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:38 EDTAPOLApollo Education reports University of Phoenix revenue $487.77M
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07:35 EDTAPOLApollo Education sees Q3 revenue $690M-$705M, consensus $740.86M
Sees Q3 operating income $85M-$95M, excluding special items.
07:34 EDTAPOLApollo Education sees FY15 revenue $2.63B-$2.68B, consensus $2.73B
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07:32 EDTAPOLApollo Education reports Q2 EPS ex-items (10c), consensus (16c)
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06:20 EDTAPOLUniversity of Phoenix could post stronger Q2 recruitment, WSJ says
Apollo Education's University of Phoenix may post improved Q2 results Wednesday, says the Wall Street Journal, citing a Deutsche Bank estimate of recruiting. The Journal also notes that improved online software may have improved student retention rates for the quarter, though it cautions that a "rebirth" for the organization is not likely. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
15:32 EDTAPOLApollo Education April volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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15:28 EDTAPOLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Paychex (PAYX), consensus 46c... Leidos (LDOS), consensus 48c... Apollo Education (APOL), consensus (16c)... Lindsay (LNN), consensus $1.13... Francesca's (FRAN), consensus 20c... Yingli Green Energy (YGE), consensus (13c).
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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March 19, 2015
10:16 EDTAAAlcoa falls, levels to watch
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March 17, 2015
14:35 EDTAAAlcoa to curtail 443,000 mtpy of alumina refining capacity at Suralco
Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced that it plans to curtail 443,000 metric tons per year of alumina refining capacity at Suralco in Suriname. In addition, the company and the Government of Suriname have agreed to pursue a transaction for a Government-owned entity to acquire the Suralco operations. The curtailment and potential transaction are in line with Alcoa’s recent announcement to review upstream capacity for possible curtailment or divestiture and the company’s strategic goal to create a globally competitive commodity business. The curtailment, which represents one digester, is expected to be complete by April 30. Both parties now intend to pursue a transaction where a Government-owned entity would acquire Suralco, including the mining, refining and Afobaka hydroelectric operations. Following the appropriate due diligence, the parties are targeting to reach agreement on the proposed transaction by July 1. The company will work closely with unions and employees to reduce the impact of the curtailment on affected employees by offering fair severance packages. The Paranam refinery and related mining operations employ approximately 700 people, in addition to contracted personnel. The net financial impact associated with the curtailment is not expected to be material to the company’s earnings.
09:34 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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07:08 EDTAAAlcoa weakness creates buying opportunity, says Stifel
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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