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November 24, 2015
09:37 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC DIS NFLX X YNDX GILD PANW SUNW
08:51 EDTLULU, EXPRExpress American Eagle lululemon business trends strong, says BMO Capital
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08:10 EDTFBFacebook still best positioned Internet name, says MKM Partners
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06:20 EDTTGTRetailers hunt for new breaches after warning on malware, Reuters says
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06:00 EDTTGTTarget reaches settlement with Riocan over abandoned Canadian leases
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05:58 EDTLULUlululemon implied volatility of 62 at upper end of index mean range
05:53 EDTFBFacebook expands Free Basics program in India, CEO Zuckerberg says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page yesterday that the company's Free Basics program will now be available to everyone in India who uses Reliance Communications. Reference Link
05:43 EDTAAPLApple to launch Apple Pay in China by February, WSJ reports
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November 23, 2015
16:20 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
The buyers and sellers spent most of the day in a tug-of-war, sending the averages back and forth across the flat line. The market is coming off one of its best weeks of the year and spent the day consolidating its most recent gains. The price of crude acted much like equities, as it too moved back and forth across the flat line and was virtually unchanged in the end. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for November fell 1.5 points to 52.6, missing expectations for a 54.0 reading. Existing home sales dropped 3.4% to a 5.36M rate in October, lower than the forecast for a 5.4M rate. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index showed a reading of -0.04, versus the expected +0.05 reading. In Europe, Markit's composite services and manufacturing PMI rose to 54.4 in October from a prior reading of 53.9. That reading marks the euro-area's highest level since May 2011. COMPANY NEWS: The well-telegraphed deal to create the world's largest drugmaker was made official this morning, though shares of both of the merging companies sold off as investors continue to fret that the U.S. government may step in to block the transaction, or at least make it less lucrative due to tax code changes. Pfizer (PFE) announced it will combine with Allergan (AGN) in a stock transaction valued at $363.63 per Allergan share on November 20 in a deal with a total enterprise value of approximately $160B. However, Allergan shares declined $10.74, or 3.56%, to $301.70 following the announcement, while Pfizer dipped 86c, or 2.69%, to $31.32... Alcoa (AA) rose 38c, or 4.37%, to $9.07 after activist investor Elliott Management revealed a 6.4% stake, saying it seeks to engage in a "constructive dialogue" regarding the company's recently announced spinoff plans as well as a number of added opportunities it sees to maximize shareholder value... In other activist investor news, Carl Icahn turned up the heat on AIG (AIG) CEO Peter Hancock, saying his talks with Hancock make it "abundantly clear" that he is not willing to take the steps that Icahn has pushed for, including the suggestion that the insurer break up to shrink below the threshold for systemically important financial institutions. Icahn intends to soon commence a consent solicitation, which may include a proposal to add a new director who would agree in advance to succeed Hancock as CEO if asked by the board to do so. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), which rallied $4.44, or 10.17%, to $48.09 after the meat producer reported better than expected quarterly revenue and gave guidance for fiscal 2016. Also higher was lululemon (LULU), which rose another 7% to $52.77, adding to recent gains, as speculation over a possible takeover by a larger rival, such as Under Armour (UA) or Nike (NKE), persists, fueled by continued media mentions. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which fell $1.64, or 4.18%, to $37.62 after reporting weaker than expected Q3 results. Electronic Arts (EA) also slipped 4.75% to $68.98 after GameStop made comments about its "Star Wars Battlefront" game falling short of expectations so far, though several analysts contended the game retailer's comments should be taken with a grain of salt, cautioning that a shift to digital sales may be playing a role in that apparent softness. INDEXES: The Dow fell 31.13, or 0.17%, to 17,792.68, the Nasdaq lost 2.44, or 0.05%, to 5,102.48, and the S&P 500 slipped 2.58, or 0.12%, to 2,086.59.
16:12 EDTAAPLApple survey sends positive sign on upgrade frequency, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said the firm's survey of 236 U.S. iPhone 6S users showed that that 31% of them expect to upgrade their iPhone every 18 months or sooner and that 18.5% plan to do so every 12 months or sooner. Munster views the data as an early positive sign that U.S. carriers' shift to an installment-based model is allowing users to upgrade more frequently and he foresees the average iPhone upgrade cycle shrinking to 15 months from the 22 month average seen today. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating and $179 price target on Apple shares.
16:02 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; November 23, 2015
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13:25 EDTLULULululemon adds to gains as takeover speculation persists
Shares of Lululemon Athletica (LULU) rose in afternoon trading as speculation over a possible takeover by a larger rival persists, fueled by continued media mentions. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday, dealReporter credited a Thursday gain for Lululemon to "unsubstantiated rumors" that Under Armour (UA is seeking to make a $62 per share takeover bid for the yoga apparel maker. DealReporter said that Under Armour may not be the best fit to acquire Lululemon based on differences in branding, marketing and culture, but said that Nike (NKE) would be a better fit to take over the apparel company, since it is in the "right position at the right time" to make such a deal work, contacts told The Fly. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Three days after dealReporter commented on the rumors, the New York Post said today that there was "plenty of chatter" that Lulu and Under Armour were in discussions over a possible deal, noting that the latter company has been "actively seeking" growth in the women's sportswear sector. The Post noted that Bloomberg Gadfly suggested that Nike should be spending $7.5B to acquire Lululemon instead of using that money for a $12B buyback. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Lululemon rallied 5% to $51.76. Over the past five days, Lululemon is up nearly 15%. Reference Link
09:39 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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07:02 EDTTGTTarget reveals plans for Cyber Week, including 15% off online on Cyber MOnday
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November 22, 2015
17:05 EDTFBFacebook CEO Zuckerberg to take two months paternity leave
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in a social media posting that he will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. Reference Link
November 20, 2015
17:06 EDTAAPLJury says Apple did not infringe antipiracy patents of Pendrell unit
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16:35 EDTTGTStocks follow worst week of year with one of best after Fed minutes give clarity
Stocks ended the week with sharp gains, with the S&P rising over 3%, bouncing back from last week's equally sharp declines. The primary driver of the move appeared to be the Fed minutes, which provided further clarity that December's meeting is firmly on the table for the central bank to make its first rate hike in many years. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data... The consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The Empire State index, which measures manufacturing in the N.Y. region, edged up to -10.74 in November, up from last month's -11.4, but below expectations for a -6.5 reading... In Europe, minutes from the most recent European Central Bank policy meeting showed that some participants called for more stimulus amid deflation risks, weak oil prices and a sluggish recovery in the regions' economy... In Asia, Japan's gross domestic product declined 0.8% in the third quarter, missing expectations for a 0.2% decrease and taking the nation's economy back into recession. Later in the week, the Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of monetary stimulus, as expected. Meanwhile, China's Securities Regulatory Commission has restarted initial public offerings for five companies to list on the Shanghai stock exchange and five in Shenzhen, ending a five-month freeze on IPOs. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% on Tuesday after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot (HD), gained more than 4% that day after its own better than expected quarterly reports, which came on the heels of largely disappointing reports from other major retailers. Target (TGT), however, fell more than 4% on Wednesday after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Among others reporting earnings this week, TJX Companies (TJX) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) rose immediately following their reports, while Kirkland's (KIRK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) fell right after their own... The biggest U.S. health insurer said Thursday that it is considering pulling out of Obamacare due to losses it has suffered from its participation in the program and cut its profit outlook for this fiscal year, sending its shares and those of its industry peers lower. UnitedHealth (UNH) fell after trimming its fiscal 2015 earnings outlook, citing the Affordable Care Act, and stating that it is "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment." Aetna (AET), Humana (HUM), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) all declined following their rival's announcement, though Aetna and Anthem followed the news up Friday morning by each reaffirming their fiscal 2015 earnings outlooks. Hospital stocks fell as well, with HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Community Health (CYH) and Tenet (THC) all ending the Thursday lower by 6% or more... Square (SQ) rose 45% to close its first day as a publicly-traded company at $13.07 after pricing its initial public offering at $9 per share. Twitter (TWTR), which, like Square, claims Jack Dorsey as its CEO, advanced a bit following Square's public debut as well. Another high-profile tech company also gained in its first day of public trading, as Match Group (MTCH), the owner of dating app Tinder and other online dating services, climbed 22.8% to $14.74 after pricing its IPO at $12 per share... Bloomberg reported that Pfizer (PFE) is nearing an agreement to acquire Allergan (AGN) for $370 to $380 per share, citing people familiar with the matter. CNBC's David Faber then reported that deal talks are in the "final innings" and centered on an all stock transaction whereby Pfizer would offer 11-plus shares per Allergan share. Then, people close to the talks told Financial Times that the U.S. drugmaker is preparing to offer more than $380 per share for Allergan. Amid all these reports, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that his department will release "targeted guidance" later this week meant to "deter and reduce further the economic benefits of corporate inversions" like the one being contemplated by the drugmakers. In other M&A news, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) found a buyer, but not the one that media reports had been foreshadowing. Starwood and Marriott (MAR) announced a deal under which the companies will combine in a cash and stock transaction valued at $12.2B to create the world's largest hotel company. Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC) both advanced after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Airgas (ARG) surged about 30% after agreeing to be acquired by France's Air Liquide for $143 per share. Fairchild (FCS) jumped 8.5% after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Qualcomm (QCOM) dropped sharply after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law... SunEdison (SUNE) had another tough week, falling about 43% amid ongoing concerns regarding its liquidity and after quarterly filings revealed that several prominent hedge funds exited or trimmed their stakes in the company... ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% on Wednesday after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies... Nike (NKE) advanced to close out the week after the footwear and sports apparel giant announced a two-for-one stock split, a $12B stock repurchase program and plans to boost its dividend... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) dropped sharply after the Center for Disease Control announced that three additional states have reported people infected within the E. coli outbreak linked to the company's restaurants. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 3.35% to close at 17,823.81, the S&P 500 rose about 3.27% to close at 2,089.17, and the Nasdaq advanced about 3.58% to close at 5,104.92.
16:02 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; November 20, 2015
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10:49 EDTEXPRAbercrombie & Fitch soars after reporting upbeat Q3 earnings
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) shares jumped in morning trading after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. WHAT'S NEW: Before the market open, Abercrombie & Fitch reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share of 48c on revenue of $878.6M. The consensus was for EPS of 22c on revenue of $864.65M. The company said that the adjusted EPS figure included year-over-year adverse effects from changes in foreign currency exchange rates amounting to roughly 13c. Commenting on the earnings, executive chairman Arthur Martinez said that the company's results "exceeded" expectations and "provide the strongest validation yet" that the retailer's initiatives are working. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q3 earnings conference call, Abercrombie said that it is eyeing expansion outside of the U.S., aiming to roll out multiple new capabilities in the U.K. The company added that it saw growth in China in the past quarter and plans to add mobile enhancements in China in 2016. STREET RESEARCH: A day before Abercrombie's Q3 earnings release, Susquehanna analyst Thomas Filandro said that the retailer was "well positioned" for the holiday season, though weather and international unrest may lead to a higher degree of near-term uncertainty. Filandro said that his firm sees improved holiday performance as Abercrombie shifts focus on an improved in-store experience, growing U.S. outlets, closing underperforming stores, and evolving its merchandise assortment. The analyst reiterated a Positive rating and a $26 price target on the company's stock. After the retailer reported earnings, KeyBanc analyst Edward Yruma maintained an Overweight rating on Abercrombie's shares, saying that the company's better than expected quarter was "particularly impressive" in light of the recent weakness in the retail sector. Yruma said that the company's new brand initiatives are taking hold and that greater expense control and reduced promotional activity are improving the well-being of the business. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Abercrombie & Fitch rallied over 18% to $23.00. OTHERS TO WATCH: American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) was up just under 3%, Aeropostale (ARO) gained 0.75%, Tilly's (TLYS) rallied 3.4%, Urban Outfitters (URBN) jumped more than 4%, Buckle (BKE) was up just under 1%, and Express (EXPR) fell fractionally in morning trading.
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