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News For AAPL;HMY;MRK;BAC From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
16:00 EDTBAC, AAPLOptions Update; February 3, 2016
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13:16 EDTBACBank of America calls active as shares trade near three-year low
Bank of America January 15 and 17 calls are active on total call volume of 321K contracts (161K puts). February call option implied volatility is a 45, March is at 42, May is at 34, January is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 45. Active call volume suggest traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:18 EDTBACActive calls: USO IWM SPY BAC AAPL
Active calls: USO 2/19/16 10, IWM 2/12/16 100, BAC 3/18/16 16, SPY 2/5/16 191, AAPL 2/5/16 95.50
10:16 EDTMRKMerck falls after results, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB YHOO GILD CMG NFLX GOOGL QCOM
09:19 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Boot Barn (BOOT), up 20.7%... Oclaro (OCLR), up 8.2%... Edwards Lifesciences (EW), up 5.8%... Natural Health (NHTC), up 5.7%... Viavi Solutions (VIAV), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Conatus (CNAT), up 18.8% after the FDA has granted Fast Track designation to the company's emricasan development program for the treatment of liver cirrhosis... Marvell Technology (MRVL), up 3.3% after Starboard Value disclosed a 6.7% activist stake in the company... Syngenta (SYT), up 2.9% after ChemChina offers to acquire the company in a transaction valued over $43B. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Navios Maritime Partners (NMM), down 33.5%... National-Oilwell Varco (NOV), down 7.9%... Chipotle (CMG), down 5.7%... Yahoo (YHOO), down 1.9%... Mondelez (MDLZ), down 4.4%... Illumina (ILMN), down 4.6%... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), down 3.5%... Merck (MRK), down fractionally.
09:05 EDTMRKMerck says don't read into discounting strategy based on pricing of hep C drug
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08:54 EDTMRKMerck Chairman says industry must price products consistent with value provided
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08:43 EDTMRKMerck says main focus of deals to be augmenting pipeline
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08:36 EDTMRKMerck says looking for M&A, partnership opportunities in oncology, other areas
Merck executives said on the company's Q4 earnings call that they "have paid attention to what's happened in the marketplace" and are working "very actively" to reach the right kind of deals, whether they are M&A or partnerships. The executives said they are "very focused" on value creating opportunities and active in looking for opportunities in oncology and other therapeutic areas where they can build the company's pipeline.
08:17 EDTMRKMerck sees growing Januvia franchise in 2016 ex-exchange
Merck said it expects to grow the Januvia franchise in 2016 ex-exchange despite increased pricing pressure. The company said it has maintained a high market share of about 75% in the U.S. and 65% globally. Merck said that, while still early, customer feedback is very positive on Bridion. Merck said it believes its pricing strategy for hepatitis C treatment Zapatier will "maximize revenue and market share" as well as broaden and accelerate patient access. Comments from Merck's Q4 earnings conference call.
06:56 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 may come with Flush Rear camera, MacRumors says
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06:48 EDTMRKMerck sees FY16 non-GAAP marketing and administrative expenses below 2015 levels
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06:48 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 Animal Health sales $830M
06:47 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 Januvia/Janumet sales $1.45B
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06:46 EDTMRKMerck sees FY16 non-GAAP EPS $3.60-$3.75, consensus $3.72
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06:46 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS 93c, consensus 91c
Reports Q4 revenue $10.22B, consensus $10.35B.
06:38 EDTAAPLApple bought LegbaCore in November 2015, MacRumors says
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February 2, 2016
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 2, 2016
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15:46 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Media networks report amid shifts in streaming, TV landscape
Comcast (CMCSA), CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA), and 21st Century Fox (FOX) are among media companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks. EXPECTATIONS: Comcast is expected to report EPS of 82c on revenue of $18.77B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 93c, Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $7.53B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.18 on revenue of $3.26B, and Fox is expected to report EPS of 44c on revenue of $7.54B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast, Fox, and viacom reported mixed results for the previous quarter, while CBS and Time Warner beat on both top and bottom lines. NEWS: On November 10, Comcast announced it expanded its advanced fiber network to Modesto, California as part of the company's ongoing response to Google (GOOG) Fiber. On November 12, the Wall Street Journal broke news that Hulu, a video streaming joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast and Fox, is in talks to sell a stake to Time Warner, though the Journal said on January 31 that the company has expressed dissatisfaction with Hulu's inclusion of current-season TV episodes, which it believes contributes to cord-cutting. On December 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube was holding talks with Hollywood studios and production companies to seek content licenses amid intensified competition with Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu. On December 9, Re/code reported that Apple (AAPL), rumored to be working on a subscription TV service, walked away from its negotiations with the major networks after being pressed to include "filler" channels in its hypothetical service. Speaking at a January 7 media conference, Time Warner CFO Howard Averill said the company was negotiating to make full seasons of TV shows available to pay-TV customers on demand, mirroring the "binge watching" offered by Netflix. On January 8, the New York Post reported that Corvex Management was considering an activist position in Time Warner. That same day, Benzinga reported that Twenty-First Century Fox remained interested in the company and had made a $105 per share acquisition offer, though Fox later denied the report. On January 14, the New York Post reported that Comcast has begun "ripping up" agreements with cable networks, moving them from basic cable onto digital tiers in response to consumer demand for smaller bundles. On January 27, Reuters reported that SpringOwl Asset Management is urging Viacom to seek outside investment from strategic partners. On January 30, the New York Post reported that Nelson Peltz is considering an activist position in Time Warner. On February 1, the National Football League announced a broadcasting agreement with CBS and Comcast's NBC which will see the two companies paying roughly $225M each for rights to the next two seasons of Thursday Night Football. Also on February 1, it was reported that Fox offered certain employees voluntary buyouts as part of a $250M cost cutting target. STREET RESEARCH: On November 5, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded Time Warner to Market Perform after its "huge" guidance cut last quarter, with the shares also seeing downgrades at CLSA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. On December 22, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne called Comcast one of his top large cap picks for 2016, saying the company can use skinny bundles to take market share and potentially add net video customers for the first time since 2006. On January 8, research firm Stifel cut its price target on CBS to $54 from $66, citing a belief that industry syndication and SVOD revenues will significantly decelerate going forward, with CBS having more exposure to those areas than its peers. Meanwhile, JPMorgan added the company to its U.S. focus list on January 11, citing its heavily discounted stock and potentially strong EPS growth in 2016. On February 1, Pacific Crest argued that Comcast shares should be owned going into fourth quarter results, contending that the company's video and broadband investments will likely translate to increased market share and strong cash flows this year. PRICE ACTION: Comcast and Fox, the first of the media giants to report quarterly earnings, are down 2% and 3.6%, respectively, amid the broader market selloff.
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