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January 7, 2014
17:55 EDTADSK, ADSK, ADSKAutodesk to host special shareholder meeting
Special Shareholder Meeting to approve an amendment to increase the number of shares reserved for issuance will be held in San Francisco on January 14 at 6 pm. Webcast Link
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August 28, 2015
16:17 EDTADSKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks slipped at the open as the futures once again were influenced by the volatile overnight trading session in China. The averages began to recover shortly after the open and turned mixed by midday. Comments from Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fisher about the central bank being open to a possible rate hike in September took some momentum out of the market. As the volume slowed and the news flow went silent, the volatility increased and the averages headed lower only to rebound before the close, but the trading was still remarkably calm when compared to the wide swings seen in the market in the earlier sessions of this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.4% in July, as expected, with consumer spending up 0.3%, which was below the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for August was revised down to 91.9 from the 92.9 preliminary reading, versus expectations for it to be bumped up to 93.0. Baker Hughes reported the U.S. rig count is down 8 rigs from last week to 877. WTI crude oil prices added another 6% today to yesterday's 10% rally, closing at $45.22 a barrel on Friday. U.S. crude closed with a weekly gain of 11.8%, marking its first advance in 10 weeks and best week in six years. The Federal Reserve may still raise its benchmark interest rate in September, Fed vice chairman Stanley Fischer said in an interview with CNBC, noting that Fed committee members "haven't made a decision yet" and have "time to wait and see," because the next policy-making meeting won't happen until the middle of next month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of cancer drug maker ARIAD (ARIA) surged $2.91, or 41.69%, to $9.89 after Bloomberg reported that industry peer Baxalta (BXLT) is in takeover talks with the smaller company to boost its oncology pipeline. Baxalta, which had recently turned down a merger offer from Shire (SHPG), fell $1.18, or 3.24%, to $35.25 following the report... In other pharmaceutical industry M&A news, Mylan (MYL) shareholders voted to approve the company's proposed acquisition of Perrigo (PRGO) and the related issuance of Mylan ordinary shares. Afterward, Perrigo CEO Joseph Papa said he was confident that most of his company's shareholders believe that Mylan's offer substantially undervalues Perrigo and would dilute its "growth profile and superior valuation"... Video game maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and airline owner United Continental (UAL) both advanced sharply, rising 4.62% and 6.93%, respectively, after each had their shares selected to join the S&P 500. Activision will replace Pall Corp. (PLL) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading tonight, while United will replace Hospira (HSP) in the index after the close of trading on Wednesday, September 2. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Big Lots (BIG), which advanced $6.58, or 15.67%, to $48.58 after the discount retailer reported better than expected quarterly results and lifted its fiscal year guidance. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were video game retailer GameStop (GME), which slid $3.71, or 8.03%, to $42.49, and design software and services company Autodesk (ADSK), which fell $2.48, or 4.96%, to $47.52. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.76, or 0.07%, to 16,643.01, the Nasdaq gained 15.62, or 0.32%, to 4,828.33, and the S&P 500 advanced 1.21, or 0.06%, to 1,988.87.
12:50 EDTADSKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:26 EDTADSKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:13 EDTADSKHigh option volume stocks
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09:23 EDTADSKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Big Lots (BIG), up 11.1%... Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 4.8%... Splunk (SPLK), up 3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 14.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 8.46% stake in the company... United Continental (UAL), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... Activision Blizzard (ATVI), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Violin Memory (VMEM), down 23.9%... bebe stores (BEBE), down 19.8%... Autodesk (ADSK), down 4.2%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Peabody Energy (BTU), down 6.6% after Moody's downgraded the company to Caa1.
07:34 EDTADSKAutodesk price target lowered to $65 from $70 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on Autodesk to $65 from $70 following Q2 results. The firm cited its in-line revenues and earnings that were at the high end of guidance, but said subscriber counts were less than expected. Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Autodesk, as they believe the company is making important steps that will evolve the business into a more predictable, higher margin one.
07:26 EDTADSKAutodesk subscription model acceleration should help shares, says JPMorgan
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August 27, 2015
18:52 EDTADSKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:29 EDTADSKAutodesk shares fall 7.5% following earnings report
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16:09 EDTADSKAutodesk sees shift to new subscription types, says refining plans
"We continue to see customers adopt our new model subscription offerings... For the past two years we've been preparing for this transition and we're now ready to accelerate the process... As a reminder, Autodesk is undergoing a business model transition in which the company will discontinue selling new perpetual licenses in favor of subscriptions and flexible license arrangements. During the transition, billings, revenue, gross margin, operating margin, EPS, deferred revenue, and cash flow from operations will be impacted as more revenue is recognized ratably rather than up front and as new offerings bring a wider variety of price points... Looking at 2H, we are maintaining our billings and subscriptions outlook but we're now expecting a greater portion of our sales to shift from perpetual licenses to new subscription types. Since the revenue from these new subscription types is deferred and recognized ratably we have revised our revenue, operating margin and EPS outlook for the year. Looking beyond this year, we are currently refining our plans around the pace and timeframe for the business model transition," said the company.
16:06 EDTADSKAutodesk sees FY16 adjusted EPS 60c-72c, consensus $1.04
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16:05 EDTADSKAutodesk sees Q3 adjusted EPS 5c-10c, consensus 24c
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16:04 EDTADSKAutodesk reports Q2 adjusted EPS 19c, consensus 17c
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16:02 EDTADSKAutodesk to acquire Internet of Things company SeeControl
Autodesk has signed an agreement to acquire SeeControl, a San Francisco-based developer of an enterprise Internet of Things cloud service platform. "The acquisition of SeeControl is the first step on Autodesk's ongoing efforts to develop new technologies and solutions that will help our customers leverage the Internet of Things, starting by enabling them to capture, analyze, and utilize data from their products," said Autodesk. Autodesk intends to continue to sell and support the SeeControl platform and to incorporate the technology into design solutions for the manufacturing and building industries. Autodesk also plans to develop a new IoT solution based on the SeeControl technology that will allow companies to gain "real world insights" of how their products perform. This transaction is expected to close during Autodesk's fiscal quarter ending October 31. Terms were not disclosed. This transaction is expected to have no impact on Autodesk's guidance issued August 27.
16:01 EDTADSKAutodesk trading halted, pending news
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15:08 EDTADSKAutodesk September 50 straddle priced for 9.1% movement into Q2
14:58 EDTADSKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 17c... ULTA Beauty (ULTA), consensus $1.12... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 2c... GameStop (GME), consensus 25c... Veeva (VEEV), consensus 11c... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 39c... Aeropostale (ARO), consensus (55c).
12:09 EDTADSKAutodesk technical notes ahead of earnings news
In the context of a longer-term chart, there is a major topping process underway in the shares. For the current earnings report this is an issue as price is very close to the $50 level. A move below $50 on negative news would confirm the long-term topping process was underway. Next support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $47.86, $44.76, and $42.49. If the news is a bullish surprise, the topping process would become less of an issue as long as price reacts up from the $50 area. Next resistance levels of note would be at $51.70, $55.41, and $57.59.
August 25, 2015
13:42 EDTADSKAutodesk volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Autodesk September call option implied volatility is at 46, October is at 40, January is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 27.
August 20, 2015
08:12 EDTADSKAutodesk weakness post earnings should be bought, says Cowen
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