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July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTVMW, YUM, AGN, MCD, EMC, EXTR, MNST, VRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
News For AGN;VRX;EMC;YUM;MNST;MCD;VMW;EXTR From The Last 14 Days
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April 17, 2015
13:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
McDonald's April weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, May is at 20, June is at 18, September is at 16; compared to 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
13:31 EDTEMCSymantec approached NetApp, EMC about potential Veritas sale, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CECO Environmental (CECE) upgraded on several positive catalysts at Roth Capital... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Fleetmatics (FLTX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rosetta Genomics (ROSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Xcel Energy (XEL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus.
06:06 EDTEMCEMC upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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April 16, 2015
10:00 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX NEE AMT WFM C PM INTC AA MCD
05:57 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research
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April 15, 2015
17:25 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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10:00 EDTYUM, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:09 EDTVMWGood Technology and VMware resolve patent litigation
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06:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands implied volatility of 30 at upper end of index
06:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
Target $81.
06:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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April 14, 2015
17:34 EDTEMCGuidance Software appoints Patrick Dennis as CEO
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10:01 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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14:29 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Yum! Brands April call option implied volatility is at 37, April weekly is at 41, May is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
07:08 EDTEMCSources: Symantec exploring Veritas sale 'for months,' Reuters reports
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06:02 EDTYUMYum! Brands implied volatility of 29 at upper end of index
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