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December 11, 2012
16:24 EDTFDO, DG, CASY, WBMD, TNS, LINTA, TRIP, S, CLWR, AIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished up on the day, though off their highs after a modest sell-off across the averages in the last hour of trading. House Speaker John Boehner spoke at midday and his comments did little to move the averages. A comment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid later in the afternoon, suggesting a solution to the fiscal cliff would not be reached before Christmas, dented the market a bit more than Boehner's press conference did, but not much... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index dropped 5.6 points to 87.5 in November, which was a steeper fall than forecast. The U.S. trade deficit widened to $42.2B in October from $41.5B a month earlier. Wholesale inventories increased 0.6% in October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. The Job Openings & Labor Turnover report showed job openings rose 128K in October to 3.675M... COMPANY NEWS: The Treasury announced last night it was selling its remaining 234.2M share stake in American International Group (AIG), sending AIG up $1.90, or 5.70%, to $35.26 in today's session... CNBC's David Faber reported Sprint (S) is in active talks to acquire the 49% stake in Clearwire (CLWR) that it does not already own. Shares of Clearwire rose 28c, or 11.67%, to $2.68 following the report... Tripadvisor (TRIP) rose $2.52, or 6.56%, to $40.91 after Liberty Interactive (LINTA) acquired voting control of the travel site by purchasing 4.8M shares from media mogul Barry Diller for $62.50 per share. Following the transaction, Liberty owns 22% of TripAdvisor's equity but controls 57% of the voting power in the company... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were TNS (TNS), up $6.20, or 42.58%, to $20.76 after agreeing to be acquired by Siris Capital for $21 per share, and WebMD (WBMD), up $1.61, or 11.62%, to $15.46 after the company announced actions to cut operating expenses including workforce reductions. Also higher were shares of Casey's General Stores (CASY), up $2.66, or 5.48%, to $51.20 after the company reported in-line earnings and said it was evaluating strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, including the potential for restructuring as a REIT. Among the noteworthy losers was Dollar General (DG), down $3.63, or 7.79%, to $42.94 after its earnings report and guidance. Also lower were shares of peer Family Dollar (FDO) down $5.90, or 8.36%, to $64.68 following a downgrade to Neutral at JPMorgan and on read through from Dollar General's report... INDICES: The Dow was up 78.56, or 0.60%, to 13,248.44; the Nasdaq was up 35.34, or 1.18%, to 3,022.30; and the S&P 500 was up 9.29, or 0.65%, to 1,427.84.
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September 9, 2014
19:53 EDTSSprint to benefit from iPhone 6 announcement, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche believes that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 supporting up to 20 LTE bands is a "needle mover" for Sprint (S) that will "offer a significant competitive advantage longer term" as it will significantly expand Sprint's usable LTE spectrum for its iPhone customers. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on shares of Sprint.
19:49 EDTSSprint unveils 'iPhone for life plan' promotion
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14:51 EDTSApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
11:53 EDTTRIPStocks with call strike movement; YHOO TRIP
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10:18 EDTDG, AIGDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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08:34 EDTWBMDWebMD to benefit from Apple initiatives, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects WebMD (WBMD) to benefit from Apple's (AAPL) launch of initiatives in the consumer health IT market. The firm believes that Apple's efforts in this area will provide more publicity for WebMD. RBC Capital keeps a $70 price target and Top Pick rating on WebMD.
08:33 EDTFDODollar Tree, Family Dollar receive second request from FTC under HSR Act
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07:29 EDTSUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:11 EDTSUBM Tech to hold a conference
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05:16 EDTSSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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September 8, 2014
18:31 EDTCASYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 3.6%... Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Annies (BNNY), up 37.3% after General Mills (GIS) announced it will acquire the company for $46 per share... General Mills is trading just under 1% higher... Following the Annies/General Mills announcement, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) is 3.6% higher, WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is up 6.3%, and Boulder Brands (BDBD) is up 8.7%... iPass (IPAS), up 35.1% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.1% after being initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), up 5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pep Boys (PBY), down 6.7% following second quarter miss. ALSO LOWER: Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 3.7% after filing an automatic common stock shelf and announcing the sale of 15M shares of common stock for holders... Physicians Realty Trust (DOC), down 4.9% after offering 9M common shares.
16:07 EDTCASYCasey's General Stores reports Q1 EPS $1.43, consensus $1.24
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15:27 EDTCASYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Casey's General Stores (CASY), consensus $1.24; Korn/Ferry (KFY), consensus 40c; NCI Building (NCS), consensus 9c; Triangle Petroleum (TPLM), consensus 16c; FuelCell Energy (FCEL), consensus (3c); CHC Group (HELI), consensus (47c).
13:51 EDTCASYCasey's General Stores technical remarks before results
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13:26 EDTDGDollar General management to meet with Sterne Agee
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12:57 EDTSSprint management to meet with Jefferies
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10:06 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:39 EDTAIGAIG, Coventry First file lawsuits against one another
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06:10 EDTAIGAIG initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup initiated shares of AIG with a Buy rating and $68 price target citing the company's "substantial" improvements to its balance sheet and profitability.
September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTSApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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