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August 20, 2014
11:42 EDTJCP, FOLD, PLUG, ACHN, AMPE, ARWR, VHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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February 26, 2015
16:11 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney ended year with liquidity of approximately $2.1B
For Q4, gross margin improved 540 basis points to 33.8% of sales, compared to 28.4% in the same quarter last year. Gross margin was positively impacted by significant improvement in the company's merchandise mix and margin on clearance sales over the prior year quarter.
16:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q4 adjusted EPS 0c, consensus 11c
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15:30 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney February weekly 9 straddle priced for 10.2% movement into Q4
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12:48 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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12:01 EDTJCPAppeals court revives two claims by Macy's against J.C. Penney, Reuters says
A New York appeals court has revived two claims by Macy's (M) against J.C. Penney (JCP) that accuse J.C. Penney of contract interference and unfair competition related to a Martha Stewart contract, though the appeals court reaffirmed the prior decision that Macy's did not deserve punitive damages, reports Reuters, citing court statements. Reference Link
11:52 EDTJCPMacy's claims against J.C. Penney to be reinstated after appeal, Bloomberg says
07:36 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
J.C. Penney February weekly call option implied volatility is at 168, March weekly calls are at 91, April is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
February 25, 2015
07:17 EDTAMPEAmpio's Ampion for osteoarthritis shows positive top-line results
Ampio announced results of the double-blind, multiple injection, vehicle controlled STRUT study at 20 weeks. The forty patient randomized phase of the STRUT study was conducted to assure that multiple injections of Ampion were safe and effective. Each patient received three 4 mL intra-articular injections of Ampion or saline at baseline, 2 weeks and 4 weeks. There were no drug related serious adverse events. The primary endpoint that is required for FDA approval, WOMAC A pain score, improved by 64% from baseline to 20 weeks. Responder rate for Ampion was 79% compared to 47% of saline patients. Data for the larger, multi-site STRIDE study, a similar design to STRUT study, is expected in Q2.
February 24, 2015
10:34 EDTACHNAchillion March calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Achillion March 14 and April 15 calls are active on total call volume of 1,600 contracts (100 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 82, March and April is at 79, June is at 81; compared to its 10-week average of 81 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:22 EDTACHNRumor: Achillion moves positive on renewed takeover chatter
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08:33 EDTFOLDArgos Therapeutics hires Joan Winterbottom as Chief Human Resources Officer
Argos Therapeutics (ARGS) announced that Joan Winterbottom will join the company as chief human resources officer. Winterbottom most recently served as senior vice president of human resources at Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD).
06:48 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga reiterates J.C. Penney as a top pick for 2015 ahead of the retailer's year-end 2014 earnings report. Tamminga believes Penny's comp for February, the first month of its fiscal year, could be tracking up 4%. The analyst also thinks Penny management could express conviction in the retailer's plan to recapture share among moderate consumers on Thursday's earnings call. Tamminga has an Overweight rating on Penny with a $12 price target.
February 23, 2015
07:33 EDTARWRArrowhead initiates dosing in phase 1 trial of ARC-AAT
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07:22 EDTFOLDSunTrust to hold a conference
2015 Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical 1:1 Orphan Drug Day is being held in New York on February 23.
February 19, 2015
14:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
10:32 EDTVHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney move higher attributed to real estate speculation
The move higher in shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) is being attributed to speculation the company may look to monetize its real estate assets. The speculation seems to be originating from a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) employee's webpage showing the retailer as a client. The JLL employee, Stephen Bridges, specializes in "assisting industrial users with the lease, purchase, and sale of real estate." It is not clear when Penny became a client of JLL. Shares of Penny rallied to a high of $8.50, and are trading up 16c to $8.29 in early trading. Reference Link
February 17, 2015
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:51 EDTARWROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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