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May 28, 2014
10:00 EDTTWTR, FORM, AUXL, WSM, PTRY, DWA, AZO, VNCE, LGCY, COP, ANDEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Andersons (ANDE) upgraded at BMO Capital... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Auxilium (AUXL) upgraded at MKM Partner... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Topeka... FormFactor (FORM) upgraded at B. Riley... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... The Pantry (PTRY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded at Nomura... Vince Holding (VNCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
News For ANDE;AZO;AUXL;COP;DWA;FORM;LGCY;PTRY;TWTR;VNCE;WSM From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
11:12 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; MU TWTR
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10:00 EDTLGCYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:10 EDTCOPAuction for drilling leases attracts little interest, NY Times reports
A federal auction for drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday attracted only $22.7M in sales from five companies, the lowest since 1986, reports the New York Times. Most companies have insisted they would not sacrifice production in future years, but executives have recently expressed concern that the oil price collapse could last through 2016 and possibly even 2017. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
05:36 EDTLGCYLegacy Reserves downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS downgraded Legacy Reserve (LGCY) to Neutral after after stress testing upstream MLPs to reflect scenarios in which oil remains depressed and recovery is limited. The firm expects MLPs that are better capitalized, well hedged and less levered to crude oil to outperform. It lowered its price target for shares to $5.50 from $14. UBS coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Mid-Con Energy (MCEP) to Buy. Other Buy-rated upstream MLPs at the firm are Vanguard Natural (VNR), Memorial Production (MEMP) and Eagle Rock Energy (EROC). Sell-rated names are LINN Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO).
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTCOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 19, 2015
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13:23 EDTCOPOptions with increasing call volume
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12:00 EDTTWTRTwitter falls, levels to watch
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09:33 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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August 18, 2015
08:12 EDTCOPGlobal Big Oil sector upgraded at Citi
Citi analysts Alastair Syme and Michael Alsford upgraded their rating on the Global Big Oil space and now recommend investors position "at least a benchmark-weight" in the group. The analysts, who had been multi-year cautious on the space, prefer Total (TOT), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Statoil (STO), which they call "self-helpers." The sector price-to-book ratio of 1.2 times is now below the Q1 of 2009 and Q4 of 1998 troughs, Syme and Alsford write. Cost-cutting and better capital allocation are key to restoring the industry's profitability, they believe.
August 17, 2015
12:41 EDTTWTRTop universities sell off Twitter shares, Bloomberg reports
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12:16 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; RIG TWTR
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12:11 EDTTWTRTwitter's MoPub says native ad use up 8x, TechCrunch reports
Twitter-owned mobile ad exchange MoPub said that the number of apps in its marketplace that use native ads has increased by eight times between June 2014 and June 2015, TechCrunch reports. eCPMS, the amount that advertisers pay for each thousand impressions, are up 73%, and overall spending on native ads increased 387%, the report says. Reference Link
09:38 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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August 14, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 4c to 16 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT RAD CSCO JCP AMZN SUNE
12:37 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
11:12 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; WMB TWTR
Williams (WMB) November 57.50 call option implied volatility decreased 1% to 46, Twitter (TWTR) January 32 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 51 according to IVolatility.
10:13 EDTTWTRAnalyst says Twitter CEO decision could come next week
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09:37 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTTWTRTwitter may name permanent CEO next week, says SunTrust
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