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August 30, 2013
16:42 EDTSPLK, LCC, PSUN, CRM, APA, KKD, AAMRQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower as each of the major indexes finished the month with losses, lead by the Dow and S&P, which each lost more than 3% in August. The averages drifted lower for the beginning of the session, turning more volatile after statements regarding Syria were made by both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama, with the indexes closing off their worst levels of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer spending rose less than forecast in July as income growth slowed. Personal income in the month rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%, while personal spending rose 0.1%, versus an expected 0.3% increase. The Chicago ISM rose 0.7 points to 53.0 in August, matching the forecast of analysts. The final August reading of the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey was revised up to 82.1, which was higher than the preliminary August estimate of 80.0, but lower than July?s reading of 85.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of energy explorer Apache (APA) rose $7.04, or 8.95%, to $85.68 after the company last night announced a deal to sell a 33% stake in its Egyptian business to China's Sinopec for $3.1B in cash. A number of analysts reacted positively to the news, notably RBC Capital, which upgraded the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform... A federal judge set a November 25 trial date in the U.S. Justice Department's challenge to the proposed merger between US Airways (LCC) and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was cloud software company salesforce.com (CRM), up $5.48, or 12.55%, to $49.13 after beating second quarter estimates and raising its full year 2014 outlook. Also higher following a better-than-expected earnings report was another software company, Splunk (SPLK), which gained $6.29, or 12.86%, to $55.21, as the stock was also upgraded at FBR Capital. Among the noteworthy losers were shares of doughnut maker Krispy Kreme (KKD), down $3.51, or 15.11%, to $19.72 after its earnings and guidance missed expectations. Also lower was teen retailer Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), down 66c, or 16.84%, to $3.26, which reported an in-line second quarter but gave an earnings and revenue outlook for the third quarter that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: The Dow was down 30.64, or 0.21%, to 14,810.31; the S&P 500 was down 5.20, or 0.32%, to 1,632.97; the Nasdaq was down 30.43, or 0.84%, to 3,589.87.
News For APA;LCC;AAMRQ;CRM;SPLK;KKD;PSUN From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
07:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $70 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Salesforce.com to $80 from $70 following its Q4 report, citing increased guidance, margin expansion, and an increase in large deal transactions. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating on Salesforce.com shares.
07:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $79 from $70 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Salesforce.com after the company reported in-line results but higher than expected billings. The firm thinks the company's margins are continuing to expand and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com guidance conservative, says Pacific Crest
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07:05 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $70 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Salesforce.com shares to $80 after the company posted 37% constant currency billings growth in Q4. It reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
06:38 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $78 from $71 at Citigroup
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February 25, 2015
18:24 EDTCRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTCRMSalesforce.com FY16 EPS 67c-69c, consensus 69c
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16:07 EDTCRMSalesforce.com sees Q1 EPS 13c-14c, consensus 15c
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16:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com reports Q4 EPS 14c, consensus 14c
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15:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com technical notes ahead of results
Shares have been trading in a range largely bound between $55 at the low and $65 at the high for the last several months. There is a bullish bias within the range. The two extremes of the range may be helpful for understanding where price could go post-earnings. A move up to and above the high at $65 would mean a potential breakout to the 52-week high and life high at $67. That high was set nearly a year ago to date. A breakout above $67 would set up a run to $70. The $70 area would be the top of the long-term price channel, projected forward in time. If the news is not as bullish as traders appear to expect, a move down to the $55 area would be possible. Support prior to that range low is at $58.92, the 50-day moving average, which could be a downside objective on a less severe disappointment. A breakdown below $55 would see next support at $52.74.
15:05 EDTCRMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 14c... Avago Technologies (AVGO), consensus $1.94... L Brands (LB), consensus $1.80... Workday (WDAY), consensus (6c)... BioMarin (BMRN), consensus (59c)... Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 84c... Antero Resources (AR), consensus 28c... Medivation (MDVN), consensus $1.34... Transocean (RIG), consensus 77c... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 9c... SINA Corporation (SINA), consensus 18c.
14:52 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly 62 straddle priced for 7.2% movement into Q4
07:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 24, 2015
13:00 EDTSPLKSplunk VP, Worldwide Field Sales Vishal Rao leaving company, Bloomberg says
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February 23, 2015
07:28 EDTSPLKSplunk risk/reward favorable into Q4 results, says William Blair
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06:20 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Salesforce.com February weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, March is at 35, April is at 33, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close on February 25.
February 19, 2015
17:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com CEO sold 125K shares for $7.39M, Barron's says
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February 18, 2015
09:37 EDTAPAOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
07:53 EDTCRMSalesforce.com Q4 closed well, says Oppenheimer
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February 17, 2015
08:11 EDTSPLKSplunk says Yahoo selects Hunk for Hadoop analytics platform
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