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News For APOL;EA;FLEX;GMCR;LRCX;MRVL;NFLX;RIMM;VRSN;WCRX From The Last 14 Days
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November 20, 2014
16:24 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:10 EDTMRVLMarvell sees Q4 EPS 24c plus or minus 2c, consensus 26c
Sees Q4 revenue $880M-$900M, consensus $930.89M.
16:09 EDTMRVLMarvell reports Q3 EPS 29c, consensus 29c
Reports Q3 revenue $930.14M, consensus $976.14M.
15:28 EDTMRVLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:52 EDTNFLXNetflix to discuss future of TV with top industry executives, Re/code says
Netflix is holding a summit about the future of TV next month, according to Re/code The company invited many of the leading executives from the TV and film industries to the private event, the website added. Reference Link
12:46 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite disappointing purchasing managers' index readings in both China and Europe. The market took its early lead from Europe and opened lower, though the major averages moved into positive territory following a trio of better than expected domestic economic reports, as the leading economic indicators, Philadelphia Fed survey, and existing home sales all beat consensus forecasts. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 2K to 291K in the week ended November 15, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged in October, versus expectations for a drop of 0.1%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI slipped 1.2 points to 54.7 in November, versus the consensus forecast for a 56.5 reading. Existing home sales rose 1.5% to a 5.26M rate in October, which beat expectations for a decline to a 5.15M unit rate. The index of leading indicators climbed 0.9% to 105.2 in October, beating expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to 40.8 in November, easily topping the consensus expectation for a 18.0 reading. In Asia, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI for China fell to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, which is down from a final reading of 50.4 in October and below the 50.3 consensus forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash eurozone PMI composite output index, which tracks surveys from both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at 51.4 for November, which was down from 52.1 in October and represents the measure's lowest level in 16 months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Best Buy (BBY) advanced 7% after its third quarter profit beat estimates and it reported that its domestic same-store sales grew 3.2%. The electronics retailer also said the sales trends it is seeing as its enters the critical fourth quarter are "encouraging from a top-line perspective." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which rose nearly 10% after the home goods retailer's third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and the company raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher following its own "beat and raise" quarterly report was Kirkland's (KIRK), which advanced 18%. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 9% after its fourth quarter earnings missed expectations and the company said it will no longer give yearly guidance. Also lower was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which dropped 6% after its first quarter profit outlook fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates and the company's Chief Financial Officer announced plans to depart. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,693.57, the Nasdaq was up 22.08, or 0.47%, to 4,697.80, and the S&P 500 was up 3.01, or 0.15%, to 2,051.73.
11:58 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain sinks after Q1 outlook disappoints, CFO reports departure
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10:57 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain shares defended at KeyBanc
10:35 EDTGMCROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:48 EDTNFLXNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:39 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GNW NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Genworth (GNW) 53, Netflix (NFLX) 31 according to iVolatility.
November 19, 2014
19:16 EDTNFLXNetflix orders fourth season of Longmire
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18:22 EDTGMCROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:11 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain says 2.0 brewer introduced on time with retailer support
Says retailers aggressively ordered portion packs in Q4. Says brewer inventory levels "healthy" for upcoming holiday season. Says will run local, national TV ads during the holidays. Says Canadian business down for FY14. Says will offer 70 brands for brewers by March, 2015. Says on track to launch Keurig Cold in fall of 2015. Says working closely with Coca-Cola (KO) on cold brewing system. Says in FY15, expects growth in portion pack sales to accelerate as the year progresses. Says over 90% locked for coffee costs for FY15, but higher than FY14. Says coffee costs will be a headwind in 2Q15. Says expects some gross margin pressure in Q1. Says continues to expect long-term annual revenue, EPS growth in mid-teens. Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
16:10 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain sees FY15 CapEx $425M-$475M
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16:09 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain sees Q1 adjusted EPS 83c-88c, consensus 96c
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16:08 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain repurchased 440,000 shares during Q4
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16:06 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain reports Q4 gross margin up 160 bps to 37.6%
For the quarter, gross margin grew 160 basis points to 37.6% of net sales from 36.0% in the prior year period.
16:05 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain says CFO Frances G. Rathke to leave in FY15
Keurig Green Mountain announced that CFO Frances G. Rathke will be leaving the company in 2015 after 11 years of service. As part of the succession plan, the company has engaged an executive search firm. To facilitate a successful transition, Rathke will continue to serve as CFO and Treasurer until a replacement is appointed, at which time, Rathke will serve in the new role of Strategic Advisor to the CEO reporting to Brian Kelley. She will stay in this latter role no later than September 26, 2015.
16:04 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain raises dividend 15%
Reflecting its commitment to return capital to shareholders and its expectation for continued strong cash flow generation, the company announced a 15% increase in its indicated annualized dividend to $1.15 per share from $1.00. The increase will take effect with the February 12, 2015 quarterly dividend payment of 28.75c declared by the Board payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 13, 2015.
16:03 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain sold 2.4M Keurig system brewers in Q4
For the quarter, 2.4M Keurig system brewers were sold including 2.3M sold by Keurig with 0.1M reported sold by Keurig’s licensed brewer partners. This brewer shipment number does not account for consumer returns.
16:02 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain sees FY15 adj EPS growth mid-single to high-single digits
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16:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain raises dividend 15%
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16:00 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain reports Q4 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 77c
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15:31 EDTGMCRNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:40 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain technical comments ahead of results
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14:25 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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14:08 EDTGMCREarnings Preview: Keurig Green Mountain sees FY14 EPS $3.71-$3.78
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13:29 EDTNFLXCharter CEO sees Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal getting done
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13:26 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain November 155 straddle priced for 8.7% move into Q4
10:47 EDTGMCRStocks with call strike movement; GME GMCR
GameStop (GME) December 55 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 55, Green Mountain (GMCR) December 185 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 54 according to IVolatility.
10:29 EDTLRCXGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTNFLXCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
07:40 EDTFLEXUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
07:36 EDTMRVLMarvell volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:34 EDTNFLXNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 29 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2014
17:40 EDTNFLXNetflix to launch in Australia, New Zealand in March, 2015
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08:07 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Green Mountain Coffee November call option implied volatility is at 101, December is at 50, January is at 45, March is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
07:50 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain price target raised to $168 from $134 at Canaccord
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07:36 EDTEAUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 30 according to iVolatility.
05:34 EDTEAElectronic Arts initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
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November 17, 2014
07:26 EDTGMCRBofA/Merrill expects in-line Q4 report from Keurig Green Mountain
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTNFLXSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:01 EDTNFLXIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:52 EDTMRVLGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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11:37 EDTNFLXNetflix shuts down public API today, Gigaom reports
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09:05 EDTEANPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
09:05 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain target to $185, Cold may be a disrupter, says Goldman
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08:31 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:19 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
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05:52 EDTEAOctober NPD video game software sales fell 27%, says Piper Jaffray
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November 13, 2014
10:01 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
08:37 EDTFLEXUnilife and Flextronics enter into global strategic alliance
Unilife (UNIS) signed a Global Strategic Alliance Agreement with Flextronics (FLEX) to further expand the production capacity and scale-up capability of Unilife's product portfolio. In addition to Unilife fully utilizing its own FDA-registered manufacturing facilities in York, Pennsylvania, Flextronics will serve as a secondary source of supply to Unilife and its pharmaceutical customers.
07:27 EDTMRVLMarvell volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:28 EDTMRVLMarvell downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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November 12, 2014
12:41 EDTAPOLFor-profit education stocks look appealing, analyst says
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL CLSN TWTR BABA NFLX TSLA AMZN CSIQ C
08:19 EDTAPOLJPMorgan to hold a conference
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08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix CFO expects to expand as much or 'bit more' next year, Bloomberg says
Netflix CFO David Wells said the company plans a “sizable expansion” into new markets next year, projecting expansion on the order of this year or "even potentially a little bit more,” reported Bloomberg, citing Wells' comments at an RBC Capital Markets conference. Reference Link
07:22 EDTAPOLPiper says time to increase exposure to Education sector
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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11:40 EDTGMCRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR GMCR
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:09 EDTNFLXBoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:26 EDTNFLXCable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:24 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the market’s drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributor’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
09:45 EDTNFLXObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTNFLXObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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07:23 EDTNFLXRBC Capital to hold a conference
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05:58 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CHK NFLX
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November 7, 2014
16:22 EDTEAElectronic Arts files automatic mixed securities shelf
08:46 EDTNFLXCord cutting accelerates as pay-TV loses 179K customers in Q3, WSJ reports
The pay-TV industry lost about 179K customers in Q3, which is steeper than the decline of 83K in the same quarter of last year, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing company reports and estimates from research firm MoffettNathanson. Companies that provide television service include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), DISH (DISH), Charter (CHTR), DirecTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) provide television and movie streaming services that compete with broadcast and cable television network offerings. Reference Link
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