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January 30, 2015
16:28 EDTEAMarket finishes week lower as earnings, GDP miss drag down stocks
Stocks ended the week lower as several major companies reported weaker than expected results or gave disappointing guidance and a number of U.S. economic data points came in below the consensus outlook. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve reiterated that it would exercise patience in deciding when to raise interest rates. The central bank added that economic growth was expanding at a "solid" pace... U.S. economic data was mixed, as Q4 GDP growth, durable goods orders for December, and pending home sales came in below expectations, but weekly jobless claims and new home sales for December beat expectations... In Europe, the annual cost of living in the euro zone currency bloc fell 0.6% in January, versus analysts' forecast for a fall of 0.5%. However, the bloc's unemployment rate inched down to 11.4% in December from 11.5% in November. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Apple's (AAPL) shares rose after the company reported record results, beating analysts' expectations. The company sold 74.5M iPhones last quarter, a figure that also beat the consensus outlook... Visa (V), Boeing (BA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Google (GOOG), and video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) were among the companies that rose following their earnings reports. Facebook (FB) reported stronger than expected results but its stock was little changed on the week... Microsoft (MSFT), Caterpillar (CAT), Qualcomm (QCOM), Alibaba (BABA), DuPont (DD), and 3M (MMM) fell after reporting their results... Yahoo (YHOO) announced that it plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba later this year in a tax-free transaction. The announcement led to speculation that Yahoo could become a takeover target... McDonald's (MCD) announced that its CEO, Don Thompson, would step down and be replaced by its current Chief Brand Officer, Steve Easterbrook. Its stock reacted favorably to the executive change... Qualcomm (QCOM) cut its fiscal 2015 guidance and announced that its Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device. A number of analysts and media outlets said that Samsung was the company to which Qualcomm was referring. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is down 2.83% to 17,164.95, the Nasdaq is down 2.56% to 4,635.24, and the S&P is down 2.77% to 1,994.99.
16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 30, 2015
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14:52 EDTNFLXSony Pictures, Warner Bros, Singtel partner to deliver OTT video to Asia
Singtel, Sony Pictures Television (SNE) and Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner (TWX), have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top, or OTT, video service in Asia. HOOQ will deliver both Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programs to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download their favorite shows on their device or platform of choice. HOOQ will be rolled out progressively in the Singtel Group’s Asian footprint, including Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Thailand, from Q1. The venture is designed to compete directly with Netflix (NFLX) as the company has been preparing to launch in Australia and New Zealand this year and into broader Asian market in the near future.
13:51 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee February weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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11:51 EDTMRVLMarvell calls active on renewed takeover speculation
Marvell January and February weekly 15.5 calls are active on total call volume of 17,200 contracts (50 puts) on renewed takeover speculation. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 43, March is at 36, May is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:00 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:15 EDTGMCR, GMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with an Underperform at CLSA
Target $130.
06:00 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT NFLX
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January 29, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 29, 2015
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10:51 EDTEAOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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09:06 EDTFLEXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Flextronics (FLEX), up 6%... Coach (COH), up 6.3%... Autoliv (ALV), up 4.3%... Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.5%... Ford (F), up 0.8%. ALSO HIGHER: McDonald's (MCD), up 3% after announcing CEO change...Xencor (XNCR), up 19% after reporting results from two trials... Pluristem Therapeutics (PSTI), up 8% after providing update and outlook on trials and pipeline... Avon Products (AVP), up 2.3% after naming James Scully as CFO... Omeros (OMER), up 6% after 2.996M share spot secondary priced at $20.03. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Alibaba (BABA), down 8%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 6.8%... Alexion (ALXN), down 1.1% after reporting fourth quarter results, fiscal 2015 guidance, and CEO appointment. ALSO LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 7% following Alibaba earnings report... Venaxis (APPY), down 72% after its APPY1 Test was determined by the FDA to not meet the criteria for substantial equivalence.
07:58 EDTLRCXLam Research remains favorite name in SPE space, says Cowen
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07:30 EDTLRCXLam Research price target raised to $103 from $84 at Pacific Crest
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06:00 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL NFLX
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January 28, 2015
18:21 EDTFLEXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:55 EDTEAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:15 EDTFLEXFlextronics sees Q4 adjusted EPS 23c-27c, consensus 24c
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16:15 EDTFLEXFlextronics reports Q3 adjusted EPS 30c, consensus 26c
Reports Q3 revenue $7.03B, consensus $6.62B.
16:07 EDTLRCXLam Research sees Q3 EPS $1.30 plus or minus 7c, consensus $1.30
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16:05 EDTLRCXLam Research reports Q2 EPS $1.19, consensus $1.13
Reports Q2 revenue $1.23B, consensus $1.23B.
15:37 EDTFLEX, LRCXNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:39 EDTLRCXLam Research technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:52 EDTEAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a blowout quarter from Apple (AAPL) offset a bit of the earnings season jitters that several Dow members' misses had sent through the market yesterday. The market saw its highs a short time after the open, as the better than expected earnings reports from both Apple and Boeing (BA) drove an early bounce. The U.S. averages gave up all their gains and moved into the red for a moment, but have managed to drift higher again following the close of the European markets. Next up is the Fed’s rate announcement and accompanying statement, which is due out shortly. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories built up by 8.87M barrels last week, versus the consensus forecast for a build of 3.85M barrels. The price of WTI crude was down 2.5% near noon following the report and dipped back below $45 per barrel earlier in the morning. The Federal Reserve’s rate announcement is due out this afternoon at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple jumped nearly 8% after the tech giants first quarter results handily topped estimates. A number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock after the report, with JPMorgan raising its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 and Cantor increasing its price target to a "Street high" $160 from $143. Of note, Apple also said that Apple Watch is expected to ship in April... Yahoo (YHOO) shares rose 2.3% after the company reported earnings and announced plans to split into two companies: one that will own Yahoo’s core operating business and its stake in Yahoo Japan and another that will hold a legacy operating business and Yahoo’s remaining 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA). Yahoo plans for a tax-free spin-off of the company's remaining 384M shares of Alibaba, valued at $40B based on the closing price on January 26, and people familiar with the matter told Financial Times that the decision "significantly increases" the chances of Alibaba buying back that stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abiomed (ABMD), which jumped 30% after announcing that the Impella RP System has received FDA approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption and raising its FY15 revenue guidance. Also higher following their earnings reports were Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which rose 20%, U.S. Steel (X), which gained 14%, and Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which dropped 6% as its shares went "ex-special dividend," meaning investors buying the stock from here forth will not be entailed to the $5.77 per share special dividend, which is payable on February 17. Also lower following their earnings reports were Radware (RDWR), which fell over 13%, and Ethan Allen (ETH), which dropped more than 12%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 71.28, or 0.41%, to 17,458.49, the Nasdaq was up 31.54, or 0.67%, to 4,713.03, and the S&P 500 was up 5.31, or 0.26%, to 2,034.86.
12:51 EDTNFLXIcahn says net neutrality 'cloud' went away for Netflix
Carl Icahn on CNBC said he agrees completely with his portfolio managers in regards to Netflix. Icahn believes the net neutrality "cloud" has went away for the streaming movie service. Icahn Capital portfolio manager David Schechter in the same interview said he believes Netflix shares are "significantly undervalued" and that the company's market capitalization will be multiples higher in five years.
10:20 EDTEAElectronic Arts breaks out to fresh highs after earnings, levels to watch
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09:19 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility decreases on sharp rally
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09:15 EDTEAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:25 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $59 from $53 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Electronic Arts after the company reported better than expected Q3 results. The firm says the results were strong and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
08:18 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $56 from $45 at RW Baird
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January 27, 2015
18:20 EDTEAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
16:04 EDTEAElectronic Arts trades higher after earnings
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees FY15 EPS $2.35, consensus $2.09
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees Q4 EPS 22c, consensus 26c
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16:02 EDTEAElectronic Arts reports Q3 EPS $1.22, consensus 92c
Reports Q3 net revenue $1.43B, consensus $1.29B.
15:35 EDTEANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
14:34 EDTNFLXNetflix, Amazon saw increase of 15%-20% in streams during blizzard, CNBC says
Netflix (NFLX) saw an increase of 15% in streaming video, and Amazon (AMZN) saw a rise of 20% in Amazon Prime video in some New England markets during winter storm Juno, CNBC reports, citing Procera Networks. Numbers do not include mobile streaming or New York City market.
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09:53 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain Keurig 2.0 sales deteriorated in January, says OTR Global
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January 26, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
14:54 EDTGMCRLavazza to sell portion of Keurig Green Mountain stake
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10:00 EDTVRSN, EAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTEAElectronic Arts upside harder to justify, says Brean Capital
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08:02 EDTAPOLApollo's Carnegie Learning approved by Texas for high school mathematics
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06:58 EDTEAElectronic Arts downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham
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06:13 EDTVRSNVeriSign downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded VeriSign to Underperform due to relative valuation, expectations for slowing operating profit and EPS growth, and near-term risk to domain name growth. Price target remains $47.50.
06:09 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Oracle (ORCL) 17, Netflix (NFLX) 31 according to iVolatility.
January 25, 2015
17:30 EDTLRCXDelta Air Lines, Ford, four others could shine this year, Barron's says
Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ford (F), Discover (DFS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Lam Research (LRCX), and Micron Technology (MU) could all provide growth at a reasonable price this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTNFLXMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
13:19 EDTGMCRKeurig has negative read-through from Starbucks K-cup data, says Detwiler Fenton
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13:07 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain mentioned cautiously at Detwiler Fenton
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10:50 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Green Mountain Coffee January weekly 142 and 145 calls are active on total call volume of 3,200 contracts (600 puts). January weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, February is at 54, March is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:37 EDTGMCRRumor: Keurig Green Mountain moves up on renewed takeover chatter
Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are moving higher on speculation Coca-Cola (KO) may acquire the rest of the company.
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08:10 EDTMRVLMarvell product could replace Qualcomm Snapdragon, says RBC Capital
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January 22, 2015
17:52 EDTLRCXSemiconductor equipment stocks weaker after KLA-Tencor guidance
Shares of semiconductor equipment stocks are weaker in after-hours trading after KLA-Tencor (KLAC), which designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions, issued third quarter guidance that was below consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: KLA-Tencor reported second quarter earnings per share of 68c on revenue of $676.4M. Both Q2 EPS and revenue were higher than analyst estimates of 52c and $664.27M, respectively. On its Q2 earnings conference call the company guided third quarter EPS of 63c-87c on revenue of $685M-$765M. Guidance for Q3 EPS and revenue were both notably lower than analyst estimates of 98c and $790.49M, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Shares of KLA-Tencor are lower by 5% to $67.45, while peers Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) are both down about 0.5% in the after-hours session.
16:11 EDTVRSNVeriSign says 4M domain names added to internet in Q3 FY14
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13:55 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
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10:03 EDTNFLXOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:03 EDTVRSN, GMCROn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain downgraded to Neutral at Consumer Edge Research
07:20 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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06:24 EDTVRSNJPMorgan downgrades three in Software, FireEye a top pick
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05:39 EDTVRSNVeriSign downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded VeriSign to Underweight saying new generic Top Level Domains are cannibalizing growth in .com. The firm sees a lack of near-term catalysts and keeps a $57.50 price target for shares.
January 21, 2015
16:35 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
14:41 EDTLRCXASML shares higher after reporting Q4 results, raising dividend
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12:24 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
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10:32 EDTNFLXNetflix rallies amid slew of target raises, but one analyst bucks trend
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10:01 EDTNFLXOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:47 EDTNFLXNetflix fades from initial gap high, levels to watch
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09:17 EDTNFLXNetflix gaps up sharply following earnings surprise, levels to watch
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09:16 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:32 EDTNFLXNetflix earnings only in-line when excluding items, says FBR Capital
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08:15 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $465 from $382 at Cowen
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07:59 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $511 from $450 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Netflix shares to $511 saying the company reported strong Q4 results last night. The firm believes Netflix's stronger than expected international subscriber growth and increased efficiency at expanding into new markets provides better profit visibility. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of Netflix are rallying $61.20 to $410.00 in pre-market trading.
07:53 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $500 from $380 at Stifel
Stifel raised its price target on Netflix after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results, and Q1 guidance that the firm views as solid. The firm thinks the company is successfully carrying out its plan to become the leading global Internet TV network. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:44 EDTLRCXLam Research coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Price target raised to $104 from $85.
07:34 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO sees room for competition in video streaming market, CNet says
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07:33 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $483 from $431 at Oppenheimer
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07:00 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $450 from $415 at Cantor
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06:44 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded at Nomura
As previously reported, Nomura upgraded Netflix to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on more reasonable subscriber expectations, price elasticity, a strong 2015 content cycle, global cost efficiencies, and funding likely from corporate debt and not a capital raise. Price target is $500.
06:30 EDTNFLXNetflix suggested FY15 operating income will decline, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray attributes the upside Netflix reported in Q4 to international momentum. The firm notes, however, that Netflix suggested FY15 operating income will decline year-over-year given continued international expansion into other new countries later in the year. Piper raised its price target for shares to $360 from $345 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $409 from $364 at Citigroup
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06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:17 EDTNFLXOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:30 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:46 EDTNFLXNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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17:22 EDTNFLXNetflix to begin streaming 'The Interview' in U.S., Canada on Saturday, Jan. 24
Netflix stated in its Q4 investor letter, "We are thrilled to offer exclusively the controversial comedy, The Interview, to our U.S. and Canadian members beginning this Saturday, Jan. 24 - just thirty days after it debuted in theaters and pay-per-view."
16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees FY15 operating income down from FY14
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16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees continuning to grow spending dedicated to originals
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16:15 EDTNFLXNetflix trades sharply higher after earnings, first look
The stock is up over 12% at time of writing to $393.76 following results in the extended session. At that price resistance is at $395.52. Support is at $386.68.
16:13 EDTNFLXNetflix sees completing global expansion over next two years
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16:10 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q4 EPS 72c, consensus 45c
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16:08 EDTNFLXNetflix up 11% after reporting better than expected Q4 earnings
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16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 net streaming additions of 4.05M
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 EPS 60c, consensus 77c
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix reports 4.33M members added in Q4
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
15:21 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:17 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a sideways consolidation pattern since a sharp downtrend began in October of last year. The approximate range has been a high at $350 and a low at $320. Breaks of either end of this range will be important determinants of the trend following earnings. A breakout above $350 would potentially reverse the current dominant downtrend. With over 8.5% of the trading float short, there could be substantial buy-to-cover pressure in the event of a positive surprise. Upside levels to watch above $350 would be at $357.95, $366.51, and $375.83. On an extreme positive surprise, the $380 area could be tested. If the news is negative, a break below the $320 area would likely lead to a resumption of the dominant downtrend. Support levels to watch would be at $310.25, $299.50, and $290.28. A breakdown below $300 would be long-term bearish for price, confirming a major top.
14:04 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly 345 straddle priced for 11% movement into Q4
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08:11 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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