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February 11, 2016
05:40 EDTFSLRSolarCity downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Jon Windham downgraded SolarCity (SCTY) to Equal Weight citing the company's "weak" installation growth and guidance in Q4 and as well as investors' increasing focus on the company's near-term funding needs. Further, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling may delay action on the Clean Power Plan, Windham tells investors in a research note. He cut his price target for SolarCity shares to $20 from $49. The analyst also downgraded this morning Sunrun (RUN) to Equal Weight. Windham's top pick in the space remains First Solar (FSLR).
February 10, 2016
16:43 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks endured another roller coaster session as Fed Chair Yellen kicked off her annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill. The averages began the day in positive territory, helped by an early rise in oil prices. The averages shot higher following a bullish oil inventory report, but soon afterward reversed and began to lose ground. The Nasdaq, which had been the strongest of the indexes throughout the day, maintained its leadership while the other indexes faltered. The Dow struggled under the weight of Disney (DIS) shares, which were lower following the company's earnings report, and gave in to the selling pressure for good late in the day, falling into the red near the close of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to domestic economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In a Q&A session, Yellen said she did not think recent market volatility warrants a rate cut. Separately, the Treasury announced a $55.2B budget surplus for January, much improved from the $17.5B shortfall registered in January of 2015. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and saw its stock punished. The shares ended the day down 5% to $60.03, after slipping much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, with the company also hiking its dividend 15% and authorizing a $5B share buyback program. Meanwhile, Disney last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares fell 3.8% to $88.82 as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 29.3% to $18.63 after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. The stock's slide also weighed on its peers in the solar space, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 3% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 15.7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 2.7% to $14.68 after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher was Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), which rose 4.7% to $33.70 after AbbVie (ABBV), in cooperation with the company, announced that the second Phase 3 trial of endometriosis drug Elagolix met its co-primary endpoints. Meanwhile, Akamai (AKAM) and Panera Bread (PNRA) gained 21.2% and 4.95%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Retrophin (RTRX), which declined 0.7% to $13.64 after Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (IMMY) said it intends to make an alternative to the company's Thiola product. Also lower were ARM Holdings (ARMH) and Demandware (DWRE), which lost 8.82% and 8.81%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.64, or 0.62%, to 15,914.74, the Nasdaq gained 14.83, or 0.35%, to 4,283.59, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.35, or 0.02%, to 1,851.86.
12:18 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks have undergone another see-saw ride. The averages opened in positive territory, added to their gains in early trading, then saw much of their gains disappear, with the Dow now slipping below the flat line. Market watchers are intently listening as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks before the House Finance committee. She has maintained her mantra that the central bank will be data dependent in making its policy decisions and given little clue as to the potential pace of further rate hikes, though she did say that she does not believe the Fed will need to cut rates again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and a further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to U.S. economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and its stock was punished. The shares were down 2% near noon, after being down much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, and the company hiked its dividend 15% and approved a $5B share buyback program. Disney (DIS) last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares also fell about 5% this morning as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 20% after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. A number of analysts cut their price targets on the stock but maintained their buy or equivalent ratings, though Roth Capital analyst Philip Shen downgraded SolarCity to Neutral and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $65. SolarCity's slide weighed on its peers in the solar space as well, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 2.5% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 12.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 5% after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher were Akamai (AKAM), Panera (PNRA), and Sealed Air (SEE), which gained 21%, 5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Kapstone (KS), which fell 25% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank following its Q4 earnings report. Also lower were Assurant (AIZ) and Medidata (MDSO), which were down 15% and 13%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.17, or 0.06%, to 16,005.21, the Nasdaq was up 50.11, or 1.17%, to 4,318.87, and the S&P 500 was up 10.35, or 0.56%, to 1,862.56.
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February 9, 2016
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February 8, 2016
18:08 EDTAPOLEducation Department creates enforcement unit targeting education institutions
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17:39 EDTAPOLApollo Education shareholder criticizes deal, Bloomberg says
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16:23 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory thanks in part to lower oil prices, poor banking data out of China, and selling in Europe. The market saw little in the way of buying for most of the day, with all ten of the S&P sectors in negative territory. Oil prices struggled to stay above $30 per barrel, while "safe haven" gold moved above $1,200 an ounce, its highest price since June. Once oil settled, stocks saw a late rally and cut into their losses, but the averages still ended the day deep in the red even following the comeback. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the labor market conditions index came in at 0.4 for January, below expectations for a reading of 2.0. In Asia, markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea were all closed for the New Year holiday. Data was still released in China that showed the country's foreign currency reserves fell to their lowest level since May 2012, dropping about $99B in January, though that was better than analyst forecasts and ahead of some recent whispers. COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) tumbled 33.2% to $2.05 after media reports indicated that the natural gas producer has hired restructuring lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. The company later remarked that the law firm has been retained as an adviser, though Chesapeake noted it has "no plans" to pursue bankruptcy, which helped the stock recover some of its early losses... Meanwhile, another player in the oil space with ties to Chesapeake, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), declined 41.3% to $4.10 after the company disclosed it was making a change to the Chief Financial Officer of its general partner. Williams Company (WMB), which has agreed to merge with Energy Transfer, also slid nearly 35%... Yelp (YELP) ended Monday down 11% at $16.11 after the earlier than expected release of its quarterly earnings report, which the company blamed on the news distribution service that issued the press release before the results were due. Yelp's earnings and revenue came in above expectations, though the company also disclosed that its finance chief Rob Krolik would be stepping down. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apollo Education (APOL), which rallied 24% to $8.62 after agreeing to be acquired for $9.50 per share by a group of investors led by private equity firm Apollo Global (APO), with the news also sending its for-profit education competitor DeVry (DV) up 5.5%. Also higher was GoPro (GPRO), which gained 10.3% to $10.99 after Microsoft (MSFT) announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with the beaten down action camera maker. In addition, Outerwall (OUTR), owner of the Redbox and Coinstar kiosk brands, rose 11% to $30.01 after Bloomberg reported that at least three buyout firms have sought to take it private in the past two years, with activist investor Engaged Capital later in the day confirming a 14% stake in the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Sarepta (SRPT), which declined 12.1% to $10.74 after the FDA delayed a decision on the company's closely-watched Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment eteplirsen. Also lower was BioCryst (BCRX), which plunged 71% to $1.77 after a clinical trial of its hereditary angioedema drug failed to meet its primary endpoint. Meanwhile, Twitter (TWTR) fell 5.3% to $14.89 following reports over the weekend that it is rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. INDEXES: The Dow fell 177.92, or 1.1%, to 16,027.05, the Nasdaq lost 79.39, or 1.82%, to 4,283.75, and the S&P 500 declined 26.61, or 1.42%, to 1,853.44.
12:05 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and proceeded to move lower throughout the session, amid a renewed selloff in oil prices and fears that bankruptcies related to the prolonged slump will begin to pick up pace. The move lower is not restricted to the energy sector and has been broad-based, as each of the major equity indexes was lower by about 2% or more. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the labor market conditions index came in at 0.4 for January, below expectations for a reading of 2.0. In Asia, markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea were all closed for the New Year holiday. Data was still released in China that showed the country's foreign currency reserves fell to their lowest level since May 2012, dropping about $99B in January, though that was better than analysts forecast and ahead of some recent whispers. COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) tumbled over 50%, dropping as low as $1.50 per share, after media reports indicated that the natural gas producer has hired restructuring lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. Subsequently, the stock was halted pending news and the company confirmed that Kirkland & Ellis continues to advise the company as it seeks to further strengthen its balance sheet. However, Chesapeake noted that it currently has "no plans to pursue bankruptcy," and its shares recovered some of their earlier losses upon being reopened for trading. The stock was down a bit over 25% near noon... Meanwhile, another player in the oil space with ties to Chesapeake, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), declined 30% after the company disclosed, via a regulatory filing after Friday's close, that it was making a change to the Chief Financial Officer of its general partner. According to the company, the departure of CFO Jamie Welch from the post was not caused by any disagreements between him and the MLP over accounting issues or financial matters. Williams Company (WMB), with has agreed to merge with Energy Transfer, also slid 25%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apollo Education (APOL), which rallied 25% after it agreed to be acquired by a group led by private equity company Apollo Global (APO) for $9.50 per share. Also higher was GoPro (GPRO), which gained 9% after Microsoft (MSFT) announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with the beaten down action camera maker. Among the noteworthy losers was Sarepta (SRPT), which fell 12% after the FDA delayed a decision on the company's Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment eteplirsen. Also lower was BioCryst (BCRX), which plunged 67% after a clinical trial of its hereditary angioedema drug failed to meet its primary endpoint. In addition, DexCom (DXCM) was 17% lower after it was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 317.14, or 1.96%, to 15,887.83, the Nasdaq was down 101.02, or 2.32%, to 4,262.12, and the S&P 500 was down 36.43, or 1.94%, to 1,843.62.
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09:17 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apollo Education (APOL), up 26.6% after announcing that it will be acquired for $9.50 per share... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), up 5% after being added to S&P 400... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.4% after signing a licensing agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). LOWER: BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX), down 60.9% after reporting OpuS-2 clinical trial results... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 55.4% after the FDA placed a partial clinical hold on pacritinib studies... Tableau (DATA), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... HSBC (HSBC), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 21% after Hedgeye analyst Kevin Kaiser said in an interview with Barron's that Chesapeake could go to zero... Twitter (TWTR), down 2.9% after backlash over its new algorithmic timeline.
07:03 EDTAPOLApollo Global consortium to acquire Apollo Education for $9.50 per share
Apollo Education Group (APOL) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management (APO), and Najafi Companies for $9.50 per share in cash for both Class A and B shares. The purchase price represents a premium of 30% over Apollo Education Group's 30-day volume weighted average stock price for the period ended Feb. 5, and a 44% premium over the closing price on Jan. 8, immediately prior to the announcement that the Board of Directors was pursuing strategic alternatives. Tony Miller, Chief Operating Officer and Partner of The Vistria Group and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will become Chairman of the Apollo Education Group Board upon transaction close. Upon completion of the transaction, Apollo Education Group will be privately held and its affiliated institutions will remain subject to the same U.S. and international regulations and accreditation standards. The agreement was approved by Apollo Education Group's Board of Directors. The acquisition is expected to be completed by Apollo Education Group's fiscal year-end, in August 2016. Apollo Education Group and Apollo Global Management are unaffiliated entities.
07:00 EDTAPOLApollo Education to be aquired by group led by Apollo Global for $9.50 per share
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February 7, 2016
20:36 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Ford (F) plans to build a new assembly plant in Mexico and expand its existing factory near Mexico City, sharply increasing production capacity in the country as it looks to focus its U.S. efforts on trucks and SUVs, the Wall Street Journal reported. 2. GoPro (GPRO) and Microsoft (MSFT) signed a patent licensing agreement late Friday, lifting shares of the action camera maker in after-hours trading. 3. Media reports indicate Twitter (TWTR) could be rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. 4. Apollo Education (APOL) received a second investigative subpoena from California's attorney general related to the marketing, recruiting, accreditation, and other aspects of its for-profit schools. 5. Celgene (CELG), Gilead (GILD), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Vantiv (VNTV) were mentioned positively by Barron's this weekend, while Church & Dwight (CHD) was called overvalued and GoPro was identified as a possible takeover target by Under Armour (UA) or Sony (SNE).
February 5, 2016
17:11 EDTAPOLApollo Education receives second investigative subpoena
On February 4, we received a Second Investigative Subpoena from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California in the Matter of the Investigation of For-Profit Educational Institutions, following the Investigative Subpoena we received in August 2015. The Second Investigative Subpoena seeks the production of documents and information regarding a broad spectrum of the business and practices of Apollo Education Group, and each of our subsidiaries, including University of Phoenix, Inc., relating to marketing, recruiting, compensation of enrollment advisors, complaints, financial aid, compliance, accreditation, other governmental investigations, private litigation and other matters, as well as additional information relating to marketing and services to members and former members of the U.S. military and California National Guard, for the time period of July 1, 2010 to the present. We are cooperating with the Attorney General in this investigation. We cannot predict the eventual scope, duration or outcome of the investigation at this time.
February 3, 2016
07:26 EDTFSLRDeutsche lists five reasons to like First Solar shares
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January 29, 2016
08:49 EDTAPOLApollo Education investor pushes board to reconsider sale, Bloomberg says
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