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November 27, 2012
12:12 EDTMNST, APOLStocks with call strike movement; APOL MNST
RT Options Scanner shows Apollo Group (APOL) January 23 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 43, Monster Beverage (MNST) January 52.5 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 43 according to iVolatilty.
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February 8, 2016
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.
10:13 EDTAPOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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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 1, 2016
11:18 EDTMNSTWells Fargo, Citron take sides in Monster Beverage debate
Monster Beverage (MNST) is rising slightly in the down market after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock, saying that the shares have reached a compelling entry point while Monster's convenience store sales appear to have accelerated. UPGRADE: The recent weakness in Monster's stock has created a "compelling entry point," according to Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog, who upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Moreover, Wells Fargo's survey of beverage retailers suggests that the company's sales at convenience stores rose 10% last quarter, up from 7% in Q3. Additionally, the survey found that the quality of Monster's distribution operation had greatly improved in recent months. As a result, Herzog wrote that the issues caused by the company's transition to using Coca-Cola's (KO) distribution system had been "largely resolved." Monster's earnings growth should accelerate over the next five years as it penetrates new overseas markets, including China, the analyst contended. There are "numerous scenarios" that would enable the beverage maker to beat earnings expectations going forward, Herzog believes. In addition to international expansion, the company could benefit from accelerated share buybacks, a reduced tax rate and "major innovations" in beverages outside of its core energy business, according to Herzog. She raised her price target on the shares to $159-$161 from $139-$141. SHORT REPORT: On January 29, short-selling research firm Citron wrote that Monster's "valuation..is completely removed from reality." Over the past five years, Monster's stock has surged 500%, even though its revenue has only increased 90%, the firm stated. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola's 2014 purchase of a stake in Monster will prevent the latter company from being acquired, as Coke is not interested in buying Monster, Citron contended. In China, Monster will have to cope with high start-up costs, tough competition and lower margins, Citron warned. Furthermore, the company's new products cannibalize its existing drinks, Citron believes. Also on January 29, the small Eastern European country of Latvia decided to ban sales of energy drinks to minors. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Monster climbed 2% to $137.73. The stock dipped about 1.6% on Friday.
10:00 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
06:14 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog upgraded Monster Beverage to Outperform saying the recent pullback in the shares provides a "compelling" entry point. The analyst points out her firm's recent beverage survey indicates Monster's U.S. distribution issues have largely been resolved and that the company's earnings are poised to reaccelerate in 2016 and beyond. Herzog raised her price target for Monster shares to $159-$161 from $139-$141. The energy drink maker closed Friday down $2.17 to $135.03 after Citron Research posted a cautious report on the company.
January 29, 2016
12:50 EDTMNSTOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: MNST STLD LC LPX DRII MEOH STMP VMW XRX XLP
12:45 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage puts active on Citron sees shares hitting $80 in near term
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12:24 EDTMNSTCitron sees Monster Beverage shares hitting $80 in near term
Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) are likely to hit $80 in the near term, Citron Research writes in a new research report on the energy drink maker. The short-selling research firm says valuing Monster versus Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) results in 48% downside for the stock. "For the sake of the benefit of the doubt we used the post GMCR takeout value as a benchmark to get to $80 a share for Monster," Citron states. Monster shares are down $7.15, or 5%, to $130.05 in midday trading. Reference Link
12:18 EDTMNSTCitron puts $80 price target on Monster Beverage
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11:14 EDTMNSTLatvia to ban energy drink sales to minors, Nutra Ingredients reports
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11:12 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage weakness an overrreaction, says Stifel
Stifel said Monster is underperforming on concerns that a ban on energy drink sales to those under 18 years of age in Latvia could spread to other countries. Stifel said the concerns are a considerable overreaction, creating a buying opportunity. The firm's analyst said Latvia is barely a rounding error of the global energy drink market, and likely less than 0.1% of Monster's sales.
10:16 EDTMNSTOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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08:49 EDTAPOLApollo Education investor pushes board to reconsider sale, Bloomberg says
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