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March 27, 2013
10:08 EDTAPOLApollo falls after Wells Fargo analyst cuts rating
For profit education company Apollo Group (APOL) is falling after a Wells Fargo analyst downgraded the stock, citing what he sees as the company's uncertain outlook. Apollo reported stronger than expected second quarter results on March 25, but its student enrollment was below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan dropped his rating on Apollo to Market Perform from Outperform in a note to clients earlier today. Apollo's decision to close a number of its campuses appears to be having a greater negative effect than the company anticipated, wrote Urdan, adding that these negative trends could continue for several more quarters. Meanwhile, Apollo's new advertising strategy doesn't appear to be significantly increasing demand, the analyst believes. Moreover, the stock can't rebound significantly until the company's new enrollment stabilizes, and Apollo's management doesn't seem to know how to make that happen, he wrote. Urdan slashed his price target range on the shares to $17-$19 from $32-$35. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apollo's stock jumped more than 5% to $18.25 on the day it reported its results, but has since retreated. In early trading today, the shares slid 54c, or 3%, to $17.22.
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February 26, 2015
10:56 EDTAPOLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 24, 2015
10:45 EDTAPOLApollo Education calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Apollo Education March 28, 29 and April 30 calls are active on total call volume of 4,900 contracts (200 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. March call option implied volatility is at 28, April is at 37, May is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:35 EDTAPOLRumor: Apollo Education moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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