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July 15, 2014
10:00 EDTARDX, PSG, PF, PLUG, STX, SSYS, SPN, TTHI, URI, WDC, NYRT, MDXG, CXP, ECR, ENSV, EPZM, GPRO, GOOG, HEES, INTC, KITE, YHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ardelyx (ARDX) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with an Equal-Weight at... Eclipse Resources (ECR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Epizyme (EPZM) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Google (GOOG) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... H&E Equipment (HEES) initiated with an Outperform at Avondale... Intel (INTC) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Kite Pharma (KITE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... MiMedx (MDXG) initiated with a Buy at Needham... New York REIT (NYRT) initiated with an Equal-Weight at Evercore... Performance Sports Group (PSG) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Pinnacle Foods (PF) reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman... Plug Power (PLUG) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Transition Therapeutics (TTHI) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... United Rentals (URI) initiated with an Outperform at Avondale... Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital.
News For ARDX;CXP;ECR;ENSV;EPZM;GPRO;GOOG;HEES;INTC;KITE;MDXG;NYRT;PSG;PF;PLUG;STX;SSYS;SPN;TTHI;URI;WDC;YHOO From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
13:53 EDTGOOGYouTube to open New York video production studio
Google's YouTube announced that it would open a new video production studio in New York next month. YouTube already has video production facilities in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
13:10 EDTGOOG, YHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:16 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:57 EDTGPROGoPro tumbles, levels to watch
The shares are down 11.3% to $75.20 after an earlier report that a GoPro helmet camera may have caused a brain injury to Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident last December, as reported by PetaPixel. Support is at the session low at $73.28 and then at $72.88. Resistance is at $77.30. Momentum has turned negative in the name, making further share losses more likely.
10:11 EDTGPROGoPro helmet camera may have caused Schumacher's brain injury, PetaPixel says
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10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:07 EDTGPROGoPro October volatility elevated on sharp sell off
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
08:07 EDTKITEKite announces positive clinical results of Anti-CD19 CAR T Cells
Kite Pharma announced the publication in The Lancet of clinical results demonstrating the potential to treat relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, with an anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR, T cell therapy. Kite's most advanced product candidate, KTE-C19, is an anti-CD19 CAR T cell therapy that involves genetically modifying a patient's T cells to express a CAR that is designed to target CD19, a protein expressed on the cell surface of B cell lymphomas and leukemias. The findings from a Phase 1 clinical trial conducted by the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute demonstrated that administration of anti-CD19 CAR T cells resulted in a 70% complete response rate in 20 pediatric or young adult patients with relapsed or refractory ALL. Sixty percent of the 20 patients achieved an MRD-negative complete response. Ten of the patients who had an MRD-negative complete response subsequently underwent hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation, and all 10 remained disease free with a median follow-up of 10 months.
08:06 EDTGOOGQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $650 from $685 at Cowen
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07:53 EDTGOOGYouTube changes have diffused much of tension with copyright holders, FT says
YouTube, which implemented Content ID in 2007 to help producers manage their rights and generate revenues from copyright-infringing content, has hit $1B in payments to companies that participate in the program and Fred von Lohmann, legal director for copyright at Google, credits the program for diffusing much of the tension the site previously had with copyright holders, reported Financial Times. Via Content ID, copyright owners can “monetize” their content by allowing ads to be sold against it or have the video blocked and taken down and von Lohmann told Financial Times that the "vast majority" choose to monetize. Reference Link
07:32 EDTMDXGMiMedx sees FY15 revenue $175M-$185M, consensus $161.32M
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07:32 EDTMDXGMiMedx sees FY14 revenue $116M-$117M, consensus $112.51M
07:32 EDTMDXGMiMedx sees Q4 revenue $37.3M-$38.3M, consensus $36.4M
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07:32 EDTMDXGMiMedx reports Q3 revenue $33.5M, consensus $30.99M
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07:22 EDTGOOGSony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
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