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August 14, 2014
10:05 EDTBID, PFSW, LMCA, STNG, NTAP, KMP, PGR, LUX, EPB, ATHL, IFNNY, DRC, ARUN, HP, CHL, JAKKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded at Stifel... Athlon Energy (ATHL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Dresser-Rand (DRC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Liberty Media (LMCA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore... Luxottica (LUX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... PFSweb (PFSW) upgraded at B. Riley... Progressive (PGR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Williams Capital.
News For ARUN;ATHL;CHL;DRC;EPB;HP;IFNNY;JAKK;KMP;LMCA;LUX;NTAP;PFSW;PGR;STNG;BID From The Last 14 Days
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February 25, 2015
16:38 EDTARUNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages had a relatively quiet open and remained in a tight range for most of the session. The market moved to the high end of its range by mid-afternoon, which pushed the Dow and S&P to new highs and the Nasdaq ever closer to its 5,000 level. There was little momentum behind the move and the averages eventually faded, closing nearly unchanged for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales slipped 0.2% to a 481K annual pace in January, which was better than the expected 2.3% decline to a 471K rate. The DOE petroleum inventory report showed crude stockpiles grew by 8.4M barrels in the week of February 20, versus expectations for a 4M barrel increase. In China, HSBC and Markit's flash purchasing managers' index for February came in at 50.1, which was above the consensus outlook of 49.7 and represented a four month high. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) dropped $3.82, or 9.92%, to $34.67 after the PC, printer and server maker reported lower than expected Q1 revenue and cut its FY15 EPS view and free cash flow outlook, citing separation costs and foreign exchange headwinds. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. Later in the day, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that HP is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), sending shares of the WiFi equipment maker up $3.86, or 21.0%, to $22.24. Shares of Aruba competitor Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) also gained 66c, or 5.89%, to $11.86 after Bloomberg's report on potential M&A in their space... Chesapeake Energy (CHK) slid $1.90, or 9.56%, to $17.98 after reporting worse than expected earnings amid the recent plunge in energy prices and announcing lower capital spending plans for 2015. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Benefitfocus (BNFT), which jumped $10.85, or 47.24%, to $33.82 after reporting Q4 earnings and disclosing that Marsh & McLennan (MMC) subsidiary Mercer took a 9.9% stake in the company. Also higher was SFX Entertainment (SFXE), which gained $1.09, or 29.46%, to $4.79 after the company’s Chairman and CEO, Robert Sillerman, offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. SFX Entertainment confirmed that it received the proposal and established a special committee to review and negotiate the nonbinding offer. Among the noteworthy losers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which plunged $18.15, or 26.39%, to $50.63 after reporting Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations, warning on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light, and disclosing in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act. Also lower following their earnings reports were shares of Republic Airways (RJET), which fell $2.17, or 14.49%, to $12.81, and LendingClub (LC), which dropped $3.14, or 13.28%, to $20.51. INDEXES: The Dow added 15.38, or 0.08%, to 18,224.57, the Nasdaq slipped 0.98, or 0.02%, to 4,967.14, and the S&P 500 dropped 1.62, or 0.08%, to 2,113.86.
16:26 EDTLMCALiberty Media reiterates 2015 guidance
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16:25 EDTLMCALiberty Media reports Q4 revenue $1.09B, consensus $1.09B
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15:59 EDTARUNAruba Networks moderates after extreme price swings on HP bid news
It was reported by Bloomberg near 3pm ET that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was in talks to buy the company. The shares remain up over 20% to $22.13 after hitting an intraday high at $23.49, close to the 52-week high at $23.90. The low to watch as support is at $21.07, the top of the intraday price gap.
15:40 EDTARUNAruba Networks a strong takeout candidate, says Northland
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15:08 EDTARUNRuckus Wireless up 5.5% after report of peer Aruba Networks in takeout talks
15:07 EDTARUNAruba Networks in talks to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg says
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15:04 EDTARUNAruba Networks jumps 10.5%, halted after report on HP takeover talks
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15:03 EDTARUNAruba Networks in talks to be bought by Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg says
10:49 EDTDRCOptions with increasing implied volatility: DO BHI DRC
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06:05 EDTJAKKJAKKS Pacific sees Q1 EPS (47c)-(44c), consensus (66c)
Sees Q1 revenue $101M-$103M, consensus $96.06M. Sees Q1 EBITDA ($2.8M)-($2.2M).
06:03 EDTJAKKJAKKS Pacific sees FY15 EPS 71c-75c, consensus 66c
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06:02 EDTJAKKJAKKS Pacific reports Q4 EPS 11c, consensus 7c
Reports Q4 revenue $254.0M, consensus $198.79M.
February 20, 2015
17:50 EDTBIDSotheby's to deter capital allocation decisions until new CEO selected
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14:30 EDTBIDMarcato filing confirms request for Sotheby's buyback, potential CFO search
Marcato Capital Management reported a 9.53% stake in Sotheby's and disclosed in a regulatory filing that it sent a letter to the company's board. In its letter, Marcato states: "In the 18 months since Marcato’s initial investment in Sotheby’s, we have outlined numerous opportunities both publicly and privately for Sotheby’s to use its capital more intelligently to create shareholder value. Despite our dialogue with you and other members of the board, a substantial portion of Sotheby’s invested capital continues to earn a poor return or worse yet, earns no return at all...We submit that any new CEO’s first order of business may need to include the recruitment of a new CFO who will serve the interests of shareholders rather than defend misguided policies of the past...Today, we present a specific and straightforward roadmap that we believe can immediately release $12.33 per share without materially affecting the company’s continued earnings power. With this increased flexibility, we recommend the immediate repurchase of $500M of Sotheby’s shares...As one of Sotheby’s largest shareholders, we also look forward to a thorough discussion with its new CEO regarding the importance of intelligent capital allocation in creating value for shareholders."
10:13 EDTBIDMarcato sends letter to Sotheby's board, CNBC's Kelly reports
Richard McGuire's Marcato Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Sotheby's, which now includes Third Point's Dan Loeb, pressuring for a CFO change and more leadership, CNBC's Kate Kelly reports. Shares of the auction house moved higher following the report and are up 11c to $44.11 in early trading.
10:08 EDTBIDMarcato applying activist pressure to Sotheby's, CNBC's Kelly reports
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10:01 EDTSTNG, LMCAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advanced Drainage (WMS) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Arctic Cat (ACAT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ardmore Shipping (ASC) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Baltic Trading (BALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cash America (CSH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Costamare (CMRE) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Danaos (DAC) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Containerships (DCIX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Fox Factory (FOXF) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Frontline (FRO) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Global Ship Lease (GSL) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Kinder Morgan (KMI) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Liberty Broadband (LBRDA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Liberty Interactive (QVCA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Polaris Industries (PII) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Raven (RAVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Seaspan (SSW) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
09:20 EDTLMCALiberty Media initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
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07:28 EDTSTNGScorpio Tankers initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter
Target $10.
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