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June 13, 2014
10:03 EDTSFUN, IPSEY, CCG, LULU, MRVL, FNSR, BLL, TEN, MRO, CSH, ATROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AptarGroup (ATR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Ball Corp. (BLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Campus Crest (CCG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cash America (CSH) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Finisar (FNSR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Ipsen (IPSEY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded at Susquehanna... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Tenneco (TEN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
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November 24, 2015
05:58 EDTLULUlululemon implied volatility of 62 at upper end of index mean range
November 23, 2015
16:20 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
The buyers and sellers spent most of the day in a tug-of-war, sending the averages back and forth across the flat line. The market is coming off one of its best weeks of the year and spent the day consolidating its most recent gains. The price of crude acted much like equities, as it too moved back and forth across the flat line and was virtually unchanged in the end. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for November fell 1.5 points to 52.6, missing expectations for a 54.0 reading. Existing home sales dropped 3.4% to a 5.36M rate in October, lower than the forecast for a 5.4M rate. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index showed a reading of -0.04, versus the expected +0.05 reading. In Europe, Markit's composite services and manufacturing PMI rose to 54.4 in October from a prior reading of 53.9. That reading marks the euro-area's highest level since May 2011. COMPANY NEWS: The well-telegraphed deal to create the world's largest drugmaker was made official this morning, though shares of both of the merging companies sold off as investors continue to fret that the U.S. government may step in to block the transaction, or at least make it less lucrative due to tax code changes. Pfizer (PFE) announced it will combine with Allergan (AGN) in a stock transaction valued at $363.63 per Allergan share on November 20 in a deal with a total enterprise value of approximately $160B. However, Allergan shares declined $10.74, or 3.56%, to $301.70 following the announcement, while Pfizer dipped 86c, or 2.69%, to $31.32... Alcoa (AA) rose 38c, or 4.37%, to $9.07 after activist investor Elliott Management revealed a 6.4% stake, saying it seeks to engage in a "constructive dialogue" regarding the company's recently announced spinoff plans as well as a number of added opportunities it sees to maximize shareholder value... In other activist investor news, Carl Icahn turned up the heat on AIG (AIG) CEO Peter Hancock, saying his talks with Hancock make it "abundantly clear" that he is not willing to take the steps that Icahn has pushed for, including the suggestion that the insurer break up to shrink below the threshold for systemically important financial institutions. Icahn intends to soon commence a consent solicitation, which may include a proposal to add a new director who would agree in advance to succeed Hancock as CEO if asked by the board to do so. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), which rallied $4.44, or 10.17%, to $48.09 after the meat producer reported better than expected quarterly revenue and gave guidance for fiscal 2016. Also higher was lululemon (LULU), which rose another 7% to $52.77, adding to recent gains, as speculation over a possible takeover by a larger rival, such as Under Armour (UA) or Nike (NKE), persists, fueled by continued media mentions. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which fell $1.64, or 4.18%, to $37.62 after reporting weaker than expected Q3 results. Electronic Arts (EA) also slipped 4.75% to $68.98 after GameStop made comments about its "Star Wars Battlefront" game falling short of expectations so far, though several analysts contended the game retailer's comments should be taken with a grain of salt, cautioning that a shift to digital sales may be playing a role in that apparent softness. INDEXES: The Dow fell 31.13, or 0.17%, to 17,792.68, the Nasdaq lost 2.44, or 0.05%, to 5,102.48, and the S&P 500 slipped 2.58, or 0.12%, to 2,086.59.
13:25 EDTLULULululemon adds to gains as takeover speculation persists
Shares of Lululemon Athletica (LULU) rose in afternoon trading as speculation over a possible takeover by a larger rival persists, fueled by continued media mentions. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday, dealReporter credited a Thursday gain for Lululemon to "unsubstantiated rumors" that Under Armour (UA is seeking to make a $62 per share takeover bid for the yoga apparel maker. DealReporter said that Under Armour may not be the best fit to acquire Lululemon based on differences in branding, marketing and culture, but said that Nike (NKE) would be a better fit to take over the apparel company, since it is in the "right position at the right time" to make such a deal work, contacts told The Fly. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Three days after dealReporter commented on the rumors, the New York Post said today that there was "plenty of chatter" that Lulu and Under Armour were in discussions over a possible deal, noting that the latter company has been "actively seeking" growth in the women's sportswear sector. The Post noted that Bloomberg Gadfly suggested that Nike should be spending $7.5B to acquire Lululemon instead of using that money for a $12B buyback. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Lululemon rallied 5% to $51.76. Over the past five days, Lululemon is up nearly 15%. Reference Link
November 20, 2015
12:46 EDTBLLBall Corp. says EC review timetable automatically extended to January 22, 2016
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09:36 EDTLULUNike, not Under Armour, should buy lululemon, dealReporter says
Lululemon (LULU) gained 3.6% yesterday, which dealReporter credits to "unsubstantiated rumors" that Under Armour (UA) was planning to make a $62 per share takeover bid. Given the differences in their branding, marketing, and culture, dealReporter said it is not sure such a deal would be a good fit, but added that it believes Nike (NKE) is in the "right position at the right time" to make such an acquisition of lululemon work, contacts tell The Fly.
November 19, 2015
11:00 EDTLULUlululemon November calls active on renewed takeover speculation
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10:55 EDTLULURumor: lululemon strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
The Fly, in fulfilling its mission of explaining stock movement, often comes across the many unconfirmed rumors being passed through trading desks and social media platforms. On the occasion that rumors or speculation appear on The Fly's news feed, it should be viewed not as giving credence to the conjecture, rather as simply highlighting its impact on the stock prices of the companies involved.
05:27 EDTIPSEYIpsen enters into research collaboration with Interprotein
Ipsen and Interprotein announced that they have signed a research collaboration and an option agreement to develop and commercialize new therapeutic peptides intended for serious medical conditions in endocrinology, such as Cushing's disease. Under the terms of the agreement, Ipsen will combine its expertise in design and development of therapeutic peptides targeting specific receptors with Interprotein's Protein-Protein Interaction and helix-loop-helix-peptide technologies.
November 18, 2015
09:22 EDTSFUNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop (VIPS), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL), up 27.5% after announcing preparation of regulatory filings based on guidance from FDA... Universal Insurance (UVE), up 7.7% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM), up 14.9% after submitting an Investigational New Drug application with the FDA for Iomab-B... Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS), up 8.8% after being acquired by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 5% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SouFun (SFUN), down 2.9%... Staples (SPLS), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after price target lowered to $15 from $20 at Piper Jaffray... Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 3.5% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
06:33 EDTSFUNSouFun backs FY15 revenue guidance of $843.4M, consensus $876.76M
06:32 EDTSFUNSouFun reports Q3 EPS 8c, consensus 3c
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November 17, 2015
09:06 EDTBLLBall Corp. on pace to meet 1-year carbon footprint reduction target
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08:35 EDTMRVLMarvell submitted compliance plan to NASDAQ
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08:10 EDTMROMitsubishi UFJ to hold a conference
Oil & Gas Conference is being held in New York on November 17.
November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTLULUPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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10:00 EDTATROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Farmland (AFCO) initiated with a Buy at Citi... AptarGroup (ATR) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Buckeye Partners (BPL) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Continental Building (CBPX) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale... Dimension Therapeutics (DMTX) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Ferrari (RACE) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Lendingtree (TREE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Magellan Midstream (MMP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Multi Packaging (MPSX) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Potbelly (PBPB) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti.
06:12 EDTATRAptarGroup initiated with an Outperform at Baird
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November 13, 2015
10:50 EDTLULUOptions with increasing implied volatility
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05:17 EDTSFUNSouFun to acquire controlling stake in Wanli
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November 12, 2015
10:50 EDTLULUOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: FTK MW NLNK MNK GOGO LULU RAD FL
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