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May 29, 2014
10:26 EDTVMW, TWTR, QIHU, PSEC, PINC, PANW, MELI, DLTR, HMY, DO, DHI, COR, BIIB, AUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AngloGold (AU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... CoreSite Realty (COR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... MercadoLibre (MELI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Premier (PINC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Prospect Capital (PSEC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Evercore... Qihoo 360 (QIHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Standard Chartered... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
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July 22, 2014
12:54 EDTVMWVMware technical notes ahead of results
Shares have sharply underperformed in the last three months. Ahead of results the stock is trading up toward the top of the narrow range which has developed over the last ten weeks. The bulk of the range is contained by a low at the $93 area and a high at the $98 area. As we have seen several times in this earnings season, narrow ranges with the right catalyst can lead to very strong post-earnings moves. Technically for the range to be broken it would require a strong move below the low of above the high, and so these boundaries become key. On better than expected news or guidance, a move above $98 on an increasing scale of positive surprise would have $99.24, $102.83, and $106.87 as upside objectives. If the news disappoints, the low at the $93 area would be the first test of support. If that low is broken, supports below as downside objectives would be at $90.93, and then at $87.10 and $85.
11:07 EDTPSECOptions with increasing implied volatility: HLF JOY PSEC NI
09:47 EDTTWTRTwitter initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial
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09:28 EDTVMWEMC spin-off of VMware unlikely at this point, says Janney Capital
Following the report of Elliott taking a stake in EMC (EMC) and pushing for a break-up to unlock value, Janney Capital said it does believe that a spin-off of VMware (VMW) could help improve EMC's multiple but that the firm thinks such a move is not likely at this point. Janney adds that while it views a spin-off as unlikely, other shareholder-friendly responses, such as a dividend boost or increased share buybacks, are possible. The firm keeps its Buy ratings on both EMC and VMware.
08:41 EDTTWTR Twitter August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:09 EDTTWTRTwitter should post strong Q2 growth but challenges remain, says Cowen
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06:56 EDTVMWElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
12:10 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:05 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
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07:37 EDTBIIBBiogen July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Biogen July weekly call option implied volatility is at 55, August is at 34, October is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 on July 23.
06:27 EDTVMWElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
11:34 EDTPSECOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:48 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
08:45 EDTQIHUDefined mobile strategy could serve as catalyst for Qihoo 360, says UBS
UBS is optimistic about Qihoo 360's growth momentum in search and mobile, but believes a better defined mobile strategy could serve as a catalyst for the shares. The firm sees a margin squeeze in Q2 but an anticipated pickup in search monetization should support margin recovery. UBS has a Buy rating with a $155 price target on Qihoo.
July 17, 2014
17:01 EDTTWTRTwitter acquires CardSpring
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16:01 EDTTWTROptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
09:40 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:28 EDTTWTRTwitter may see 'paltry' MAU growth in Q2, Business Insider says
Twitter's monthly active users would have declined during Q2 if not for a boost from the World Cup, two sources told Business Insider, with one of those sources claiming Twitter will have 260M MAUs for the quarter, up only 2% from the 255M MAUs it reported in Q1. "It is not possible to say definitively from the data provided by Business Insider's two sources that Twitter's MAUs are in trouble," the report cautioned, noting that the data relied on comes from third-party developers and that the MAUs communicated were taken during non-standard time periods that don't sync with Twitter's calendar quarters. Reference Link
07:21 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $105 from $90 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Palo Alto as the firm touts what it sees as the company's strong fundamentals, fastest ramping profitability in enterprise IT and emerging opportunities. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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