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June 4, 2014
10:00 EDTGNC, BAS, AVG, SLB, PBFX, MNST, HAL, EXAS, ALQA, ROSG, ORCL, HERO, GTT, ATW, AIRM, VC, PKD, DNOW, HPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AVG Technologies (AVG) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Air Methods (AIRM) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Alliqua (ALQA) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Exact Sciences (EXAS) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GNC Holdings (GNC) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... GTT Communications (GTT) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Halliburton (HAL) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Hercules Offshore (HERO) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... NOW Inc. (DNOW) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... PBF Logistics (PBFX) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Rosetta Genomics (ROSG) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Schlumberger (SLB) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli.
News For AVG;AIRM;ALQA;BAS;ATW;EXAS;GNC;GTT;HAL;HP;HERO;MNST;DNOW;ORCL;PBFX;PKD;ROSG;SLB;VC From The Last 14 Days
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March 17, 2015
17:05 EDTORCLOracle Q3 Software and Cloud revenue up 7% in constant currency
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16:09 EDTORCLOracle says total Cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS revenues were up 33%
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16:05 EDTORCLOracle raises quarterly dividend 25% to 15c per share
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16:03 EDTORCLOracle says Q3 Software and Cloud revenues up 1% to $7.2B
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q3 EPS 68c, consensus 68c
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15:18 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 68c... Adobe (ADBE), consensus 39c.
15:03 EDTORCLWipro takes minority stake in Drivestream
Wipro (WIT) and Drivestream announced that they have signed an agreement to enter into a strategic partnership to build an integrated Cloud Solutions stack for customers. As part of this arrangement, Wipro is investing $5M in Drivestream, a leading Oracle (ORCL) cloud applications systems integrator. This is part of Wipro’s strategic drive to actively participate in the external innovation eco-system, for which the company has set up Wipro Ventures, a $100M fund focused on investing in disruptive start-ups.
13:15 EDTORCLOracle March 43.5 straddle priced for 5.1% movement into Q3
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08:24 EDTROSGRosetta Genomics to host conference call
Conference call to provide corporate and financial updates will be held on March 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
March 16, 2015
12:36 EDTORCLOracle March volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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10:28 EDTDNOWOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: PVA NFLX BMRN DNOW MYL TEVA PEP GE
10:21 EDTHALHalliburton falls, heads for test of support
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09:26 EDTATWAtwood Oceanics Atwood Osprey to be out of service for 30 days due to cyclone
Atwood Oceanics (ATW) announced that its semisubmersible drilling unit, the Atwood Osprey, parted several mooring lines and drifted approximately three nautical miles from its original position during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the northwest coast of Australia on March 12. The rig is currently stable with a support vessel in position, and preliminary results indicate minimal damage with an estimated maximum of 30 days out of service time for repairs. No rig personnel were injured in the event. The Atwood Osprey is contracted to Chevron Australia (CVX) and was on location at the Iago 1B well. The well had been shut down and secured in accordance with Chevron's cyclone demobilization procedures and the rig had ballasted down and evacuated all its rig personnel in advance of the cyclone. Atwood Oceanics is coordinating its efforts with Chevron, the Australian offshore regulator and other affected parties.
08:11 EDTVCVisteon announces CEO Timothy Leuliette to step down by end of 2015
Visteon announced President and CEO Timothy Leuliette's intention to transition out of the company by the end of 2015, upon the appointment of his successor. The board has retained executive search firm Spencer Stuart to evaluate candidates to succeed Leuliette.
07:32 EDTORCLUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTGNCStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
09:10 EDTDNOWNOW Inc. 4M share Block Trade priced at $23.60
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08:44 EDTBASBasic Energy sees Q1 revenue down 32%-34%
Roe Patterson, Basic's president and CEO, stated, "The operating environment continues to be challenging and we are reacting quickly to our customers' requests for lower pricing for our services. Stimulation services pricing concessions have increased to 25%-30%, which is up from the 15%-20% range we experienced earlier in the first quarter. Pricing concessions for our other services remain consistent with what we reported in our January operating update. We continue to maximize utilization and protect market share with rate reductions when and where possible. We continue our efforts to reduce costs and scale down our operations to match customer activity. Negotiations to lower costs for sand, chemicals, fuel, supplies, etc. with our vendors and suppliers are ongoing, and we continue to make progress. Preserving liquidity is our main focus and our efforts to reduce capital spending have been successful. Our headcount is now down by 14% since its peak in November 2014 and we continue to adjust personnel costs to mitigate pricing concessions. Adverse weather has affected activity to date in March throughout our footprint. With the weather impact we experienced in February, and so far in March, combined with the increase in price concessions for stimulation services, we now expect first quarter revenue to be 32%-34% lower sequentially compared to our previous guidance of 21%-26% lower."
06:04 EDTBASBasic Energy reports Feb. well servicing rig count unchanged at 421
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06:04 EDTORCLOracle implied volatility of 28 at upper end of index mean range
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