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August 6, 2014
10:59 EDTWETF, GLUU, WTW, WFM, EXPE, INSM, SALE, GRPN, HALO, AVPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: AVP INSM WTW HALO EXPE GLUU GRPN WFM WETF SALE
News For AVP;INSM;WTW;HALO;EXPE;GLUU;GRPN;WFM;WETF;SALE From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
06:46 EDTAVPAvon Products downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
05:48 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility movement; AVP FXCM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Avon Products (AVP) 91, FXCM (FXCM) 194 according to iVolatility.
January 22, 2015
16:27 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:18 EDTWFMWhole Foods initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
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16:00 EDTAVPOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
13:29 EDTAVPAvon Products jumps after report of talks with private equity firm
Shares of Avon Products (AVP) are rising in afternoon trading after dealReporter said the company has been holding talks with private equity firm TPG Capital, citing industry sources. Avon canceled out of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference coming up in February, according to Bloomberg. Conference cancellations often lead investors to speculate whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. TPG declined to comment and Avon did not immediately respond to Bloomberg's request for a comment, the news service added. Avon shares are up 14.4% to $8.65 in afternoon trading following the report.
13:16 EDTAVPAvon Products calls active on discussions with TPG Capital report
Avon Products January weekly 7 and 8 calls are active on total call volume of 9,600 contracts (700 puts) on the company has been in discussions with TPG Capital, dealReporter says. January weekly call option implied volatlity is at 188, February is at 69; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
13:12 EDTAVPAvon Products up 15% after rumors of discussions with TPG Capital
13:05 EDTAVPAvon Products has been in discussions with TPG Capital, dealReporter says
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13:03 EDTAVPAvon Products moves up on comments by dealReporter
10:03 EDTWFMOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:30 EDTWFMWhole Foods initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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06:32 EDTGRPNBlue Calypso files motion to lift stay in patent infringement cases and appeal
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that it has filed a motion in the Eastern District of Texas to lift the negotiated stay on the pending patent infringement litigation between the Company and Groupon (GRPN), Yelp (YELP), Foursquare and IZEA.PK. The Company has also filed notices of appeal at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in each of the Covered Business Method Review cases at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. On January 14, 2014, the parties agreed to stay the litigation in the Eastern District pending the decisions from the PTAB as to validity of the patents. As a part of agreeing to join the stay, the parties jointly agreed to ask the Court to lift the stay and for an expedited litigation schedule if any of the asserted claims were held valid by the PTAB. The PTAB now has confirmed the validity of twenty-eight claims and Blue Calypso, through its counsel, has asked the Court to lift the stay according to the agreement. The defendants refused to participate in the motion to lift the stay as previously agreed, and have instead asked the Court to leave the stay in place in a separate motion.
January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTWFMOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:07 EDTWFMWhole Foods upgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee upgraded Whole Foods to Buy from Neutral. The firm thinks the bears on the stock are ignoring positive steps the company has taken, including the implementation of a variety of revenue drivers, as well as price cuts to spur better traffic. Target $60.
07:04 EDTWFMWhole Foods upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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January 20, 2015
14:09 EDTEXPEOrbitz jumps after Bloomberg says company may be exploring sale
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are jumping after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring the possibility of selling itself. In a note to investors on January 7, research firm FBR Capital wrote that the company could be acquired for over $10 per share, WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz is exploring a potential sale and private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring the online travel agency, Bloomberg reported today. ANALYST VIEW: On January 7, research firm FBR Capital estimated that Orbitz could be acquired for $10.27 per share. The firm noted that a trade publication, Tnooz.com, had reported that Orbitz could be considering selling itself. Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) could each pay a premium of 30%-plus for Orbitz and still see their profits rise from the acquisition, FBR added. It kept a $9 price target and Outperform rating on Orbitz. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Orbitz climbed 69c, or 7.5%, to $9.85.
13:51 EDTEXPEOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTEXPEExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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06:09 EDTAVPAvon Products implied volatility of 76 at upper end of index mean range
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