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April 16, 2014
12:47 EDTAEM, SBUX, ZGNX, BAC, CSX, DPS, SODA, AUY, ADTN, PEP, YHOOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the dayís housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fedís Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fedís Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
News For BAC;YHOO;SODA;ZGNX;PEP;DPS;SBUX;ADTN;CSX;AEM;AUY From The Last 14 Days
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November 11, 2014
16:43 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640M
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12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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11:56 EDTBACAmerican Commercial weighs sale with value of over $1B, Financial Times says
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10:44 EDTYHOOAlibaba Chairman Ma thinks Yahoo 'happy' with company performance
Alibaba (BABA) Chairman Jack Ma says his company must focus on itself, not on Yahoo (YHOO), but he believes Yahoo is happy with Alibaba's performance. Ma is speaking on CNBC.
10:27 EDTYHOOAlibaba sets Singles' Day record, analysts start coverage with upbeat notes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba announced that a record $8B of products had been sold on its website with a few hours left in the Chinese Singles' Day holiday. Many Chinese citizens buy gifts on e-commerce websites during the holiday. During last year's festival, $5.7B of products were purchased on Alibaba's websites. ANALYST INITIATIONS: Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night. Alibaba's ecosystem will make it difficult for competitors to challenge it for a long time, Ji believes. The ecosystem also boosts Alibaba's revenue growth and margins, according to the analyst. The e-commerce giant's strong brand, along with its large and loyal customer base, help make it one of the best-positioned companies in the Chinese Internet space, contended the analyst. He predicted that its revenue and profits will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 34% and 32%, respectively, from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019. The analyst set a $133 price target on the shares. HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55, citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba. The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham, which expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo, kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba fell 2.6% to $116 per share. However, the stock has risen nearly 18% in the last five days.
10:00 EDTAUYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
09:17 EDTAUYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FMSA Holdings (FMSA), up 4.7% following third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), up 7.6% after entering agreement with Ophthotech (OPHT) to license tivozanib... Ophthotech is 2.1% higher in pre-market trading... Galena Biopharma (GALE), up 3.6% after first patient dosed in NeuVax and Herceptin combination Phase 2 trial... Yamana Gold (AUY), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ambac Financial (AMBC), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... China Finance (JRJC), up 12.4% after announcing a new partnership with Great Wall Securities... Zynga (ZNGA), up 5.7% after being upgraded on mobile business growth at Jefferies... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 2.2% after being initiated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI), down 10.7%... Ekso Bionics (EKSO), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: Alibaba Group (BABA), down 1.6% following comments made by vice chairman Joseph Tsai in an interview.
08:38 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Needham (yesterday)
Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55 citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba (BABA). The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:59 EDTBACBank of America's head of FICC trading to retire by year-end, WSJ reports
Bank of America's head of global fixed income, currencies and commodities trading trading, David Sobotka, will retire by year-end, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal memo sent to employees. Sobotka is planning to take some time off before deciding on his next steps. Sources say BofA will name Sobotka's replacement by the end of the year. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAUYYamana Gold upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
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05:54 EDTAUYStocks with implied volatility movement; AUY SD
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November 10, 2014
17:40 EDTYHOOYahoo could go higher, Barron's says
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16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:55 EDTADTNNeedham to hold a conference
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11:39 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NEM
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08:22 EDTADTNNetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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08:12 EDTADTNAT&T 2015 capex reduction negative for select stocks, says JPMorgan
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06:53 EDTBACBank of America, U.S. Bancorp settle bond trustee class action, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTBACRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
November 9, 2014
13:00 EDTBACBofA looks for additional SEC sanctions to be waved, Bloomberg says
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