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June 26, 2014
16:23 EDTGPRO, AUXL, RDEN, BABA, MEI, YHOO, BCS, QLTI, IRMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and proceeded to spend the entire session there. The early move lower had pushed the Dow to a triple digit loss about an hour into trading, but the market then spent the rest of the day trying to get back to positive territory and fell just short of doing so. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims in the third week of June came in at 312k, which was a hair above the 310K forecast. Personal income rose 0.4% in May, matching expectations, but consumer spending grew only 0.2%, missing the forecast for 0.4% growth. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barclays (BCS) trading in New York fell $1.16, or 7.38%, to $14.55 after New York's Attorney General announced a lawsuit against the bank arising from the operation of its dark pool and other aspects of its electronic trading division. Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter, said some money managers are telling brokers not to send orders to Barclays LX venue after NY AG Eric Schneiderman accused the venue of misleading clients about high-frequency trading... Action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) made its stock market debut and rose $7.34, or 30.58%, to close at $31.34 after its initial public offering priced at $24 per share... China's Alibaba (BABA), in which Yahoo (YHOO) holds a significant stake, confirmed it will apply for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BABA.” MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Iron Mountain (IRM), which gained $5.97, or 20.05%, to $35.74 after its board of directors approved the company’s conversion to a real estate investment trust, or REIT, following the receipt of favorable private letter rulings from the IRS. Also higher was Methode Electronics (MEI), which rose $4.66, or 14.11%, to $37.68 after its Q4 sales and its revenue outlook for the new fiscal year beat estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which fell $4.59, or 17.0%, to $22.41 after Reuters reported that South Korea's LG Household disclosed that it is no longer considering a takeover of the U.S. cosmetics company. Also lower was Auxilium (AUXL), which fell 54c, or 2.54%, to $20.69 after agreeing to merge with QLT Inc (QLTI). Auxilium shares were up more than 16% near noon but continued to move lower during the afternoon to eventually close in the red, with analysts at Brean Capital saying that the deal suggests that no company was interested in buying "old" Auxilium prior to it reaching this agreement. INDEXES: The Dow slid 21.38, or 0.13%, to 16,846.13, the Nasdaq dropped 0.71, or 0.02%, to 4,379.05, and the S&P 500 slipped 2.31, or 0.12%, to 1,957.22.
News For BCS;BABA;GPRO;YHOO;RDEN;IRM;MEI;AUXL;QLTI From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
06:04 EDTGPROGoPro implied volatility of 69 at lower end of index mean range
August 26, 2015
15:59 EDTBABAOptions Update; August 26, 2015
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12:14 EDTGPROAnalysts say Ambarella selloff overdone, recommend buying shares
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10:12 EDTBABAGoogle climbs after Goldman upgrade, Cantor endorsement
The shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) are rallying after Goldman Sachs upgraded the search giant's stock and Cantor Fitzgerald named the stock as one of the top five Internet names to buy amid the market's recent selloff. WHAT'S NEW: Google is in the early innings of a long-term margin expansion process as the search giant intensifies its focus on cost cutting, Goldman analyst Heather Bellini wrote in a note to investors today. Moreover, after conducting checks, Bellini is more upbeat on the company's ability to increase its monetization of YouTube and mobile search. The analyst, who believes that cost cutting combined with the increased monetization is starting to move the needle for the company, hiked her price target on Google's Class A stock to $800 from $660, upgraded the stock and added the shares to Goldman's Americas Conviction List. Meanwhile, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali named Google as one of his top five Internet stocks to buy amid the market's recent volatility. Google is "relatively resilient," given its 91% share of the global search market as of July and its $61B of net cash as of the end of Q2, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company has virtually no exposure to China and its new corporate structure should improve its transparency, Squali believes. He kept a $720 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The other four companies on Squali's list of top Internet stocks are Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB), and Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Google's Class A shares rose 4.4% to $640 and its Class C shares advanced nearly 5% to $610.
10:00 EDTGPROGoPro falls, levels to watch
The stock is down 1.9% to $46.13 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $45.78, the session low, and then at $44.50. Resistance is at $47.74.
07:47 EDTGPROAmbarella checks positive, says Pacific Crest
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07:25 EDTBABACantor names top five Internet names to buy during selloff
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he "won't attempt to call the bottom" but identified his top five Internet and Media names to buy amid the recent market volatility, all of which have dominance in their respective markets, higher than peer level growth and valuations that he views as reasonable. Squali, who noted that he views concerns over macro risks and China to be overblown, called out Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB) and Alibaba (BABA) as having an attractive risk/reward given the selloff in recent sessions. The firm has Buy ratings on all five of the stocks named above.
August 25, 2015
14:11 EDTGPROAnalysts say Facebook looks solid amid virtual reality, social media trends
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10:07 EDTBABAAlibaba CEO tells employees to 'forget about the share price,' FT reports
Daniel Zhang, the CEO of Alibaba, has told the company's staff to "forget about the [company's] share price" and focus on their work, The Financial Times reports. Yesterday, Alibaba's stock price fell below its IPO price of $68 for the first time since the e-commerce company went public in the U.S. Zhang told employees that "Alibaba's values are reflected in the pursuit of our dreams and to create value for our customers. Our values do not waver with the fluctuations in stock price." Reference Link
08:32 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility elevated
Alibaba August weekly call option implied volatility is at 68, September is at 49; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 48 suggesting large price movement.
06:37 EDTBABAAlibaba's Aliyun to launch first AI in China, TechCrunch reports
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06:13 EDTYHOOThird Point, FTC settle over antitrust filings for 2011 Yahoo stake
Three affiliated hedge fund companies and their management company, Third Point LLC, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated premerger reporting laws in connection with their 2011 acquisitions of stock in Yahoo! Inc. The complaint alleges that Third Point Partners Qualified L.P., Third Point Ultra, LTD, and Third Point Offshore Fund, LTD failed to observe the filing and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act before purchasing shares in Yahoo. According to the complaint, the three defendant funds claimed that they were exempt from reporting to the U.S. antitrust authorities because the purchases were made solely for investment purposes. At the time of the stock purchases, however, defendant Third Point LLC, which made investment decisions on behalf of the funds, was taking actions inconsistent with an investment-only intent, such as communicating with third parties to determine their interest in becoming the CEO or a board candidate of Yahoo. Under the terms of the proposed stipulated five-year federal court order, the defendants are prohibited from relying on the investment-only exemption if they have contacted third parties to gauge their interest in joining the board of the target company, communicated with the target company about proposed candidates for its board, or engaged in other specified conduct in the four months prior to acquiring voting securities above the HSR Act threshold. In this case, the agencies determined not to seek civil penalties based on several factors, including that the violation was inadvertent and short-lived, and this was the defendants' first violation of the HSR Act.
06:11 EDTBABAAlibaba closed below IPO price for first time Monday, WSJ reports
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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11:24 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated earlier with a Buy at Standpoint Research
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTBABAOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:41 EDTGPROAmbarella sinks after supremacy in drone technology challenged by Qualcomm
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11:12 EDTGPROQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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08:44 EDTQLTIQLT Inc. provides update on proposed acquisition of InSite Vision
QLT Inc. announces that it has been advised by InSite Vision that the board of InSite has determined in good faith after consultation with its independent financial and legal advisors that the previously announced unsolicited offer from a multi-national pharmaceutical company to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of InSite constitutes a "Company Superior Proposal" as defined in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated June 8, by and among Insite, QLT and Isotope Acquisition Corp., as amended and restated. InSite has further advised QLT that InSite intends, subject to QLT's right to match the Proposal, to terminate the Merger Agreement and enter into an agreement with the Bidder to implement the Proposal. Under the Merger Agreement, QLT has the option until 5:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, August 26, to negotiate a possible amendment to the terms of the Merger Agreement to match or exceed the Proposal. InSite has advised QLT that it intends to negotiate in good faith with QLT during the Negotiation Period. If at the end of the Negotiation Period such amended QLT proposal results in the Proposal not being a "Company Superior Proposal" under the Merger Agreement, InSite and QLT will enter into an agreement to reflect the amended terms of the transaction. In the event that QLT elects not to match or exceed the Proposal and if InSite terminates the Merger Agreement in order to enter into an agreement with the Bidder, then InSite is required to pay a termination fee to QLT in the amount of $1.17M. QLT is considering its position with respect to the Proposal and its matching right, and will keep the market apprised of further developments.
08:31 EDTQLTIInSite Vision says unsolicted offer a 'company superior proposal'
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