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June 26, 2014
16:23 EDTQLTI, IRM, GPRO, AUXL, RDEN, BABA, MEI, YHOO, BCSOn 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.
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February 1, 2016
12:26 EDTBCSNY AG, SEC to take further actions in dark pool investigations, Bloomberg says
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12:13 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but off their worst levels of the day, as oil is once again being weighed on by worries of slower growth in China. Several M&A announcements helped fuel speculation that deal-making may be set to pick up, but the headwinds of lower oil prices and weak economic data are outweighing that potential boost and keeping stocks in the red to start the month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and the below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. In China, the statistics bureau's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) advanced 9% after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. Lessin noted in the report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal talks are "active" now between Andreessen, Silver Lake and Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45% to $54 per share near midday after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other Monday M&A news, Questar (STR) rose 22% after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B, and assume Questar's outstanding debt. Meanwhile, Stryker (SYK) announced a deal to acquire Sage Products for $2.775B in cash. The buyers' shares did not fare as well in the wake of the deal announcements, as Abbott slipped 0.5%, Dominion dipped 1% and Stryker fell 1%. Also lower were shares of Smith & Nephew (SNN), which slid fractionally as investors may have been concerned that Stryker's deal decreases the likelihood that it will come after S&N. Additionally, Smith & Nephew announced that its CEO Olivier Bohuon has been diagnosed with a "highly treatable" form of cancer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which gained 8.5% after a judge accepted the company's $10M plea deal to settle timber source crime charges, according to media reports. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rose 5.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to formally declare the end to its E.coli outbreak as soon as today. In addition, Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET) were up 7% and 2%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Nokia (NOK), which fell 12% after it forecasted how much revenue it expects to gain from its IP portfolio after its patent deal with Samsung (SSNLF) and its shares were downgraded at Canaccord and BofA Merrill Lynch. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which was slid 5% after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance to be issued this week will disappoint investors. In addition, Roper Technologies (ROP) and ImmunoGen (IMGN) were down 6.5% and 5.7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 56.40, or 0.34%, to 16,409.90, the Nasdaq was down 12.25, or 0.27%, to 4,601.70, and the S&P 500 was down 6.51, or 0.34%, to 1,933.73.
11:58 EDTGPROGoPro volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:42 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO KORS
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11:01 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO to unveil cost reduction plan Tuesday, WSJ reports
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10:31 EDTGPROGoPro slides after analysts predict guidance this week will disappoint
Research firm Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that GoPro's (GPRO) revenue guidance would disappoint investors when the company issues its earnings report later this week. GoPro preannounced lower than expected fourth quarter revenue on January 13. The company is expected to announce the remainder of its results, including first quarter guidance, on February 3. STREET LOW TARGET: Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy cut her price target on GoPro to $7.50 from $9, citing updated spending assumptions. The analyst expects the company's Q1 sales guidance to come in at $272M, below the Street's consensus estimate of $298M. Murphy cut her Q1 EPS estimate for the company to 0c from 10c, and warned that the company could report a Q1 loss if its "sales remain tepid." She kept an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," on the shares. GoPro's channel inventory was probably too high at the end of last quarter, and the company likely has about $200M of inventory, Citi analyst Jeremy David estimated. Given the company's "challenging sell-through" and probable inventory reductions by channel sellers, its Q1 guidance will probably come in below expectations, according to David. Specifically, GoPro will provide guidance of a 20c to 25c per share loss and its revenue guidance will come in at $230M-$250M, the analyst believes. The consensus forecast, based on the predictions of sixteen analysts, is for GoPro to report a loss of 5c per share in Q1, according to First Call. David predicted that the shares would be range bound in February and March, but he added that the stock could drop below $9. Later on this year, the stock could rise modestly as the launches of the company's new Karma and HERO5 cameras approach, said the analyst, who kept a $12 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, GoPro fell 6% to $10.75. Shares of supplier Ambarella (AMBA), which has often moved in tandem with GoPro in the past, slipped 5%.
10:09 EDTBCSBarclays, Credit Suisse to pay over $150M to settle dark pool claims
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09:36 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
09:27 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Alere (ALR), up 45.4% after announcing that Abbott (ABT) will acquire the company for $56 per share... Questar (STR), up 20.2% after announcing that Dominion (D) will acquire the company for $25 per share and assumed debt... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 12.2% after the Phase 2a study of AIR001 met its primary endpoint... Twitter (TWTR), up 5.7% after The Information reported that Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake have considered a deal for Twitter... Herbalife (HLF), up 2.2% after the Wall Street Journal reported that probes into Bill Ackman's "pyramid scheme" accusations against Herbalife, as well as Herbalife's own accusations that Ackman sought to manipulate the company's stock, have both failed to uncover enough evidence to support criminal charges. LOWER: Dominion Resources, down 1.7% after reporting quarterly results and that it will acquire Questar... Abbott, down 4.1% after announcing that it will acquire Alere... GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after Piper Jaffray cut its price target to $7.50.
08:09 EDTYHOOOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GOOGL GOOG YHOO UPS KORS UPS BAX RCL CCL PFE AET D STR DWA CMG ABT SYK.
07:57 EDTGPROGoPro Q1 sales estimate looks optimisic, says Citi
Citi analyst Jeremy David calls the Q1 consensus revenue estimate for GoPro of $297M "too optimistic." Continued challenging sell-through and likely inventory destocking make a $230M-$250M range for Q1 revenue more plausible, David tells investors in a pre-Q4 earnings research note. The analyst lowered his estimates for the action camera maker and keeps a Neutral rating on the name. He has a $12 price target for the shares. Piper Jaffray this morning cut its price target on GoPro to $7.50.
07:31 EDTBCSBarclays among potential buyers of TD Direct, Sky reports
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06:57 EDTGPROGoPro price target cut to $7.50 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy cut her price target on shares of GoPro to $7.50 from $9 ahead of the action camera maker's Q4 results this week. The stock closed Friday up 88c to $11.45. While GoPro already pre-announced well below consensus results for Q4, the company will likely offer Q1 guidance on the earnings conference call, Murphy tells investors in a research note. Her Q1 revenue estimate is $272M, below the consensus of $298M. She reiterates an Underweight rating on GoPro, her firm's equivalent of a sell.
06:26 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:21 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO does not plan to step down anytime soon, NY Post reports
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05:15 EDTGPROStocks with implied volatility movement; VALE GPRO
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January 31, 2016
16:35 EDTYHOOYahoo accidentaly fired dozens of employees, NY Post says
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15:40 EDTBCSBarclays to exit precious metals sector, Platts says
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15:37 EDTBCSBarclays, Credit Suisse to pay $154M to settle dark pool claims, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS) and Credit Suisse (CS) are expected to reach a $154.3M settlement Monday with New York and the SEC over allegations that they didn't give clients accurate information regarding their dark pool trading, reports Bloomberg, citing a source. Barclays will pay $70M while Credit Suisse will pay $84.3M, noted Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:47 EDTYHOOYahoo delay in seeking sale could force proxy fight, Barron's says
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