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February 25, 2013
12:29 EDTELN, DVAX, ZNGA, AFFY, BKSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as worries about Italy's election dented European markets and the U.S. averages followed suit. Stocks trading in New York began the session moderately higher as the market looked to extend Friday's gains. The market appeared to be on its way to enjoying a positive session but by mid-morning the gains had been pared and the averages turned mixed. The weakness began following reports indicating Silvio Berlusconi's party may win many senate seats, sparking fear that Italy may abandon its austerity plans... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., two regional Federal Reserve banks reported data. The Chicago Fed national activity index dropped to -0.32 in January, indicating that economic activity in the month was below average trends. Also, the Dallas Fed's manufacturing index dropped back to 2.2 in February, erasing the 3 point increase to 5.5 in the prior month. In Europe, Italy's markets were volatile as polls indicated that formerly ousted prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is faring better than expected in the nation's general election. In China, HSBC's flash PMI manufacturing index fell to 50.4 in February from 52.3 in January. This was a worse than expected drop, though Lunar New Year may have distorted the February data... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of bookseller Barnes & Noble (BKS) jumped 12% after the company’s founder, largest stockholder and Chairman of the Board Leonard Riggio said he plans to propose to purchase all of the assets of the retail business of the company. The company publicly acknowledged the plan for an offer, which will exclude its NOOK e-reader business, and said it will set up a committee to evaluate its best course of action... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zynga (ZNGA), which advanced another 12% after rising about 8% on Friday following Nevada's passage of a bill to legalize online gambling in the state. Also higher were shares of Elan (ELN), which rose over 6% to $11.28 near noon after getting an $11 per share takeover offer from Royalty Pharma. Among the noteworthy losers was Affymax (AFFY), which plunged 85% after the company initiated a safety recall for its anemia drug Omontys and the stock was downgraded by at least four analyst firms. Also lower were shares of Dynavax (DVAX), which fell 30% after the FDA said its investigational adult hepatitis B vaccine cannot be approved without further safety evaluation... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 51.87, or 0.37%, to 13,948.70; the Nasdaq was down 3.08, or 0.10%, to 3,158.74; and the S&P 500 was down 5.06, or 0.33%, to 1,510.54.
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February 11, 2016
06:01 EDTZNGAZynga price target lowered to $2.50 from $3 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson lowered his price target for Zynga to $2.50 saying the company's Q4 results were mixed with revenue beating and EBIDTA missing. Zynga's EBITDA guidance for Q1 also missed expectations, Olson tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
February 10, 2016
19:33 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: HubSpot (HUBS), up 12%... CSRA (CSRA), up 12%... Expedia (EXPE), up 11.5%... Tesla (TSLA), up 9.6%... Hortonworks (HDP), up 8.6%... Skechers (SKX), up 8.8%... Cisco Systems (CSCO), up 7.3%... Centurylink (CTL), up 8.4%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 5.2%... Kinross Gold (KGC), up 3.7%... Whole Foods Market (WFM), up 2.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Tripadvisor (TRIP) is up 7.1% and Priceline (PCLN) is up 4.5% after Expedia reported its quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), down 10.9%... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), down 3.6%... Mylan (MYL), down 9.4% after reporting quarterly results and announcing that it will acquire Meda Aktiebolag for $9.9B... Zynga (ZNGA), down 8.9%... iRobot (IRBT), down 6.4%... Prudential (PRU), down 1%... Twitter (TWTR), down 3%... Pioneer Natural (PXD), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Franco-Nevada (FNV), down 4.9% after 11.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $47.85... Continental Resources (CLR), down 2.4% after reporting proved reserves of 1.23B Boe at Dec. 31, 2015.
16:05 EDTZNGAZynga acquires Zindagi Games
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16:04 EDTZNGAZynga sees Q1 EPS (1c)-0c, consensus 0c
Sees Q1 revenue $160M-$175M, consensus $172.3M.
16:04 EDTZNGAZynga reports Q4 EPS 0c, consensus 0c
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14:32 EDTZNGANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cisco (CSCO), consensus 54c... Tesla (TSLA), consensus 8c... Twitter (TWTR), consensus 12c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 40c... Mylan (MYL), consensus $1.27... Expedia (EXPE), consensus $1.00... Prudential Financial (PRU), consensus $2.30... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.08... Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), consensus (30c)... Skechers (SKX), consensus 20c... Zynga (ZNGA), consensus 0c.
February 9, 2016
14:53 EDTZNGAZynga volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Zynga February call option implied volatility is at 113, February is at 71, March is at 77; compared to its 52-week range of 29 to 80, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 10.
February 5, 2016
12:26 EDTBKSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 4, 2016
10:52 EDTBKSOptions with increasing implied volatility: MPLX BOFI BKS NAT KSS
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February 3, 2016
16:40 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in positive territory but were unable to hold their early gains. Following larger than expected builds in energy inventories, oil moved lower, taking equities with it. By the noon hour oil prices recovered and moved higher once again, helping to lift equities. While oil prices continued their advance and moved up more than 7%, stocks lagged, especially the Nasdaq, which was down as much as 1.5% this afternoon. That changed in the last hours of trading, which saw the Dow spurt higher and the Nasdaq recover most of its losses heading into another heavy dose of corporate earnings reports after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP estimated that private payrolls grew by 205,000 jobs in January, topping the consensus forecast for 190,000 job additions. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. In Asia, the Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month. Additionally, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. In Europe, Markit's composite purchasing managers index for January declined to 53.6 from 54.3 in December. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined 4.75% to $27.68 after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's chairman, said the board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) fell 2.89% to $461.92 after reporting lower than expected revenue and a 14% plunge in same-store sales for the quarter. Adding to the negative headlines, the restaurant operator also disclosed a subpoena broadening the scope of a criminal investigation that was previously limited to a single Chipotle location in California. Also punished by food safety worries were shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), which slid 4.24% to $143.64 after one of its restaurants was named a suspected source of new norovirus-like cases in suburban Kansas City, though the company disputed a link between its location and the illnesses. The stock continued to move lower in after-hours trading following the company's earnings report and lower than expected guidance... Merck (MRK) was one of the worst performers on the Dow, dipping to as low as $48.58 before ending the day down 0.7% at $50.04 after its earnings narrowly topped estimates but guidance for the new year fell short of expectations. Among other large cap names reporting earnings this morning, Comcast (CMCSA) rose 5.95% following its report, while General Motors (GM) slid 2.43%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Autodesk (ADSK), which rallied 8% to $49.56 after announcing a restructuring plan that will see its workforce cut by roughly 10%. Also higher was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 13.53% to $9.48 after the New York Post reported that InterActiveCorp (IAC) is preparing a "big run" to acquire the company. In addition, Syngenta (SYT) rose 2% to $80.21 after receiving a $43B-plus takeover offer from ChemChina. Among the noteworthy losers was Lowe's (LOW), which fell 6.2% to $67.42 after agreeing to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B. Also lower was Barnes & Noble (BKS), which declined 9.6% to $7.32 after mall operator General Growth (GGP) said during a conference call that Amazon (AMZN) plans to open 300-400 physical bookstores. After the closing bell, General Growth CEO Sandeep Mathrani indicated that his previous statement "was not intended to represent Amazon's plans." Meanwhile, Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Mondelez (MDLZ) and Match Group (MTCH) lost 7.6%, 6.5% and 12.6%, respectively, following their quarterly reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 183.12, or 1.13%, to 16,336.66, the Nasdaq fell 12.71, or 0.28%, to 4,504.24, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.50, or 0.5%, to 1,912.53.
February 2, 2016
19:22 EDTBKSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Boot Barn (BOOT), up 16.5%... Wabash National (WNC), up 9.7%... Oclaro (OCLR), up 6.8%... Myriad Genetics (MYGN), up 8%... Ultimate Software Group (ULTI), up 6.2%... Natural Health (NHTC), up 6.2%... Edwards Lifesciences (EW), up 6.2%... Viavi Solutions (VIAV), up 2.4%... Gilead Sciences (GILD), up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Match Group (MTCH), down 7.3%... Yahoo (YHOO), down 1.2%... Chipotle (CMG), down 7.1%. ALSO LOWER: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 2.4% after General Growth (GGP) CEO Sandeep Mathrani announced that Amazon (AMZN) is going to open 300-400 brick-and-mortar bookstores.
16:14 EDTBKSAmazon.com said to plan hundreds of physical bookstores, DJ reports
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10:40 EDTZNGAStifel warns Twitter may go way of tech busts, cuts to Sell
Twitter (TWTR) is giving up nearly all of yesterday's gains after Fortune and The Wall Street Journal poured cold water on a report that private equity firm Silver Lake might be considering making a strategic investment in the company. Additionally weighing on the stock are a Business Insider report claiming that the number of tweets has declined by more than 50% in the last 18 months and research firm Stifel downgrading the stock to Sell. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday morning, tech website The Information reported that venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and private equity firm Silver Lake have considered making a deal involving Twitter. However, Silver Lake isn't looking to make a deal with Twitter, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed source. The Journal's article echoes a report yesterday afternoon by Fortune, which also quoted an unnamed source as saying that Silver Lake isn't interested in buying Twitter. Also, according to Business Insider, the number of daily tweets on Twitter has plummeted by more than 50% since August 2014. The report based its estimate on a sampling of data from the website's application programming interface. Last month, there were 303M tweets per day on average, down from the peak of an average of 661M per day in August 2014, when the World Cup was occurring, the website stated. Moreover, according to the data, Twitter has about 130M active users, versus the company's estimate of up to 320M monthly active users. STIFEL SAY SELL: Stifel analyst Scott Devitt downgraded Twitter to Sell form Hold, saying that it has "never fully developed into a sustainable public company." Yahoo (YHOO) says that it has 1B monthly active users, but the market valuation of Yahoo's core business is "much lower" than that of Twitter, which has a significantly smaller user base, Devitt stated. Additionally, Internet companies Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) became well-known and obtained tens of millions of users, only to see their stocks plummet, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Twitter's product has not changed significantly since the company hired a new CEO three months ago and it will have difficulty meeting financial expectations over the short-term and longer term, given the size of its user base, said Devitt, who has a $14 price target for the shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Twitter fell 6.3% to $16.78. The stock had gained 6.55% yesterday on the heels of Jessica Lessin's report in The Information.

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