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February 25, 2013
16:41 EDTBKS, ELN, ESI, ZNGA, AFFYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower as concerns over the outcome of Italy's election put the averages under pressure through the trading day. After opening higher, the averages moved lower throughout the session, closing at the day's worst levels... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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 from 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... COMPANY NEWS: Barnes & Noble (BKS) gained $1.55, or 11.47%, to $15.06 after the company’s founder, largest stockholder and Chairman of the Board Leonard Riggio said he plans to propose to purchase all of the company's retail assets, excluding its NOOK e-reader business. The company publicly acknowledged the plan for an offer and said it will set up a committee to evaluate its best course of action... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zynga (ZNGA), up another 25c, or 7.84%, to $3.44, following Nevada's passage late last week of a bill legalizing online gambling in the state. Also higher were shares of Elan (ELN), up 54c, or 5.09%, to $11.14 after getting an $11 per share takeover offer from Royalty Pharma. Among the noteworthy losers was Affymax (AFFY), down $14.08, or 85.23%, to $2.44 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 ITT Educational (ESI), down $3.10, or 16.64%, to $15.53 after the company disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday that it is being investigated by the SEC. INDICES: The Dow was down 216.40, or 1.55%, to 13,784.17; the Nasdaq was down 45.57, or 1.44%, to 3,116.25; and the S&P 500 was down 27.75, or 1.83%, to 1,487.85.
News For BKS;ZNGA;ELN;AFFY;ESI From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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January 15, 2015
14:45 EDTESIFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
January 13, 2015
10:27 EDTZNGAStocks with call strike movement; RIG NBR
Transocean (RIG) May 19 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 72, Nabors Industries (NBR) June 13 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 69 according to IVolatility.
06:18 EDTZNGASilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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January 12, 2015
10:30 EDTZNGAStocks with call strike movement; RIG ZNGA
Transocean (RIG) May 17 call option implied volatility increased 10% to 79, Zynga (ZNGA) June 3 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 64 according to IVolatility.

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