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May 30, 2014
12:39 EDTBIG, SPLK, BNNY, NQ, LGF, BLOXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after a report showed that consumer spending fell in April. There has been little for investors to get excited about, as the personal income and spending reports were mixed and the University of Michigan consumer confidence reading was generally in-line with expectations. Volume remains light and the news flow is slow, suggesting the market may drift into the close of the day, which also brings the week and the month to an end. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in April, matching expectations, while consumer spending fell 0.1%, versus an expected increase of 0.2%. The Chicago ISM index rose 2.5 points to 65.5 in May, which was much better than expected. The final University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for May came in at 81.9, which was up just 0.1 from the prior reading and a hair below the expected 82.5 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Infoblox (BLOX) plunged 40% after the company's outlook for the new quarter missed expectations, its CEO Robert Thomas said he will step down and the shares were downgraded by at least six Street research firms. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG), which gained 12.5% after the company reported first quarter results that exceeded expectations and raised its guidance. Also higher was China's NQ Mobile (NQ), which provides mobile Internet services focused on security, privacy and productivity. The stock rose 17% after the company said it now expects its Q1 revenues to exceed the previously announced guidance range of $75M-$76M, noting it saw continued strength in its businesses and that its unaudited results will be released "as soon as practicable." Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were data analysis software provider Splunk (SPLK), which fell 17%, film and television show maker Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), which dropped 12%, and natural and organic food company Annie's (BNNY), which slid nearly 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 31.99, or 0.19%, to 16,666.75, the Nasdaq was down 15.01, or 0.35%, to 4,232.93, and the S&P 500 was down 1.64, or 0.09%, to 1,918.39.
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February 5, 2016
12:12 EDTLGF, SPLKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the day lower and have seen little in the way of buying since the open. As the market digested the monthly jobs data and watched the price of oil turn negative, the selling that had taken a two day break was renewed. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, falling over 2%, while the Dow is down about 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. A report on Consumer Credit growth in December is due out at 3 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged 40% after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock... Also tumbling in the wake of its quarterly report was "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA), which fell 47% after its full-year guidance came in significantly below expectations. Tableau blamed its guidance miss on weaker IT spending trends, as well as competition, and a number of other companies that sell software to businesses also fell following its report, including peer Splunk (SPLK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cempra (CEMP), which gained about 5% after it said that its solithromycin drug met primary and secondary objectives in its Phase 3 study. Also higher were Tyson Foods (TSN) and Post Holdings (POST), which gained 10% and 11.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Vertex (VRTX), which fell 5% after the FDA said that it cannot currently approve a label expansion for Kalydeco in children with residual function mutations. Also lower were Lion's Gate (LGF), YRC Worldwide (YRCW), and Redbox-parent Outerwall (OUTR), which were down 33%, 30%, and 17%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 171.21, or 1.04%, to 16,245.37, the Nasdaq was down 110.39, or 2.45%, to 4,399.17, and the S&P 500 was down 27.10, or 1.41%, to 1,888.35.
11:23 EDTSPLKOptions with increasing put volume
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11:21 EDTSPLKTableau guidance weighs down enterprise software space
The shares of Tableau (DATA) are tumbling after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter earnings and revenue, but its full-year guidance came in significantly below expectations. A number of analysts responded to the news by cutting their price targets on the developer of software used to analyze data. WHAT'S NEW: Tableau reported Q4 earnings per share of 33c, versus the consensus outlook of 16c, and the company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. However, the company provided fiscal 2016 EPS guidance of 22c-35c, versus the consensus outlook of 62c. Moreover, its 2016 revenue guidance came in at $830M-$850M ,versus the consensus outlook of $871M. Tableau said it expects 2016 to be "another investment year," adding that the productivity of its sales force declined last year. Tableau blamed its guidance miss on weaker IT spending trends and competition. ANALYST REACTION: Tableau's Q4 results missed the expectations of some investors, wrote Jefferies analyst John DiFucci, who cut his price target on the name to $65 from $92. Qlik Sense, a free desktop product offered by Tableau's competitor, Qlik Technologies (QLIK), may be negatively impacting Tableau, DiFucci believes. Meanwhile, Tableau's execution risk is increasing as the size of its deals rise, added the analyst, who kept a Hold rating on the shares. DiFucci noted that a softening spend environment was given as a reason for Tableau's disappointing guidance, but said he continues to hear of a decent spending environment in the field. However, Stifel analyst Tom Roderick wrote that Tableau's results show that the global economic slowdown has begun to negatively impact IT spending. Calling the company a victim of the large growth it has generated in the past, the analyst believes that the company's competitive position is still strong. He cut his price target on the name to $100 from $145 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tableau tumbled 46% to $44.41. Other companies that sell software to businesses also fell, with "Big Data" peer Splunk (SPLK) plunging 24% to $35.84, Qlik falling 18% to $20.51, NetSuite declining 12.5% to $61.40 and Workday (WDAY) dropping 14.5% to $55.47.
11:06 EDTLGFAmid selloff, Piper still bullish on Lionsgate shares
Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh says he remains bullish on shares of Lionsgate with the stock down 29% after the company reported Q3 results. Lionsgate missed expectations as Mockingjay 2's production budget pushed margins below expectations and the timing of TV deliveries in the quarter impacted results, Marsh tells investors in a post-earnings research note. However, management continues to build out its TV segment at an accelerated pace, the analyst contends. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
09:51 EDTLGFLionsgate says cannot talk specifically about Starz
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08:59 EDTLGFLionsgate hits new 52-week low after earnings miss estimates
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February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTSPLKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
16:50 EDTSPLKSplunk drops 10% after peer Tableau reports
Shares of Splunk (SPLK) are down 10% in after-hours trading to $42.54 after big data peer Tableau's (DATA) Q4 earnings report disappointed investors.
16:08 EDTLGFLionsgate down 5.7% after reporting Q3 results
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16:06 EDTLGFLionsgate CEO sees strong, sustainable financial trajectory in FY17
"While the performance of our theatrical film slate resulted in softer than anticipated results, our other businesses performed strongly in the quarter," said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. "With our television business continuing its robust topline and margin growth, a deeper and more diversified film slate with lower costs and contributions anticipated from recently launched businesses, we have a clear path to resume our strong and sustainable financial trajectory in FY17."
16:02 EDTLGFLionsgate: Q3 revenue, EPS declined due to performance of theatrical film slate
Revenue, adjusted EBITDA and EPS in Q3 declined from the prior year quarter due to the performance of the theatrical film slate. Although The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 grossed over $650M at the global box office, ranking it among the highest-grossing films of the year, its box office performance declined from Mockingjay 1 with higher Mockingjay 2 production costs also impacting its profitability.
16:01 EDTLGFLionsgate reports Q3 adjusted EPS 45c, consensus 49c
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14:35 EDTLGFNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:01 EDTLGFLionsgate acquires rights to Magic Tree House book series
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February 3, 2016
18:53 EDTLGFLionsgate restarts talks to acquire Starz, Bloomberg says
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15:50 EDTLGFLionsgate restarts talks with Starz on possible acquisition, Bloomberg reports
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09:01 EDTSPLKSplunk initiated with a Buy at Maxim
Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi started Splunk with a Buy rating and $67 price target.
February 2, 2016
08:06 EDTLGFLionsgate risk/reward attractive, says Bernstein
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06:13 EDTNQNQ Mobile appoints Justin Chen as president, General Counsel
NQ Mobile announced the appointment of Justin Chen as its president and General Counsel effective as of February 2. The appointment of Chen, former independent director, to president and General Counsel necessitated a number of other changes to the company's board. While Justin Chen remains as a director of the board, he has resigned from his positions as a member of each of the audit committee, compensation committee and corporate governance and nominating committee of the board. To fill in the vacancies, the company has appointed Dr. Ethan Hu as an independent director, the Chair of the audit committee and a member of each of the compensation committee and the corporate governance and nominating committee of the board, effective as of February 2. Justin Chen has served as the cmpany's director since July 2014.
January 29, 2016
12:53 EDTLGFBox Office Battle: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' expected to kick 'Revenant' from top spot
DreamWorks Animation's (DWA) "Kung Fu Panda 3" featuring Jack Black is expected to break the record for the largest January opening for an animated feature, topping the opening of "The Nut Job" in 2014. The first two films in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise took in $60.2M and $47.6M, respectively, in their opening weekends and grossed a total of nearly $1.3B worldwide. With a strong base of Po the Panda fans and the popularity of a recent TV show, conservative early estimates say "Panda 3" is expected to bring in $35M-$50M. Also opening this weekend are Disney's (DIS) "The Finest Hours," starring Chris Pine, and Open Road Films' "Fifty Shades of Black," starring Marlon Wayans. "The Finest Hours" may disappoint, with expectations topping out at $10M in its opening weekend. "Fifty Shades of Black," meanwhile, is the latest spoof movie from the team of Wayans and Michael Tiddes from "Haunted House" fame. The last film from Wayans had an opening weekend of $8.8M, and this one is currently expected to take in a similar amount. Both films will battle with Fox's (FOX, FOXA) survival story and Oscar contender "The Revenant," starring Leonardo Dicaprio, and Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for spots in the top five. "The Revenant" and "Star Wars" should each take in $9M-$12M even as they continue to lose theaters this coming weekend. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Lionsgate (LGF), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Sony (SNE).
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