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May 30, 2014
12:39 EDTLGF, BLOX, BIG, SPLK, BNNY, NQOn 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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November 20, 2015
16:12 EDTLGFLionsgate files to sell 1.52M common shares for holders
11:45 EDTLGFBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
08:40 EDTSPLKSplunk price target raised to $80 from $70 at Drexel Hamilton
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06:06 EDTSPLKSplunk price target lowered to $83 from $90 at Jefferies
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November 19, 2015
16:16 EDTSPLKSplunk CEO Godfrey Sullivan announces retirement
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16:13 EDTSPLKSplunk sees FY17 revenue approximately $850M, consensus $832.32M
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16:12 EDTSPLKSplunk raises FY16 revneue view to ~$650M from $628M-$632M, consensus $632.62M
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16:11 EDTSPLKSplunk sees Q4 revenue $200M-$202M, consensus $198.27M
16:09 EDTSPLKSplunk reports Q3 EPS 5c, consensus 1c
Reports Q3 revenue $174.4M, consensus $160.26M.
16:05 EDTLGFLionsgate extends contracts of co-COO and Chief Strategic Officer
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15:21 EDTSPLKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Intuit (INTU), consensus (4c)... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus (50c)... Workday (WDAY), consensus (4c)... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 8c... Gap (GPS), consensus 63c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 1c... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), consensus 72c... Mentor Graphics (MENT), consensus 29c.
15:18 EDTSPLKSplunk November 62 straddle priced for 9.2% movement into Q3.
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November 18, 2015
07:23 EDTSPLKSplunk checks suggest Q3 outperformance, says Stephens
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06:58 EDTNQNQ Mobile enters into binding agreement to sell Beijing Tianya
NQ Mobile announced it has entered into a legally binding agreement to sell 100% of the equity interest in Beijing Tianya , which operates NQ Mobile's mobile health applications related business, to Tack Fiori International Group, a Cayman Islands company listed in Hong Kong, for an aggregate consideration of $40M. Beijing Tianya is a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing NQ Technology Co., Ltd., NQ Mobile's consolidated affiliated entity in China. The company's board has approved both the transaction and the Agreement. The closing of the transaction is subject to the condition that Tack Fiori obtains the necessary approvals, including shareholder approval, to complete the transaction, as well as additional customary closing conditions, and the satisfaction and compliance of all relevant requirements under the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited.
November 17, 2015
08:10 EDTSPLKSplunk volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:33 EDTSPLKSplunk results should modestly beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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05:43 EDTBLOXInfoblox appoints Ashish Gupta as Chief Marketing Officer
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November 16, 2015
17:10 EDTLGFSoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).
15:53 EDTLGFJANA Partners reduces stakes in Rackspace, Qualcomm
JANA Partners gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Mattel (MAT), Zoetis (ZTS), and Aramark (ARMK). INCREASED STAKES: ConAgra Foods (CAG). DECREASED STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Qualcomm (QCOM), Time Warner (TWX), Starz (STRZA), and Lions Gate (LGF). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Johnson Controls (JCI), Precision Castparts (PCP), AerCap Holdings (AER), United Rentals (URI), and HD Supply Holdings (HDS).
November 15, 2015
17:09 EDTLGF'Spectre' stays uncatchable while Christmas-themed 'Coopers' outperforms
"Spectre" and "The Peanuts" remained in first and second place, respectively, at the domestic box office while Christmas comedy "Love The Coopers" topped expectations heading into the holiday period. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" grossed $35.4M in the U.S. for the weekend of November 15, falling roughly 50% from its $73M domestic open. Globally speaking, the latest James Bond film has pulled in $543.8M in just its second week at the box office. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" earned $24.2M, as Charlie Brown and friends fell somewhat short of analyst expectations for $28.7M. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's (LGF) Christmas-themed comedy "Love The Coopers" debuted at $8.4M, beating estimates of $5.2M-$8M despite harsh reviews. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Fox's "The Martian" with $6.7M and newcomer "The 33" at $5.8M. Analyst expectations ranged $5.5M-$10M for the disaster survival drama from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros.
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