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March 31, 2015
16:18 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Target $53.
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09:33 EDTWYNNNevada reports February statewide gaming win down 1.08% to $916.09M
Reports February Las Vegas Strip gaming win down 4.38% to $531.35M. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesar's (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
06:33 EDTORCLOracle said to hire former HP executive Dave Donatelli, Business Insider reports
According to multiple sources, Oracle (ORCL) has hired former HP (HPQ) executive Dave Donatelli, Business Insider reports. Donatelli is said to have been named as Oracle's newest executive VP of hardware, reporting to his former boss, Mark Hurd, the co-CEO of Oracle. Reference Link
March 30, 2015
12:43 EDTORCLOracle rating hiked by RBC citing improved cloud outlook
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10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC...Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Madison Square Garden upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird.... Restoration Hardware (RH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Hertz (HTZ) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Kraft Foods (KRFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Tetra Technologies (TTI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil.
08:27 EDTGMEGameStop results had several positive aspects, says BB&T
BB&T says that GameStop's Q4 earnings were in-line with expectations, while the company's gross margin improved and its Technology Brands unit is making major strides. The firm says that the company's market share continues to be strong, while its fiscal 2015 guidance is in-line with expectations, adjusting for likely share repurchases and foreign currency translation. BB&T reiterates a Buy rating on GameStop.
07:57 EDTORCLOracle upgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Oracle to Outperform from Sector Perform. As reasons for the upgrade, the firm cited its increased confidence in the company's cloud growth and its belief that the fundamentals of the company's database business can improve over the next 12-18 months as 12C adoption accelerates. Target to $50 from $48.
07:50 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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07:30 EDTVZAmerican Tower closes Verizon transaction
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07:28 EDTVZPalo Alto Networks to hold a security conference
Ignite 2015 is being held in Las Vegas on March 30-April 1.
06:11 EDTVZSpherix provides updates on litigation against VTech, Uniden, Verizon
Spherix (SPEX) provided an update regarding Spherix v. VTech, Case No. 3:13-cv-03494-M and Spherix v. Uniden, Case No. 3:13-cv-03496-M, both in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and an update regarding Spherix v. Verizon, Case No. 1:14-cv-00721-GBL-TCB, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Concerning the company's cases against VTech and Uniden, on March 19, 2015, the honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn issued a 106-page claim construction order, following the Markman Hearing which had been held on November 21, 2014. The court's order creates various discovery deadlines under the scheduling order. Most notably, the order set deadlines for the close of both fact and expert discovery. Concerning the company's case against Verizon (VZ), the trial date has been rescheduled from May 18 to August 10 at the request of the Judge, who has rescheduled all trials for the month of May.
March 27, 2015
16:43 EDTGMEMarket finishes week lower as Yemen conflict, data weigh on shares
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10:03 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
09:37 EDTDBGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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09:26 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:07 EDTGMEGameStop should be bought on the pullback, says RW Baird
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07:44 EDTGMEGameStop weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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07:06 EDTORCLOracle has best chance of success in cloud, says Cantor
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05:54 EDTGMEGameStop downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
B. Riley downgraded GameStop to Neutral following the Q4 miss and weak guidance outlook. Price target is $44.
March 26, 2015
19:16 EDTGMEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:04 EDTGMEGameStop sees FY software growth 4%-6%
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16:50 EDTGMEGameStop down over 4% following weaker than expected Q4 results, guidance
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16:11 EDTGMEGameStop expects to increase Technology Brands store count by 350-550 in FY15
In 2015, GameStop expects to increase its Technology Brands segment store count by approximately 350 -550 stores, while reducing its video game store count by approximately 3% as part of its on-going sales transfer initiative.
16:09 EDTGMEGameStop sees FX having negative impact of $300M-$400M on sales in FY15
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16:08 EDTGMEGameStop sees FY15 CapEx $150M-$170M
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16:08 EDTGMEGameStop sees Q1 SSS growth 2.5%-5.5%
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16:08 EDTGMEGameStop sees FY15 EPS $3.60-$3.80, consensus $4.04
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16:07 EDTGMEGameStop sees Q1 EPS 53c-60c, consensus 66c
Sees Q1 revenue growth -2% to 1%, consensus $2.13B.
16:05 EDTGMEGameStop reports Q4 adjusted EPS $2.15, consensus $2.17
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15:51 EDTGMEGameStop March weekly 39 straddle priced for 10.2% movement into Q4
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15:20 EDTGMENotable companies reporting after market close
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13:19 EDTGMEGameStop technical comments ahead of results
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12:49 EDTGMEGameStop volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:31 EDTERICNeuStar reaffirms outlook, announces buyback after FCC vote
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11:25 EDTERICNeuStar responds to FCC action regarding local number portability administrator
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11:06 EDTERICFCC votes unanimously to end portability contract with NeuStar
NeuStar (NSR) was expected to loss the Number Portability Administration Center vendor contract with the FCC to Ericsson's (ERIC) Telcordia unit after the Wireline Competition Bureau earlier this morning provided a draft order to the agency to initiate contract negotiations with Telcordia. The FCC voted today to move forward with Ericsson.
09:02 EDTVZSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
07:26 EDTDBDeutsche Bank receives government support for restructuring, Bloomberg says
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07:23 EDTPCARUBS to hold a field trip
Field Trip: 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show is being held in Louisville, KY on March 26.
06:32 EDTGMEGameStop pre-owned sales may see boost in Thursday earnings release, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTBUDAB InBev close to naming JAB's Goudet chairman, Reuters says
AB InBev (BUD) is close to nominating JAB Holding CEO Olivier Goudet as its next chairman, according to Reuters. A member of the brewer's board since 2011, Goudet is French and his company is one of the most important private investors in global consumer good makers, according to Reuters. JAB also has close ties to 3G Capital, which controls four AB InBev board seats, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:20 EDTBUDKraft Foods shares worth $78 at deal closing, says Citigroup
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March 25, 2015
14:25 EDTORCLOracle volatility at low end of history range as shares near 15-year high
Oracle April and May call option implied volatility is at 17, September is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data suggesting decreasing price risk.
14:14 EDTORCLOracle EVP says Ellison has lost voice, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites Oracle EVP Bob Weiler commenting on Chairman Larry Ellison. Bloomberg reported earlier that Ellison cancelled his planned presentation at the company's Industry Connect conference.
13:57 EDTORCLOracle Chairman Ellison cancels presentation, Bloomberg reports
Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison cancelled his planned presentation at the company's Industry Connect conference, Bloomberg reports.
13:00 EDTGMEGameStop March weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
GameStop March weekly call option implied volatility is at 133, April is at 54, May is at 41, July is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on March 26.
10:00 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Reduce from Overweight at HSBC... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Ethan Allen (ETH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Felcor Lodging (FCH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... ING Groep (ING) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Kofax (KFX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... LRR Energy (LRE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Munich Re (MURGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Orbital ATK (OA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... PCTEL, Inc. (PCTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SJW Corp. (SJW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Selective Insurance (SIGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Sonus (SONS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Synchrony Financial (SYF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research... ZAGG (ZAGG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... iDreamSky (DSKY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
07:18 EDTWYNNElaine Wynn sends open letter to Wynn Resorts stockholders
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06:28 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Reduce from Overweight at HSBC
HSBC downgraded AB InBev two notches to Reduce from Overweight due to recent share strength. Price target is $111.
05:57 EDTVZStocks with implied volatility movement; VZ PG
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March 24, 2015
09:05 EDTVZVerizon moves to 100G network in the U.S.
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08:45 EDTGMEGameStop should be bought on any guidance-related weakness, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that GameStop's stock may fall when it provides its 2015 guidance after the close on Thursday, as the firm believes that the stronger dollar may weigh on the company's EPS somewhat, while the company may look to issue beatable guidance. The firm says that video game data has been positive recently, while the stock's valuation is "accomodative." It keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:44 EDTPCARCommercial vehicles peak cycle concerns overdone, says RW Baird
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08:08 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts sends letter to stockholders regarding board nominees
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07:47 EDTVZBrookings Institution holds a discussion
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07:27 EDTSMRTTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
07:21 EDTDBDeutsche Bank weighs three options to improve profits, Bloomberg says
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March 23, 2015
11:44 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts calls active amid activist investor speculation
Wynn Resorts March 135 and 136 weekly calls are active on 4K contracts (1K puts) amid activist investor speculation. March weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, April is at 29, May is at 32, June is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
11:28 EDTWYNNRumor: Wynn Resorts moves up amid activist investor speculation
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10:08 EDTVZVerizon management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Europe on March 24 hosted by Oppenheimer.
March 22, 2015
18:14 EDTDBDeutsche Bank revamp to impact retail operations, Reuters says
The planned restructuring by Deutsche Bank will have the most impact on the bank's retail operations, says Reuters. According to sources, the bank's retail operations will "bear the brunt" of the revamp and will most likely be spun off in a stock market listing, added Reuters. Reference Link
17:51 EDTDBLawsky targets Deutsche Bank in Libor probe, FT says
According to people familiar with the matter, New York state's financial services regulator Benjamin Lawsky has joined other regulators investigating Deutsche Bank for manipulation of the Libor benchmark borrowing rate, says the Financial Times. Reference Link
17:01 EDTPCARWestern Digital, PACCAR, two others look discounted, Barron's says
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March 20, 2015
16:33 EDTORCLStocks end week higher after market reads Fed statement as dovish
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10:11 EDTWYNNElaine Wynn sends letter to Wynn Resorts investors
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10:00 EDTERICOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actuant (ATU) downgraded at Stifel... American Capital Mortgage (MTGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Campus Crest (CCG) downgraded at RBC Capital... Care.com (CRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Electrolux AB (ELUXY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Extreme Networks (EXTR) downgraded at Raymond James... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tableau (DATA) downgraded at Mizuho... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Tesoro (TSO) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Ultra Clean (UCTT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vince Holding (VNCE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
07:37 EDTGMEGameStop should be bought if pulls back after Q4 report, says RW Baird
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07:17 EDTDBDeutsche Bank investors pushing for Postbank sale, Financial Times says
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06:24 EDTERICEricsson downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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March 19, 2015
16:26 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower but turned mixed early in the day and remained that way for most of the session. The Dow and S&P spent most of the day deep in negative territory, while the Nasdaq managed to stay just above the flat line. Investors had a chance to digest yesterday’s comments from the Fed and may have re-considered whether it latest policy stance was as dovish as originally believed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close last night, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of Apple finished their first day in the blue chip index down 97c, or 0.76%, at $127.50, while AT&T fell 39c, or 1.16%, to $33.20... Coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) rose $1.92, or 2%, to close at $97.76 after hitting a new all-time high of $99.20 earlier. The move follows the company's investor day meeting yesterday, where it unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, reported a partnership to expand the distribution of its ready-to-drink products in China, and announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo were both unphased by the record highs and predicted the rally is not over for Starbucks in upbeat notes on the stock today. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $3.11, or 33.26%, to $12.46 after reporting positive results in meetings with the EMA and FDA. Also higher was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which gained $7.19, or 5.85%, to $130.11 after research firm Brean Capital last night initiated coverage of the stock and several casino peers with Buy ratings. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell $1.09, or 7.15%, to $14.16 after saying that it intends to scrap four rigs and noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower after its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $3.50, or 16.36%, to $17.89. INDEXES: The Dow fell 117.16, or 0.65%, to 17,959.03, the Nasdaq gained 9.55, or 0.19%, to 4,992.38, and the S&P 500 declined 10.23, or 0.49%, to 2,089.27.
13:30 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts rallies with peers, levels to watch
The stock was last at $128.90, just off the high of the day at $129.12. At current price, next resistance is at $130.96. Given the sharp decline in price over the last year, there is a great deal of technical damage to repair. It would take a move above the 50-day moving average, last at $144.87, to turn the shares back to bullish. Support is at $126.63.
13:00 EDTWYNNCasino operators jump after analyst starts with Buy ratings
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10:02 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTWYNNActive equity options trading on open
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08:43 EDTGMEGameStop March weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:14 EDTERICWorst case scenario unlikely for Ericsson in Apple lawsuit, says Bernstein
Noting that Apple (AAPL) and Ericsson (ERIC) are involved in patent litigation in which Apple has asked the court to limit Apple's royalty payments to Ericsson to the smallest saleable component containing Ericsson's technology, Bernstein says that Ericsson's IP revenue would be reduced to almost nothing if the court grants Apple's request. However, the firm does not believe that Apple's request has a good legal rationale, and it thinks that the court is "extremely unlikely" to grant it. As a result, the firm is "relaxed" about Ericsson's outlook. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
March 18, 2015
16:26 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:24 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
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13:59 EDTVZT-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
12:38 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting and the central bank's accompanying announcements. The averages began the session in negative territory and have been range-bound throughout the morning. The Dow was down triple digits once again, making 8 consecutive days that the blue chip index has seen a triple digit move. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the DOE petroleum inventory reports showed a 9.6M barrel rise in crude stocks in the week of March 13, versus expectations for a 4.4M build. The day's big economic news is yet to come, with the Fed's FOMC meeting announcement due at 2:00 pm EDT and Fed Chair Yellen holding a press conference a half hour later. Elsewhere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unexpectedly defeated his main challenger in Israel’s election and his Likud party appears set to capture more parliament seats. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of FedEx (FDX) slid 2.5% after the shipping giant reported earnings that beat estimates, but revenue that fell short of the consensus forecast, for its third fiscal quarter. FedEx noted that it expects to deliver "record" yearly earnings for the current fiscal year and next fiscal year as well... Oracle (ORCL) shares rose 2.5% after the company's third quarter profits matched expectations and it raised its quarterly dividend 25%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vitesse Semiconductor (VTSS), which jumped 37% after the company agreed to be acquired for $5.28 per share in cash by Microsemi (MSCC). Also higher was Retrophin (RTRX), which rose 28% after the company said it will exercise its right to purchase from Asklepion Pharmaceuticals all worldwide rights, titles, and ownership of Cholbam after the FDA approved the drug for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with bile acid synthesis disorders due to single enzyme defects and for patients with peroxisomal disorders. Among the noteworthy losers was Willbros Group (WG), which dropped 55% and was downgraded to Underperform at DA Davidson after announcing its earnings report will be delayed and the company is in potential non-compliance with debt covenants. Also lower following their earnings reports were Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), which fell 15% after the company's Phase III BEACON metastatic breast cancer study missed its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 105.02, or 0.59%, to 17,744.06, the Nasdaq was down 12.45, or 0.25%, to 4,924.99, and the S&P 500 was down 7.69, or 0.37%, to 2,066.59.
10:26 EDTVZVerizon agrees to settle 911 outage probe for $3.4M
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10:02 EDTORCLOracle moves higher post-earnings, levels to watch
Shares are up 4.4% to $44.76 at time of writing, just off the high of the day at $44.94. At that price next resistance is at the 52-week high at $46.71. Support is at $44.30, the opening price of the day.
10:00 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:23 EDTVZVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
08:28 EDTWYNN, WYNNWynn Resorts downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Wynn Resorts to Outperform and lowered its price target to $140 from $264 as part of Macau sector downgrade to reflect disappointing run rates year-to-date and expectations for more negative newsflow. See sector note for further information.
08:24 EDTWYNN, WYNNMacau sector downgraded at CLSA
CLSA downgraded the Macau sector given disappointing run rates year-to-date and expectations for more negative newsflow. The firm said the anti-corruption campaign continues to pressure VIP and premium mass customer visits. CLSA now expects 2015 EBITDA growth of -26%, lowered its view of VIP growth to -32% from -14%, reduced mass growth to -17% from -2%, and now expects new Cotai projects ROIC to average only +18, down from +35% previously. As part of the sector view change, the firm downgraded Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) to Outperform from Buy.
07:42 EDTORCLOracle remains a favorite large-cap value stock, says Canaccord
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07:25 EDTORCLOracle sentiment should improve following Q3 results, says UBS
UBS noted Oracle reported solid Q3 results, including growth in cloud, infrastructure, and hardware. The results came despite foreign exchange headwinds and the firm now sees investor sentiment improving, resulting in a higher share price. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $48 from $47 on Oracle shares.
07:01 EDTORCLOracle reported solid results, executing well, says Cantor
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06:04 EDTORCLOracle implied volatility of 30 at upper end of index
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