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January 31, 2013
12:33 EDTCLSN, SGMS, SWKS, STZ, RDEN, IGT, WMS, QCOM, BUD, LQDT, BYI, FIO, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday after jobless claims jumped last week and consumer spending grew a bit less than expected last month. However, a regional purchasing managers' index came in better than expected and the averages have moved in a narrow range following the mixed data and a slew of earnings reports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly unemployment applications jumped 38K to a seasonally adjusted 368K, versus expectations for a more modest rise to 350K. The Challenger job cuts report showed planned layoffs were down 24.4% from the same period a year ago. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.2% in December, which was slightly slower than the 0.4% increase in November, though income jumped 2.6% in December for the biggest monthly gain since December 2004. The Chicago Purchasing Managerís report, which is available early to some market participants, came in at 55.6, beating an expected reading of 50.5... COMPANY NEWS: U.S. listed shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) fell over 7% after the Justice Department sued to block the companyĎs proposed $20.1B deal to buy control of Mexico's Grupo Modelo. Falling even further on the news were shares of Constellation Brands (STZ), which had agreed to purchase the remaining 50% interest in the Crown Imports joint venture that it runs with Grupo Modelo in conjunction with AB InBev completing its own acquisition of Modelo. Both AB InBev and Constellation said they were disappointed by and opposed the DOJ's action, but added that given the move they no longer see their transactions closing in Q1. Near noon, Constellation shares were down over 20%... Facebook (FB) was downgraded by at least five firms after its earnings and revenue beat expectations but the company also said it plans to invest heavily in its business in 2013. Shares, which were down sharply at the open, recovered throughout the morning to be down about 1% near noon... Qualcomm (QCOM) surged almost 5% and price targets on shares were raised around the Street following its Q1 results and increased guidance. Among other tech component makers that reported, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) advanced over 13%, while Fusion-io (FIO) slid nearly 16%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was WMS Industries (WMS), which rose 52% after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash. Shares of Scientific Games also advanced over 11%. Other casino and gaming suppliers moved higher following the news, as Bally Technologies (BYI) rose nearly 5% and International Games (IGT) gained about 1.5%... Among the noteworthy losers was Celsion (CLSN), which plunged 81% after its Phase III HEAT study of ThermoDox did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 24%, and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which fell 14% after their earnings reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 26.54, or 0.19%, to 13,883.88; the Nasdaq was up 0.40, or 0.01%, to 3,142.71; and the S&P 500 was down 2.80, or 0.19%, to 1,499.16.
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December 11, 2014
06:50 EDTSWKSSkyworks management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 16 hosted by Pacific Crest.
06:32 EDTQCOMGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm cutting 600 jobs worldwide, CNet reports
A Qualcomm spokesperson has confirmed that the company is planning to cut 600 jobs globally, with around half the cuts coming in California, CNet reports. The spokesperson notes that the layoffs are not related to ongoing investigations in the U.S., China and the EU, commenting that the layoffs are "focused on specific projects and programs and reflects current business priorities." Reference Link
December 10, 2014
11:12 EDTFBInstagram announces service now has over 300M users
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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08:09 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
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06:31 EDTBUDAB InBev to move U.S. sales and marketing base from St. Louis, WSJ reports
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTLQDTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the dayís activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTLQDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:11 EDTLQDTHigh option volume stocks
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10:03 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJís rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Martís retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Martís failure to honor the companyís exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the companyís exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
09:09 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $82 from $72 at Sterne Agee
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07:32 EDTSWKSRaymond James to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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06:56 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services receives two-month contract extension from Defense Logistics
Liquidity Services announced that the Defense Logistics Agency has exercised the remaining two one-month extension options under its Surplus sales contract for the disposition of usable surplus property from the U.S. Department of Defense. Through this unilateral contract amendment, the current Surplus Contractís performance period has been extended through February 13, 2015. During this period, the U.S. Department of Defense will continue to use Liquidity Services as the primary sales channel for the disposition of surplus property.
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