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January 31, 2013
12:33 EDTBUD, LQDT, CLSN, IGT, BYI, SGMS, WMS, FIO, SWKS, QCOM, FB, STZ, RDENOn 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 Manager’s 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 company‘s 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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August 22, 2014
15:37 EDTRDENRhône Capital reports 7.6% stake in Elizabeth Arden
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06:35 EDTQCOMChina's NDRC say Qualcomm aims to end investigation, Reuters says
China's National Development and Reform Commission said that Qualcomm is aiming to end a probe into monopolistic tendencies and had showcased its desire to improve and fix pricing problems, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the NDRC. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
12:59 EDTFBPrivacy lawsuit against Facebook draws support from 60,000 users, Reuters says
A class action lawsuit against Facebook Ireland, the division that runs the company's international business activities, has received support from more than 60,000 users and passed its first legal review, Reuters reports, citing the creator of the lawsuit, Australian law student Max Schrems. The lawsuit claims damages of $663 per Facebook user for alleged privacy violations. The Vienna Regional Court has ordered Facebook Ireland to respond to the claims made by the lawsuit within four weeks, Schrems added. Reference Link
05:50 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM SNDK
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August 20, 2014
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTSGMS, BYIBally Technologies and Scientific Games report early termination of HSR period
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07:15 EDTSGMS, BYIScientific Games, Bally report early termination of HSR Act waiting period
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August 19, 2014
13:16 EDTRDENFollow-up: Elizabeth Arden downgraded at SunTrust
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13:01 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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12:42 EDTRDENOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened higher as it extended its gains from yesterday. Better than expected economic data on housing and consumer prices, as well as easing geopolitical tensions, has helped aid investor optimism. The market drifted higher throughout the morning with the Dow leading the way, followed by the Nasdaq, which is now near fourteen-year highs. The S&P is mostly higher, with the telecom services group being the lone sector showing losses, down just fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Housing starts for July rose to an annualized pace of 1.093M units, up from 0.945M units in June, and beating expectations for 0.963M units... The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. Less food and energy, the CPI was up 0.1%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of home improvement retailer The Home Depot (HD) are up more than 6% after the company posted better than expected second quarter results and raised its full year profit outlook... Shares of Sprint (S) are down 4% after Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4, saying it continues to see downside to estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Skilled Healthcare (SKH) are up more than 20% after combining with Genesis HealthCare In 100% stock deal... Shares of cosmetics and fragrance company Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) are down 24% after the company's fourth quarter results came in well below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 76.92, or 0.46%, to 16,915.66, the Nasdaq was up 12.96, or 0.29%, to 4,521.27, and the S&P 500 was up 8.49, or 0.43%, to 1,980.23.
10:39 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden tumbles 24% after Q4 earnings analysts' estimates
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTRDENOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:17 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden says Rhone entered into standstill agreement
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07:16 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden reports Q4 adj. EPS ($1.04), may not compare to consensus (34c)
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07:16 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden: 1Q15 will be challenged by factors affecting recent quarters
Fiscal 2015 will be focused on stabilizing the business and will be the first year of a multi-year plan to rebuild profitability. The Company expects a modest improvement in adjusted earnings for fiscal 2015 over the prior year with continued improvement in fiscal 2016. Specifically, for fiscal 2015, the Company currently expects the following: The first quarter of fiscal 2015 will continue to be challenged by the same factors that affected recent quarters; Net sales headwinds to continue for the first half of fiscal 2015, resulting primarily from a lower level of product innovation as compared to the first half of the prior fiscal year; Net sales increases in the second half of the fiscal year versus the prior year period as the year-over-year product launch comparisons moderate and the Company begins to realize the impact of improved pricing; Gross margin expansion due to improved pricing, better mix, lower discounts and realization of reduced supply chain and product costs; Lower overall selling, general and administrative expenses, with some reinvestment of 2014 Improvement Plan savings to drive future growth; Improved EBITDA margins from gross margin expansion and lower selling, general and administrative expenses; Stronger cash flow from operations as a result of higher earnings and lower investment in inventory.
August 18, 2014
15:26 EDTRDENNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:20 EDTFBFacebook Q3 North American revenue tracking slightly above, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q3 North American revenue is tracking to $1.45B vs. consensus of $1.4B.
06:47 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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