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June 25, 2014
12:33 EDTCBS, PXD, HFC, VLO, MEG, SBGI, FOXA, CMCSA, DIS, ZU, MON, BKS, NXST, IACI, EPDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the U.S. sharply lowering its view of how the economy performed in the first quarter of this year. The market opened lower following the disappointing GDP revision, as well as a lower than expected durable goods report, but the averages soon turned mixed and all moved into positive ground by about 11 am ET, where they have been drifting since. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its third and final estimate of real gross domestic product for the first quarter. The government now estimates that output in the U.S. declined at an annual rate of 2.9%, which was worse than the prior estimate of 1% contraction and significantly down from the fourth quarter of 2013, when real GDP grew 2.6%. The estimate of Q1 personal spending growth was knocked down to a 1.0% clip from the prior 3.1% pace. Durable goods orders dropped 1.0% in May, versus expectations for them to have been unchanged. Markit's services PMI surged to a record 61.2 for the flash June reading from May's 58.1 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of television network owners, most notably CBS (CBS), advanced after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a start-up service backed by the Barry Diller-controlled IAC (IACI) that streams tv shows over the Internet, had violated copyright laws. Following the high court ruling, which overturned a lower court judgment on the matter, CBS rose more than 4%, while Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the owner of Fox, and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, all advanced about 1%. Shares of tv station owners reacted even more favorably, with Nexstar (NXST) surging 15%, Sinclair (SBGI) rising 14% and Media General (MEG) gaining 10%... Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose 4% after the bookseller announced that its board authorized management to separate its Retail and Nook Media divisions and the company reported better than anticipated fourth quarter revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monsanto (MON), which advanced 5% after the company reported better than expected Q3 results, raised its full year EPS outlook to the upper end of its previous guidance range and announced a new $10B share repurchase authorization. Also higher was zulily (ZU), which rose over 10% after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy, citing the recent pullback in shares and expectations for higher than expected customer growth into 2015. Among the noteworthy losers was Valmont Industries (VMI), which fell 7% after the company lowered its fiscal 2014 earnings per share outlook. Also lower were a number of refiners, including Valero (VLO), which was down 10%, and HollyFrontier (HFC), which slid 8%, after the U.S. reportedly reclassified condensate as a processed product and gave Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) permission to export the type of oil to foreign buyers. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 23.20, or 0.14%, to 16,841.33, the Nasdaq was up 9.79, or 0.23%, to 4,360.15, and the S&P 500 was up 4.14, or 0.21%, to 1,954.12.
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September 9, 2014
12:02 EDTBKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: KERX CIEN FNSR PAY BKS PVH NAV BYI FTR JOY
11:01 EDTCMCSAComcast, Univision reach long-term agreement for distribution of UDN
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10:29 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says third parties see value in NOOK assets
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10:18 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says won't launch new bn.com in time for holiday season
Says "extremely happy" with Retail's Q1 performance, sees moderation of physical booksales decline. Says sees sales lift due to dispute between Amazon (AMZN) and Hachette. Regarding the launch of bn.com says making progress on development, but completion taking longer than expected. The company plans to launch the new site later this FY, but not in time for holiday season. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call.
10:10 EDTEPDOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) initiated with a Hold at Topek... AMRI (AMRI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Alumina (AWC) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Catalent (CTLT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Delta Air Lines (DAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Enbridge Energy (EEP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Endocyte (ECYT) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... EnerNOC (ENOC) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Enterprise Products (EPD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Good Times Restaurants (GTIM) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... JetBlue (JBLU) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... ONEOK Partners (OKS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... TC PipeLines (TCP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... United Continental (UAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at T.H. Capital... Williams Partners (WPZ) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital.
08:37 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble's NOOK launched first co-branded tablet with Samsung
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08:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY15 college SSS to decline low-single digits
For FY15 the company continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits. College comparable store sales are also expected to decline in the low-single digits. The company expects full fiscal year EBITDA losses in the NOOK segment to decline versus the prior year.
08:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says making progress on separation of Retail and NOOK Media
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08:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble reports Q1 EPS (56c), consensus (63c)
Reports Q1 revenue $1.2B, consensus $1.26B. “Core” comparable bookstore sales, which exclude sales of NOOK products, decreased 0.4% for the quarter. Comparable College store sales decreased 2.0% for the quarter, primarily impacted by the timing of the start of the back-to-school rush season as compared to last year. Comparable College store sales reflect the retail selling price of new or used textbooks when rented, rather than solely the rental fees received and amortized over the rental period. The NOOK segment had revenues of $70 million for the quarter, decreasing 54.3% from a year ago.
07:44 EDTCMCSAComcast price target raised to $72 from $60 at UBS
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07:28 EDTFOXAFOX pursues reality TV joint venture agreement, Hollywood Reporter says
21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) president and COO Chase Carey said that the company doesn't want to pursue Time Warner (TWX) again or look for another large deal, but the firm is aiming to finalize an agreement to create a reality television joint venture agreement comprised of Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media in the future, according to Hollywood Reporter, citing comments from Carey. Reference Link
07:09 EDTEPDEnterprise Products initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:29 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble results likely to highlight retail business strength, WSJ says
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September 8, 2014
15:27 EDTBKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:53 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble September volatility increases into Q1 and guidance
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11:57 EDTCBSCBS confirms James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show"
The CBS Television Network announced that James Corden will be the new host of THE LATE LATE SHOW. Corden – a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy – will take the reins of the daily late night show in 2015. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television.
11:18 EDTZUzulily volatility low into analyst meeting
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11:07 EDTCBSCBS picks James Corden for "Late Late Show," Variety reports
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06:59 EDTCMCSATWC workers to split $416M if Comcast deal falls through, Reuters says
In order to keep employees from leaving while federal regulators mull the final agreement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) workers will split $416M if the company's merger deal with Comcast (CMCSA) does not transpire, according to Reuters, citing a proxy statement. Reference Link
06:20 EDTCMCSADiscovery: Comcast-TWC merger gives unfair advantage, NY Post reports
Discovery (DISCA) said Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) could give the combined company an unfair advantage over programmers, reports the New York Post. Discovery said the the company would have an advantage in carriage negotiations and in the advertising realms by refusing to share set-top-box data with programmers. Reference Link
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