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June 25, 2014
16:24 EDTCBS, PXD, TSO, PSX, MPC, HFC, AERI, GTN, MEG, SBGI, ICPT, PVA, VLO, NXST, EPDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher despite a disappointing downward revision to the government's estimate of economic growth, or rather the lack thereof, in the first three months of the year. Stocks began the session in negative territory following the GDP and durable goods reports, but the major averages soon turned mixed and had all moved back across the flat-line by mid-morning. The market then stalled and drifted for several hours, but moved to the high end of its trading range near the end of the day. 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: A number of television network owners, most notably CBS (CBS), as well as several tv station owners advanced after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a start-up service that streams tv shows over the Internet, had violated copyright laws. CBS rose $3.64, or 6.19%, to $62.48 following the ruling, while Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) surged $5.80, or 13.49%, to $48.81, Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) soared $4.56, or 15.6%, to $33.80, Media General (MEG) added $1.86, or 10.07%, to $20.33 and Gray Television (GTN) gained 94c, or 8.35%, to $12.20... Shares of a number of refiners, including Valero Energy (VLO), HollyFrontier (HFC), Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and Tesoro (TSO), were among the day's worst performers after the Commerce Department gave Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) permission to export a light, processed form of oil called condensate. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said there have been no changes to the U.S. oil export policies, according to Bloomberg, but the move was widely viewed as a shift and a possible precursor to bigger changes on the horizon amid the shale energy revolution in the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), which rose $5.95, or 28.29%, to $26.98 after a trial of its once-daily glaucoma eye drop, Roclatan, achieved its primary efficacy endpoint. Also higher was Penn Virginia (PVA), which jumped $1.83, or 12.39%, to $16.60 after a major shareholder, the Soros Fund, called on the company to sell itself. Among the noteworthy losers was Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which fell $19.96, or 7.3%, to $253.65 after the company said at a conference that data from the FLINT trial of the company's obeticholic acid for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is "unlikely" to come in July. Also lower were shares of cereal maker General Mills (GIS), which fell $1.94, or 3.61%, to $51.76 after the company's fourth quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: The Dow was up 49.38, or 0.29%, to 16,867.51, the Nasdaq was up 29.40, or 0.68%, to 4,379.76, and the S&P 500 was up 9.55, or 0.49%, to 1,959.53.
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October 13, 2014
07:07 EDTCBSCBS sell-off brings 'interesting' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says the recent pullback in shares of CBS provides an "interesting" entry point with the new broadcast season showing promise. Piper sees upside to 2015 consensus estimates and keeps an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
05:57 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays
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October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTCBSNielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
13:06 EDTEPDEnterprise Products ups quarterly dividend by 5.8% to 36.5c
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12:32 EDTPXDPioneer Natural volatility elevated on wide share price movement
Pioneer Natural October call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 44, January is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
10:01 EDTPXDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:32 EDTNXSTNexstar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
08:48 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast has positive catalysts, fears overdone, says RBC Capital
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October 9, 2014
16:43 EDTPXDPioneer Natural initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Target $270.
10:00 EDTVLO, TSO, PSX, MPCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:03 EDTICPTIntercept pullback a buying opportunity, says Summer Street
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October 8, 2014
18:04 EDTTSOTesoro initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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16:58 EDTPSXPhillips 66 initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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16:58 EDTHFCHollyFrontier initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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16:58 EDTVLOValero initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Target $60.
16:58 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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12:42 EDTICPTIntercept weakness a buying opportunity, says Wedbush
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12:11 EDTICPTIntercept management to meet with Oppenheimer
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09:20 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:05 EDTICPTIntercept says FLINT trial NASH data will not be presented at AASLD
Intercept Pharmaceuticals announced upcoming presentations of data at the upcoming American Academy for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD, Annual Meeting, being held in Boston, Massachusetts from November 7-11. Obeticholic acid, or OCA, Intercept's lead product candidate, is a bile acid analog and first-in-class agonist of the farnesoid X receptor in development for primary biliary cirrhosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and other chronic liver and intestinal diseases. CEO Mark Pruzanski said, "We are pleased that several key abstracts from Intercept's Phase 3 program for OCA in PBC will be presented at AASLD. With respect to the NIDDK-sponsored FLINT trial of OCA in NASH, we have learned that the NASH CRN has decided to focus on finalizing the manuscript intended for near term publication in lieu of presentation at AASLD. We are reaffirming the previously reported top-line results based on a revised draft manuscript that our partners at NIDDK have provided us. We believe that peer reviewed publication of the FLINT data will mark another important milestone supportive of OCA's potential as a novel therapy for patients with NASH and associated liver fibrosis. In the meantime, we continue preparing for the initiation of our Phase 3 NASH program in the first half of 2015."
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