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May 12, 2014
10:31 EDTOLED, NSR, GMCR, CHTP, HZNPOptions with decreasing implied volatility: CHTP NSR HZNP GMCR OLED
News For CHTP;NSR;HZNP;GMCR;OLED From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
14:54 EDTGMCRLavazza to sell portion of Keurig Green Mountain stake
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12:23 EDTOLEDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and hit their session lows a short time after the opening bell rang. In addition to some jitters about a vote in Greece, investors were focused on the massive impending winter storm set to hit the Northeast. With weather pundits expecting the snowfall in feet rather than inches, a number of companies have already rescheduled their earnings announcements. The market was mixed at midday, with the Dow and Nasdaq a bit lower and the S&P up fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing index fell 8.5 points to -4.4 in January, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 4.0. In Europe, Greece's far-left Syriza party swept to power, renewing concerns about the country's future as a member of the Eurozone. COMPANY NEWS: Today was a "merger Monday," with at least four deals worth more than $1B announced. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced plans to acquire Regency Energy Partners (RGP) in an $18B unit-for-unit transaction that includes assuming $6.8B of net debt and other liabilities. Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to merge to create a consumer and corrugated packaging company with a combined equity value of $16B. Under the terms of the deal, the resulting ownership of the new company will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders. AXIS Capital (AXS) and PartnerRe (PRE) announced a "merger of equals" that will create a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with total capital of more than $14B and cash and invested assets of more than $33B. Additionally, cereal maker Post Holdings (POST) agreed to pay $1.15B in cash and stock to buy privately-held MOM Brands, which makes Malt-O-Meal and other breakfast products. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Universal Display (OLED), which gained 11% after the company announced the signing of a new OLED technology license agreement and material purchase pact with LG Display (LPL). Also higher was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which rose 17% after the California Department of Business Oversight announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing on Friday evening over the firmís failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess compliance with state mortgage lending laws. Also of note, Ocwen denied any basis for default under trust agreements that had been alleged by certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. Among the noteworthy losers was Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), which dropped 8% after the company lowered its forecast for FY15 Cash From Facility Operations, citing a combination of lower than expected occupancy and certain higher-than-anticipated insurance reserve adjustments. Also lower following its earnings reports was hard disk-drive maker Seagate (STX), which fell about 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.41, or 0.01%, to 17,671.19, the Nasdaq was down 4.02, or 0.08%, to 4,753.86, and the S&P 500 was up 2.34, or 0.11%, to 2,054.16.
09:19 EDTOLEDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:46 EDTOLEDUniversal Display and LG Display announcing technology license agreement
Universal Display (OLED) and LG Display (LPL) announced the signing of a new OLED Technology License Agreement and Supplemental Material Purchase Agreement. The agreements run through December 31, 2022. Today's announcement hopes to build on a long-term relationship between the two companies. Under the license agreement, Universal Display has granted LG Display non-exclusive license rights under various patents owned or controlled by Universal Display to manufacture and sell OLED display products. In consideration of the license grant, LG Display has agreed to pay Universal Display license fees and running royalties on its sales of these licensed products over the term of the agreement. Additionally, Universal Display will supply phosphorescent materials to LG Display for use in its licensed products.
January 23, 2015
13:19 EDTGMCRKeurig has negative read-through from Starbucks K-cup data, says Detwiler Fenton
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13:07 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain mentioned cautiously at Detwiler Fenton
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10:50 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Green Mountain Coffee January weekly 142 and 145 calls are active on total call volume of 3,200 contracts (600 puts). January weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, February is at 54, March is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:37 EDTGMCRRumor: Keurig Green Mountain moves up on renewed takeover chatter
Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are moving higher on speculation Coca-Cola (KO) may acquire the rest of the company.
January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTGMCROn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain downgraded to Neutral at Consumer Edge Research
January 21, 2015
16:14 EDTOLEDUniversal Display, Sumitomo Chem sign license deal for OLED lighting devices
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10:01 EDTHZNPOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:08 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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January 15, 2015
10:37 EDTGMCRKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
10:00 EDTHZNPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:14 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma initiated with a Buy at UBS
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January 14, 2015
07:58 EDTOLEDQuantum Dot bumps OLED at cutting edge of TV tech, WSJ says
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January 12, 2015
08:22 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma secures agreement with FDA on ACTIMMUNE primary endpoint
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