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March 19, 2013
16:22 EDTCHTR, LMCA, LULU, WAG, ABC, EA, CAHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed as the ongoing fears over the situation in Cyprus weighed on the S&P, though the Dow was able to eke out a modest gain. Data released before the open showed housing permits rose to multi-year highs, but headlines out of Europe kept the averages under pressure for much of the afternoon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts climbed 0.8% from the prior month to a 917K rate in February. Building permits rose by 4.6% to a 946K rate, which was significantly ahead of the consensus forecast. In Europe, ongoing fears about how the situation in Cyprus will play out, including renewed worries that the nation will default or be forced to leave the euro zone, sent the euro currency lower against the U.S. dollar. Cyprus' parliament defeated the bank levy bill and afternoon headlines from Bloomberg said the ECB will provide liquidity to that nation, though only within its existing rules... COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Media (LMCA) announced an agreement to pay $2.617B for a 27.3% stake in Charter Communications (CHTR). Charter shares, which gained nearly 10% yesterday as media reports of the Liberty investment circulated, advanced another $2.34, or 2.39%, to $100.38, while Liberty shares closed down 32c, or 0.29%, to $110.34... lululemon (LULU) lost $1.82, or 2.76%, to $64.08 after issuing a recall of its Black Luon pants, citing a sheerness problem. lululemon cut its Q1 revenue and same-store-sales guidance as a result of the recall, and shares were downgraded at Sterne Agee... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Walgreen (WAG), up $2.31, or 5.44%, to $44.74 after reporting earnings and announcing it agreed to a long-term pharmaceutical distribution agreement with AmerisourceBergen (ABC). AmerisourceBergen shares rose $1.76, or 3.64%, to $50.06 after the agreement, which grants Walgreen the right to buy a stake in AmerisourceBergen. Among the noteworthy losers was Electronic Arts (EA), down $1.56, or 8.34%, to $17.15 after its CEO resigned and the company warned it will likely come in below or near the bottom of its prior guidance. Also lower was Cardinal Health (CAH), down $3.78, or 8.19%, to $42.35 after the company announced its agreement with Walgreen will end in August and the company provided a FY14 EPS view below consensus... INDICES: The Dow was up 3.76, or 0.03%, to 14,455.82; the Nasdaq was down 8.49, or 0.26%, to 3,229.10; and the S&P 500 was down 3.76, or 0.24%, to 1,548.34.
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July 22, 2014
15:14 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly 38.5 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q1
11:20 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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10:07 EDTWAGWalgreen new corporate structure could add $10-$12 upside, says Deutsche Bank
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09:51 EDTWAGWalgreen added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
08:25 EDTCHTRComcast reports Q2 operating cash flow up 7% to $5.8B
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July 21, 2014
07:34 EDTEAElectronic Arts execution should lead to multiple expansion, says Brean Capital
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06:45 EDTLULUlululemon files lawsuit against 'knockoff artists', The Globe and Mail says
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July 18, 2014
07:22 EDTEATotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:38 EDTEAJune NPD video game software sales fell 3%, says Piper Jaffray
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06:21 EDTWAGCTW Investment asks SEC to probe Walgreen's meetings, NY Post says
CTW Investment Group has asked the SEC to investigate private meetings that top Walgreen (WAG) executives held with investors to reincorporate overseas for tax reasons, reports the New york Post. The pension advisor is raising questions about whether Walgreen's meetings with Goldman Sachs (GS), Jana Partners, Och-Ziff and Corvex broke fair disclosure rules. Reference Link
06:06 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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July 17, 2014
10:07 EDTLULULululemon Athletica July calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:00 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:53 EDTLULURumor: lululemon moves up on renewed takeover chatter
09:22 EDTCHTRComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
05:56 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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05:30 EDTCHTRCharter downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 16, 2014
09:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $44 from $37 at Sterne Agee
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06:27 EDTWAGWalgreen could relocate to Switzerland if it buys out Alliance Boots, WSJ says
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05:51 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU LL
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