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March 27, 2013
12:14 EDTCLF, AOL, MFRM, LOGM, RAXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday though well off their worst levels. The market dropped sharply at the open, with the early weakness being attributed to continued worries about Europe, where Cyprus has yet to reopen its banks and Italy is still struggling to form a new government. The selling soon pushed the Dow to triple digit losses, but the Dow and the other averages cut their losses by more than half by noon. In addition to the impending holiday weekend, the end of the quarter is approaching and investment managers may be making portfolio adjustments today and tomorrow since they will be unable to on Friday... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., pending home sales dipped 0.4% in February from the prior month, compared to expectations for a 0.3% decline. On a year-over-year basis, however, pending sales were up 5%. In Europe, Italian benchmark bonds fell after the nation's Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani said there was no possibility of a broad coalition to resolve the deadlock caused by last month's elections... COMPANY NEWS: Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) was in the sights of a number of Wall Street analysts, as Morgan Stanley cut its rating on the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight and Credit Suisse lowered its price target on the stock to $10 from $30. Goldman Sachs upgraded Cliffs due to valuation, but that only brought the firm's rating up to a Neutral from its prior Sell recommendation. Shares of Cliffs sank 15% following the flurry of notes to investors... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Mattress Firm (MFRM), up 10% following its earnings report, and AOL (AOL), up over 7% after being upgraded at Barclays. Among the noteworthy losers was LogMeln (LOGM), which slid 12% near noon to give back some of the 20% advance it garnered yesterday following a positive ruling in a patent lawsuit. Also lower were shares of Rackspace (RAX), which fell 4% after CLSA initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating and $52 price target... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 44.94, or 0.31%, to 14,514.71; the Nasdaq was down 6.03, or 0.19%, to 3,246.45; and the S&P 500 was down 4.09, or 0.26%, to 1,559.68.
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July 24, 2014
08:24 EDTCLFCasablance urges Cliffs investors to disregard Glass Lewis's recommendation
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTCLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
16:44 EDTCLFCliffs Natural lowers U.S. iron ore production view to low end of prior outlook
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16:39 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 EPS (1c), consensus (6c)
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTAOLGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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14:18 EDTCLFCliffs Natural July weekly volatility increases into Q2
Cleveland Cliffs July weekly call option implied volatility is at 83, August is at 58, September is at 57, January is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
13:15 EDTAOLGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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12:11 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; PBR CLF
Petrobras (PBR) October 20 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 44, Cliffs Natural (CLF) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 48 according to IVolatility
09:46 EDTMFRMMattress Firm management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Las Vegas on July 28 hosted by Jefferies.
08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural urges vote in favor of seven Cliffs nominees
Cliffs Natural Resources issued an open letter to shareholders in connection with its upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, stating in part: "Cliffs' July 29 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is right around the corner and you have an important and strategic choice to make regarding the composition of the Cliffs Board and the future direction of your company. Last week, Cliffs announced that we reduced our slate from nine to seven candidates in order to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the Board of Directors as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision... Surrendering a majority of the Board will enable Casablanca to enact what we believe is a value-destructive plan, including a "fire sale" of Cliffs' assets at the bottom of the commodity cycle."
07:15 EDTRAXO'Reilly to hold a conference
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July 18, 2014
10:05 EDTCLFCasablanca calls Cliffs Natural revised proxy 'desperate ploy'
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces revised proxy with ISS, Glass Lewis recommendations
Cliffs Natural announced that it has revised its WHITE proxy card to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the board as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision. While both proxy solicitation firms have recommended shareholders support four Casablanca nominees, they have recommended that Cliffs' nominees should remain as the majority of Cliffs' board. As such, Cliffs' board has reduced its slate of directors to be elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting from nine to seven candidates, with Barry J. Eldridge and Stephen M. Johnson no longer standing for re-election. With this change, shareholders can vote the company's WHITE proxy card in order to elect four of Casablanca's nominees and seven of Cliffs' nominees, which is in line with both ISS' and Glass Lewis' recommendations. In addition, Cliffs' board is offering to include Lourenco Goncalves, Joseph Rutkowski, Gabriel Stoliar, and Douglas Taylor on Cliffs' WHITE proxy card, subject to such individuals providing Cliffs with their consent to include their names on Cliffs' proxy card.
July 17, 2014
09:50 EDTCLFEgan-Jones recommends Cliffs Natural investors vote for director nominees
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05:13 EDTCLFISS, Glass Lewis recommend Cliffs Natural holders vote GOLD proxy card
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July 16, 2014
12:47 EDTAOLYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
08:42 EDTAOLAOL's Adap.tv granted patent for system tying consumer sales to TV ads
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06:03 EDTAOLYahoo M&A chief says company not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is not planning to buy AOL (AOL), Yahoo M&A chief Jackie Reses commented at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, Re/code reports. When asked whether she thought AOL would be acquired in the next two years, Reses said "Not by us." Reference Link
July 15, 2014
11:07 EDTRAXRackspace new cloud pricing a differentiator, says Wells Fargo
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09:12 EDTRAXRackspace introduces new service-based pricing model
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