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January 9, 2013
12:37 EDTGPN, DISH, HA, NUVA, S, APOL, HLF, CLWROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after Alcoa (AA) unofficially kicked off the earnings season last night by matching analysts' earnings estimates and topping revenue expectations. Alcoa's report may be lending a sense of optimism that companies may be able to exceed the lowered expectations for the earnings season now getting underway. The market's bounce from its recent run of lower closes may not be long lived if lawmakers do not make progress, as highlighted again in a Washington Post report that said the U.S. may reach the current limit on the debt ceiling as soon as February 15, about two weeks earlier than previously expected... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the EIA's weekly petroleum status update showed that inventories of crude oil built up but by fewer barrels than expected, while gasoline and distillates built up by more than expected. In Europe, industrial output in Germany grew slightly in November but fell short of expectations, as the 0.2% adjusted monthly rise missed expectations for a 1.0% increase... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) rose nearly 8% to $3.15 after the company got an unsolicited $3.30 per share buyout bid from Dish Network (DISH). The offer sets up a potential takeover battle with Sprint (S), which already owns a majority stake in Clearwire and has a deal in place to acquire the remaining interest... Another potential Wall Street showdown made headlines, related to two prominent hedge fund managers and their conflicting positions on Herbalife (HFL). Shares of Herbalife spiked higher and were up almost 5% near noon, after hedge fund Third Point, managed by Dan Loeb, disclosed an 8.24% passive stake. The holding puts Loeb in opposition with Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who has a large and well publicized short position in the company... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NuVasive (NUVA), which rose nearly 12% after reporting preliminary revenue that beat expectations and having its stock upgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Also higher were shares of Global Payments (GPN), up about 6% after JPMorgan upgraded the stock and RBC Capital raised its price target on shares following the company's report and increased guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Apollo Group (APOL), which fell 9% following more than one downgrade of the stock after its Q1 report. Also lower were shares of Hawaiian Holdings (HA), which slid over 6% following a two notch downgrade to Underperform from Buy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 80.63, or 0.60%, to 13,409.48; the Nasdaq was up 14.66, or 0.47%, to 3,106.47; and the S&P 500 was up 4.86, or 0.33%, to 1,462.01.
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06:08 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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January 15, 2015
18:03 EDTDISHDISH, Fox News reach content carriage agreement
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15:33 EDTSRadioShack in talks for bankruptcy loan with lenders, Bloomberg says
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14:45 EDTAPOLFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
10:00 EDTGPNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:27 EDTGPNGlobal Payments upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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January 14, 2015
17:19 EDTDISHDISH being questioned by FCC over Sling online TV service, Re/code reports
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16:33 EDTDISHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:04 EDTHAHawaiian Holdings names Shannon Okinaka as interim CFO
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10:28 EDTDISHViacom carriage deal with DISH goes until 2016, Faber says
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10:21 EDTAPOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:37 EDTNUVAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:28 EDTDISHViacom downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Viacom (VIAB) two notches to Sell from Buy and lowered its price target for shares to $62 from $88. Citi says its new price target assumes a 50% probability that DISH (DISH) drops Viacom's channels. The firm sees 30% share downside risk should such an event occur. Citi lists two potential M&A deals that could offset the downside risk: Viacom acquiring CBS (CBS), which it feels would be neutral for the stock, or another media firm acquiring Viacom, which it feels could drive 20% upside for Viacom shares. Citi assumes a 10% probability of Viacom getting bought out.
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January 13, 2015
10:17 EDTAPOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTNUVAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTNUVANuVasive downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Summer Street
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07:28 EDTNUVANuVasive price target raised to $55 from $50 at RW Baird
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06:01 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 115, Yahoo (YHOO) 52 according to iVolatility.
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