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February 13, 2013
12:24 EDTCMCSA, GE, PRLB, DDD, XONE, WCG, RATE, RAX, CLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday following the president's State of the Union address and a report that showed retail sales growth slowed in January. The Dow and S&P have moved back and forth across the flat line while the Nasdaq remained in positive ground throughout the morning, but was well off its early day highs near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in January, which was in-line with expectations though down from a 0.5% gain in December. Import prices rose 0.6% during the month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%, while Export prices were up 0.3% in January, matching the consensus forecast. Business inventories grew 0.1% in December, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase. Additionally, in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama outlined a mix of old and new proposals intended to jump-start the domestic economy as well as urging Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour from the existing $7.25. In Europe, Q4 industrial production fell 2.4% from the previous quarter, though production in the euro-zone rose 0.7% on the month in December... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) announced several important developments late Tuesday and investors reacted favorably, sending its stock up over 4%. The company reported its Q4 results but also announced it will buy General Electric’s (GE) remaining 49% equity stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7B, increased its dividend by 20% to 78c per share and said it plans to buy back $2B of its stock in 2013. After the earlier than expected sale of the JV interest, GE said it was raising its share repurchase plan to $35B and accelerating its 2013 share buybacks to about $10B and its shares rose about 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Proto Labs (PRLB), up 23%, after its better than expected earnings report as well as a positive mention of 3D printing technology by President Obama last night. Shares of publicly traded 3D printer makers moved up as well, including 3D Systems (DDD) and ExOne (XONE). Also higher were shares of WellCare (WCG), which gained 10% after its earnings and revenue both beat consensus expectations. Among the noteworthy losers after earnings reports that sparked analyst downgrades were Bankrate (RATE), down nearly 20% and downgraded at Citi, Rackspace (RAX), down 18% and downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which was downgraded at Deutsche Bank, Citi and Macquarie and saw shares fall about 19%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 44.62, or 0.32%, to 13,974.08; the Nasdaq was up 4.55, or 0.14%, to 3,191.04; and the S&P 500 was up 0.30, or 0.02%, to 1,519.73.
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October 9, 2014
09:33 EDTGEGE, Verizon announce alliance
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09:02 EDTRAXRackspace appoints Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer
Rackspace announced the appointment of Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer. Kelly will be responsible for overseeing physical and information security efforts for Rackspace and its customers globally. Prior to Rackspace, Kelly served as Ernst & Young's Executive Director where he successfully modernized and transformed enterprise security programs while driving business value.
08:18 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable to host special shareholder meeting
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07:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a meeting
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06:22 EDTGECFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:01 EDTCLFOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
14:53 EDTCLFCliffs Natural CEO says hasn't sold shares, no clock on non-core sales, WSJ says
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11:04 EDTCMCSAComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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11:03 EDTCMCSAComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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09:38 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTDDDFDA to hold a public workshop
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07:13 EDTCMCSAHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
06:01 EDTCLFCliffs Natural implied volatility of 99 at upper end of index mean range
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October 7, 2014
15:16 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility increases as shares trend lower
Cliffs Natural October weekly call option implied volatility is at 115, October is at 89, November is at 88, December is at 89, January is at 79; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement.
11:27 EDTRAXHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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10:02 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air France-KLM (AFLYY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Alcobra (ADHD) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded at Bernstein... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CVR Refining (CVRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... CalAmp (CAMP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Crown Holdings (CCK) upgraded at Macquarie... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... International Paper (IP) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Leidos (LDOS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natus Medical (BABY) upgraded to Outperform at William Blair... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... RockTenn (RKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Sun Life Financial (SLF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WellCare (WCG) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC.
09:18 EDTRAXRackspace partnership with Google positive for sentiment, says Wells Fargo
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09:14 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded at Sterne Agee
As previously reported, Sterne Agee upgraded WellCare to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, improving Q2 metrics, and and expected margin improvement in the Florida MMA program. Price target is $72.
09:03 EDTRAXRackspace to offer managed IT services support for full Google Apps for Work
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06:11 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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