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February 13, 2013
12:24 EDTRATE, DDD, CMCSA, CLF, WCG, PRLB, RAX, XONE, GEOn 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 Electricís (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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November 11, 2015
10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Albemarle (ALB) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Ares Management (ARES) reinstated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Canadian Solar (CSIQ) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Carriage Services (CSV) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... CubeSmart (CUBE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... FARO Technologies (FARO) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... IPG Photonics (IPGP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... NeuroDerm (NDRM) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Perceptron (PRCP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Proteon Therapeutics (PRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Service Corp. (SCI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust.
09:31 EDTCMCSAComcast announces streaming cable TV service available in Greater Boston region
Comcast announced that Stream TV, a new streaming cable TV service that includes access to live channels from all the major broadcast networks and HBO as well as thousands of on demand choices, is available to current Xfinity Internet-only customers in the company's Greater Boston Region, which includes eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
07:40 EDTCMCSAWells Fargo to hold a conference
6th Annual Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 10-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:56 EDTCMCSAeOne joins Participant Media as investors in DreamWorks, Hollywood Reporter says
Entertainment One plans to join Participant Media and DreamWorks' stakeholder Reliance Entertainment in investing in DreamWorks, the Hollywood Reporter says, citing sources. The arrangement is expected to be revealed around the same time the deal between DreamWorks and Universal, a Comcast subsidiary, will be officially announced, possibly around Thanksgiving, the report says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGEGeneral Electric calls active, shares close above $30
General Electric 11/20/15 38, 11/20/15 35, 11/20/15 30.50 and 11/13/15 30 calls were active as shares closed above $30 for the first time since 2008. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
November 10, 2015
16:42 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
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16:19 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with the Dow and S&P notching slight gains and the Nasdaq being weighed on by a slide in Apple (AAPL). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices fell 0.5% in October and export prices slipped 0.2%. Wholesale sales rose 0.5% in September, with inventories rising 0.5% in the month as well. In China, the consumer inflation rate fell to an annual 1.3% in October, which was down from 1.6% the month before and below the 1.5% consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple, as well as those of a number of its chip suppliers, slid following a bearish note by Credit Suisse, whose checks pointed to reduced iPhone component orders heading into 2016. Credit Suisse analyst John Pitzer and his team cut their forecast for iPhone production in next calendar year in the face of apparently reduced supplier orders from Apple for the iPhone 6s, sending shares of the tech giant down 3.15% to $116.77 and weighing on chip makers including Avago (AVGO), Broadcom (BRCM), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO)... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% to 89c per share and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings. The fast food giant finished the day up 0.3% at $113.29 per share following the meeting. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Mallinckrodt (MNK), which rallied $4.55, or 7.84%, to $62.56 after a CNBC appearance by Citron Research's Andrew Left, during which the stock began rebounding. Left's Citron had knocked the stock down sharply yesterday by tweeting that the shares had more downside than Valeant (VRX) amid the pricing debate that has impacted both and others in the specialty drug space. Also higher was Tower International (TOWR), which gained 9% to $29.77 after announcing plans to explore a sale of its European operations. Separately, Rackspace (RAX) advanced $3.24, or 11.96%, to $30.33 after reporting better than expected third quarter results. Among the noteworthy losers was Flotek (FTK), which dropped $5.56, or 38.08%, to $9.04 after it responded to a cautious report by saying an analysis of its FracMax database suggested certain production data was misinterpreted. Also lower was Wayfair (W), which lost 14% to $39.42 after reporting better than expected earnings while also being mentioned by investor Whitney Tilson as his largest short position. Later in the day, Citron's Left called the company's business model "stupid" in a CNBC interview. Additionally, Barrett Business (BBSI) fell 27% to $38.47 after disclosing that its auditor had requested an independent investigation regarding certain expense reserves. INDEXES: The Dow rose 27.73, or 0.16%, to 17,758.21, the Nasdaq lost 12.06, or 0.24%, to 5,083.24, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.14, or 0.15%, to 2,081.72.
16:00 EDTGEOptions Update; November 10, 2015
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15:10 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile confirms unlimited streaming initiative 'Binge On'
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14:59 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile introduces unlimited video streaming
During Tuesday's Uncarrier X press event, T-Mobile (TMUS) announced "Binge On," a new initiative allowing its customers to stream video without impacting their monthly data caps. The feature will support 24 video services at launch, including Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). Reference Link
11:32 EDTRAXRackspace soars after Q3 results beat analysts' estimates
Shares of managed cloud company Rackspace (RAX) are rising after the firm's third quarter results surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday after the close, Rackspace reported Q3 earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $509M, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 20c and $503.08M, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $177M, for a margin of 34.9%, up 11.9% from the year ago period. Rackspace previously guided Q3 revenue growth of 2%-3.5% at constant currency and EBITDA margins to be 33%-34%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, the company expects revenue growth of 2%-3% sequentially, on a constant currency basis, and expects adjusted EBITDA margins of 33%-34%. For the full year, Rackspace continues to expect revenue growth of 12%-14% year-over-year, on a constant-currency basis, and expects adjusted EBITDA margins of 33%-34%. The revenue consensus for Q4 and FY15 are $517.57M and $1.99B, respectively. Rackspace also announced yesterday that it intends to issue $350M in senior debt to repay all outstanding amounts under its senior revolving credit facility, with the remaining net proceeds being used for general corporate purposes. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Pacific Crest kept an Overweight rating and $45 price target on Rackspace following the "strong" Q3 results and "conservative" 2015 guidance. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rackspace rose $4.58 or about 16.9% to $31.61 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's advance, the shares have lost approximately 15.5% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the cloud space include Internap (INAP), down 2.9%, Citrix Systems (CTXS), up fractionally, and Akamai Technologies (AKAM), down fractionally.
11:08 EDTDDD, XONE3D printer makers tumble after ExOne results miss expectations
The shares of 3D printer makers are sinking after one of the smaller companies in the space, ExOne (XONE), reported much weaker than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: ExOne reported a per share loss of 70c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of a per share loss of 11c. The company's revenue came in at $8.9M, versus the consensus outlook of $16.9M. The 3D printer maker provided fiscal 2015 revenue of $40M against the consensus outlook of $55M. ExOne's revenue from 3D printers fell to $2.4M last quarter from $4.2M during the same period a year earlier. However, its revenue from 3D printed and other products, materials and services rose to $6.5M from $5.4M. "Machine sales growth opportunities remain very positive for ExOne and we continue to be enthusiastic about our efforts to establish a dominant market position over time," said ExOne CEO S. Kent Rockwell in a statement."But our customers' delivery scheduling and the complex revenue recognition model for certain of our products and technology have proven to be highly erratic for us to timely predict on a quarter-to-quarter basis," he added. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Oppenheimer analyst Holden Lewis said that ExOne's results showed some improvement. The company reported its lowest loss in the past 12 months, and its cash burn rate declined, while its spending eased, the analyst stated. However, the improvement wasn't sufficient, as it still reported a "huge loss" and negative cash flow, Lewis stated. Moreover, the company's machine sales, upon which its future depends, were "poor," the analyst contended. But Lewis said that ExOne's finances did not deteriorate from Q2 levels, while its costs "are under control," its financial model is "stable," and its non-machine business performed well and "hints at value." He kept a $14 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, ExOne tumbled 19% to $8.44, 3D Systems (DDD) dropped 3.5% to $9.75, Stratasys (SSYS) declined 5.5% to $25.25 and Voxeljet (VJET) slid 4% to $5.85.
10:20 EDTRAX, XONEHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: EQM RAX BBG XONE FTK CAG AEGR ZBRA TYC CNI
09:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility at elevated as shares trade at six-year high
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09:37 EDTRAXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TGT VLO BAC FB W RAX V PHM
09:29 EDTRAX, XONEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: SciClone Pharmaceuticals (SCLN), up 22%... Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM), up 10.4%... Canadian Solar (CSIQ), up 8%... Rackspace Hosting (RAX), up 8.9%... Opko Health (OPK), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocata Therapeutics (OCAT), up 88.3% after being acquired by Astellas Pharma (ALPMY)... Straight Path (STRP), up 8.1% after Nikos Hecht reports 9.2% passive stake in the company... TETRA Technologies (TTI), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: ExOne (XONE), down 23.3%... Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 12.2%... MannKind (MNKD), down 8%... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), down 8.6%... Wayfair (W), down 1.9%... Gap (GPS), down 5.4%. ALSO LOWER: Magnum Hunter (MHR), down 30.8% after saying that factors raise substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern... Barrett Business Services (BBSI), down 35.6% after receiving a letter from its independent auditor... Callon Petroleum (CPE), down 4.6% after its 12M share Spot Secondary priced at $8.40... Cyberark (CYBR), down 3.4% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
09:25 EDTGEUnison Industries signs 10-year services agreement with Qatar Airways
Unison Industries signed a 10-year Material Services Agreement with Qatar Airways in support of the airline's unprecedented fleet growth rate. The agreement extends through 2024 and covers external Unison new parts and component repairs for all engine lines in the Qatar Airways fleet which includes the CF6, CFM, V2500, GEnx, GE90 and GP7200.
09:04 EDTCMCSAComcast extends fiber network to the Modesto Business Park
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09:03 EDTRAXRackspace reported strong Q3 results, says Pacific Crest
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07:31 EDTGESynchrony should be bought on any exchange weakness, says Jefferies
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