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February 12, 2013
19:09 EDTAVEO, CLF, SAPE, GE, RAX, MCO, RPXC, CMCSA, NTGR, TVL, TRLAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Comcast (CMCSA), up 6.2% after announcing it would acquire the remaining 49% stake in its NBCUniversal joint venture with General Electric (GE) it does not already own for $16.7B. Comcast also announced it would acquire $1.4B in property assets from GE, raised its dividend, and reported Q4 results that were in-line with Street estimates. Shares of GE were up 3.3% following the announcement, as GE also announced an increase in its share buyback program to $35B... UP AFTER EARNINGS: Trulia (TRLA), up 12.7%... RPX Corp (RPXC), up 12.2%... Sapient (SAPE), up 3.3%... ALSO HIGHER: LIN TV (TVL), up 5% after saying it will recognize a taxable gain of $715.5M following a transaction for a subsidiary of the company to exit a joint venture with NBC following the Comcast, GE transaction... Moody's (MCO), up 2.4% after announcing a $1B increase in its share repurchase authorization... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 9.6% after its Q4 report and announcing a cut in its dividend... NetGear (NTGR), down 6.8%... Rackspace (RAX), down 9.5%... ALSO LOWER: Aveo (AVEO), down 6.2% after announcing overall survival results from its TIVO-1 study.
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16:24 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:36 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable and Comcast mentioned positively at Evercore ISI
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12:46 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were little changed at midday, as the light economic calendar and bond markets being closed in observance of Veteran's Day make for a quiet tone to the market. The averages have remained close to the flat line throughout the morning, as the major averages undergo a day of consolidation near their record levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 96.1, which was up from the prior 95.3 figure and roughly matched the consensus forecast. In Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the country's intended second sales tax hike will be delayed, according to government sources cited by Reuters. COMPANY NEWS: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. Alibaba stated on its official corporate news Twitter feed that its final Singles Day shopping festival gross merchandise volume exceeded $9.3B and the company's Executive Chairman Jack Ma made headlines by stating that the company's Alipay finance services arm will "definitely" go public. Additionally, Oppenheimer initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night and HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating and a Street-high price target of $148 per share. Despite all of this, the stock appeared to have a "sell-the-news" reaction to the Singles Day event, as its shares fell about 3% in midday trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rackspace (RAX), which rallied 13.5% after the cloud computing service provider reported better than expected third quarter results and announced a $500M share repurchase plan. Also higher was ICU Medical (ICUI), which rose 14% and was upgraded at Roth Capital and Piper Jaffray following its second consecutive better than expected quarterly report. Among the noteworthy losers was Vivint Solar (VSLR), which tumbled over 21% after the company reported steeper than expected losses in its first quarterly report since coming public last month. Also lower following its first earnings report since coming public was e-commerce home goods retailer Wayfair (W), which dropped 13% despite posting revenues that beat the consensus forecast and Pacific Crest and Wells Fargo making positive comments on its results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.89, or 0.06%, to 17,603.85, the Nasdaq was up 1.67, or 0.04%, to 4,653.29, and the S&P 500 was little changed at 2,038.15.
12:09 EDTRAXRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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11:17 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility up after Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated
Comcast November weekly call option implied volatility is at 28, November and December is at 21, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement after President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated.
09:59 EDTCLFCliffs Natural calls active
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09:50 EDTCLFRumor: Cliffs Natural moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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09:37 EDTRAXActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTAVEOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FMSA Holdings (FMSA), up 4.7% following third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), up 7.6% after entering agreement with Ophthotech (OPHT) to license tivozanib... Ophthotech is 2.1% higher in pre-market trading... Galena Biopharma (GALE), up 3.6% after first patient dosed in NeuVax and Herceptin combination Phase 2 trial... Yamana Gold (AUY), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ambac Financial (AMBC), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... China Finance (JRJC), up 12.4% after announcing a new partnership with Great Wall Securities... Zynga (ZNGA), up 5.7% after being upgraded on mobile business growth at Jefferies... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 2.2% after being initiated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI), down 10.7%... Ekso Bionics (EKSO), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: Alibaba Group (BABA), down 1.6% following comments made by vice chairman Joseph Tsai in an interview.
08:42 EDTRAXRackspace buyback likely to push shares higher, says Needham
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08:13 EDTRAXRackspace reported strong Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that Rackspace's Q3 results showed very strong trends, and it thinks the company's revenue/EBITDA growth can reach high teen percentage levels in 2015-2016. The firm keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTGEGE Healthcare, Takeda enter into alliance agreement for R&D in hepatic fibrosis
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07:51 EDTRAXRackspace price target raised to $50-$52 from $42-$46 at Wells Fargo
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07:44 EDTCMCSAComcast deal would only be derailed by Title II concessions, says Wells Fargo
After President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated under Title II, Wells Fargo thinks that Comcast (CMCSA) will only walk away from the Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal if there are significant Title II concessions specifically attached to the deal. The firm suggests, however, that the deal could be restructured if the companies' stock prices continue to fall in reaction to Obama's statement.
07:06 EDTCMCSAObama's call for regulation worries investors in Comcast-TWC deal, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTAVEOAveo Pharmaceuticals enters into agreement with Ophthotech for VEGF
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06:37 EDTAVEOOphthotech enters into with Aveo Pharmaceuticals to license tivozanib
Ophthotech (OPHT) has entered into an exclusive research and option agreement with Aveo Pharmaceuticals (AVEO) to license tivozanib, a small molecule vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, tyrosine kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of non-oncologic conditions of the eye. Under the terms of the agreement, Ophthotech will pay an upfront fee of $500,000 for exclusive rights to investigate this compound’s potency and potential as an ocular formulation. Ophthotech is solely responsible for the ocular formulation and development of this compound, which will focus initially on a sustained release formulation as a treatment for the maintenance phase of wet AMD therapy. Under the agreement, upon completion of Ophthotech’s initial analysis, if Ophthotech elects to continue the development of an ocular formulation of this anti-VEGF therapy, Ophthotech will pay additional fees based upon Ophthotech’s submission of an Initial New Drug application and upon the demonstration of proof of concept in humans. If Ophthotech exercises its option for an exclusive worldwide license for the compound for ocular indications, Ophthotech will pay a license fee, and development, regulatory and sales-based milestones, if achieved, as well royalties on commercial sales.
06:36 EDTCMCSANBC exec 'very satisfied' with pace of Super Bowl ad sales, NY Times says
NBC, the broadcast home of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, is "very satisfied" with the pace of sales of commercial time during the game, reports the New York Times. Seth Winter, the Executive VP for Sales of NBC Sports and NBCUniversal News Groups at NBCUniversal, said "I'm never 'extremely satisfied' until we're sold out... I'm very satisfied with what we see." Winter added that NBC is approaching 90% of the commercial time in the game's being sold to advertisers. Reference Link
05:51 EDTCMCSAStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CMCSA
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