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May 2, 2012
12:58 EDTAGN, CVS, RATE, MCHP, OPEN, AGP, NOK, ASNA, SMSC, RRD, TRIP, RIMM, CHRS, CHK, CMCSA, CBS, TWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, following disappointing jobs data at home and abroad. The market began the session in the red following worse than expected data from the ADP employment change report. The market hit its lows shortly after the open and has moved in narrow range since, but has trended higher in the last hour. The move higher came after a slightly better than expected factory orders report and an energy inventories report that showed a larger draw down of gas and distillate supplies than were forecast... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said that 119,000 private-sector jobs were added in April, missing expectations for 170,000 job additions. Factory orders declined 1.5% in March, versus expectations of a 1.6% drop. In Europe, two pieces of disappointing data were reported: unemployment rose to 10.9% in the shared-currency bloc, its highest level since the euro's launch in 1999, and the eurozone's manufacturing sector contracted at the sharpest pace in almost three years, with the manufacturing PMI for the region falling to 45.9 in April from 47.7 in March. In China, HSBC's "flash" PMI manufacturing survey improved to 49.3 from 48.3 in the prior reading... COMPANY NEWS: A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement. CBS shares gained more than 3%, while Comcast fell 1.5% and Time Warned moved almost 2% lower... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included CVS Caremark (CVS), TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Amerigroup (AGP); decliners included Allergan (AGN), R.R. Donnelley (RRD) and OpenTable (OPEN)... Chesapeake (CHK) gave up all of the 8% in gains it realized yesterday and then some, falling about 13% after its earnings missed consensus and Reuters reported on new potential conflicts of interests for its CEO Aubrey McClendon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Standard Microsystems (SMSC), up 38%, on news it will be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $37 per share in cash, and both Charming Shoppes (CHRS), up over 23%, and Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), up almost 11%, after the companies announced plans for Ascena to acquire Charming. Noteworthy losers included Bankrate (RATE), down 12%, following its earnings report, and Research in Motion (RIMM), down almost 5%, as investors continue to react negatively to the company's new product announcements and Nokia (NOK) sued RIM and others in the U.S. and Germany on accusations of patent infringement... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 47.38, or 0.36%, to 13,231.94; the Nasdaq was down 1.63, or 0.05%, to 3,048.81; and the S&P 500 was down 6.69, or 0.48%, to 1,399.13.
News For CMCSA;TWX;CBS;CVS;TRIP;AGP;AGN;RRD;OPEN;CHK;SMSC;MCHP;CHRS;ASNA;RATE;RIMM;NOK From The Last 14 Days
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May 18, 2015
08:39 EDTASNAAnn Inc. CEO says Ascena deal the 'right outcome for stockholders'
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08:06 EDTCMCSAComcast shares attractive at current levels, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTASNAANN volatility elevated into Ascena Retail acquiring for $47
ANN (ANN) June call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 31; compared to its 90-day average of 34; suggesting large near term price movement into a ascena retail (ASNA) paying ANN stockholders $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of ascena common stock.
07:50 EDTASNAAscena Retail volatility elevated into acquiring Ann Inc.
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07:48 EDTASNAAscena Retail and Ann Inc. to host conference call
Conference call to discuss merger agreement under which ascena will acquire ANN INC will be held on May 18 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:40 EDTASNAAscena Retail expects Ann. Inc acquisition to be significantly accretive to EPS
Excluding transaction and integration expenses, the acquisition is expected to be significantly accretive to EPS in the first year post closing, accelerating to greater than 20% accretion to EPS thereafter. Additionally, ascena expects the combination to generate significant cash flow while both maintaining appropriate levels of capital expenditures and enabling rapid deleveraging.
07:40 EDTASNAAnn Inc. rises 19% to $46 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail
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07:35 EDTASNAAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
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07:35 EDTASNAAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
07:27 EDTCMCSAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTCMCSA, TWXUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
May 15, 2015
16:35 EDTCHKIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: Manitowoc (MTW), Voltari (VLTC), Federal-Mogul Holdings (FDML), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK). DECREASED STAKES: None. LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
10:45 EDTCHKStocks with call strike movement; CHK RIG
Chesapeake (CHK) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 45, Transocean (RIG) August 21 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 42 according to IVolatility.
10:29 EDTAGNAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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08:13 EDTMCHPJefferies ups view on Semis to Positive from Negative
Jefferies upped its view on the Semiconductors space to Positive from Negative after hosting a dozen companies at its annual conference in Miami. The firm notes that most companies noted an "OK" demand environment, which it views as supporting its thesis that the recent inventory correction and lower capex has created a "great opportunity" to add to Semi positions. After meeting with management, Jefferies has increased conviction that NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) will soon sell its HPRF business and return to its stock buyback program before most expect. It has Buy ratings on AMD (AMD), Microchip (MCHP), NXP and Texas Instruments (TXN).
06:49 EDTCMCSAComcast giving NBCUniversal access to viewer data, NY Post says
Comcast is going to share viewer data collected by set-top boxes to NBCUniversal, which will be added to NBCUniversal's Audience Targeting Platform, reports the NY Post, citing NBCUniversal's head of advertising sales and client partnerships, Linda Yaccarino. Reference Link
May 14, 2015
13:28 EDTCHKIncreasing equity options volume
Increasing equity options volume: FCX UPS KSS CHK CSCO AVP YOKU CALM KORS
10:47 EDTTWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says has seen ratings erosion at TNT, TBS
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10:43 EDTTWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says 'bullish' time for Turner
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