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April 15, 2014
10:00 EDTV, LUV, PIR, MS, KEG, VECO, QSII, P, MDAS, IM, YHOO, TIF, QLIK, NXST, MA, EL, EQIX, CHS, CSL, ENOC, CERN, C, CTRXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Carlisle (CSL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Catamaran (CTRX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Cerner (CERN) reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... EnerNOC (ENOC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Equinix (EQIX) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Estee Lauder (EL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Ingram Micro (IM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Key Energy (KEG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... MedAssets (MDAS) reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Pandora (P) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Quality Systems (QSII) reinstated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Tiffany (TIF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... Visa (V) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
News For CSL;CTRX;CERN;CHS;C;ENOC;EQIX;EL;IM;KEG;MA;MDAS;MS;NXST;P;PIR;QLIK;QSII;LUV;TIF;VECO;V;YHOO From The Last 14 Days
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January 13, 2015
06:01 EDTYHOOStocks 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.
January 12, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
11:41 EDTTIFTiffany plummets after cutting fiscal 2014 profit outlook
Shares of jewelry and accessories retailer Tiffany (TIF) are sinking after the company lowered its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Additionally, the company reported holiday sales for the two-month period ended December 31 were 1% below prior year levels. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany this morning reported sales results for the two-month holiday period ended December 31. For the period, the company reported worldwide net sales of $1.02B, 1% below the prior year. Worldwide net sales increased 3% and comparable sales were even with the prior year on a constant-exchange-rate basis, which excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Tiffany cut its FY14 net earnings per share view to $4.15-$4.20 from $4.20-$4.30, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of $4.32. Tiffany President and Chief Executive Officer Federic Cumenal said that the company is planning "cautiously" for the coming year. Cumenal noted that the company anticipates "significant headwinds from the stronger U.S. dollar against all of our key currencies that, as we experienced in the holiday period, negatively affects both the translation of results and sales to tourists in the U.S." Cumenal said that these factors are expected to result in the company planning low-to-mid single-digit sales and earnings growth in 2015. Cumenal also commented that "Despite these and other global economic pressures that we anticipate in the short-term, we believe that, when they abate, Tiffany will resume higher earnings growth rates based on stronger sales growth and increasing operating margins." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Sterne Agee lowered its price target for Tiffany to $110 from $121 citing the company's "disappointing" holiday comps and "soft" initial 2015 guidance. However, he firm kept a Buy rating on the name, and said it is encouraged by the company's relative strength in Asia-Pacific and Europe. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tiffany fell $12.15, or about 11.7%, to $91.30 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained approximately 1% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Tiffany & Co peers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), down 0.6%, and Blue Nile (NILE), down 2.2%.
10:17 EDTTIFTiffany price target lowered to $110 from $121 at Sterne Agee
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10:15 EDTTIFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: NBIX APOL NPSP BBBY INFY JCP MU TIF
10:00 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTMAActive equity options trading
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09:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley hires UBS U.K. investment banker Bishop, FT reports
Nick Bishop, a senior investment banker at UBS (UBS), will leave the company to join Morgan Stanley (MS), where he will become a managing director, sources tell The Financial Times. Reference Link
09:30 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Foundation Medicine (FMI) up 138.9% following transaction with Roche (RHHBY)... Celator Pharmaceuticals (CPXX), up 19.1% after announcing promising Phase 2 data for CPX-351... Second Sight (EYES), up 16.7% after Health Canada approves Argus II retinal prosthesis system... Aegerion (AEGR), up 7.8% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results and guidance... Express (EXPR), up 4.5% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results. NOTABLE: NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), up 8.5% following acquisition by Shire (SHPG)... Shire is down 1.1% in pre-market trading. LOWER: Arrowhead (ARWR), down 20.9% after FDA clears company to begin modified study of ARC-520 in a preliminary call of a partial clinical hold... Tiffany (TIF), down 10.4% after lowering fiscal 2014 net EPS guidance... SanDisk (SNDK), down 10.1% after lowering fourth quarter outlook... Ascena Retail (ASNA), down 5.8% after lowering fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS view... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), down 5.9% after reporting long-term outcomes from Phase IIb Eteplirsen study... Loral Space & Communications (LORL), down 3.6% following a NY Post article that reported that talks to sell itself to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have ended... Southwestern Energy (SWN), down 4.2% after filing to sell 20.3M shares of stock and 26M depository shares.
08:46 EDTLUVSouthwest reports December RPMs up 2.8% to 9.2B
Southwest announced that the company flew 9.2B revenue passenger miles in December 2014, a 2.8% increase from the 9B RPMs flown in December 2013. Available seat miles increased 2.9% to 11.2B from the December 2013 level of 10.8B . The December 2014 load factor was 82.7% compared with 82.8% in December 2013. For December 2014, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have decreased in the four to five percent range, as compared with December 2013. For the fourth quarter of 2014, the company flew 26.8B RPMs, compared with 25.7B RPMs flown for the same period in 2013, an increase of 4.3%. Fourth quarter 2014 ASMs increased 2.4% to 32.6B from fourth quarter 2013 ASMs of 31.9B . The fourth quarter 2014 load factor was 82%, compared with 80.4% for the same period in 2013. For fourth quarter 2014, PRASM is estimated to have increased in the one to two percent range, as compared with fourth quarter 2013.
08:29 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded at JMP Securities
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08:22 EDTCCiti may have more to gain than JPMorgan from break-up, WSJ says
Analysts have suggested that JPMorgan (JPM) could unlock investor value by breaking-up, but a Citigroup (C) break-up, while complicated, could be more compelling, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Reference Link
07:47 EDTTIFTiffany volatility elevated into lower 2014 earnings outlook
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07:41 EDTCLarge banks' weakness creates attractive entry point, says Wells Fargo
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07:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
07:35 EDTCHSNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:04 EDTTIFTiffany cuts FY14 net EPS view to $4.15-$4.20 from $4.20-$4.30
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07:03 EDTTIFTiffany reports holiday period worldwide net sales $1.02B
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06:35 EDTMA, VObama to press for law requiring disclosure of hacking, NY Times says
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06:12 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 114, Yahoo (YHOO) 50 according to iVolatility.
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