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December 12, 2012
10:00 EDTHOMB, PCLN, XEL, OZRK, CR, OWW, IO, YELP, NKE, MMYT, DECK, OPEN, KRC, CZZ, UA, MFRM, EXPE, CYNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: City National (CYN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Cosan (CZZ) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Expedia (EXPE) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Mattress Firm (MFRM) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... OpenTable (OPEN) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Xcel Energy (XEL) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... priceline.com (PCLN) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Buy at Capstone... ION Geophysical (IO) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) initiated with a Hold at BGB Securities... Home Bancshares (HOMB) initiated with a Hold at BGB Securities.
News For CYN;CZZ;DECK;EXPE;KRC;MMYT;MFRM;OPEN;NKE;UA;OWW;XEL;YELP;CR;PCLN;IO;OZRK;HOMB From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
07:05 EDTUAUnder Armour sees 2016 revenue $4.95B, consensus $4.91B
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07:04 EDTUAUnder Armour reports Q4 EPS 48c, consensus 46c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.17B, consensus $1.12B. Gross margin for Q4 was 48.0% compared with 49.9% in the prior year's period, "primarily reflecting negative impacts of approximately 90 basis points from sales mix, specifically from strong footwear growth, approximately 80 basis points from the continued strength of the U.S. Dollar, and approximately 30 basis points from higher liquidations."
06:08 EDTXELXcel Energy reports Q4 ongoing EPS 41c, consensus 40c
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05:31 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTUANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:30 EDTUAUnder Armour January weekly 69 straddle priced for 8.8% movement into Q4
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10:20 EDTPCLN, EXPEGoldman says sell TripAdvisor as Airbnb adds to industry challenges
The outlook for online travel agencies, or OTAs, has become less favorable, partly due to increased competition from alternative lodging providers like Airbnb, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm downgraded one of the stocks in the sector, Priceline (PCLN), to Neutral from Buy, and cut another online travel agency, TripAdvisor (TRIP), to Sell from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Amid high lodging occupancy rates and below average supply growth, more travelers are embracing alternative lodging options like Airbnb, cutting out the OTAs, wrote Goldman analyst Heath Terry. Additionally, high occupancy rates are enabling hotels to seek better terms from OTAs, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, OTAs have increased their penetration of the hotel sector, leaving less room for share gains, Terry stated. Turning to specific stocks, the analyst expects Priceline to be hurt by the stronger dollar as well as increased competition from alternative lodging options. He anticipates that TripAdvisor's bottom line will be lowered by its efforts to convince hotels to join its Instant Booking program by granting them more favorable deal terms. Terry kept a Neutral rating on Expedia, but said that the stock could drop further, given the company's high exposure to large hotel chains, the competitive challenges it's facing, and integration risks from four major acquisitions it has made over the last two years. He cut his price target on Priceline to $1,200 from $1,500 and on TripAdvisor to $59 from $68. Terry has a $93 price target on Expedia. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Priceline fell 3.5% to $1,073, TripAdvisor lost 3.2% to $67.44, and Expedia declined 2.2% to $102.61.
10:00 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:32 EDTPCLNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:12 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
08:40 EDTUAUnder Armour volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Under Armour January weekly call option implied volatility is at 123, February is at 59, March is at 48; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
06:02 EDTPCLN, EXPEPriceline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry downgraded Priceline (PCLN) to Neutral saying the environment for online travel agents is becoming less favorable amid high occupancy and rising competition from alternative accommodation providers. Terry cut his price target for the shares to $1,200 from $1,500. He continues to believe Priceline is the best positioned in the space, however. The analyst this morning also downgraded TripAdvisor (TRIP) to Sell and kept a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE).
05:25 EDTUAStocks with implied volatility movement; UA SWN
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January 26, 2016
13:13 EDTPCLN, YELPYelp spike attributed to takeover speculation
An early afternoon spike in shares of Yelp (YELP) is being attributed to takeover speculation. A rumor has Priceline (PCLN) interested in a potential acquisition of Yelp, trading sources tell The Fly. Shares of Yelp are up 68c to $22.34 in early afternoon trading after earlier spiking as high as $22.87. The Fly, in fulfilling its mission of explaining stock movement, often comes across the many unconfirmed rumors being passed through trading desks and social media platforms. On the occasion that rumors or speculation appear on The Fly's news feed, it should be viewed not as giving credence to the conjecture, rather as simply highlighting its impact on the stock prices of the companies involved.
13:13 EDTYELPYelp January weekly calls active
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11:00 EDTUAAnalysts divided on Under Armour ahead of results
Analysts have made Under Armour (UA) a "battleground" stock ahead of its fourth quarter results, with Deutsche Bank and SunTrust taking a bullish view and Piper Jaffray adopting a bearish stance towards the shares of the athletic apparel and footwear maker. Under Armour is slated to report its Q4 results before the market open on January 28. BULLISH TAKE: Although Under Amour probably discounted its products more than previously expected in Q4 due to the warm weather, that development is probably well understood by investors now, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Dave Weiner. Moreover, although the growth of the company's apparel sales probably slowed, its momentum in footwear probably did not weaken, Weiner believes. "Investors will overlook less than stellar Q4 results" if the company reiterates its 2016 guidance of 25% revenue growth and 23% operating profit growth, wrote Weiner, who cut his price target on the name to $95 from $110 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. SunTrust analyst Pamela Quintiliano was more upbeat. After the stock fell 26% over the last three months, the bad news regarding weather and increased competition is "largely priced into the shares," the analyst stated. Noting that the company is trading at valuation levels below its five year averages, the analyst says that "its fundamentals and brand integrity remain intact." She thinks the company can meet its fiscal 2018 sales target of $7.5B and views the recent weakness in the shares as a buying opportunity. Quintiliano reiterated a $110 price target and Buy rating on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Taking a cautious view on Under Armour was Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy. The stock is still expensive, while footwear inventories are still high. In addition to the warm weather, the company faces an overhang from Sports Authority's struggles, the analyst stated. Murphy expects the company's Q4 EPS to come in at 44c, 2c below the consensus outlook. Although Under Armour will maintain its guidance, the company's year-end inventory will be high and the stock's multiple could continue to decline, she warned. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $64 from $88 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Under Armour fell 1.7% to $67 per share.
08:35 EDTUAUnder Armour recent weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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07:00 EDTUAUnder Armour price target lowered to $64 from $88 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy lowered her price target for shares of Under Armour to $64 ahead of the company's Q4 results on Thursday. The analyst remains cautious on the stock near-term given concerns over valuation, footwear inventory in the channel, challenges with partner Sports Authority and the warmer winter season. While the stock is down 36% from the highs, rich multiple stocks are not "finding their footing on less-than-pristine reports," Murphy tells investors in a pre-earnings research note. She keeps a Neutral rating on Under Armour.
06:45 EDTUAUnder Armour price target lowered to $95 from $110 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Dave Weiner lowered his price target for Under Armour to $95 ahead of the company's Q4 results on Thursday. The analyst believes discounting was likely worse than expected in Q4 given Under Armour's exposure to cold weather product, but he believes this is well known with the stock down 25% since the Q3 earnings report. Investors will likely "overlook less than stellar" Q4 results so long as management reiterates their 2016 plan, Weiner tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on Under Armour.
05:17 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 44 at upper end of index mean range
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