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December 12, 2012
16:45 EDTDD, GDI, SPW, PC, NFLX, CRL, ACMP, CHKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with only the S&P eking out a gain, after the Federal Reserve announced new quantitative easing plans and set fiscal policy thresholds. The Federal Reserve released the minutes from its December meeting just after noon, and the averages climbed higher on the news, though a broad market sell-off took hold as Fed chairman Ben Bernanke spoke during the last 90 minutes of the trading session. Following the late day selling, the averages went into the close well off their highs, with the Nasdaq serving as the laggard of the group... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices fell more than expected and recorded their biggest drop in five months in November, dropping 0.9%. The Federal Reserve announced it would buy $45B of "longer term" Treasury securities per month after its initial program of buying such securities expires along with continuing to reinvest principal payments from its current holdings into agency mortgage-backed securities. Also, the central bank adopted monetary policy thresholds, saying it expects to keep interest rates exceptionally low "at least as long as" unemployment remains above 6.5% and inflation is projected to be no more than 2.5% in about a two-year time frame... COMPANY NEWS: DuPont (DD) shares rose 61c, or 1.4%, to $44.30 after the company said it expects its adjusted EPS to come in at the high end of its previous forecast and also authorized a repurchase program of $1B... Reuters said SPX Corp. (SPW) has offered more than $4B in a takeover bid for Gardner Denver (GDI), which was "well above" rival offers. Shares of Gardner Denver traded sharply higher following the news, rising $3.49, or 5.02%, to $72.98. Shares of SPX lost 78c, or 1.26%, to close at $61.29... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Panasonic (PC), up 37c, or 7.31%, to $5.43 following an upgrade to Overweight at Barclays. Also higher were shares of Netflix (NFLX), up $4.65, or 5.40%, to $90.73 after Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the stock to $105 from $80. Among the noteworthy losers were shares of Charles River Labs (CRL), down $3.65, or 9.29%, to $35.65 after the company reaffirmed its 2012 guidance and provided guidance for 2013 below Street expectations. Also lower was Access Midstream Partners (ACMP), down $1.88, or 5.52%, to $32.15 after announcing a deal to acquire the midstream assets of Chesapeake Energy (CHK) for $2.16B... INDICES: The Dow was down 2.99, or 0.02%, to 13,245.45; the Nasdaq was down 8.49, or 0.28%, to 3,013.81; and the S&P 500 was up 0.64, or 0.04%, to 1,428.48.
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July 21, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q3 EPS 89c, consensus $1.06
Sees Q3 revenue $1.22B, consensus $1.38B.
16:00 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.16
Reports Q2 revenue $1.15B, consensus $1.33B.
15:30 EDTDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
15:30 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:21 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly 452 straddle priced for 8.1% move into Q2
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14:38 EDTNFLXEarnings Preview: Analysts bullish on Netflix international expansion
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, July 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.16 on revenue of $1.33B. The consensus range is 93c-$1.42 for EPS, and $1.26B-$1.34B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported first quarter EPS of 86c against estimates of 83c, on revenue of $1.27B against estimates of $1.27B. It reported Q1 domestic net additions of 2.25M with total domestic members at Q1-end of 35.67M. Netflix also reported Q1 net international subscriber additions of 1.75M. The company gave Q2 guidance at that time of $1.12. It expects to add 520,000 domestic subscribers in Q2, 940,000 international subscribers in Q2, and total members to reach 49.81 at Q2-end. The company projects 60M-90M U.S. subscribers in the long-term. NEWS: Netflix raised its membership rate in early May by $1.00 to $8.99 for new subscribers while existing subscriber rates will be frozen for two years. A couple of weeks into the rate increase, Netflix said that it has seen "small customer reaction." Netflix said that it would significant expand internationally and specifically in Europe for 2H14. It plans to expand its content breath in upcoming quarters with "meaningful" originals in each market that could compete with "the top end of cable." Speaking on CNBC, CEO Reed Hastings added that he does not expect Netflix to introduce advertising now or in the near future. STREET RESEARCH: Several analyst firms, including Pacific Crest, RW Baird, JPMorgan and Topeka, are bullish on the company due to optimism for Netflix's international expansion that appears to be accelerating. Pacific Crest added that the company's international subscribers will likely surpass expectations. Citigroup, meanwhile, lowered 2014-2017 estimates to reflect the costs of the launch of service in the European market. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, RW Baird expects solid Q2 results and Q3 forecast to reflect new market dilution. MKM Partners also believes that the company's Q2 results will likely beat expectations, adding that the stock could double or triple in the next four or five years. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have risen more than to 29% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Monday mid-day trading ahead of Q2 report, Netflix shares are trading up 1.8%.
11:13 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
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09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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July 20, 2014
11:58 EDTCHKCaterpillar, five others should benefit from global recovery, Barron's says
Caterpillar (CAT), Teradata (TDC), Kennametal (KMT), Capital One Financial (COF), T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK) are all relatively cheap and should benefit from global recovery, Barron's contends in its cover article. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
05:57 EDTNFLXLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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July 17, 2014
09:31 EDTNFLXNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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07:31 EDTNFLXNetflix Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says MKM Partners
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07:20 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Netflix July weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, August is at 49, September is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 21.
July 16, 2014
16:04 EDTDDPeltz says DuPont a complex business that can be simplified
Peltz says he continues to be in talks with DuPont's management.
15:17 EDTNFLXNetflix quietly ends Saturday DVD deliveries to lower costs, LAT says
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14:03 EDTNFLXNetflix submits FCC comments on proposed Net Neutrality rules
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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July 15, 2014
08:03 EDTNFLXPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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07:04 EDTCHKExterran Partners to acquire natural gas compression assets from MidCon
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