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December 12, 2012
16:45 EDTCRL, SPW, CHK, NFLX, GDI, ACMP, PC, DDOn 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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January 20, 2015
16:08 EDTNFLXNetflix up 11% after reporting better than expected Q4 earnings
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16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 net streaming additions of 4.05M
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 EPS 60c, consensus 77c
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix reports 4.33M members added in Q4
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
15:21 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:17 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a sideways consolidation pattern since a sharp downtrend began in October of last year. The approximate range has been a high at $350 and a low at $320. Breaks of either end of this range will be important determinants of the trend following earnings. A breakout above $350 would potentially reverse the current dominant downtrend. With over 8.5% of the trading float short, there could be substantial buy-to-cover pressure in the event of a positive surprise. Upside levels to watch above $350 would be at $357.95, $366.51, and $375.83. On an extreme positive surprise, the $380 area could be tested. If the news is negative, a break below the $320 area would likely lead to a resumption of the dominant downtrend. Support levels to watch would be at $310.25, $299.50, and $290.28. A breakdown below $300 would be long-term bearish for price, confirming a major top.
14:04 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly 345 straddle priced for 11% movement into Q4
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10:29 EDTCHKONGC speculated to potentially hold talks to buy Chesapeake, EnergyPlugged says
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08:11 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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January 16, 2015
17:21 EDTSPWRelationsl lowers stake in SPX Corp. to 8.64% from 10.44%
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11:16 EDTNFLXCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:34 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Netflix January weekly call option implied volatility is at 97, February is at 55, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 20.
10:01 EDTSPWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:30 EDTNFLXNetflix results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
Cantor expects Netflix's Q4 results to beat expectations. The firm views the company's 2015 original content as compelling and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:57 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:20 EDTSPWSPX Corp. initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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06:09 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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January 15, 2015
07:59 EDTNFLXNetflix Q4 results should be in-line with expectations, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Q4 result for Netflix should be in-line with expectations, but its guidance on subscriptions will be the focus for investors. Canaccord believes the long term growth story for Netflix remains intact, even though near-term subscriber trends remain difficult to predict. Canaccord reiterates its Buy rating and $450 price target on Netflix shares.
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