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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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October 15, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q3 EPS 96c, consensus 93c
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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15:48 EDTNFLXNetflix October 450 straddle priced for 6.5% move into Q3
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15:28 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.36; eBay (EBAY), consensus 67c; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), consensus 64c; Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), consensus 58c; El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), consensus 39c; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 93c; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.08; Navient (NAVI), consensus 52c; Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 58c; Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ), consensus 29c; Astoria Financial (AF), consensus 16c; Rambus (RMBS), consensus 5c.
14:01 EDTNFLXNetflix technical comments ahead of results
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13:22 EDTNFLXEarnings Preview: Netflix falls after HBO announced plans of streaming service
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 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 93c on revenue of $1.41B. The consensus range is 86c-$1.24 for EPS, and $1.39B-$1.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported second quarter EPS of $1.15 against estimates of $1.16, on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.33B. It reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M and Q2-end total streaming members of 50.05M. The company reports Q2 international streaming net additions of 1.12M and Q2-end members of 13.8M. Netflix gave Q3 EPS guidance of 89c and revenue guidance of $1.22B. It also expects to add 3.69M net additions, with international approaching contribution profitability. Netflix said it can achieve U.S.-like margins in its international business. During its Q2 earnings interview, Netflix said it sees a dip in free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as company expands original content. NEWS: Netflix launched in several countries in the past quarter, including France, Germany, Gelgium Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. It also signed a deal with Weinstein Co. to release a feature film sequel to "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that will be released to a number of IMAX (IMAX) theaters. Netflix signed Judd Apatow to a two-year commitment for an original comedy series, and Adam Sandler to star in four feature films. The company announced a peering deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) for faster streams and direct access. In a recent post on Facebook, CEO Reed Hastings said the company passed Time Warner's HBO in subscriber revenue. HBO, however, announced plans today to launch a standalone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription. STREET RESEARCH: MKM Partners said Netflix's international opportunity is larger than most realize and will eventually be able to provide a global product. The company's price target was raised at RBC Capital due to the opportunities in new European markets, along with favorable survey results in the U.S. and the U.K. Barclays and BTIG upgraded the company, saying international estimates are likely achievable no longer see the stock as underperforming its peers. BTIG expects Netflix's streaming service may reach 100M subscribers worldwide by 2017. Ahead of Q3 earnings, Canaccord said Netflix will likely report in-line results with continued strong subscriber additions and improved international performance. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have fell more than to 3.31% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday mid-day trading ahead of Q3 report, Netflix shares are trading down 2.67%.
12:26 EDTNFLXNetflix obtains streaming licensing rights to 'Friends'
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10:55 EDTNFLXHBO to launch standalone online service in 2015
HBO's plans to launch a stand alone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription were announced at Time Warner's (TWX) analyst day meeting. HBO's upcoming service may be viewed as another competitor to Netflix (NFLX).
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:14 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Netflix October call option implied volatility is at 95, November is at 40, December is at 38, January is at 37, March is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 35, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
06:33 EDTCRLCharles River Labs upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
SunTrust upgraded Charles River Labs to Buy and raised estimates to reflect DSA segment revenue growth, an early stage industry recovery that creates long-term performance potential, and views valuation as attractive. Price target is $70.
October 14, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
10:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:11 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated at 97 into Q3 and outlook
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05:45 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG
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October 13, 2014
16:14 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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