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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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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTNFLXAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
11:19 EDTNFLXNetflix to premiere five new shows for kids
Netflix announced that it is adding five new animated and live-action comedy series to its selection of kids and family entertainment. These include Danger Mouse, planned for Spring 2016, Inspector Gadget in March 2015, Some Assembly Required in Summer 2015, Bottersnikes & Gumbles in Spring 2016 and SUPER 4, a new CGI animated series inspired by PLAYMOBIL, which makes its U.S. premiere in April exclusively on Netflix.
09:08 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:11 EDTSPWSPX Corp. selected by Arla Foods for processing systems at UK dairy plant
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake sees 2015 adjusted production growth 3%-5%
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07:03 EDTCHKChesapeake reports Q4 adjusted EPS 11c, consensus 24c
Reports Q4 revenue $5.05B, consensus $4.83B. Chesapeake’s daily production for Q4 averaged approximately 729,000 boe, a year-over-year increase of 12%, adjusted for asset sales. Average daily production in Q4 consisted of approximately 121,200 bbls of oil, 3.1 bcf of natural gas and 97,600 bbls of NGL, which represent year-over-year increases of 7%, 9% and 40% respectively, adjusted for asset sales.
February 24, 2015
16:39 EDTCRLCharles River Labs CFO Thomas Ackerman to retire in 2016
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15:21 EDTCHKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:01 EDTNFLXNetflix teams up with Judd Apatow for 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday'
Netflix will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman. Judd Apatow and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Production is slated to begin in early 2015.
07:15 EDTNFLXNetflix may enter Russia within two years, Hollywood Reporter says
Netflix' head of communications in Europe, Joris Evers, says the company hopes to make its entrance in Russia within the next two years, The Hollywood Reporter says. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
06:04 EDTCHKChesapeake March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
February 18, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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09:37 EDTNFLXOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
07:07 EDTSPWBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
February 17, 2015
17:43 EDTCHKAmerican Energy - Utica responds to Chesapeake lawsuit
American Energy – Utica, LLC, or AEU, and The Energy & Minerals Group, or EMG, responded to a meritless lawsuit commenced against AEU by Chesapeake Energy. Chesapeake has erroneously included AEU and certain yet to be named investors in a lawsuit it filed today against certain entities owned or controlled by Aubrey McClendon including American Energy Partners, LP, based on a dispute it has with McClendon in which Chesapeake alleges McClendon misappropriated certain Chesapeake trade secrets upon his separation from Chesapeake in 2013. Chesapeake clearly does not understand the ownership or structure of AEU, which is controlled by EMG, and Chesapeake has made no attempt to understand the ownership structure prior to carelessly and erroneously naming AEU as a party to its lawsuit. The allegations in the Chesapeake lawsuit against AEU are meritless given that all information used by AEU in connection with the acquisition of its assets was either publicly available, provided by the sellers of those assets or independently developed by The Energy & Minerals Group or W.D. Von Gonten & Co., a widely regarded independent petroleum engineering and geological firm with whom EMG has a long standing relationship. EMG is the largest equity investor in AEU followed by First Reserve. Both EMG and FR have been involved with AEU since the initial acquisition of its assets in October, 2013 yet neither was contacted by Chesapeake prior to the filing of this lawsuit. AEU will immediately respond to and vigorously defend this lawsuit and expects to be removed as a defendant as quickly as possible. Additionally, AEU and EMG intend to bring any and all appropriate counterclaims against Chesapeake for the filing of such a meritless case without conducting any reasonable investigation into the factual and legal basis for the claim and for any damages that are incurred by any of such parties as a result.
11:24 EDTCHKMcClendon, American Energy say Chesapeake lawsuit 'baseless'
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10:41 EDTCHKChesapeake files suit against founder McClendon, Reuters reports
Chesapeake Energy filed suit today alleging that its founder and former CEO, Aubrey McClendon, "misappropriated highly sensitive trade secrets" in order to launch his new venture American Energy Partners, Reuters reports. Reference Link
10:09 EDTDDDuPont tells shareholders 'we are on the right path'
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07:20 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with UBS
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