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News For DELL;ADNC;MRK;TSN;CTRP;GDOT;VVUS;NFLX;MCK;MAT;LTM;ALKS;ELN From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTALKSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:15 EDTALKSAlkermes downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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March 26, 2015
10:44 EDTNFLXRovi expects decision in Netflix case within next few months, remains confident
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10:04 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck announces collaboration with American Diabetes Association
Merck announced a collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. The collaboration aims to educate adults with diabetes about their increased risk for potentially serious health problems, including pneumococcal pneumonia, influenza and hepatitis B, making it important for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to talk to their health care professional about these diseases.
08:20 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Hold at Argus
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06:06 EDTNFLXRovi says confident in Netflix suit arguments, Bloomberg reports
Rovi (ROVI) told Bloomberg last night that it is aware of speculation regarding its patent infringement suit against Netflix (NFLX) and remains confident in its arguments while awaiting the judge's decision. Shares of Rovi dropped 12% in late trading yesterday and closed at $18.42.
06:03 EDTNFLXRovi traded lower on Netflix suit speculation, says Piper Jaffray
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06:00 EDTCTRPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LL CTRP
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March 25, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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14:45 EDTNFLXFacebook testing new video autoplay feature, Re/code says
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11:58 EDTTSNStephens food/agribusiness analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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11:45 EDTMCKLeerink healthcare tech/pharma analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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11:04 EDTNFLX'Top Gear' presenter may join Netflix, Telegraph reports
Jeremy Clarkson, who may be fired as a "Top Gear" presenter, may sign for Netflix, according to The Telegraph. It is unclear whether James May and Richard Hammond, Clarkson's co-presenters on the television show, would join Clarkson. Reference Link
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09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:57 EDTTSNJBS S.A. weighing IPO for U.S. unit, Bloomberg reports
The world’s biggest meat producer, JBS S.A. (JBSAY), is mulling plans for an initial public offering of its U.S. unit, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter. Other publicly traded companies in the meat production space include Hormel Foods (HRL), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Tyson Foods (TSN). Reference Link
07:28 EDTMRKOptions expected to be active
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06:36 EDTNFLXNielsen to measure Netflix & Amazon viewing by middle of 2015, Bloomberg reports
Nielsen (NLSN) CEO Mitch Barns said the company will begin offering data on viewing by Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) Prime subscribers starting mid-year, reports Bloomberg. Although Netflix and Amazon have been unwilling to share what their subscribers watch, Nielsen has been testing technology that measures audiences by listening to shows and sharing the results with select clients. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
19:40 EDTMRKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:24 EDTNFLXNielsen says to unveil way to measure Netflix viewing by midyear, Bloomberg says
17:02 EDTMRKMerck announces new $10B share repurchase program
Merck announced that its board of directors has authorized additional purchases of up to $10B of Merck’s common stock for its treasury. The treasury stock purchase has no time limit and will be made over time in open-market transactions, block transactions on or off an exchange, or in privately negotiated transactions. With this announcement, the company’s total outstanding share repurchase authorization is now approximately $11.7B, which includes approximately $1.7B in authorized repurchases remaining under the program previously announced on May 1, 2013. Merck continues to expect average diluted shares outstanding will be approximately 2.86B in 2015.
17:00 EDTMRKMerck announces new $10B share repurchase program
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16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
10:42 EDTNFLXNetflix trades near session highs, levels to watch
Shares were last at $43.7.46, off the session high at $439.40. The stock got a boost after Barclays raised its price target to $450 and Cantor took its target up to $500. At current price resistance is at the session high. Support is at $436.15.
10:35 EDTNFLXNetflix seen by Cantor as 'clear winner' as TV unbundles
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09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck: Phase 3 KEYNOTE-006 study met co-primary endpoints, will be stopped early
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07:50 EDTTSNTyson Foods shares should be bought, says BB&T
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06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $500 from $450 at Cantor
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06:25 EDTNFLXNetflix says has launched in Australia
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06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $450 from $400 at Barclays
Barclays raised Equal Weight rated Netflix's price target to $450 to reflect a rollover to a valuation based on 2016. The firm continues to expect increased spending to depress margin and slowing U.S. subscribers to limit share upside.
05:54 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NFLX BBRY
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March 23, 2015
11:22 EDTCTRPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:45 EDTMRKUBS to hold a field trip
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:20 EDTGDOTBarclays to hold a forum
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07:17 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
March 20, 2015
16:36 EDTCTRPCtrip.com reports Q4 EPS (19c), consensus (28c)
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16:22 EDTCTRPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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11:59 EDTCTRPCtrip.com price target raised to $75 from $67 at HSBC
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09:45 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTCTRPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 20.1%... Rally Software (RALY), up 17.3%... Nike (NKE), up 5.2%... Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 4.3%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 40.2% after reporting positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002... Viggle (VGGL), up 26.9% after confirming receipt of offer from chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman... Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), up 8.5% after announcing new data analyses from FLINT trial... Biogen Idec (BIIB), up 9.7% after presenting positive interim results from study of aducanumab... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... JinkoSolar (JKS), up 2.8% after announcing that it will supply 75 MWdc of its PV solar modules to Red Horse 2 project and following a strategic collaboration agreement with DuPont (DD). DuPont is up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AK Steel (AKS), down 6.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 4.9%... Tiffany (TIF), down 3.3%. ALSO LOWER: Macerich (MAC), down 7.7% after Simon makes $95.50 per share "best and final" offer.
07:41 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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07:16 EDTCTRPCtrip.com price target raised to $70 from $64 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target to $70 from $64 on Ctrip.com citing its secular growth story, aggressive investments, and proven strong execution. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating on Ctrip.com shares.
06:06 EDTCTRPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CTRP BIIB
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March 19, 2015
18:05 EDTCTRPCtrip.com sees Q1 revenue RMB 1.01B-RMB 1.03B
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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14:31 EDTCTRPCtrip.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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March 18, 2015
13:23 EDTNFLXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
08:05 EDTNFLXNetflix weakness creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
13:06 EDTNFLXBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:23 EDTNFLXApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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07:12 EDTNFLXConcerns over Netflix competition overblown, says Stifel
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March 16, 2015
16:28 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:25 EDTTSNTyson Foods backs FY15 EPS $3.30-$3.40, consensus $3.43
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15:33 EDTMRKMerck says study shows VYTORIN reduced CV events more than simvastatin alone
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15:21 EDTCTRPCtrip.com March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:43 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
10:44 EDTNFLXNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:29 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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10:02 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:18 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness volatility flat into Leonard Green affiliates acquiring
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08:07 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness to be acquired by Leonard Green affiliates in $4B deal
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07:52 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded at Evercore ISI
As previously reported, Evercore ISI downgraded Netflix to Sell from Hold. The firm downgraded shares and reduced its price target to $380 from $450 due to increasing competition among existing and emerging distributors combined with content providers who are becoming increasingly leveraged to new channels through OTT offerings of their own. Evercore ISI believes intensifying competition will necessitate increased investment with uncertain returns and lowered estimates.
07:16 EDTTSNConsumer Analyst Group of Europe to hold a conference
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06:16 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
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