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August 5, 2014
15:47 EDTJAZZ, FANG, Z, ATVI, CNP, EOG, TTWO, KAR, FEYE, FSLR, XEC, CLR, WBMD, TRMB, GRPN, FTR, OKE, DISNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Disney (DIS), consensus $1.17; Continental Resources (CLR), consensus $1.70; EOG Resources (EOG), consensus $1.37; ONEOK (OKE), consensus 36c; Cimarex Energy (XEC), consensus $1.71; CenterPoint Energy (CNP), consensus 23c; Frontier Communications (FTR), consensus 5c; First Solar (FSLR), consensus 37c; Activision Blizzard (ATVI), consensus 2c; Groupon (GRPN), consensus 1c; FireEye (FEYE), consensus (60c); Zillow (Z), consensus (4c); Trimble Navigation (TRMB), consensus 40c; KAR Auction Services (KAR), consensus 38c; Diamondback Energy (FANG), consensus 69c; WebMD (WBMD), consensus 19c; Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), consensus (26c); Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), consensus $1.92.
News For DIS;CLR;EOG;OKE;XEC;CNP;FTR;FSLR;ATVI;GRPN;FEYE;Z;TRMB;KAR;FANG;WBMD;TTWO;JAZZ From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
17:38 EDTATVIS&P announces changes to S&P 500 index
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17:36 EDTDISGameStop to open first dedicated U.S. collectibles store in 2H
GameStop (GME) says plans to open first U.S. ThinkGeek collectibles store in 2H. Says already seeing supply chain and purchasing synergies related to acquisition of Geeknet, "some of which" will positively impact GameStop in current fiscal year. Sees Geeknet becoming profitable in back half of current year. Highlights portfolio of new collectibles in support of Disney's (DIS) new "Star Wars" movie. Regarding plan to shift floor space away from video games to collectibles in GameStop stores, says not a sudden decision, says based on "couple years" of research. Emphasizes that collectibles, or "loot," are "going to be a bigger part of our business."
17:30 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard up 7% to $29.99 after being added to S&P 500
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17:16 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard to replace Pall Corp. in S&P 500 as of 8/28 close
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06:40 EDTDISNielsen to start tracking for online streaming shows, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTDISWal-Mart extends holiday layaway program two weeks, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to boost its holiday layaway program by two weeks ahead of an expected year-end demand for Star Wars toys, a Disney (DIS) property, Reuters reports. The retailer will jumpstart the program on August 28, two weeks earlier than last year, the report says, citing comments from Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Wal-Mart. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
15:05 EDTDISNew 'Star Wars' film will monopolize IMAX for a month, Hollywood Reporter says
Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which will be released December 18, will have four weeks of IMAX (IMAX) large-format screens to itself, according to the Hollywood Reporter, after IMAX reserved all of its screens for the movie for a month, something the company hasn't done since a similar deal with The Hobbit movies four years ago. Reference Link
August 25, 2015
19:16 EDTDISTV service Hulu to feature programmatic ads powered by Facebook, Oracle
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14:11 EDTDISAnalysts say Facebook looks solid amid virtual reality, social media trends
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11:41 EDTFSLRSolarCity rises again after Chairman Musk buys shares
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10:57 EDTDISHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:10 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
08:08 EDTFEYEFireEye, Adobe among quality 'flushed out' tech names, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says that market disruptions like the one seen in the last several days have historically provided a unique opportunity to invest in high-quality names and identified FireEye (FEYE), Adobe (ADBE), Veeva Systems (VEEV) and Rovi (ROVI) as four particularly interesting tech stocks that "appear flushed out" and now offer "exaggerated" risk/reward. The firm has Overweight ratings on all four stocks mentioned above after having upgraded Rovi to Overweight this morning.
August 24, 2015
18:55 EDTJAZZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:52 EDTJAZZJazz, Celgene, Shire up after USPTO rejects Acorda patent challenge
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16:46 EDTFSLRPresident Obama announces new renewable energy commitments
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15:01 EDTFEYEWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
14:21 EDTFEYEJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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11:09 EDTFSLRGoldman says SolarCity attractive after sharp pullback
SolarCity (SCTY) shares are climbing in the down market after Goldman Sachs contended in a note to investors today that the stock is attractive following its recent sharp retreat, The company probably won't be affected by issues that are causing investors to worry about the solar sector, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that SolarCity's stock had tumbled 27% in the last month before today's open, Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee wrote that the shares are being dragged down by worries about financing and cost of capital that are affecting the entire solar sector. However, he contended that these issues are having only a "limited" impact on SolarCity. On August 13, the company successfully sold asset-backed securities and it said that more such sales are likely to occur in the near-term, Lee noted. Meanwhile, SolarCity isn't being affected by the cost of capital increases that other solar companies are experiencing, the analyst reported. Before today's open, the stock was near a two year low, even though SolarCity's fundamentals are still "strong," Lee believes. Additionally, the largest U.S. solar trade show, which is expected to begin on September 14, could boost solar stocks, as it has historically been a catalyst for the sector, the analyst stated. SolarCity may provide guidance about the outlook for its Silevo solar panel manufacturing subsidiary in the second half of 2015, and the guidance could boost the stock, Lee believes. The risk/reward ratio of SolarCity's stock is positive, according to the analyst, who has a Conviction List Buy and $85 price target on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SolarCity advanced 5.3% to $43.18.
07:19 EDTCLRContinental Resources downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Continental Resources to Neutral and lowered its price target to $44 from $70. The firm downgraded shares based on potential extended commodity weakness and the impact on investment.
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