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November 9, 2012
12:26 EDTSTRA, ZIP, GRPN, SCLN, PCLN, JCP, LGF, KYAK, DISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as positive economic data in the U.S. and China temporarily distracted investors from worrying over political deadlock getting in the way of progress. The averages opened lower but two economic reports issued near 10 am ET provided a catalyst for a bounce. The averages moved into positive territory ahead of House Speaker John Boehner’s speech on tackling the fiscal cliff crisis and the averages stood near session highs around noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices rose 0.5% in October from the prior month, versus expectations for them to be flat. Export prices in October were unchanged. The preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for November came in at 84.9, versus the expected 82.9. Wholesale inventories were reported to have increased 1.1% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Also, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that going over the fiscal cliff would cut U.S. economic output by about 3%, driving the nation back into recession next year. In Europe, French industrial production fell 2.7% in September from August and the Bank of France warned its economy, Europe’s second-largest, may be poised to tip into recession. In China, factory output rose 9.6% in October from a year earlier, beating expectations, and inflation unexpectedly cooled to the slowest pace in 33 months... COMPANY NEWS: Three well known brand names were down after their companies' quarterly reports: Disney (DIS), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Groupon (GRPN). Disney was the Dow Industrial average's worst performer, falling nearly 6%, after its earnings were in-line with consensus but revenues were lighter and Janney Capital downgraded the stock to a Neutral rating. J.C. Penney shares slid about 6% as well after it reported a worse than expected loss and said same store sales dropped 26.1%, making for its third straight quarter of losses and double digit sales declines. Groupon's stock was hardest hit, plunging 27% in midday trading, after it was downgraded by at least four firms and price targets were lowered at several others following the company's disappointing Q3 results and Q4 guidance... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kayak Software (KYAK), which jumped 27% after agreeing to be acquired by Priceline.com (PCLN) in a stock and cash transaction equivalent to $40 per share of Kayak stock. Shares of Priceline advanced fractionally after the deal announcement. Advancers after their earnings reports included Zipcar (ZIP), which jumped over 21%, and Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), which rose almost 13%. Among the noteworthy losers were SciClone (SCLN), down 24% after cutting its 2012 adjusted earnings view, and Strayer Education (STRA), down 16% after its full-year earnings outlook was well below consensus estimates and the company suspended its dividend... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 65.43, or 0.51%, to 12,876.75; the Nasdaq was up 30.87, or 1.07%, to 2,926.45; and the S&P 500 was up 12.46, or 0.90%, to 1,389.97.
News For DIS;JCP;GRPN;KYAK;PCLN;ZIP;LGF;SCLN;STRA From The Last 14 Days
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August 31, 2015
08:44 EDTLGF, DISNetflix confirms that it will not renew agreement with Epix
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06:54 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and raised his price target for shares to $12 from $10. The retailer closed Friday up 47c to $8.94. Penny's target of mid-single-digit same-store-sales growth looks achievable while the company's brands and assortment look right, Trussell tells investors in a research note. Further, new CEO Marvin Ellison is bringing Penny "up the curve" in pricing and markdown optimization while reducing corporate redundancies, the analyst writes. He views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull."
05:37 EDTLGF, DISHulu, Epix announce extensive multi-year agreement
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August 30, 2015
18:51 EDTDIS, LGFNetflix to lose access to certain high profile movies, Re/code says
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August 28, 2015
09:33 EDTDIS Active equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB NOV NFLX AMZN DIS TSLA T BABA BAC
06:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney implied volatility of 48 at lower end of index mean range
August 27, 2015
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."
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
10:12 EDTPCLNGoogle climbs after Goldman upgrade, Cantor endorsement
The shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) are rallying after Goldman Sachs upgraded the search giant's stock and Cantor Fitzgerald named the stock as one of the top five Internet names to buy amid the market's recent selloff. WHAT'S NEW: Google is in the early innings of a long-term margin expansion process as the search giant intensifies its focus on cost cutting, Goldman analyst Heather Bellini wrote in a note to investors today. Moreover, after conducting checks, Bellini is more upbeat on the company's ability to increase its monetization of YouTube and mobile search. The analyst, who believes that cost cutting combined with the increased monetization is starting to move the needle for the company, hiked her price target on Google's Class A stock to $800 from $660, upgraded the stock and added the shares to Goldman's Americas Conviction List. Meanwhile, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali named Google as one of his top five Internet stocks to buy amid the market's recent volatility. Google is "relatively resilient," given its 91% share of the global search market as of July and its $61B of net cash as of the end of Q2, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company has virtually no exposure to China and its new corporate structure should improve its transparency, Squali believes. He kept a $720 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The other four companies on Squali's list of top Internet stocks are Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB), and Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Google's Class A shares rose 4.4% to $640 and its Class C shares advanced nearly 5% to $610.
07:25 EDTPCLNCantor names top five Internet names to buy during selloff
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he "won't attempt to call the bottom" but identified his top five Internet and Media names to buy amid the recent market volatility, all of which have dominance in their respective markets, higher than peer level growth and valuations that he views as reasonable. Squali, who noted that he views concerns over macro risks and China to be overblown, called out Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB) and Alibaba (BABA) as having an attractive risk/reward given the selloff in recent sessions. The firm has Buy ratings on all five of the stocks named above.
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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12:51 EDTPCLNPriceline August weekly volatility increases on wide price movement
Priceline August weekly call option implied volatility is at 45, September is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:23 EDTPCLNAnalyst says Priceline undervalued, looks poised to outperform
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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
07:45 EDTPCLNPriceline shares still undervalued with issues stabilizing, says Piper Jaffray
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August 23, 2015
16:22 EDTLGF'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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