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November 9, 2012
12:26 EDTDIS, JCP, GRPN, KYAK, PCLN, ZIP, LGF, SCLN, STRAOn 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.
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September 29, 2014
11:40 EDTJCPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:32 EDTLGFDreamWorks jumps after report of Softbank takeover talks
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09:36 EDTLGFDreamWorks potential takeout positive for content space, says Stifel
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September 26, 2014
16:55 EDTDISMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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September 25, 2014
10:11 EDTSCLNSciClone management to meet with Needham
Meeting to be held in New York on September 25 hosted by Needham.
September 24, 2014
16:22 EDTDISOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed that sales of new homes rose to their highest level in over six years in August. The volume and news flow were relatively light, which may be the case again tomorrow as many market participants celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales rose 18.0% in August to a 504K unit rate, which was much higher than the expected 4.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) advanced $4.64, or 7.4%, to $67.33 after the home goods retailer last night reported second quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. The better than expected report and rise in the stock comes a day after William Blair downgraded the stock yesterday morning... Citizen Financial (CFG), the U.S. retail bank unit of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), became the year's second largest IPO behind Alibaba (BABA) after 140M shares began trading on the NYSE this morning. The stock ended it first day up $1.58, or 7.35%, at $23.08, which was far cry from the advance seen by another of the day's new stock debuts. CyberArk (CYBR) priced 5.36M shares at $16.00, opened for trade at $25.00 and ended the day at $29.94, making for a rise of over 87% from its IPO pricing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which advanced $8.27, or 28.18%, to $37.62 after the company agreed to acquire Civitas Therapeutics for $525M in cash. Civitas, which was private, had been scheduled to come public via an IPO that was expected to happen later this week prior to the deal announcement. Also higher was Hasbro (HAS), which rose $2.01, or 3.8%, to $54.95 after striking a deal that gives the company global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney's (DIS) princess characters, as well as Frozen, beginning in 2016. Mattel (MAT), which currently holds those rights, slid 40c, or 1.25%, to $31.67 in the wake of the news. Also lower were shares of Skechers (SKX), which fell $5.69, or 9.8%, to $52.40 after research firm SportscanInfo reported that the footwear maker's sales had fallen 3% last week. However, Sterne Agee recommended buying the stock on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.19, or 0.9%, to 17,210.06, the Nasdaq gained 46.53, or 1.03%, to 4,555.22, and the S&P 500 added 15.53, or 0.78%, to 1,998.30.
12:29 EDTDISHasbro Princess deal positive, says Wells Fargo
After Hasbro announced that beginning in 2016 it would have the global (ex Japan) Disney (DIS)Princess doll license, Wells Fargo thinks that Hasbro has added a premier, established global license that increases the visibility of its results and significantly strengthens its girls business. The firm thinks the deal will cause Hasbro's multiple to expand further, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:02 EDTDISHasbro announces strategic merchandising relationship with Disney
Hasbro (HAS) announced a new strategic merchandising relationship with Disney (DIS( Consumer Products for the globally popular Disney Princess and Frozen properties. The agreement gives Hasbro global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney Princess stories and characters including Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and The Little Mermaid as well as Frozen beginning in 2016.
September 23, 2014
09:25 EDTGRPNGroupon expands Deal Builder tool for merchants
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September 22, 2014
12:11 EDTPCLNTripAdvisor sinks after data breach at just acquired unit
Shares of TripAdvisor (TRIP) are falling after the company's Viator unit reported today that it had experienced a data breach. TripAdvisor operates websites with information about travel destinations and flights. Viator, whose acquisition by TripAdvisor closed in August, features more than 20,000 bookable tours and attractions and more than 600,000 reviews, photos, and videos submitted by travelers, TripAdvisor has stated. WHAT'S NEW: Viator stated that it was informed on September 2 that unauthorized charges had been made on a number of its customers' credit cards. The data breach that the unit experienced could affect payment card data that was used to make bookings through the unit's websites, according to Viator. Moreover, customers' email addresses and their passwords and user names for Viator may have also been compromised. About 880,000 customers may have had their payment card information compromised, while about 560,000 customers' Viator account information and e-mail addresses may have been affected, the unit reported. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The breach at Viator comes in the wake of large data breaches at a number of bellwether companies in recent months, including JPMorgan (JPM) and Home Depot (HD). Late last year tens of thousands of payment card data was stolen from Target (TGT). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, TripAdvisor sank 5.5% to $93. Others names in the online travel space are falling, with Priceline.com down 3% and Expedia down 2%. :the
11:38 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP TWTR
J.C. Penney (JCP) February 12 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 45, Twitter (TWTR) January 62.5 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 46 according to IVolatility.
10:31 EDTDISDisney's "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show, Deadline says
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September 21, 2014
13:37 EDTDISDisney attempts to expand to Indian film market with Khoobsurat release, FT says
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September 19, 2014
09:22 EDTGRPNGroupon has several upcoming catalysts, says Sterne Agee
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07:25 EDTLGFSoftbank to spend some of Alibaba windfall in Hollywood, NY Post says
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September 18, 2014
12:42 EDTLGFLionsgate acquires worldwide distribution rights for 'The Smosh Movie'
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12:07 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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07:17 EDTSTRABMO Capital to hold a conference
14th Annual Back to School Education Conference to be held in New York on September 18 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
September 17, 2014
13:32 EDTLGFCodeblack Films enters multi-picture first look agreement with Datari Turner
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13:08 EDTDISDisney sees digital ownership up 37% year to date
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