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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 16, 2014
07:27 EDTDISBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTDISCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
16:10 EDTLGFLionsgate initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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11:51 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) November 57.50 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, J.C. Penney (JCP) October 12 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52 according to IVolatility.
07:29 EDTDISSony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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September 12, 2014
14:50 EDTDISDisney confirms plans for 'Frozen' attraction at Disney World
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07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility low into company hosted analyst day
J.C. Penney September call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 42, November is at 45, January and February is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data suggesting decreasing price movement into a company hosted analyst day event on October 8.
September 10, 2014
13:48 EDTDISDisney CFO says digital ads growing 'much faster' than tv advertising
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13:11 EDTDISDisney CFO says Maker integration going well
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11:43 EDTJCPLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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08:32 EDTSTRABofA/Merrill education/prof svcs analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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07:31 EDTLGFGoldman to hold a conference
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September 9, 2014
15:11 EDTGRPNGroupon confirms integration with Apple Pay
Groupon (GRPN) announced its integration with Apple Pay, Apple's (AAPL) new mobile payment system for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Groupon said it is one of the first mobile commerce companies to announce integration with Apple Pay, and the new payment option will be available to customers beginning in October.
14:54 EDTDISApple announces Apple Pay
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13:58 EDTPCLN, GRPN, DISStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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10:03 EDTLGFLionsgate says Lionsgate UK to assume distribution of Summit films
Lionsgate announced that Lionsgate UK will assume responsibility for the distribution of all Summit label films and will integrate them with the Lionsgate, third-party and locally-produced films it already distributes. The expanded distribution will begin with Summit label films produced after July 2015. The move follows last month's announcement that Lionsgate has moved its international sales headquarters to London. Lionsgate UK's distribution of Summit releases will include Allegiant Part 2, the fourth film in the Divergent franchise, which is slated to begin production in 2016 for worldwide release on March 24, 2017. Distribution of Summit titles in the UK was previously handled by eOne Entertainment. eOne and Lionsgate announced last week that they are extending and expanding their partnership in three territories, with eOne continuing to distribute Lionsgate and Summit films in Canada and Spain and Summit titles in Australia through 2018.
10:03 EDTLGFLionsgate UK expands distribution operations
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08:03 EDTLGFLionsgate increases quarterly dividend to 7c from 5c
e dividend is payable on November 7 to shareholders of record as of September 30.
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