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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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July 31, 2014
06:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney turnaround 'very much underway,' says Piper Jaffray
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06:43 EDTSTRAStrayer announces CFO Mark Brown to retire on March 1, 2015
Brown will be replaced by Daniel Jackson, who is being promoted from his current role as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Jackson joined Strayer Education in 2003, and has served as Vice President of Finance and Regional Vice President of Operations, among other roles.
06:43 EDTSTRAStrayer reports summer term down 6% to 36,403 compared to 38,627 a year ago
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06:42 EDTSTRAStrayer reports Q2 EPS $1.29, consensus $1.27
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July 29, 2014
10:37 EDTSTRAStrayer upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
10:00 EDTLGFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:52 EDTLGFLionsgate initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:01 EDTPCLNPriceline Q2 results have potential for upside, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its analysis of industry trends and web traffic data indicate Priceline's Q2 results have a high potential of topping consensus estimates. The firm expects in-line Q3 bookings guidance and maintains an Overweight rating on the stock with a $1,485 price target.
July 25, 2014
11:06 EDTPCLNZillow, Trulia continue climb after takeover talks report seen as 'credible'
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08:18 EDTPCLNZillow, Trulia merger story viewed as credible at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank views Bloomberg's report of merger talks between Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA) as credible, saying the deal would make a lot of sense. The firm says Trulia shares would be worth around $63 in a takeover when using Priceline's (PCLN) acquisition of OpenTable as a comparison. Even at that price, the firm sees nearly 20% upside for Zillow's enterprise value should an acquisition occur. Deutsche notes that neither company has denied yesterday's report, nor has either company announced an earnings date. It cautions, though, that the potential merger could easily fall apart as well. It has a Buy rating on Trulia and Hold rating on Zillow.
July 24, 2014
11:01 EDTDISCare.com names Caroline Sheu as Chief Marketing Officer
Care.com (CRCM) announced that it has named Caroline Sheu Chief Marketing Officer for the Company. Sheu joins Care.com from Disney Interactive (DIS) where she had served as Head of Global Marketing since July 2012.
08:23 EDTPCLNPriceline completes OpenTable tender offer
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July 23, 2014
11:24 EDTPCLNIndustry data points to strong Q2 for online travel names, says Piper Jaffray
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08:06 EDTLGFLionsgate partners with Finnish game developer Next Games
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July 18, 2014
13:39 EDTDISYahoo News hires Golodryga to head up news and finance properties, Variety says
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12:21 EDTDISCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:04 EDTDISComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
10:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney call active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:28 EDTJCPRumor: J.C. Penney moves up on renewed takeover chatter
08:21 EDTDISTime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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