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November 9, 2012
12:26 EDTLGF, KYAK, DIS, STRA, ZIP, GRPN, SCLN, PCLN, JCPOn 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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June 24, 2015
10:22 EDTGRPNDigital River names Hoke Horne as CFO, effective June 24
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08:25 EDTDISNetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
07:43 EDTDISDisney not investing $250M to DraftKings, Re/code reports
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June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTDISHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
10:00 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adeptus Health (ADPT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Angie's List (ANGI) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Avenue Financial (AVNU) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... CASI Pharmaceuticals (CASI) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Corindus (CVRS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Coupons.com (COUP) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Five Below (FIVE) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Galmed (GLMD) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Genesis Healthcare (GEN) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Groupon (GRPN) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Hercules Technology (HTGC) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Immersion (IMMR) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Lipocine (LPCN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... NeoGenomics (NEO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Novadaq (NVDQ) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Perrigo (PRGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Signal Genetics (SGNL) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Standard Motor Products (SMP) initiated with a Neutral at CL King... United Community Financial (UCFC) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... WP Glimcher (WPG) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... WhiteWave (WWAV) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Topeka.
09:02 EDTLGFLionsgate promotes Tim Palen to Chief Brand Officer
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06:19 EDTGRPNGroupon initiated with a Hold at Topeka
Target $6.
June 22, 2015
13:19 EDTDISMarvel Entertainment wins patent dispute over Spider-Man toy, Variety says
The Supreme Court sided with Disney 's Marvel Entertainment in a case involving a patent on a toy owned by Stephen Kimble that shoots web from pressurized foam string, says Variety. The Court would not overrule precedent and ruled in favor of Marvel Entertainment that a patentee cannot continue to receive royalties for a patent after it expires, added Variety. Reference Link
10:46 EDTPCLNAirbnb to hurt Priceline more than Expedia, Deutsche Bank says
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10:00 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:19 EDTPCLNExpedia upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Expedia (EXPE) to Buy citing an improving core business and cost synergies from acquisitions. The firm sees a path for Expedia to reach $200 per share over the next five year. It raised its price target for the stock to $130 from $95. Deutsche coupled the upgrade with a downgrade of Priceline (PCLN).
07:17 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTDISRealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTDISUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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June 19, 2015
18:12 EDTPCLNS&P announces changes to S&P 100, 400, 500, and 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 100, S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: S&P 500 constituent The Priceline Group (PCLN) will replace Baxter International (BAX) in the S&P 100, Baxalta (BXLT) will replace QEP Resources (QEP) in the S&P 500, QEP Resources will replace Itron (ITRI) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Itron will replace Arch Coal (ACI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. Baxter International is spinning off Baxalta in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Baxter International will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution, but its post spin market capitalization will no longer make it appropriate for the S&P 100. QEP Resources, Itron and Arch Coal are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. Skechers USA (SKX) will replace Rock-Tenn Co. (RKT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and MiMedx Group (MDXG) will replace Skechers USA in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV) is combining with Rock-Tenn in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date. The combined company will remain in the S&P 500 and will change its name to WestRock Co. HealthEquity (HQY) will replace Zep Inc. (ZEP) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. Private equity firm New Mountain Capital is acquiring Zep in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.
17:19 EDTPCLNPriceline to replace Baxter in S&P 100 as of 6/30 close
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June 18, 2015
08:23 EDTDISDisney cancels plans to outsource tech jobs, L.A. Times reports
Disney (DIS) is canceling plans to replace employees in 30 technology positions with workers hired from Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), an agency that outsources jobs to immigrants mostly from India on temporary work visas, the L.A. Times reports. Disney employees in New York, New York and Burbank, California were first made aware of the layoffs in late May, and recently some of the employees were asked to help train their own successors, sometimes in person but mostly via teleconference, the report says. Disney has not offered many details on the reasons for its decision to reverse layoff plans, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
June 17, 2015
13:28 EDTDISHBO to make serious run at Bill Simmons, Hollywood Reporter says
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06:20 EDTDISHulu luring content producers from Netflix, WSJ reports
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