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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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August 29, 2014
15:46 EDTDISDisney jv A&E in talks for Vice Media stake after Time Warner backs out, FT says
A&E Networks, a joint venture owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst Corporation, is nearing a deal to pay $250M for 10% stake in Vice Media after the digital media company and Time Warner (TWX) failed to come to terms on a deal, said Financial Times. 21st Century Fox (FOXA) already owns a 5% stake in Vice. Reference Link
August 28, 2014
11:13 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP PBR
J.C. Penney (JCP) February 12 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 43, Petrobras (PBR) December 23 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 45 according to IVolatility.
09:57 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Brown Forman (BFA, BFB, BF.A, BF.B) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Visa (V) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded at BTIG
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07:43 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:26 EDTDISDisney submits patents for drones for entertainment uses, NY Post says
Disney has filed three patents for entertainment strategies that employ drones, such as the use of unmanned flying vehicles to move giant puppets, according to The New York Post. Reference Link
05:29 EDTSCLNSciClone, BTG announce DC Bead approved in China
SciClone Pharmaceuticals and its partner BTG announced that the China Food and Drug Administration has approved the registration of DC Bead for the embolization of malignant hypervascularized tumors. BTG and SciClone previously entered into an agreement granting SciClone exclusive licensing and distribution rights to DC Bead in China. Under the agreement, SciClone will purchase product from BTG at a specified price for sale in China. Commercial launch plans are now underway.
August 27, 2014
07:45 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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August 26, 2014
14:45 EDTDISESPN says Verizon signs deal to carry SEC Network
Verizon (VZ) FiOS has signed an agreement to carry the SEC Network and expects to begin airing it prior to Aug. 28, Disney's (DIS) ESPN announced. The deal also includes live viewing rights and additional live and on-demand content scheduled for SEC Network + across other platforms like smartphones, tablets and laptops. In addition, the deal also includes rights for the FiOS Mobile app, which will be available to FiOS customers in the near future. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
09:35 EDTDISNetflix files formal protest against Comcast merger, Engadget reports
Netflix (NFLX) has filed a petition to the FCC against the proposed merger between Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), as the streaming company has previously indicated it would, reported Engadget. Netflix claims the deal would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a merged cable giant would have huge leverage over it and rivals like Hulu, which is a joint venture owned by Comcast itself along with partners Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
06:16 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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August 25, 2014
12:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises, levels to watch
The stock is holding above what was strong resistance at the $10 area. JPMorgan earlier recommended the shares as a long idea, and the stock is up over 4.6% on greater than average daily volume to $10.65. At that price, next resistance is at $11.22. Support is at $10.42.
10:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst predicts more store closures coming
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07:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney recommneded as a Long Trade Idea at JPMorgan
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07:23 EDTSTRAGovernment not looking to push other colleges out of business, says Wells Fargo
In the wake of Corinthian Colleges' (COCO) dissolution due to actions taken by the Department of Education, Wells Fargo thinks the government did not intend for this scenario to unfold. After speaking with unnamed "knowledgeable sources" about the issue, the firm does not expect the department to take similar actions in the future because doing so would create too much of a workload for the department, Wells believes. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
August 22, 2014
08:38 EDTPCLNTripAdvisor cut metasearch inventory in half, says FBR Capital
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August 21, 2014
10:35 EDTJCPSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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10:22 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 20, 2014
11:42 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:51 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP VHC
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