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February 6, 2013
12:24 EDTMSFT, GME, BIIB, ELN, RS, MUSA, BIOL, CFX, CHRW, AFL, SFLY, ZNGA, RL, TWX, DISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The Wall Street averages were nearly unchanged at midday in a session of relative calm and consolidation following three straight days in which the Dow experienced triple digit moves... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S. the economic calendar was light, though the Department of Energy did report that crude supplies grew by 2.62M barrels, roughly in-line with forecasts. In Japan, the governor of its central bank offered to step down three weeks before the end of his term, fueling speculation that accelerated and more aggressive stimulus measures may follow and sparking a 3.8% run-up in the Nikkei average. In Europe, German industrial orders climbed 0.8% in December as demand from the euro zone rebounded... COMPANY NEWS: Dow component Walt Disney (DIS) rose 1% after reporting quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analyst estimates. Among others reporting last night and this morning, Time Warner (TWX), Ralph Lauren (RL), Zynga (ZNGA) and Shutterfly (SFLY) advanced, while Aflac (AFL), C.H. Robinson (CHRW) and Colfax (CFX) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were BIOLASE (BIOL), which rose 31% after receiving FDA clearance for a soft tissue laser device, and Metals USA (MUSA), which gained 13% after agreeing to be acquired by Reliance Steel (RS) for $20.65 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Elan (ELN), which fell 9% after agreeing to sell its 50% interest in the Tysabri MS drug to Biogen (BIIB) for $3.25B in cash and future royalty payments. Also lower were shares of GameStop (GME), which slid nearly 7% following a report suggesting the next version of Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox system will not allow used games to be resold... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 2.26, or 0.02%, to 13,977.04; the Nasdaq was up 2.39, or 0.08%, to 3,173.97; and the S&P 500 was up 0.92, or 0.06%, to 1,512.21.
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August 12, 2014
05:53 EDTDISDisney cuts employees at DisneyToon Studios, Variety reports
Disney is cutting at least 16 employees at its DisneyToon Studios unit, which produced "Planes: Fire & Rescue," Variety reports, citing sources. Reference Link
05:24 EDTDISDisney, PANDORA Jewelry announce strategic alliance
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August 11, 2014
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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10:50 EDTBIIBBiogen weakness attributed to Forward Pharma IPO filing
Shares of Biogen Idec (BIIB) came off their earlier highs and moved into negative ground in early trading, with some attributing the move lower to another pharmaceutical company, Forward Pharma (FWP), filing its registration statement with the SEC relating to a proposed initial public offering and reporting that Joel Sendek has been appointed CFO. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Forward Pharma focuses on a proprietary formulation of dimethyl fumarate, or DMF, for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. DMF is the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient, or API, found in Tecfidera, which Biogen Idec began selling for the treatment of RRMS following approval by the FDA in March 2013 and approval by the European Commission in February 2014, Forward Pharma indicated in its IPO filing. In addition to its filing, Forward Pharma announced this morning that it has hired Joel Sendek from Stifel Financial, where he served as Managing Director, Biotechnology and led the firm's healthcare equity research group. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Biogen are down fractionally in mid-morning trading after being up over 1% soon after today's opening bell.
08:21 EDTTWXTime Warner price target lowered to $85 from $90 at FBR Capital
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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06:10 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 27, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
August 10, 2014
17:04 EDTDISParamount's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' tops weekend box office, WSJ says
Paramount Pictures' (VIA,VIAB) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" edged out Disney's (DIS) "Guardians of the Galaxy," opening to an estimated $65M in the U.S. and Canada, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
15:21 EDTDISAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTTWXMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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09:37 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:47 EDTZNGANorthland recommends buying Glu Mobile aggressivley on weakness related to Zynga
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08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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06:04 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
06:04 EDTDISLisa and Ben Donovan leave Maker Studios, Re/code reports
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05:50 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility movement; TWX VRX
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Valeant (VRX) 49 according to iVolatility.
05:45 EDTZNGAZynga price target lowered to $3 from $4.50 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray lowered its price target for Zynga shares to $3 after delayed game launches drove the company's Q2 miss and reduced outlook. Piper says it is taking a "wait and see approach" on Zynga's entrance into two new game genres with the NFL and Tiger Woods. It keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
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