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December 4, 2012
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday in a lackluster trading session, with the Dow the leader and the Nasdaq the laggard. In the latest chapter of the unfolding fiscal cliff drama, President Obama’s administration rejected a Republican plan that did not include higher tax rates for wealthy Americans. The next batch of cliff headlines may come from an interview that President Obama has scheduled for this afternoon on Bloomberg Television... ECONOMIC EVENTS: No major economic data was released in the U.S. Internationally, the Reserve Bank of Australia cut its key benchmark interest rate to 3.00% from 3.25%, as expected, and the Bank of Canada maintained its target for its overnight rate at 1%... COMPANY NEWS: Darden Restaurants (DRI), the parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse, warned its profit for the current quarter and the year may fall well short of analyst expectations. The company, whose shares tumbled nearly 10% after the outlook announcement, blamed failed promotions and negative press on its tests to limit rising health care costs for its under performance... Among companies reporting quarterly results, Big Lots (BIG) advanced 9.7% while Pep Boys (PBY) declined 13.7%... A number of U.S.-listed Chinese companies traded lower after the SEC charged the Chinese subsidiaries of the four major U.S. accounting firms with refusing to cooperate in investigations of alleged accounting fraud at Chinese companies. Shares of Sina (SINA), Youku Tudou (YOKU) and Baidu (BIDU) were among those declining following the news... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Galena Biopharma (GALE), up almost 10% after signing a commercialization partnership for its NeuVax drug with Teva (TEVA), and Mindspeed Technologies (MSPD), up 7% after raising its Q1 revenue view. Among the noteworthy losers was Net 1 UEPS (UEPS), which plunged 56% after disclosing the DOJ and FBI are investigating the company for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Also lower were shares of Geron (GERN), down 25% after it discontinued development of a treatment for brain cancer, announced job cuts and said its CFO is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 15.36, or 0.12%, to 12,980.96; the Nasdaq was down 11.77, or 0.39%, to 2,990.43; and the S&P 500 was down 1.88, or 0.13%, to 1,407.58.
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November 19, 2015
19:05 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS (RMB1.62), consensus (RMB1.58)
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10:12 EDTSINASINA still gets no credit for portal business or portfolio, says Piper Jaffray
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10:02 EDTSINASINA turns negative on the session
The stock was last at $50.25, down fractionally on the session following an earlier run higher. At current price resistance is at the high of the day at $52.13. Support is at $49.68, the session low.
06:51 EDTSINASina viewed as best value play in sector, WSJ says
Sina (SINA) continues to be one of the Chinese Internet sector's best value plays and its prospects may improve even more it it furthers its relationship with Alibaba (BABA), Aaron Back of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street says. The company is a majority owner of Weibo (WB), which reported upbeat earnings yesterday and which increased its MAU's this past quarter by 33% to 222M, Back says., on the other hand, is struggling, seeing ad revenue fall 14% year over year in the most recent quarter, the report says. The company aims to turn the business around by next year and will continue to rely on Alibaba, the Journal says. Reference Link
November 18, 2015
19:15 EDTSINAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), up 16.3%... (CRM), up 5.2%... SINA (SINA), up 2.3%... NetApp (NTAP), up marginally. ALSO HIGHER: KaloBios (KBIO), up 721.3% after the disclosure of purchases by Martin Shkreli and Anthion Partners... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 23.3% after reporting top-line results from its Phase 1 trial of VTP-43742... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Semtech (SMTC), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 10.8% after Reuters reports that Blackstone is not interested in SunEdison investment.
16:35 EDTSINASINA reports Q3 EPS 39c, consensus 20c
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November 17, 2015
07:29 EDTUEPSNet 1 UEPS files $500M mixed securities shelf
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06:12 EDTBIDUBaidu to partner with Citic Bank to launch online bank, Financial Times reports
Baidu will partner with Citic Bank to launch an online bank, reports the Financial Times. China Citic Bank had suspended its shares in Shanghai and Hong Kong on Monday pending announcement of a "proposed external investment" while Baidu said it would make an announcement on Wednesday. Reference Link
November 16, 2015
16:22 EDTSINACharles Chao reports 17.8% stake in SINA
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08:32 EDTPBYBridgestone commences previously announced tender offer to acquire Pep Boys
Bridgestone PRDCY) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary TAJ Acquisition, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, is commencing a cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of The Pep Boys (PBY). Bridgestone and Pep Boys previously announced on Monday, October 26, 2015, that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement under which BSRO will acquire Pep Boys. The tender offer is being made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase, dated November 16, 2015. Upon successful closing of the tender offer, shareholders of Pep Boys will receive $15.00 in cash for each share of Pep Boys common stock validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the offer, without interest and less any applicable withholding tax. BSRO and Purchaser will file today with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO that includes the Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal that set forth the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Additionally, Pep Boys will file with the SEC a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 that includes the recommendation of the Pep Boys board of directors that Pep Boys shareholders tender their shares in the tender offer. The tender offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016, unless the offer period is extended in accordance with the definitive merger agreement and the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC. The completion of the tender offer will be conditioned on Pep Boys' shareholders tendering at least a majority of Pep Boys' outstanding shares, determined on a fully diluted basis, and other customary closing conditions, including expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
November 15, 2015
13:12 EDTBIDUBaidu shares look attractive on O2O potential, Barron's says
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November 12, 2015
16:31 EDTBIGBig Lots extends holiday hours
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11:55 EDTPBYAdvance Auto Parts sinks after missing Q3 estimates, cutting guidance
Shares of Advance Auto Parts (AAP) an automotive aftermarket parts supplier, are falling after the company reported lower than expected third quarter results and cut its fiscal 2015 profit outlook. The company also said its chief executive officer will step down in January. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Advance Auto Parts reported Q3 comparable cash earnings per share of $1.95 and revenue of $2.3B, below analysts' consensus estimates of $2.09 and $2.33B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter increased 0.5%. GUIDANCE: Due to the Q3 earnings shortfall coupled with continuing integration headwinds and the soft start to its lowest volume quarter, Advance Auto Parts lowered its comparable cash EPS out look for fiscal year 2015 to $7.75-$7.90 from $8.10-$8.35, well below analysts' estimates of $8.28. Chief Financial Officer Mike Norona said that the revised outlook assumes flat to slightly negative fourth quarter SSS, roughly flat year over year Q4 gross margin rate and the achievement of its FY synergies target of $45M-$55M. Additionally, as part of its on-going process of store evaluations, the company said it is planning to close, an additional 30 stores in the latter part of 2015. The one-time expense impact of these closures is expected to be between $10M-$15M in 2015, which increases the FY15 outlook for one-time integration and restructuring expenses to $101M-$120M from $91M-$105M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Advance Auto Parts also announced that CEO Darren Jackson plans to retire and step down from the Board on January 2, 2016, and the company named President George Sherman as interim CEO, effective January 3. Sherman will succeed Jackson as CEO, the company said. The company also announced that effective immediately, current Board Chairman John Brouillard will become Executive Chairman. SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM: Advance Auto Parts announced that it has entered into an agreement with Starboard Value LP and its affiliates, which owns about 3.7% of Advance Auto Parts' shares, regarding the membership and composition of the company's Board of Directors. Under the terms of the agreement, the company named Starboard CEO and Chief Investment Officer Jeffrey Smith to its board of directors, effective immediately, expanding the board to 13 members. Additionally, Starboard will designate two independent directors to be added to the Advance Auto Parts Board as soon as practical. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Advance Auto Parts fell $25.07, or 12.88%, to $169.68 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained over 16% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other auto parts suppliers include Pep Boys (PBY), down 0.3%, O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), down 0.9%, AutoZone (AZO), down 0.9%, and Genuine Parts Company (GPC), down 1.41%.
10:00 EDTGALEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... CGI Group (GIB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... EP Energy (EPE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Galena (GALE) upgraded on commercial business divestment at Oppenheimer... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Magic Software (MGIC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded on valuation, 2016 outlook at RBC Capital... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Trend Micro (TMICY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura.
09:22 EDTUEPSNet 1 UEPS reports closure of Hawks investigation in South Africa
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09:21 EDTGALEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 5.4%... NetEase (NTES), up 6.3%... SunPower (SPWR), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Angie's List (ANGI), up 12.1% after after IAC (IAC) proposes to acquire the company... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 7.4% after submitting a Special Protocol Assessment request to the FDA for OHR-102... Galena Biopharma (GALE) up 6.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... MannKind (MNKD), up 5.4% after confirming a planned stock sale. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 25%... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), down 11.1%... Viacom (VIAB), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Derma Sciences (DSCI), down 30.4% after ending its Phase 3 clinical trials with aclerastide, DSC127, for diabetic foot ulcer healing... Sunedison (SUNE), down 11.2% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Axiom.
08:29 EDTBIDUPerfect World rumored to buy literature business back from Baidu, Marbridge says
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07:19 EDTGALEGalena upgraded on commercial business divestment at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded Galena to Outperform from Perform. The firm thinks the company's decision to divest its commercial business will help it unlock value by enabling it to focus exclusive on its cancer immunotherapy pipeline. Target $4.
07:14 EDTDRIDarden sales trends outperforming, says Oppenheimer
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06:11 EDTGALEGalena upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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