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December 4, 2012
12:08 EDTDRI, MSPD, GERN, UEPS, BIDU, YOKU, SINA, PBY, BIG, GALEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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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August 28, 2014
16:10 EDTUEPSNet 1 UEPS sees FY15 fundamental EPS at least $1.92, one estimate $1.62
16:09 EDTUEPSNet 1 UEPS reports Q4 EPS 59c, may not compare to one estimate 33c
Reports Q4 revenue $183M, may not compare to one estimate $142.31M.
15:47 EDTBIGBig Lots technical notes ahead of results
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15:22 EDTBIGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Big Lots (BIG), consensus 30c.
15:00 EDTGERNGeron volatility at low end of one-year range
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14:11 EDTDRIStarboard urges Darden shareholders vote for board nominees
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13:26 EDTBIGBig Lots September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 27, 2014
08:45 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou, Alibaba could partner on video ads, Bloomberg says
Chinese Internet video company Youku Tudou (YOKU) could develop technology that would recognize products in a video and create pop-up ads that would take users to Alibaba's (BABA) web site, where they could buy the items, Alibaba CEO Victor Koo said, according to Bloomberg. Reference Link
07:05 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou announces up to $300M share repurchase program
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06:53 EDTBIDUWanda, Tencent, Baidu collaborate for $813M e-commerce venture, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTBIGBig Lots outlook positive into Q2 results, says Piper Jaffray
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August 26, 2014
06:33 EDTDRIBurger King wants merger despite problems with dining combos, NY Times says
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August 25, 2014
11:26 EDTBIDUQihoo 360 falls despite better-than-forecast Q2 results, Q3 revenue guidance
Shares of Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) are falling despite reporting second quarter results that beat analysts' estimates. The company also provided third quarter revenue guidance that exceeded estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Qihoo 360 reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $317.9M, which surpassed analysts' consensus estimates of 46c and $309.38M, respectively. For the quarter, operating income was $43.9M compared to $36.6M a year ago and $39.6M in the first quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.9% in Q2, compared to 36% in the year-ago period and 14.9% in Q1. The company said the sequential decline in non-GAAP operating margin was primairly due to increased marketing and promotional expenses, personnel-related costs and bandwidth and equipment depreciation expenses. Looking ahead, Qihoo 360 forecast Q3 revenue of $360M-$365M, which is slightly higher than analysts' consensus estimates of $357.39M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hongyi Zhou commented that the company is in an "excellent position" to grow its share of China's search market in both PC and mobile traffic and revenue. The company plans to make "significant" investments in the coming quarters to strengthen its brand and market position, and to improve our products and technology, particularly in mobile Internet-related areas. The executive noted that the company's share of Internet search traffic recently reached over 30%, citing third-party data, achieving a company target fourth months ahead of schedule. ANALYST OPINION: Jefferies defended Qihoo 360 shares following the company's Q2 results. Stifel analyst George Askew feels that Qihoo 360's Q2 revenue and operating margin results were "very good" and believes that many factors, including its 30% search query share, will help it sustain its search revenue growth. The firm maintains $168 price target and Buy rating. Bank of America analyst Eddie Leung said that he expects Qihoo 360's margins to get better gradually in the second half of the year since the company is looking to control expenses and realize synergies. He anticipates search to increase at a fast rate to make up 36% of total sales in FY16. Leung believes this should particularly offset the decline in game revenues this past quarter. Leung lowered his price target on Qihoo 360 to $121 from $123. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of Qihoo fell $6.62 or 6.51%, to $95.13. OTHERS TO WATCH: Chinese search market leader Baidu (BIDU) rose nearly 1.7% to $217.77.
11:11 EDTYOKUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 22, 2014
10:06 EDTYOKUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 21, 2014
07:15 EDTGALEGalena announces resignation of CEO Mark Ahn
Galena Biopharma announced that Mark Schwartz, Ph.D., has been appointed as President and CEO, effective immediately. Dr. Schwartz was previously Galena's COO. He replaces Mark Ahn, Ph.D. who has resigned as the President and CEO and as a director of the company to pursue "other long held personal and professional goals." It is expected that Dr. Schwartz will also be appointed to Galena's board.
05:32 EDTGALEGalena fired CEO over stock promotion scandal, Feuerstein says
Galena fired its CEO Mark Ahn following a stock promotion scandal, The Street's Adam Feuerstein reported last night, citing a source close to the company. A public announcement is coming today, Feuerstein added.
August 20, 2014
14:15 EDTYOKUFollow-up: Youku Tudou downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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14:11 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
07:19 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou price target lowered to $24 from $27 at Brean Capital
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