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June 10, 2014
16:28 EDTEHTH, AGN, RCPT, COUP, FB, INO, VRX, EBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day slightly below the flat line and remained there for most of the session, before a late move higher allowed the Dow to run its recent winning streak to another day, though just barely. Economic reports from at home and abroad, which included wholesale trade data in the U.S. and inflation data from China, had little effect on the market, which seemed content to spend the session drifting. The Dow and S&P 500 stand just short of major round-number milestones, but both will have to wait at least another day to see if they can be reached. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 1.1% in April, with sales up 1.3%, which were both better than forecast. The JOLTS report showed job openings climbed 289K to 4.46M in April. In China, official data showed an index of consumer prices rose 2.5% year-on-year in May, while China's producer price index contracted 1.4% during the month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) closed down $1.33, or 2.68%, to $48.25 after the company announced last night that PayPal President David Marcus is leaving the company to lead Facebook’s (FB) messaging products. Facebook shares reacted positively to the executive hiring, rising $2.89, or 4.6%, to $65.77... Allergan (AGN) once again rejected Valeant (VRX), saying that the higher takeover bid it made in concert with Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square still "substantially undervalues the company [and] creates significant risks and uncertainties for the stockholders of Allergan." Further, Allergan said its board has "serious concerns" about the large stock component of the proposal and that the latest Valeant offer does not warrant talks between the companies. Following the latest reproach, BMO Capital said it believes the fight between the two is still in the "early innings" and could last well into 2015. Shares of Allergan slipped $1.06, or 0.65%, to $163.09, while Valeant fell $1.08, or 0.85%, to $125.55. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was hepatitis C treatment maker Achillion (ACHN), which surged $3.54, or 83.29%, to $7.79 after the company announced today that it had received favorable news from the FDA about resuming certain clinical trials. Achillion's advance comes on top of its 47% move higher yesterday after Merck (MRK) announced that it would acquire another company in the HCV drug space at a significant premium. Also higher was Receptos (RCPT), which jumped $10.74, or 36.78%, to $39.94 after the company reported phase 2 data for its SIPI modulator that firms Leerink and BMO Capital both viewed positively. Among the noteworthy losers was Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), which fell $1.44, or 13.36%, to $9.34 after TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein speculated that the company already has data in hand for its phase II study of its vaccine for cervical pre-cancerous lesions and warned of "red flags" related to the company's CEO "walking back expectations" ahead of a potential disclosure that the trial was not a success. Also lower were shares of eHealth (EHTH), which fell $5.09, or 13.05%, to $33.91 after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target for shares to $40 from $62, citing less confidence in the company's Exchange opportunity following management comments at the firm's conference. Another stock moving lower following a downgrade was Coupons.com (COUP), which dropped $2.95, or 10.6%, to $24.88 after Goldman downgraded the shares to Sell from Neutral. INDEXES: The Dow was up 2.82, or 0.02%, to 16,945.92, the Nasdaq was up 1.75, or 0.04%, to 4,338.00, and the S&P 500 was down 0.48, or 0.02%, to 1,950.79.
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December 10, 2014
10:35 EDTEBAYeBay CEO could join PayPal's board following spinoff, Re/code reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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08:09 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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09:31 EDTAGN, VRXZoetis drops after report of Valeant abandoning growth by acquisitions strategy
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06:39 EDTVRXValeant to abandon growth by acquisitions strategy, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $245 from $210 at Citigroup
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05:34 EDTEBAYChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
07:29 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
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07:18 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
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06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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December 5, 2014
11:23 EDTFBOption volume leaders
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10:20 EDTFBYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
08:55 EDTFBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
06:18 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 144, eBay (EBAY) 20 according to iVolatility.
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