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March 19, 2013
11:36 EDTQCOR, STD, RVBD, EBIX, SDOptions with decreasing implied volatility: EBIX STD SD RVBD QCOR
News For EBIX;STD;SD;RVBD;QCOR From The Last 14 Days
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December 17, 2014
17:07 EDTSDTPG-Axon reports 4.1% passive stake in SandRidge Energy
12:46 EDTSDCooperman says still owns SandRidge Energy, not adding to position
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTSDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTSDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:39 EDTSDSandRidge Energy downgraded to Sell from Hold at Wunderlich
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTRVBDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
12:37 EDTRVBDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:35 EDTRVBDRiverbed going private deal a 'good decision,' says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Riverbed's agreement with Thoma Bravo to go private at $21 per share as a "good decision" for the company given the challenges in its business. Wells thinks the deal represents "fair value" to shareholders and does not expect a higher offer to emerge. It keeps a Market Perform rating on the name.
10:10 EDTRVBDHigh option volume stocks:
High option volume stocks: RVBD AGCO FRO CRUS UBNT LH PAY PETM OREX KOS
10:00 EDTSDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
09:38 EDTRVBDActive equity options trading
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08:46 EDTRVBDElliot Management says supports Riverbed transaction
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08:44 EDTSDSandRidge Energy downgraded at SunTrust
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08:37 EDTRVBDRiverbed says board concluded partnering with Thoma Bravo 'best choice' for co.
08:37 EDTRVBDRiverbed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $21 per share in cash
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08:36 EDTRVBDRiverbed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $21 per share in cash
06:19 EDTSDSandRidge Energy downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTRVBDFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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