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July 13, 2011
12:36 EDTERTS, VR, TSPT, SINA, RENN, CHK, CLNE, BSYBY, NWSA, WAG, KCI, GLUU, TRHOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, helped along by Fed Chairman Bernanke's comments that the central bank is ready to ease monetary policy if the economy weakens and inflation moves lower. Stock futures were higher throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market. The market has been strong all day, moving to session highs following Bernankeís statements that the Fed was prepared to accommodate or tighten monetary policy depending on what the economy would need to stay on track. The Fed chairman is still in the Q&A phase of his testimony and has fielded questions on the debt ceiling, default, unemployment and oil prices... Mortgage applications showed a decrease of more than 5% for the second straight month... Crude oil inventories decreased by 3.12M barrels, which was more than the called for 1.50M draw down. Gasoline inventories also dropped more than expected, drawing down by 840,000 versus consensus expectations of 500,000. In contrast, distillate inventories grew by 2.97M, versus projections for a 500,000 build... Reports showed that China's economy grew at a 9.5% annual rate in Q2, down from 9.7% in Q1, but slightly stronger than expected... MARKET NEWS: After market close yesterday, Electronic Arts (ERTS) announced it will acquire PopCap Games for as much as $1.3B, placing the console game maker in better position to compete with the soon-to-IPO Zynga. The Fly notes that shares of Glu Mobile (GLUU) have moved higher on PopCap's acquisition news... Kinetic Concepts (KCI) will be acquired by a consortium of funds for $68.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $6.3B... Walgreen (WAG) authorized new $2B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend to 22.5c per share from 17.5c... News Corp. (NWSA) dropped its bid for British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY), commenting that, "it is too difficult to progress in this climate"... MAJOR MOVERS: Notable gainers included Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE), continuing the strong move up that began yesterday, after the company entered at joint venture with Cheseapeake (CHK) that netted it a $150M investment, and Renren (RENN), possibly benefiting from news out of EA and SINA (SINA). Noteworthy losers included Transcept Pharmaceuticals (TSPT), which fell after the company said it failed to win FDA clearance for its insomnia drug, and Validus Holdings (VR), following the announcement of the company's plans to merge with Transatlantic Holdings (TRH)... INDICES: Near 12:30 am EST, the Dow was up 150.95, or 1.21%, to 12,597.83; the Nasdaq was up 41.34, or 1.49%, to 2,823.25; and the S&P 500 was up 16.67, or 1.27% to 1,330.31.
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September 12, 2014
06:56 EDTBSYBYEU approves BSkyB $9B pay-TV agreements in Germany, Italy, Reuters says
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September 11, 2014
08:20 EDTCLNEClean Energy to fuel Bimbo Bakeriesí first natural gas trucks
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September 10, 2014
11:04 EDTNWSANews Corp says can not predict future of advertising in U.S., UK
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September 9, 2014
13:42 EDTCHKChesapeake must face racketeering charges in Michigan trial, Reuters says
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08:00 EDTWAGWalgreen price target lowered to $75 from $85 at Leerink
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07:38 EDTWAGWalgreen pushed to boost buyback as Jana secures seats, Bloomberg says
Walgreen will most likely be pushed to increase a to $3B share buyback program that let down investors in August after Jana Partners reached an agreement on three board seats at the company, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
10:00 EDTSINAFacebook may soon enter China, DoNews reports
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06:54 EDTWAGWalgreen appoints JANA's Barry Rosenstein to board of directors
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05:58 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile positioned to meet Q3 estimates, says Piper Jaffray
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05:50 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility movement; DE WAG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Deere (DE) 15, Walgreen (WAG) 30 according to iVolatility.
September 5, 2014
16:42 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile, Kardashian extend licensing agreement term by additional three years
Glu Mobile and Kimsaprincess, Inc., or KAP, Kim Kardashian Westís corporation, entered into an amendment to their existing license agreement dated November 5, 2013. Pursuant to the amendment, Glu and KAP agreed to extend the term of the KAP license agreement by an additional three years such that the term is now scheduled to end on June 30, 2019. During the term, Glu may elect to develop additional games featuring Kardashian in addition to continuing to develop updates for Gluís existing game, Kim Kardashian Hollywood. Once the term ends, Glu is permitted to continue selling the games it developed during the term during a sell-off period which, pursuant to the amendment, has been extended by six months to a total of 12 months. During the term, Kardashian and her property and marks may not appear in any other game that is playable on a mobile device or any other device on which games are playable. Pursuant to the amendment, KAP has agreed to provide additional property for inclusion in the games, including additional vocal recordings and video clips of Kardashian. Furthermore, KAP has agreed to cause Kardashian to conduct additional marketing and promotional activities in support of the games, including through various social media channels and a launch event for the next major update of Kim Kardashian Hollywood.
12:42 EDTWAGStocks with increasing options volume
Stocks with increasing options volume: VALE MCP KORS WAG GM PCLN
11:47 EDTWAGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:55 EDTWAGWalgreen call activity attributed to activist investor speculation
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10:00 EDTWAGRumor: Walgreen strength attributed to activist investor speculation
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07:31 EDTWAGWalgreen notifies customers about label printing errors, WSJ reports
Walgreen has found that its systems were printing drug labels with random characters in the instructions during a recent system crash, making some hard to understand, and has reached out to notify thousands of customers about the issue, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a company spokesman and an internal memo. Reference Link
September 4, 2014
08:04 EDTWAGWalgreen reports total Q4 sales $19.06B, consensus $18.99B
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08:03 EDTWAGWalgreen reports August SSS up 3.7%
Walgreens had August sales of $6.39B, an increase of 3.6% from $6.16B for the same month in fiscal 2013. Total front-end sales increased 2.1% in August compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.4%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 1.7% while basket size increased 3.1%.Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 1.1% in August and increased 3.2% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. August 2014 had one additional Sunday and one fewer Thursday compared with August 2013. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 2.1 percentage points.
06:03 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility movement; WAG RAD
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September 3, 2014
05:59 EDTSINA SINA implied volatility of 35 at lower end of index mean range
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