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July 13, 2011
12:36 EDTTSPT, CHK, NWSA, GLUU, TRH, SINA, CLNE, WAG, ERTS, VR, RENN, BSYBY, KCIOn 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 Bernanke’s 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.
News For ERTS;GLUU;KCI;WAG;NWSA;BSYBY;CLNE;CHK;RENN;SINA;TSPT;VR;TRH From The Last 14 Days
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February 4, 2016
09:18 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 21.9%... Solaredge Technologies (SEDG), up 11.2%... Cadence Design (CDNS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: VirnetX Holding (VHC), up 91.7% after the company won a $625.6M verdict in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL)... Viacom (VIAB), up 5.1% after CNBC's David Faber reported that sources said CEO Philippe Dauman is likely to be named Chairman despite objections from Shari Redstone. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: GoPro (GPRO), down 16.4%... ConocoPhillips (COP), down 2.9%... Dunkin Brands (DNKN), down 2.1%... Philip Morris (PM), down 3.2%. ALSO LOWER: L Brands (LB), down 3.3% after providing Q4 guidance, reporting January Same-Store Sales were down 2%... MannKind (MNKD), down 8.1% after Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer calls the company a penny stock with a mid-cap valuation.
08:10 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile to partner with Taylor Swift on new mobile game
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06:28 EDTNWSANews Corp not interested in Yahoo acquisition, Business Insider says
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February 3, 2016
19:35 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 27.9%... Capstone Turbine (CPST), up 17.2%... Solaredge (SEDG), 12.6%... Take-Two (TTWO), up 8.3%... PennantPark (PNNT), up 5%... Cadence Design (CDNS), up 4.5%... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: VirnetX Holding (VHC), up 90.6% after the company won a $625.6M verdict in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL)... Viacom (VIAB, VIA), up 9.5% and 7%, respectively, after Viacom issued a brief statement which reads, "The Viacom board of directors is scheduled to meet tomorrow."... CBS (CBS), up 4.7% after Sumner Redstone has resigned as executive chairman of CBS to be replaced by CEO Leslie Moonves. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: DHT Holdings (DHT), down 5.3%... GoPro (GPRO), down 9.9%... Imperva (IMPV), down 11.7%... Shutterfly (SFLY), down 3.8%... MetLife (MET), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Ambarella (AMBA), down 2.2% after GoPro reported Q4 results.
16:16 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile board approves $50M stock repurchase program
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16:15 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile sees FY16 revenue $250M-$275M, consensus $261.37M
Sees FY16 EPS (8c)-(14c), consensus (6c).
16:15 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile partners with Taylor Swift on new mobile game
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16:14 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile sees Q1 revenue $46M-$48M, consensus $55.62M
Sees Q1 non-GAAP gross margin approximately 59.9%. Sees Q1 EPS (5c)-(6c), consensus (4c).
16:13 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile reports Q4 EPS 2c, consensus (3c)
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February 2, 2016
16:24 EDTVRValidus increases dividend 9.4% to 35c
Validus Holdings announced that its Board of Directors has increased its quarterly dividend to 35c per common share from 32c, an increase of 3c or 9.4%. The dividend is payable on March 31 to shareholders of record on March 15.
February 1, 2016
16:01 EDTCHKOptions Update; February 1, 2016
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08:20 EDTNWSATwitter jumps after The Information breaks potential deal
Shares of Twitter (TWTR) are rising in pre-market trading after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen and have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lessin said in her report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal considerations are "active" now with Andreessen and private equity firm Silver Lake. Silver Lake calls itself "the global leader in technology investing," stating that it has over $26B in combined assets under management. FREQUENT SPECULATION TARGET: Twitter has often been the subject of takeover rumors in the past year. Last April, Re/code's Kurt Wagner reported that Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) had looked at a potential acquisition of Twitter in the past, but noted at that time that neither tech giant was in discussions to acquire the social network owner. On January 20, News Corp. (NWSA) declined comment to CNBC regarding speculation about its potential interest in acquiring Twitter. Speculation also circulated the same day regarding an activist investor taking an interest in Twitter, trading sources told The Fly. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading near 8:15 am ET, Twitter rose 7% to $18 per share.
January 29, 2016
06:14 EDTNWSASky names James Murdoch chairman, WSJ reports
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January 28, 2016
16:35 EDTVRValidus reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.24, consensus $1.22
Reports Q4 gross premiums written $309.6M, down from $336.6M. Reports tangible book value per diluted common share $38.63, up from $36.19. Reports combined ratio 78.3%, up from 75.6%. Reports no notable, non-notable loss events during quarter.
10:05 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Azure Midstream Partners (AZUR) downgraded at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CorEnergy (CORR) downgraded at Stifel... DCP Midstream (DPM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... DynCorp (DCP) downgraded at Stifel... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded on challenging outlook at BMO Capital... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Invitae (NVTA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Kirby (KEX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... MEG Energy (MEGEF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Metro (MTTRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... OSI Systems (OSIS) downgraded to Hold following Q2 miss at BB&T... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Pan American Silver (PAAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Range Resources (RRC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Royal Gold (RGLD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... SEI Investments (SEIC) downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Wunderlich... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... ServiceNow (NOW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... State Bank Financial (STBZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy (TEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Textron (TXT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Western Gas Partners (WES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:01 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
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06:30 EDTNWSAYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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January 26, 2016
05:19 EDTCHKStocks with implied volatility movement; CHK FTR
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January 25, 2016
11:41 EDTNWSAStifel downgrades Twitter as firm can't see positive spin for executive exits
Twitter (TWTR) is falling after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. EXECUTIVE EXODUS: The four executives leaving the company are Twitter's head of product, Kevin Weil, head of media, Katie Stanton, head of engineering, Alex Roetter, and head of human resources, Brian "Skip" Schipper. CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departures in a tweet, saying, "Want to set the record straight now: Given the inaccurate press rumors today regarding their departures, I'm addressing this now: I'm sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company... COO Adam Bain will be taking on additional responsibilities, including responsibility for the revenue-related product teams, the media team and the HR team on an interim basis. CTO Adam Messinger will be taking over all of engineering and consumer product, design and research, user services and Fabric into one group." Note that due to Twitter's 140 character limit, Dorsey was forced to post his lengthy message in the form of an image of the text. OTHER EXECUTIVE NEWS: Twitter could name Leslie Berland, currently an executive VP at American Express (AXP), as its new Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to Dorsey, this week, according to Re/code's Kara Swisher. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal noted that Twitter intends, as part of its shake-up. to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week. At least one of the people is a high-ranking executive in the media industry, the Journal added. STIFEL DOWNGRADE: Twitter was downgraded to Hold from Buy by Stifel analyst Scott Devitt on Sunday. Devitt cited the executive departures, saying, "While we may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, we don't see how the departure of the heads of three major business divisions can be viewed as a positive in the middle of an attempted business turnaround." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Twitter shares were down almost 4% to $17.15. Note this decline follows a rise of more than 4% late last week on rumors that News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) and other companies were interested in acquiring Twitter. News Corp. later denied it was building a Twitter stake.
09:44 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Hold at Tudor Pickering
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