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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 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.
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October 16, 2014
12:29 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
12:05 EDTCHKChesapeake rises, Southwestern Energy slips after shale asset deal
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09:23 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:05 EDTCHKSouthwestern Energy acquires Marcellus and Utica assets from Chesapeake
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.”
October 15, 2014
06:02 EDTCLNEClean Energy delivers 50.6M CNG gallons in Q3
Clean Energy reported it delivered for the first time over 50M compressed natural gas gallons in one quarter. The company plans to grow its CNG sales further with a strategic move to expand its CNG market to large industrial and institutional energy users beyond the nation’s natural gas pipeline by acquiring a controlling interest in NG Advantage, a pioneer in the natural gas “virtual pipeline” delivery system. The NG Advantage investment will primarily be used to fund capital expenditures for expansion and growth in the business. Clean Energy will also purchase NG Advantage’s Milton, Vt., compression station which is on track to supply nearly 16M gasoline-gallon-equivalents of CNG annually. This station will immediately become Clean Energy’s highest-volume station in its nationwide network of almost 500 stations.
October 14, 2014
17:16 EDTTSPTTranscept Pharmaceuticals declares special dividend of $12.79M, or 66c per share
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06:03 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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October 13, 2014
08:06 EDTSINAQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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06:46 EDTBSYBYBSkyB invests $500,000 in Pluto.TV, Variety reports
BSkyB is investing $500,000 in digital video startup Pluto.TV, Variety reports. Other investors in Pluto.TV include UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and Terry Semel’s Windsor Media.Reference Link
06:41 EDTWAGWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:13 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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October 10, 2014
08:05 EDTBSYBY21st Century Fox, Apollo Global agree to form content joint venture
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06:04 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
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October 9, 2014
07:57 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile short report riddled with inaccuracies, says Cowen
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October 8, 2014
10:48 EDTGLUUGlu drops despite Benchmark optimism about Kardashian game
Research firm Benchmark Co. upgraded digital video game maker Glu Mobile (GLUU) to Buy from Hold, based on optimism about the company's upcoming third quarter earnings report. WHAT'S NEW: Glu may report higher than expected third quarter sales and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization on October 29, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a note to investors today. The company may also raise its fourth quarter guidance, Hickey believes. Glu's results are being lifted by the success of the company's "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" game, the analyst believes. He has a $5.90 price target on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking the opposite view on Glu Mobile in an article yesterday was a short-selling blog, TheStreetSweeper. The blog said it "wouldn't be surprised" if the company cut its Q4 guidance, as Kim Kardashian and other Glu games "are fading fast." Company insiders are "selling huge chinks" of the company's shares, added the blog. Northland Capital analyst Darren Aftahi yesterday countered by accusing TheStreetSweeper of "acting as a megaphone" for shorts in the name, trying to drive down the stock in a weak market, and producing an article that is "full of conjecture." The analyst said he thinks the company could beat Q3 revenue expectations by a large amount, potentially producing a "massive short squeeze." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other digital video game makers include Zynga (ZNGA) and King Digital (KING). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Glu dropped 4% to $4.56.
10:00 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:20 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:23 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
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06:02 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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