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July 13, 2011
12:36 EDTTRH, SINA, CLNE, WAG, ERTS, VR, RENN, BSYBY, KCI, TSPT, CHK, NWSA, GLUUOn 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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March 23, 2015
17:23 EDTCHKCarl Icahn reports 10.98% stake in Chesapeake
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16:35 EDTCHKChesapeake lowers FY15 CapEx view to $3.5B-$4B from $4B-$4.5B
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March 20, 2015
10:43 EDTCHKStocks with call strike movement; CHK FCX
Chesapeake (CHK) July 16 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 50, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) August 20 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 47 according to IVolatility.
06:28 EDTNWSAReuters' news sites 'inaccessible' in China, Reuters reports
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March 19, 2015
10:02 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:24 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded at Sterne Agee
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07:40 EDTVRValidus management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:20 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee
05:24 EDTNWSANews Corp builds investment plan in APN News to 14.99% stake
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March 18, 2015
19:29 EDTRENNRenren reports Q4 EPS 10c, may not compare to one estimate (6c)
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19:05 EDTRENNRenren sees Q1 revenue $11M-$13M, may not compare to one estimate $29.72M
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18:07 EDTRENNRenren Reports Q4 revenue $17.2M, one estimate $16.3M
Sees Q1 revenue $11M-$13M, may not compare to one estimate $29.72M. Reported by Bloomberg.
15:20 EDTRENNNotable companies reporting after market close
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March 17, 2015
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:25 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Global Hunter
08:41 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile to partner with Kendall, Kylie Jenner on new mobile game
Glu Mobile announced that the company will partner with Kendall and Kylie Jenner on the development of a new mobile game. Featuring the voices, likenesses, and creative influences of Kendall and Kylie, the game will allow players to interact with the sisters as friends and mentors as they work to realize their creative and career aspirations. Glu expects to launch the game worldwide in late 2015 on iOS and Android. Glu will provide additional details on the game's development and Kendall and Kylie's involvement at a later date. Shares of Glu Mobile, the maker of "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," are up about 7% in pre-market trading to $5.15.
March 16, 2015
15:13 EDTNWSANews Corp. management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on March 20 hosted by Jefferies.
10:44 EDTNWSANetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
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