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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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August 14, 2014
17:01 EDTSINASINA reports Q2 adjusted EPS 17c, consensus 9c
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15:03 EDTSINANotable companies reporting after market close
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14:09 EDTSINASINA technical comments ahead of earnings
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14:06 EDTWAGWalgreen removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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13:24 EDTSINAEarnings Preview: SINA shares down ahead of Q2 earnings report
Chinese Internet company SINA (SINA) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 14, with a conference call scheduled for 10:10 pm ET. SINA is an online media company that enables Internet users to access professional media and user generated content from the Web and mobile devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 9c on revenue of $179.2M. The consensus range is (1c)-16c for EPS and $177.23M-$181.2M for revenue, according to First Call. In its last earnings report, the company gave Q2 revenue guidance of $177M-$182M. LAST QUARTER: SINA reported first quarter EPS of 15c against estimates of 16c on revenue of $171.5M against estimates of $165.25M. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: Following its last earnings report, the company had its price target lowered at Brean Capital, although it still considered it an undervalued asset. Pacific Crest, meanwhile, said the regulatory issues involving the revocation of two of the company's business licenses led to lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance. PRICE ACTION: SINA shares are trading nearly flat over the last three months, but are down more than 43% year-to-date. In midday trading ahead of its Q2 report, SINA is down almost 1%.
13:19 EDTSINASINA August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
SINA August call option implied volatility is at 107, September is at 50, December is at 44; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
11:09 EDTSINAOptions with increasing implied volatility: SINA WB EL
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06:05 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 25, Walgreen (WAG) 23 according to iVolatility.
August 13, 2014
06:04 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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August 12, 2014
06:02 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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06:00 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CTSH KMP
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August 11, 2014
13:40 EDTSINATwitter sees strong demand in China, hopes to enter market, Nikkei says
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10:29 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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06:10 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 27, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTWAGMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
15:18 EDTWAGWalgreen management to meet with BB&T
Meetings to be held on the West Coast on August 12-13 hosted by BB&T.
12:34 EDTNWSAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:35 EDTNWSA, NWSANews Corp. downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
08:47 EDTGLUUNorthland recommends buying Glu Mobile aggressivley on weakness related to Zynga
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06:04 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
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