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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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June 30, 2015
08:58 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile price target raised to $10 from $8 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum raised Glu Mobile's price target to $10 from $8 and said it sees modest upside to Q2 estimates and guidance, driven by game portfolio strength. The firm continues to see substantial upside to FY15 and FY16 consensus estimates and reiterates its Buy rating.
June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:45 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT
Sterne Agee CRT upgraded Chesapeake (CHK) two notches to Buy from Underperform and increased its price target to $13 from $9. The firm said shares are now oversold and the "short" call is now crowded. Sterne Agee CRT said management is working to mitigate the near-term liquidity drain and is aggressively pursuing alternatives to keep pipeline counter-party Williams Companies (WMB) whole on its contract, which could reset shares higher. The firm said the focus should be on Chesapeake's absolute liquidity and raised estimates to reflect slightly improved NGL fundamentals. Sterne Agee CRT recommends trading oriented accounts cover shorts and go long as any catalyst may drive a short squeeze rally in shares.
June 25, 2015
16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:48 EDTCHKChesapeake options active as share trend lower
Chesapeake July 11 and 12 puts are active on total put volume of 59K contracts (43K puts). July call option implied volatility is at 42, August is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 68. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:56 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst William Featherston downgraded Chesapeake Energy (CHK) to Sell after his firm cut its long-term normalized natural gas price forecast to $4.00 from $4.50. Featherston thinks Chesapeake carries "far too much financial leverage" and he views the shares as expensive relative to peers. The analyst cut his price target for the stock to $11 from $16. Shares of the natural gas producer closed yesterday down 22c to $11.56. Featherston coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Marathon Oil (MRO) to Buy.
June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTNWSAHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
12:13 EDTSINAMorgan Stanley reports 5.0% passive stake in SINA
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June 19, 2015
08:49 EDTSINASINA joins consortium in E-House's proposed 'going private' transaction
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06:09 EDTSINAStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QIHU SINA
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qihoo 360 (QIHU) 22, SINA (SINA) 45 according to iVolatility.
06:08 EDTSINAStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QIHU SINA
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June 18, 2015
11:45 EDTNWSADow Jones to begin round of job cuts today, NY Times reports
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08:07 EDTNWSANews Corp. announces plans to initiate dividend
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08:00 EDTNWSANews Corp. amends stockholder rights plan
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06:07 EDTSINAStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR SINA
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