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August 6, 2014
11:10 EDTAGN, ACAS, CZR, MONT, CLNE, ESI, AEO, SOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 28, 2015
10:26 EDTCLNEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:50 EDTAGNAllergan plans for generic version of Endo's Fortesta blocked, Bloomberg reports
A judge upheld Endo's (ENDP) patents on Fortesta expiring in 2018 and blocked Allergan's (AGN) bid to launch a generic version of the testosterone gel, according to Bloomberg.
09:34 EDTCZRNevada reports July statewide gaming win down 0.96% to $922.89M
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06:50 EDTCZRJudge says Caesars, bondholders should prepare for trial, WSJ reports
A federal judge said that Caesars Entertainment and a group of bondholders should prepare for hearings in a suit over Caesars' guarantees of billions of dollars of debt, the Wall Street Journal reports. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan said that there is a discrepancy as to whether a series of asset moving deals last year constituted an out-court debt reorganization that proved harmful to the holders of over $6B in bond debt issued by Caesars, the report says. Reference Link
05:59 EDTSSprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell service
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August 27, 2015
20:05 EDTSSprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell service, WSJ says
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11:25 EDTSSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
10:57 EDTCZRCaesars bondholders denied immediate ruling by judge, Bloomberg reports
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August 26, 2015
11:01 EDTAEOAbercrombie & Fitch surges after posting surprise Q2 profit
Abercrombie & Fitch spiked in early trading after the clothing retailer posted second quarter profit and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Abercrombie & Fitch reported Q2 earnings per share of 12c, excluding items, on revenue of $817.8M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of a loss per share of (4c) and $811.46M, respectively. Including items, EPS was (1c). Abercrombie said the quarter included a comparable sales decrease of 4% and an adverse impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates of about 5%. For the quarter, SSS declined 7% at the Abercrombie brand and 1% at Hollister. Executive Chairman Arthur Martinez commented that the quarterly results exceeded what the retailer signaled on its first quarter earnings call and said he is confident "that we are on the right track, although we recognize that we still have much to achieve." Looking ahead, Abercrombie & Fitch sees SSS trends improving in the second half of 2015, skewed towards the fourth quarter. The company expects continued headwinds from foreign currency exchange rates, a gross margin rate approximately flat to last year and flat operating expense compared to last year. Additionally, Abercrombie said it plans to open 15 full-price stores this fiscal year, in markets including China and Japan, and will close about 60 stores in the U.S. during the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Abercrombie is in the midst of a massive turnaround and announced the creation of six new positions as it restructures the management of its Abercrombie brand. The move is part of an effort to organize executives by brand rather than product after announcing last year that it would move away from logos. On its earnings conference call this morning, Abercrombie executives said that the company is "not naive" about the challenges it faces, but believes it is "on the right track" to restoring the business to health. Abercrombie said a new chief executive officer will be appointed "in due time." OTHERS TO WATCH: Abercrombie & Fitch peers include Urban Outfitters (URBN), American Eagle (AEO) and Express (EXPR). PRICE ACTION: Abercrombie & Fitch is up 11.75% in morning trading to $19.30.
09:33 EDTSActive equity options trading on open
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August 25, 2015
08:28 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform on valuation, execution at FBR Capital
As previously reported, FBR Capital upgraded American Eagle to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, consistent execution in a declining backdrop, reduced expectations, and potential 2H upside. The firm is cautious on the environment beyond 2H 2015 but believes strong brand recognition, product execution, right-sized fleet, and international growth position it for upside in a competitive environment.
08:27 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle should be bought at current levels, says Oppenheimer
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08:16 EDTESICalifornia drops attempt to suspend ITT Tech
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08:14 EDTAGNAllergan multiple is low, says Leerink
Leerink predicts that Allergan's 2016 EPS will come in at $17-$18. The firm thinks the company has "durable revenue streams," and a "deep pipeline with several potential blockbuster candidates." Leerink adds that the company "has significant capacity for M&A." It keeps a $388 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:06 EDTSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; S GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Sprint (S) 77, Google (GOOG) 41 according to iVolatility.
06:05 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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August 24, 2015
08:37 EDTAGNAllergan recalls certain lots of REFRESH, FML, Blephamide treatments
Allergan announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall down to consumer level of specific lots of its REFRESH Lacri-Lube 3.5g and 7g for dry eye, REFRESH P.M. 3.5g for dry eye, FML 0.1%, and Blephamide 10%/0.2% sterile topical ophthalmic ointment combining an antibacterial and a corticosteroid, 3.5g. Allergan chose to initiate this recall based on a small number of customer complaints which reported a small black particle at the time of use. Allergan has informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of this voluntary recall. Allergan is contacting retailers and wholesalers who have been shipped affected product lots to initiate the recall and is informing them of the steps needed to return affected product.
07:38 EDTCZRCaesars to pay $20M to settle anti-money laundering lapses charges, Reuters says
Caesars Entertainment has agreed to pay $20M to settle claims of anti-money laundering lapses, Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. The company will also enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ, the report says. Reference Link
07:15 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle risk/reward remains compelling, says Susquehanna
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August 23, 2015
14:49 EDTCZRCaesars reaches restructuring support agreement with first lien bank lenders
Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. announced they have entered into a bank restructuring support agreement. The agreement, which is effective immediately, "secures the support" of CEOC's largest and most senior creditor constituencies and represents a "key milestone" in Caesars Entertainment and CEOC's efforts to implement a consensual restructuring of CEOC, according to Caesars. "CEOC's restructuring is now supported by CEOC's first lien bank lenders and first lien bondholders, which represent the most senior $12B of CEOC's capital structure," said the company. Caesars and CEOC continue to engage in discussions with junior creditors to build additional support for the previously announced second lien restructuring agreement. "However, the senior creditors' support of today's agreement paves the way toward a confirmable plan for the restructuring of CEOC," commented Caesars. The bank RSA is substantially similar to the previously announced bond RSA.
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