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February 20, 2014
16:45 EDTCONN, PRAA, TSLA, ONTX, WMT, FB, JACK, BBRYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher despite mixed economic data and continued volatility in the political situations in Ukraine and Venezuela. The averages opened the session mixed and were all in negative ground by an hour into trading. However, the averages moved upward near mid-morning and powered higher throughout the session, closing near session highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 3K to 336K in the week ended February 15, which was generally in-line with expectations. The Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1% in January, as expected, and the core reading excluding food and energy also rose 0.1%. Markit's “flash” Purchasing Managers' Index for February rose to 56.7 from a prior 53.7 reading, beating expectations. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing business outlook for February fell to -6.3, versus expectations for a much smaller pull back to 8.0 from its prior 9.4 reading. The Leading Index for January rose 0.3%, matching the consensus estimate. In China, factory activity appeared to shrink again in February, as the flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index fell to a seven-month low of 48.3 from January's final reading of 49.5. In Europe, Markit’s composite eurozone PMI fell to 52.7 from 52.9 in January. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) last night announced that it had agreed to buy mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $16B in cash and stock, with an additional $3B in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years. Facebook shares, which initially sold off after the deal, closed the session up $1.57, or 2.31%, to $69.63. Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which has its own Blackberry Messenger messaging service, climbed 34c, or 3.77%, to $9.35 as analysts debated BBM's valuation relative to WhatsApp... Tesla Motors (TSLA) gained $16.33, or 8.43%, to a new all-time closing high of $209.97 after the electric car maker's earnings and 2014 delivery guidance of 35K Model S cars topped estimates... Wal-Mart (WMT) was the Dow's laggard, falling $1.33, or 1.78%, to $73.52 after its earnings guidance for the current quarter and new fiscal year trailed expectations. For the just-completed quarter, the retail giant reported in-line earnings and sales that were just below expectations. Also, the company raised its dividend 2% to $1.92 annually. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Portfolio Recovery (PRAA), which added $8.92, or 17.67%, to $59.40 after last night announcing a deal to acquire Aktiv Kapital for $880M, a deal analysts at JMP Securities believe will be immediately accretive. Portfolio Recovery also reported earnings that were roughly in-line with expectations. Also higher following a better-than-expected quarterly report was Jack in the Box (JACK), up $4.26, or 7.97%, to $57.73. Among the noteworthy losers was Onconova (ONTX), which plunged $5.07, or 36.58%, to $8.79 after a Phase 3 trial of its rigosertib drug did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower was Conn's (CONN), which fell $23.91, or 42.85%, to $31.89 after the company issued weaker than expect fourth quarter earnings guidance and lowered its fiscal 2014 and 2015 profit forecasts. INDEXES: The Dow was up 92.67, or 0.58%, to 16,133.23, the Nasdaq was up 29.59, or 0.7%, to 4,267.54, and the S&P 500 was up 11.03, or 0.6%, to 1,839.78.
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September 29, 2015
15:37 EDTTSLATesla October weekly 245 straddle priced for 5% movement Model X SUV's launch
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13:55 EDTTSLATesla CEO: Cars to break 620 miles on single charge by 2017, TechCrunch says
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11:38 EDTJACKMcDonald's rises as analysts weigh in on fast food sector
Shares of McDonald's (MCD) rose in morning trading after Credit Suisse upgraded the Big Mac maker to Outperform. Some McDonald's competitors were also active after Telsey Advisory initiated coverage on multiple companies in the quick-serve and fast casual restaurant space. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Jason West upgraded McDonald's to Outperform and raised his price target on its shares to $112 from $110. West said that more improvements for the company are "forthcoming" even after CEO Steve Easterbrook announced positive operational and financial steps. The analyst added that checks suggest that U.S. same-store sales trends are beginning to turn as a result of operational and menu changes, as well as some new product wins. West said he sees 5%-6% possible upside to current 2016 expectations and views a favorable risk/reward of roughly 2%-3% downside as opposed to 20% upside, even if the turnaround is "fairly modest." NOTABLE INITIATIONS: Separately, Telsey Advisory Group analyst Bob Derrington initiated coverage of several companies in the restaurant sector, stamping Panera (PNRA) with an Outperform rating and a $225 price target. The analyst noted that the company's plan to become a better dining alternative continues to build traction and that same-store sales trends are likely to speed up in 2016 and 2017. Derrington initiated Jack in the Box (JACK) with an Outperform rating and a price target of $95, as he sees it being positioned for strong appreciation in the year ahead based on management's plan to revitalize and differentiate the Jack in the Box brand. The analyst also expects the company to further differentiate, improve the returns, and position its Qdoba brand for quick growth and recycle its franchise cash flow for better shareholder returns. Derrington initiated coverage of Chipotle (CMG) with a Market Perform rating and an $800 price target, saying that despite the firm's positive prospects due to better-than-most-peer same-store sales and revenue growth, the company's margin risk makes him take a more cautious approach to his rating of the stock. The analyst also tagged Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) with a Market Perform rating and a $220 price target, noting that the company's strong growth prospects seem to be reflected in its premium valuation. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, McDonald's shares rose 1.6% to $97.49, Panera shares gained 0.9% to $191, Jack in the Box advanced 1.1% to $78.24, Chipotle added 1% to $715 and Buffalo Wild Wings were 1.3% higher at $195.68.
11:30 EDTTSLATesla owner group questions P85D horsepower claim, Digital Trends says
Tesla claims its Model S P85D generates 691 horsepower, though a group of 71 owners and investors have stated in an open letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the highest figure they've been able to obtain in testing is 557 horsepower, according to Digital Trends. Reference Link
11:26 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; MU TSLA
Micron (MU) January 17 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 55, Tesla (TSLA) December 280 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 44 according to iVolatility.
11:05 EDTFBComcast launches video platform Watchable, Business Insider reports
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10:00 EDTBBRY, JACKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:13 EDTTSLATesla volatility elevated into delivering first Model X SUVs
Tesla October weekly put option implied volatility is at 60, October is at 48, November is at 50; compared to its 52-week range of 29 to 62 suggest large price movement into delivering its first SUVs on Tuesday night.
07:11 EDTWMTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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06:22 EDTTSLATesla rolls out Model X deliveries Tuesday, WSJ reports
Tesla is rolling out Model X deliveries Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Topping out at $132,000, the vehicle will test the company's ability to maintain momentum that has been largely unimpeded by low gasoline prices and turbulence in emerging markets, the report says. Tesla is hoping that the Model X will help it reach sales of at least 50,000 vehicles in 2015 and 500,000 by 2020, the report says. Reference Link
06:10 EDTJACKJack in the Box initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory
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September 28, 2015
16:07 EDTBBRYBlackBerry initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; September 28, 2015
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09:36 EDTFB Active equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTFBCLSA U.S. Internet analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Internet Analyst James Lee, along with AdParlor's General Manager, Mladen Raickovic, discuss in detail from a media buyer's point of view, Facebook's advertising trends on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 2 at 11 am.
07:31 EDTBBRYBlackBerry price target lowered to $7.50 from $10 at UBS
UBS analyst Amitabh Passi said he agrees with BlackBerry CEO John Chen that the company's success hinges on its ability to build a comprehensive software portfolio, but the question is whether the hardware business can stabilize before the software business gains traction in an intense competitive environment. Passi lowered his price target on BlackBerry shares to $7.50 from $10 and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
06:57 EDTTSLANHTSA mulls Takata air bag recall expansion, Bloomberg reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is mulling an order that would expand that recalls of Takata (TKTDY) air bags and has contacted seven manufacturers who may be affected, including Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Tesla (TSLA), Bloomberg reports. Takata had identified seven companies that it has supplied with air bag inflators that use ammonium nitrate propellant, the report says, citing NHTSA letters dated September 22. The NHTSA also contacted Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF), Jaguar Land Rover (TTM), Suzuki (SZKMF), Volvo Trucks (VOLVY), and Spartan Motors (SPAR), the report says. Reference Link
06:42 EDTWMTPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTFBFacebook 'dramaticlaly' increases virtual reality spending, Financial Times says
Facebook has increased its virtual reality investment since the Oculus acquisitoin and is expected to spend even more over the next decade, reports the Financial Times. Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said in an interview, "We are investing more year over year... We've got a multiyear plan for this worked out over a fairly long horizon. Although Schroepfer declined to give specific numbers, Facebook is expected to invest billions of dollars over the next several years. Reference Link
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