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May 21, 2012
12:21 EDTRGR, RENN, AEO, ETN, CPB, YHOO, CBE, KKD, FB, DVA, LOWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, rebounding a bit from last week's dismal performance, which was the worst this year for U.S. equity markets. Near noon the market was off of its best levels and had been drifting in a narrow range since mid-morning. The market move is due more to a bounce from an oversold condition than from any data reported in either Europe or the U.S. There was little on the U.S. economic calendar, with the exception of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, which went largely unnoticed when reported during the pre-market trading session... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index rebounded a bit to a reading of +0.11 for the month of April, up from -0.29 a month ago. In Europe, stocks gained in spite of little in the way of concrete plans for the region coming out of the weekend's meeting of the G-8 leaders... COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) shares fell below their $38 issue price in premarket trading and continued to slide as much as 13.7% before stabilizing near $33. Near noon, shares were down $4.49, or 11.59%, to $33.74... Yahoo! (YHOO) reached a deal for a plan to sell out of its 40% stake in Alibaba, including an initial sale of 20% of Alibaba back to the company for $7.1B. Yahoo! said it intends to return substantially all of the after-tax cash proceeds to shareholders from the deal and did not finalize the form of the return of capital but did increase its share buyback authorization by $5B. However, Yahoo shares only moved up about 0.3% on the news... Shares of Lowes (LOW) slid almost 10% in spite of sales and profits that beat estimates, as the company's yearly earnings guidance came in below consensus. Among other companies reporting earnings, Krispy Kreme (KKD) advanced while Campbell Soup (CPB) declined... DaVita (DVA) agreed to purchase HealthCare Partners for $4.42B, which investors applauded by driving shares up more than 4%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cooper Industries (CBE), up nearly 27%, after agreeing to be acquired by Eaton Corporation (ETN) in a cash and stock deal valued at $72.00 per share, representing a premium of 29% to Cooper's closing price on Friday, and American Eagle (AEO), up more than 10%, following an upgrade to Buy at Brean Murray ahead of Wednesday's earnings report and after the company announced it plans to eliminate children's brand 77kids and its CFO stepped down. Noteworthy losers included Renren (RENN), down almost 3%, as it was dragged down in concert with the steep decline seen in Facebook, and Sturm, Ruger (RGR), down about 6%, after being initiated with a Sell rating at Off Wall Street Research... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 96.57, or 0.78%, to 12,465.95; the Nasdaq was up 44.42, or 1.60%, to 2,823.21; and the S&P 500 was up 14.44, or 1.11%, to 1,309.66.
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November 11, 2014
12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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10:44 EDTYHOOAlibaba Chairman Ma thinks Yahoo 'happy' with company performance
Alibaba (BABA) Chairman Jack Ma says his company must focus on itself, not on Yahoo (YHOO), but he believes Yahoo is happy with Alibaba's performance. Ma is speaking on CNBC.
10:27 EDTYHOOAlibaba sets Singles' Day record, analysts start coverage with upbeat notes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba announced that a record $8B of products had been sold on its website with a few hours left in the Chinese Singles' Day holiday. Many Chinese citizens buy gifts on e-commerce websites during the holiday. During last year's festival, $5.7B of products were purchased on Alibaba's websites. ANALYST INITIATIONS: Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night. Alibaba's ecosystem will make it difficult for competitors to challenge it for a long time, Ji believes. The ecosystem also boosts Alibaba's revenue growth and margins, according to the analyst. The e-commerce giant's strong brand, along with its large and loyal customer base, help make it one of the best-positioned companies in the Chinese Internet space, contended the analyst. He predicted that its revenue and profits will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 34% and 32%, respectively, from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019. The analyst set a $133 price target on the shares. HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55, citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba. The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham, which expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo, kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba fell 2.6% to $116 per share. However, the stock has risen nearly 18% in the last five days.
08:38 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Needham (yesterday)
Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55 citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba (BABA). The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:49 EDTAEOBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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05:59 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 60 at upper end of index mean range
November 10, 2014
17:40 EDTYHOOYahoo could go higher, Barron's says
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16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:54 EDTDVAAmerican Society of Nephrology to hold a conference
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12:53 EDTFBFacebook says has over 50M monthly active users for Messenger
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11:39 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NEM
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook enhances users' control over News Feeds
Facebook on Friday announced that News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, Pages and Groups that users have seen in their News Feeds over the past week. Users can choose to sort by people, Pages or Groups posts, or see an overall summary., the social network said. They can unfollow any friend, Page or Group if they don’t want to see their stories in their News Feeds, Facebook added. Users can also see who they’ve unfollowed in the past and can choose to re-follow them at anytime, the company stated. If users see a story they're not interested in or don’t want to see, they can tap the arrow in the top right of that story to hide it, Facebook said. Reference Link
10:04 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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07:22 EDTAEOU.S. Retail Softlines sector downgraded to Negative at Barclays
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07:11 EDTAEOOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:16 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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05:54 EDTAEOStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM AEO
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05:48 EDTAEOU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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05:36 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded American Eagle to Equal Weight after reducing its outlook for the retail industry. The firm says its industry data suggests substantial risk to its sales expectations for American Eagle. Barclays lowered its price target for shares to $11 from $15.
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