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November 24, 2015
05:53 EDTFBFacebook expands Free Basics program in India, CEO Zuckerberg says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page yesterday that the company's Free Basics program will now be available to everyone in India who uses Reliance Communications. Reference Link
November 23, 2015
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; November 23, 2015
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10:54 EDTYUMBattleground: Analysts vary widely in assessing E. coli impact on Chipotle
Research firms had very different views on Chipotle's (CMG) outlook after the company announced late Friday afternoon that six new cases of E coli linked to its restaurants had been identified in four additional states, triggering a 12.5% decline in the shares. JPMorgan wrote that the selloff in the stock was overdone, as the E.Coli outbreak should have only "a limited impact" on the company's results. Similarly, research firm William Blair does not expect the casual dining company's results to be meaningfully impacted by the news. However, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches, to the firm's equivalent of a Sell, and Sterne Agee cut its rating on the name to Neutral, with both firms predicting that the new E.coli cases would meaningfully hurt Chipotle's results. BACKGROUND: Chipotle announced that it was informed by the federal government that six new cases of E.coli had been found which matched a previous strain of the disease linked to the company's restaurants. Five of the six newly diagnosed individuals reported that they had recently eaten at Chipotle restaurants, the company reported late Friday. The previous outbreak of E.coli had been restricted to Washington state and Oregon, but the new cases involved individuals living in California, New York, Minnesota and Ohio. BULLS: According to JPMorgan analyst John Ivankoe, the selloff in Chipotle's stock is overdone, as the E.coli outbreak seems to be "very contained and minor." The six additional cases do not mean that a "widespread outbreak" has occurred, wrote the analyst, who expects the company's comp sales to drop about 2% this quarter and to be flat in the first quarter of 2016 before rising 2% in both Q2 and Q3. Moreover, he believes that "numerous" initiatives that the company is undertaking could drive its comp sales higher. Ivankoe trimmed his price target on the name to $680 from $750 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. William Blair analyst Sharon Zackfia says that if the 12.5% drop in the stock on Friday implies that 12.5% of the company's 2016 profits could be at risk, it appears investors expect the company's same-store sales to decline 7%-8% next year. Zackfia says that such a decline is "highly unlikely," and she believes that Chipotle's same-store sales could actually "firm" in 2016. The analyst, who expects the company to emerge "largely unscathed" from the outbreak, kept an Outperform rating on the stock. BEARS: BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Joseph Buckley lowered his rating on Chipotle two notches to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of Sell, from Buy. The new cases suggest that the E.coli outbreak is national and not just confined to the Pacific Northwest region, the analyst stated. Chipotle's same-store sales will drop 4% this quarter, as the short-term impact on the company could be magnified because it has benefited in the past from being seen as having high quality food, Buckley believes. However, the analyst added that he does not expect the E.coli outbreak to hurt the company over the longer term. Nonetheless, he slashed his price target on the name to $470 from $750. Also downgrading Chipotle was Sterne Agee analyst Lynne Collier, who cut her rating on the name to Neutral from Buy. The fact that the source of the problem has not been identified creates doubt about whether the bad news for the company is over, Collier believes. Although the new cases of E.coli appear to have occurred during the same time period as the previous reported cases, the company's sales could still be negatively affected for 6-12 months, wrote the analyst, who now expects its SSS to fall 2% this quarter. She lowered her 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $19.22 from $20.40. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Maxim Group upgraded its rating on Panera Bread (PNRA) to Buy from Hold, predicting that the restaurant operator would benefit from Chipotle's problems. The firm set a $210 price target on the shares. Yum! Brands' (YUM) Taco Bell and Jack in the Box's (JACK) Qdoba are other competitors of Chipotle. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Chipotle rebounded 6% to $568.33.
10:00 EDTBXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adesto Technologies (IOTS) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... American Farmland (AFCO) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Blackstone (BX) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... California Resources (CRC) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Clearfield (CLFD) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... Coherus Biosciences (CHRS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Copa Holdings (CPA) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... GOL Linhas (GOL) initiated with a Reduce at HSBC... HP Enterprise (HPE) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Himax (HIMX) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... Match Group (MTCH) initiated with a Buy at Axiom... Mirati Therapeutics (MRTX) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Momenta (MNTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... MyoKardia (MYOK) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Revance (RVNC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim.
09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:17 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
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07:11 EDTBXGE to sell U.K. Home Lending Portfolio to Blackstone, TSSP, and CarVal
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05:41 EDTVRSNVeriSign shares pricing in a lot of good news, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says shares of VeriSign are pricing in a lot of good news after rallying 28% quarter-to-date. The recent surge in .com/.net names being registered is likely coming from domain name investors in China, which is not a consistent long-term source of growth, Auty tells investors in a research note titled ".Com Growth May Not Be Sustainable." He upped his price target for VeriSign shares to $84 from $74 and keeps an Underweight rating on the name.
November 22, 2015
17:05 EDTFBFacebook CEO Zuckerberg to take two months paternity leave
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in a social media posting that he will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. Reference Link
November 20, 2015
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; November 20, 2015
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10:04 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:36 EDTSSprint lowers FY15 adjusted EBITDA view to $6.8B-$7.1B
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07:35 EDTSSprint signs $1.2B deal for sale and lease-back of certain leased devices
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07:33 EDTSSprint signs $1.2B deal for sale and lease-back of certain leased devices
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November 19, 2015
11:15 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; AMZN FB
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CHK BAC FB PFE MU GMCR AMZN NFLX BBY BABA CRM QCOM
06:38 EDTFBFacebook multiple 'has room to move higher,' says Citi
After analyzing Facebook's expense growth, Citi analyst Mark May says 2016 consensus estimates for the social network giant have 3%-6% potential upside. May believes the stock's multiple "has room to move higher" and keeps a Buy rating on Facebook with a $134 price target. He thinks expense growth in 2016 will range between high-30% and 50% and views consensus revenue forecasts as still too conservative.
November 18, 2015
17:33 EDTBXBlackstone not interested in SunEdison investment, Reuters says
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16:45 EDTSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher from the opening bell onward despite housing starts data that was weaker than expected. Investors waited for the release of the FOMC minutes and saw what they had suspected; that the Fed was reinforcing its message that the December meeting is an option for the central bank to begin raising interest rates. The visibility on rates gave investors confidence, leading to a late-day rally that saw the averages close at their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell 4.3% to $69.78 after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in the new quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed 3.17% to $117.29 after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation... Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform, the firm's equivalent to a "Sell" rating, saying he expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 but that Exxon's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Despite Molchanov predicting Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016, the stock rose about 1% to $80.74 today amid a rally in oil prices. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Fairchild (FCS), which jumped $1.52, or 8.5%, to $19.40 after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON), whose stock fell 7.9% to $9.89 after the news. Also higher were Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), with the two railway operators advancing a respective 5.8% and 6.35% after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Additionally, ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% to $40.93 after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which dropped $4.98, or 9.4%, to $48.00 after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law. Also lower was Sprint (S), which fell 9.3%, to $3.99 after announcing a 50% discount for new customers switching from competing wireless carriers. GoPro (GPRO) declined 5.1% to $19.81 after research firm Piper Jaffray noted that the company has been offering discounts on its cameras, including featuring them on "flash sale" sites, and cut its price target on the stock to $15 per share. INDEXES: The Dow rose 247.66, or 1.42%, to 17,737.16, the Nasdaq gained 89.19, or 1.79%, to 5,075.20, and the S&P 500 advanced 33.14, or 1.62%, to 2,083.58.
16:44 EDTFBGoogle ad exec jumps to YouTube, Re/code says
Neal Mohan, previously Google's (GOOG) SVP for display and video advertising, has been appointed SVP of product for YouTube in a move signaling renewed efforts to combat Facebook (FB) video, reports Re/code, citing spokesperson statements. Paul Muret, currently head of analytics at Google, will succeed Mohan, and the company's analytics group will be folded into its display operations. Re/code notes that the analytics rollup may indicate Google sees measurement as "core" to its advertising business. Reference Link
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