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News For MDRX;FIVE;S;ZNGA;VRSN;YUM;BX;FB;NTLS;CBK From The Last 14 Days
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April 21, 2015
16:40 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 China Division SSS down 12%
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16:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands CEO says on track to open 700 new restaurants in China in 2015
Greg Creed, CEO, said “While EPS declined in the first quarter, I’m pleased with the strong performance from our KFC and Taco Bell Divisions, as well as the continued progress we are making in China. I’m confident we will deliver full-year EPS growth of at least 10%, with a strong second half in China and solid brand-building initiatives underway at each of our divisions. Our confidence in China is bolstered by improving sales and upward momentum in customer perceptions. China Division restaurant margins were a healthy 19% even though same-store sales declined 12%, reinforcing our belief in significant operating leverage as sales recover. We remain on track to open at least 700 new restaurants in China this year with strong returns, laying the groundwork for future growth."
16:25 EDTYUMYum! Brands up 4% following Q1 results, guidance
16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands maintains FY15 EPS growth view of at least 10%, consensus $3.45
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16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 adjusted EPS 80c, consensus 72c
Reports Q1 revenue $2.62B, consensus $2.64B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
15:28 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:01 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research
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09:06 EDTBXHilton price target raised to $33 from $30 at Baird
Baird raised its price target on Hilton (HLT) to $33 from $30 ahead of its Q1 earnings report. The firm cited in-line peer valuation despite better growth expectations, additional asset monetization initiatives, and the potential for Blackstone (BX) to sell its shares, which would remove an overhang and boost liquidity. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Hilton.
09:02 EDTBXBlackstone, Wells Fargo in talks on more GE financial assets, Bloomberg says
General Electric (GE), which has announced plans to divest the majority of its GE Capital businesses, is in talks about the potential sale of its $74B U.S. commercial-lending unit, reported Bloomberg, echoing a similar report from The Wall Street Journal. Potential buyers include Blackstone (BX), Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU) Wells Fargo (WFC) and Apollo Global (APO), according to people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
07:51 EDTBXBlackstone, Brookfield bid for A$9B of office properties, Globe and Mail says
Investa Property Group, Australia’s third-biggest owner of city center offices, is seeing interest from Blackstone (BX) and Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), as well as LaSalle Investment Management and China’s Fosun, for the A$9B portfolio of Australian office properties that Morgan Stanley (MS) is marketing on the company's behalf, said Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
07:36 EDTSU.S. mobile cariers could be pressured from new data plans, WSJ says
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
10:38 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, May is at 39, June 30, September is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:04 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Cantor
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05:51 EDTFBEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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