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March 22, 2012
16:23 EDTX, RGR, SONC, SCVL, GOLD, PCLN, GME, FDX, SWHC, MCD, DGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as reports of contraction in manufacturing in both China and the euro zone fueled worries about global growth prospects. Stock futures indicated a lower open and the market reacted as expected after the opening bell. The averages opened in negative territory and were never able to put together any semblance of a rally. The move lower was broad based as evidenced by the market internals, which saw declining stocks heavily outpace advancers. The market generally ignored the day’s domestic economic data, including a drop in weekly jobless claims and a better than expected report on the leading economic indicators. The market has now lost ground for the third consecutive day after recently hitting fresh recovery highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 5K to 348K, versus the expected 350K. The leading economic indicators for February increased 0.7%, versus expectations of an increase of 0.6%. Home prices held flat on a seasonally-adjusted basis in January, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. In China, a "flash" purchasing managers index fell to 48.1 from 49.6 the month prior. In Europe, a composite euro zone PMI reading also fell, hitting 48.7... MARKET NEWS: FedEx (FDX) topped the list of companies reporting results this morning and saw its shares fall $3.32, or 3.46%, to $92.50 after its earnings beat expectations but its revenues and guidance disappointed. Among others reporting earnings, advancers included Shoe Carnival (SCVL) and Dollar General (DG); decliners included GameStop (GME) and Sonic (SONC)... McDonald's (MCD) CEO Jim Skinner announced his retirement, to be replaced by the company's current President and COO Donald Thompson... Priceline.com (PCLN) shares moved higher, up $8.34, or 1.19%, to $711.99, after Piper Jaffray said in a note to investors this morning that the company's shares could hit $1,000 by mid-2014 and that $50.00 of non-GAAP earnings per share in 2015 is realistic... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Sturm Ruger (RGR), up $5.63, or 13.31%, to $47.93, after saying its had to temporarily stop accepting new orders after its Q1 bookings topped 1M units, and Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 78c, or 11.30%, to $7.68, as it also appeared to benefit from Sturm Ruger's news. Noteworthy losers included Randgold Resources (GOLD), down $12.80, or 12.38%, to $90.60, after reports of a coup attempt in Mali, and US Steel (X), down $1.82, or 5.82%, to $29.47, as one of the many materials names that moved lower on the signs of weakness in China... INDICES: The Dow fell 78.48, or 0.60%, to 13,046.14; the Nasdaq lost 12.00, or 0.39%, to 3,063.32; and the S&P 500 dropped 10.11, or 0.72%, to 1,392.78.
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February 25, 2015
10:12 EDTRGRHigh option volume stocks
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February 24, 2015
06:29 EDTFDXCriticism grows against U.S. airline attempts to limit Gulf airlines, WSJ says
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February 23, 2015
07:57 EDTDGDollar General resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTPCLNDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTMCDOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:38 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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07:14 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,425 from $1,375 at Deutsche Bank
Blackhawk raised its price target for Priceline shares to $1,425 after upping its estimates following the company's "solid" Q4 results. It keeps a Buy rating on the name.
February 19, 2015
16:28 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:50 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,450 from $1,300 at RBC Capital
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12:45 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:34 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,400 from $1,315 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest said Priceline's better than expected earnings, currency-neutral bookings and roomnights in Q4 show that its underlying growth is robust. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $1,400 and maintains its Outperform rating on the name.
10:14 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,375 from $1,325 at Piper Jaffray
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09:35 EDTMCDOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
09:12 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:15 EDTPCLNPriceline up 6% to $1,190 after earnings beat, new $3B buyback authorized
07:07 EDTPCLNPriceline sees Q1 EPS $7.20-$7.75, consensus $8.52
Sees Q1 revenue up 4%-11%, consensus $1.86B. year-over-year increase in total gross travel bookings of approximately 2% - 9%, or an increase of approximately 14% - 21% on a local currency basis.
07:06 EDTPCLNPriceline authorizes additional $3B in share buybacks
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07:04 EDTPCLNPriceline reports Q4 adjusted EPS $10.85, consensus $10.10
Reports Q revenue $1.84B, consensus $1.8B. Reports Q4 gross travel bookings, which refers to the total dollar value, generally inclusive of all taxes and fees, of all travel services purchased by its customers, were $10.7B, an increase of 17% over a year ago, or approximately 23% on a local currency basis.
06:52 EDTPCLNPriceline plans to acquire Rocketmiles for $20M, WSJ says
Priceline's venture unit plans to buy hotel booker Rocketmiles for roughly $20M, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that the deal may entice Priceline customers to book hotels through the Priceline network rather than individual hotel sites. Reference Link
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