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January 3, 2014
08:56 EDTMU, GRPN, AMCC, FNSR, JMBA, FEYE, CNDO, GGS, S, EXC, RFILOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: FireEye (FEYE), up 23% after announcing a deal to acquire cybersecurity firm Mandiant and raising its bookings and revenue expectations... Global Geophysical (GGS), up 11% after deal for sale of AutoSeis HDR systems... Finisar (FNSR), up 3% after upgraded at Raymond James. LOWER: Jamba (JMBA), down 3.3% after downgraded at Wedbush... Groupon (GRPN), down 1.3% after filing to sell 13.8M shares of common stock for holder... Sprint (S), down 2% following downgrade at Stifel... Micron (MU), down 2% after downgraded at RBC Capital... RF Industries (RFIL), down 21.5% after reporting preliminary Q4 results... Coronado (CNDO), down 4% following downgrade at Oppenheimer... Applied Micro (AMCC), down 2.6% after downgraded at BMO Capital... Exelon (EXC), down 1.4% after being downgraded at Citigroup and BofA Merrill Lynch.
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March 19, 2015
16:27 EDTJMBAEngaged Capital raises stake in Jamba to 9.1% from 8.2%
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13:00 EDTCNDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
11:43 EDTCNDOCoronado Biosciences volatility up, announces formation of Mustang Therapeutics
Coronado Biosciences April call option implied volatility is at 129, May is at 100, August is at 93; compared to its 26-week average of 87 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement after announcing formation of Mustang Therapeutics and licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors.
09:20 EDTCNDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:45 EDTFEYEHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold a hearing
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07:35 EDTCNDOCoronado announces formation of Mustang Therapeutics
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07:10 EDTCNDOCoronado announces licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors
Coronado Biosciences announced the execution of an exclusive license agreement with NeuPharma to develop and commercialize novel irreversible, 3rd Generation EGFR inhibitors on a worldwide basis outside of certain Asian countries. The program is currently in pre-clinical development. Under the terms of the agreement, Coronado will pay NeuPharma an up-front licensing fee as well as make development and sales-based milestone payments and will pay a tiered single digit royalty on net sales. Lindsay Rosenwald, Coronado chairman and CEO stated, "NeuPharma has a portfolio of these inhibitors, the most advanced of which could reach the clinic in the first half of 2016."
March 18, 2015
13:59 EDTST-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
11:25 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; SWKS MU
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09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTMUSamsung postponed DRAM equipment orders, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says its research indicates Samsung has recently postponed a "meaningful" level of DRAM equipment orders by up to two quarters. The firm views the push outs as evidence of discipline in the DRAM supply chain and a positive for Micron (MU). It believes the DRAM pricing environment should stabilize starting in Q2 and recommends buying shares of Micron at current levels. It has an Overweight rating on the name with a $40 price target.
March 17, 2015
11:16 EDTMUMicron falls, levels to watch
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08:05 EDTRFILRF Industries reports Q1 EPS 1c, one estimate 5c
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08:01 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco Holdings reach settlement agreement with Maryland counties
Exelon Corporation (EXC) and Pepco Holdings (POM) announced that they have reached a settlement agreement with Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in the proceeding before the Maryland Public Service Commission to review the companies’ proposed merger, which was announced on April 30, 2014. The two counties represent all of Pepco’s Maryland customers and nearly three-fourths of Pepco Holdings total customers in Maryland. The settlement, which is subject to the approval of the Commissioners of the PSC, was filed by Exelon and Pepco Holdings and signed by Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, the National Consumer Law Center, National Housing Trust, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers and a consortium of nine recreational trail advocacy organizations led by the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts. The settlement includes commitments aimed at providing benefits to customers and the state through a combination of bill credits, funding for energy-efficiency programs and renewables investments, low-income customer assistance and other provisions, including: A commitment to designate a portion of a proposed $94.4M customer investment fund to provide $36.8M in bill credits, or approximately $50 per Pepco and Delmarva Power customer in Maryland. The remainder -- $57.6M -- will go toward funding energy-efficiency programs designated by Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the PSC. A commitment to help economically challenged customers lower their energy bills by dedicating at least 20% of the energy efficiency funds to programs targeting low- and moderate-income customers. In addition to today’s agreement, Exelon and Pepco Holdings announced March 10 that they have reached a settlement with The Alliance for Solar Choice in Maryland. The merger requires approvals by the Maryland Public Service Commission, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and the Delaware Public Service Commission. On Feb. 13, Exelon reached a settlement agreement with staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission and other stakeholders, and the agreement is pending approval by the Commission. Following the expiration of the U.S. Department of Justice’s review period on Dec. 22, 2014, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act no longer precludes completion of the merger.
08:00 EDTMUMicron FY16 EPS estimate lowered at RBC Capital
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March 16, 2015
19:00 EDTJMBAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:52 EDTJMBAJamba files form 12b-25 to extend filing date for FY14 Form 10-K
Jamba announced that the company filed a Form 12b-25 with the SEC providing for a 15 calendar day extension for its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The company anticipates to file its Form 10-K prior to the expiration of the extension and expects that the financial information contained in the Form 10-K will be consistent with previously reported financial results reported in the company’s earnings release on March 12. The company filed the Form 12b-25 because it has not yet completed the assessment of the company’s internal control over financial reporting and, as a result, its independent registered public accounting firm has not completed their audit and assessment of the company’s internal control over financial reporting. The company plans to report in its Form 10-K that as of December 30, 2014, a material weakness existed in its control over financial reporting due to an insufficient complement of finance and accounting resources within the organization, in part attributable to employee turnover related to recently implemented cost reductions and infrastructure changes, to ensure the proper application of GAAP with respect to the company’s non-routine transactions. The company is determining steps necessary to remediate the material weakness, but expects that the financial information contained in the Form 10-K will be consistent with the previously reported financial results reported in the company’s earnings release on March 12.
11:17 EDTFEYEFireEye call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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11:02 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are moving higher on speculation Cisco (CSCO) may acquire the company.
08:24 EDTMUMicron pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates on Micron to reflect near-term PC DRAM weakness, but the firm expects pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, driven by seasonal PC build, higher mobile content and a DDR4 upgrade cycle. The firm thinks the company will have a number of positive catalysts in 2016, and it keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
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