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August 7, 2014
12:14 EDTTHOR, DDD, CTRP, SNI, MTLS, SSYS, FOXA, HAR, XONE, PCLNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session higher, thanks in part to better than expected initial jobless claims data and an agreement to extend the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza. The averages saw their highs a short time after the open, but then began to drift lower. By mid-morning the Dow had crossed into negative ground and the S&P and Nasdaq soon followed, leaving the major indexes all in the red, but not by much, near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 14K to 289K in the week ended August 2, versus expectations for 300K new claims. A report on consumer credit growth in June is expected at 3:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several 3D printer makers climbed after one of the companies in the sector, Stratasys (SSYS), reported stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its guidance. Near noon, Stratsys surged 19%, while 3D Systems rose 3%, Materialise (MTLS) advanced 6% and ExOne (XONE) gained more than 7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese online travel agency Ctrip.com (CTRP), which gained 10% after the company expanded its partnership with Priceline (PCLN) and received a $500M investment from the U.S. online travel giant. Also higher was 21st Century Fox (FOXA), which rose 6.5% after the company reported higher than expected fourth quarter earnings and the stock was upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen. Among the noteworthy losers was Thoratec (THOR), which plunged 29% and was downgraded at Goldman, Credit Suisse and BTIG after reporting lower than expected second quarter revenues and lowering its FY14 profit guidance. Also lower following their earnings reports were Harman (HAR), which fell over 4%, and Scripps Networks (SNI), which dropped nearly 5%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 37.98, or 0.23%, to 16,405.36, the Nasdaq was down 2.92, or 0.07%, to 4,352.13, and the S&P 500 was down 4.35, or 0.23%, to 1,915.89.
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January 22, 2015
08:16 EDTHARHarman to acquire Symphony Teleca for base purchase price of $780M
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08:14 EDTHARHarman to acquire Red Bend Software for $170M
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January 21, 2015
07:09 EDTMTLS, DDD, SSYSPiper positive on Stratasys, cautious on 3D Systems after survey
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06:17 EDTFOXAOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
06:13 EDTCTRPeHi Car Services, Ctrip.com announce next phase of strategic partnership
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January 20, 2015
14:09 EDTPCLNOrbitz jumps after Bloomberg says company may be exploring sale
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are jumping after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring the possibility of selling itself. In a note to investors on January 7, research firm FBR Capital wrote that the company could be acquired for over $10 per share, WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz is exploring a potential sale and private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring the online travel agency, Bloomberg reported today. ANALYST VIEW: On January 7, research firm FBR Capital estimated that Orbitz could be acquired for $10.27 per share. The firm noted that a trade publication, Tnooz.com, had reported that Orbitz could be considering selling itself. Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) could each pay a premium of 30%-plus for Orbitz and still see their profits rise from the acquisition, FBR added. It kept a $9 price target and Outperform rating on Orbitz. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Orbitz climbed 69c, or 7.5%, to $9.85.
13:51 EDTPCLNOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTPCLNExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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10:15 EDTDDD3D Systems call activity attributed to takeover speculation
3D Systems January weekly 29 and 30 calls are active on total call volume of 8,600 contracts (900 puts) on renewed takeover speculation. January weekly call option implied volatility is at 78, February is at 53, March is at 56; compared to its 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
10:07 EDTDDDRumor: 3D Systems strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of 3D Systems are moving higher on speculation the company has hired an investment bank to review a potential sale of the company.
07:25 EDTFOXAViacom buys 50% stake in five Indian TV channels, WSJ says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is completing a deal with India's Reliance Industries giving it 50% ownership of five Indian TV channels for an undisclosed sum, reports the Wall Street Journal. Competitors including Discovery Communications (DISCA), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and AMC Networks (AMCX) are similarly looking towards foreign investment as U.S. consumers move away from traditional cable packages. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts 16% annual growth in Indian TV revenue over the next five years. Reference Link
07:03 EDTHARCEVA-Harman FANCI Project granted funding from Horizon 2020
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06:06 EDTFOXADreamWorks planning to lay off 'substantial' number of staff, LA Times reports
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January 18, 2015
16:46 EDTFOXAWarner Bros.' 'American Sniper' takes top spot with $90.2M at box office
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January 16, 2015
11:16 EDTFOXACBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
11:02 EDTCTRPBofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
January 15, 2015
18:03 EDTFOXADISH, Fox News reach content carriage agreement
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16:19 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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07:52 EDTFOXA'Avatar' sequel pushed back to 2017, AP says
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