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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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February 19, 2015
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.
11:02 EDTSNIScripps Networks promotes Steve Gigliotti to Chief Revenue Officer
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10:14 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,375 from $1,325 at Piper Jaffray
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10:12 EDTDDD3D Systems price target lowered to $36 from $42 at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital lowered its price target for 3D Systems shares to $36 ahead of the company's Q4 results but keeps an Outperform rating on the name. The firm views lower organic growth rates and declining margins as near-term headwinds.
09:12 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:37 EDTSSYSStratasys core business remains solid, says Canaccord
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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
05:35 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 73 at upper end of index mean range
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February 18, 2015
16:04 EDTXONEExOne announces six new printable materials for use in 3D printing systems
ExOne announced that six additional materials are now printable in the company's printing systems: Cobalt-Chrome, IN Alloy 718, Iron-Chrome-Aluminum, 17-4 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel and Tungsten Carbide. Using ExOne's printing systems – including the M-Flex and recently introduced Innovent– customers interested in 3D printing materials for their own product development are afforded the opportunity to utilize the wide variety of new materials, each offering unique properties and uses. These qualified materials are distinguishable from printable materials in that they are commercially available for sale in industrial densities or for finished products printed at an ExOne PSC. ExOne manufactures and sells direct and indirect printing systems as well as printable and qualified materials, binder, cleaner and other consumables for use in its machines.
15:38 EDTPCLNPriceline technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:35 EDTPCLNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
13:36 EDTPCLNPriceline February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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11:54 EDTXONE, DDD, SSYS, MTLSAnalyst says Barron's thesis on 3D printing stocks outdated
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08:04 EDTMTLS, DDD, XONE, SSYSBarron's wrong on 3D printing stocks, says Oppenheimer
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06:43 EDTDDD3D Systems volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
3D Systems February call option implied volatility is at 78, February weekly is at 99, March is 76, May is at is at 52; compared to its 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 26.
05:59 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 71 at upper end of index mean range
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