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December 17, 2012
12:05 EDTNFLX, FSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR NFLX
First Solar (FSLR) January 36 call volatility increased 2% to 69, Netflix (NFLX) January 115 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 68 according to iVolatility.
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May 26, 2015
16:20 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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15:23 EDTFSLRRBC says sell First Solar as earnings power overestimated
RBC Capital cut its rating on solar energy company First Solar (FSLR) to Underperform, its equivalent of a "sell" rating, in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar's earnings power is significantly below analysts' consensus estimate and the company's guidance, RBC Capital analyst Mahesh Sanganeria wrote. The company's profits will be limited due to the lower selling prices of its modules and its declining gross margin, the analyst stated. Moreover, even if demand for modules is very strong, First Solar's sales will be limited by its capacity, Sanganeria contended. Furthermore, First Solar's cost advantage over competing modules has eroded and may disappear completely, partly due to significant declines in polysilicon prices and manufacturing efficiency improvements, the analyst stated. Sanganeria downgraded the shares to Underperform from Sector Perform and lowered the price target on the stock to $34 from $54. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In contrast, UBS was upbeat on the outlook for another name in the solar sector, SunEdison (SUNE), in its own note to investors today. SunEdison is may begin paying a dividend and could expand into Canadian renewable projects, UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith wrote. The company may acquire Canadian assets for relatively cheap prices, said Dumoulin-Smith, who kept a $32 price target and Buy rating on SunEdison. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, First Solar dropped 6.7% to $51.41 and SunEdison slipped 1.7% to $30.14. CORRECTION: This story corrects an earlier one to clarify that 8point3 Energy Partners is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by First Solar and SunPower (SPWR) to own, operate and acquire solar energy generation projects. TerraForm Global is the diversified, dividend growth-oriented company formed to acquire clean energy generation assets from SunEdison.
13:22 EDTFSLRFirst Solar May weekly volatility low on pullback
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12:35 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:58 EDTFSLRFirst Solar trades near session lows, levels to watch
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09:58 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up marginally after reporting third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Geeknet (GKNT), up 119.7% after being acquired by Hot Topic for $17.50 per share... IntelliPharmaCeutics (IPCI), up 16.8% after being granted fast track designation for Rexista Oxycodone by FDA... McDermott (MDR), up 9.2% after favorable mention in Barron's and after being awarded a project for 12 jackets offshore Saudi Arabia... Time Warner Cable (TWC), up 5.2% following announcement of merger with Charter (CHTR)... Charter is up fractionally. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sky-mobi (MOBI), down 7.9%. ALSO LOWER: Etsy (ETSY), down 5.7% following a Wall Street Journal report that Amazon.com (AMZN) is targeting Etsy with an artisan goods marketplace... First Solar (FSLR), down 4.1% after being downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... AstraZeneca (AZN), down 1.9% after Amgen (AMGN) ends participation in co-development and commercialization of brodalumab... Amgen is down 1.5%.
09:22 EDTNFLXRovi gets 'de facto renewal' with TWC buyout, says JPMorgan
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06:46 EDTFSLRFirst Solar downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded First Solar to Underperform and lowered its price target on the stock to $34 from $54. The firm believes First Solar's cost advantage over C-Si module producers is diminishing and that its earnings power is significantly below previous guidance and consensus. RBC Capital rolled out 2016 estimates of $1.37/$3.4B, versus consensus of $3.48/$4.1B and guidance of $3.50-$5.00/$3.8B-$4.5B. The firm sees limited upside to its estimates given First Solar's high exposure to utility scale projects and long-lead time and development cycles, combined with lower ASPs and gross margins to third-party module estimates.
06:10 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NFLX LNKD
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May 22, 2015
08:56 EDTFSLRJefferies to hold a field trip
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07:36 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $700 at RBC Capital following customer surveys
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May 21, 2015
14:54 EDTNFLXCiti ups Netflix target on international potential as company eyes China
Citigroup raised its price target for Netflix (NFLX) to $722 and maintained a Buy rating on the stock, citing the company's underappreciated international expansion and declining churn trends. WHAT'S NEW: In a research note, Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target on Netflix to $722 from $584, saying that despite the stock's 31% jump since reporting first quarter earnings on April 15, Netflix shares still have room to advance as the company extends its service globally. May believes the U.S. only accounts for 18% of Netflix's total addressable market based on broadband household metrics. Additionally, he thinks subscribership should trend positively as original content grows and churn declines, resulting in a potential 20% U.S. streaming revenue growth in 2016. The firm stated that Netflix's financial model should generate similar operating profits from "most" of the markets it chooses to enter, and that non-English speaking Netflix markets are being significantly undervalued when taking into account their size. Based on Citi's analysis, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have a $25 implied enterprise value per broadband household, which, at roughly 10% of the U.S. metric, implies "very conservative" assumptions. Citi highlighted that Netflix's current stock price does not account for any additional value from further international launches, which could include Spain, Italy, Portugal, China, Russia, and India. The firm also remains optimistic on subscriber numbers for coming quarters, saying both churn and content offerings are improving at the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On May 14, Bloomberg reported that Netflix has held talks with several Chinese media companies, including Wasu Media, backed by Alibaba (BABA) chairman Jack Ma. In response to the report, a Netflix spokesperson remarked that the company plans to be "nearly global" by the end of 2016. PRICE ACTION: Netflix is trading near flat on the day to $622.47.
12:01 EDTFSLRSouthern Company subsidiary acquires 103-MW Georgia solar project
Southern Company (SO) subsidiary Southern Power acquired the 103-megawatt Butler solar facility from Community Energy in Georgia. The project, which was initially developed by Community Energy was selected by Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power in a competitive process through the nationally recognized Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. The facility, which will be located on approximately 1,070 acres in Taylor County, Georgia, is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Construction is slated to begin in September 2015, with First Solar (FSLR) managing the building, operations and maintenance of the facility. The Butler solar facility is expected to consist of more than 1 million of First Solar's thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, which will have the option to keep or sell the RECs, for the benefit of its customers or renewable energy programs.
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $722 from $584 at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target for shares of Netflix to $722 with the stock up 31% since reporting earnings on April 14. After revisiting his valuation analysis, May continues to believe Netflix's international opportunity is underappreciated. The analyst also expects the streaming service's subscriber trends to continue benefiting from lower churn and better content. May maintains a Buy rating on Netflix. The stock closed yesterday up $5.05 to $621.53.
May 20, 2015
12:11 EDTNFLXNetflix to introduce new web interface in June, TechCrunch reports
Netflix is testing a new user interface that does away with its carousels, reports TechCrunch. The company is expected to rollout the new interface on the web to all users worldwide beginning next month. Reference Link
May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
11:04 EDTNFLXNetflix hits pattern price target
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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