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February 27, 2015
16:22 EDTFSLRStocks have another winning week after Greek deal, Yellen reassurance
Stocks ended higher this week after the euro zone sealed its deal to extend Greece's bailout and Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated that the central bank would take a patient approach to raising interest rates. MACRO NEWS: Last Friday afternoon, Greece reached a framework deal with its euro zone partners to extend its bailout by four months, contingent on a reform proposal being accepted. The proposals were accepted by the EU early this week... In testimony before Congress, Janet Yellen reiterated that the Federal Reserve can remain patient in deciding when to hike interest rates... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the Q4 GDP growth revision, durable goods orders for January, and an index of consumer sentiment beat expectations, but weekly jobless claims and existing home sales for January missed expectations... Somewhat positive economic data came out of China, as the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.1, representing a four month high. However, China's export orders declined at the fastest rate in 20 months. COMPANY NEWS: Drug maker Valeant (VRX) agreed to buy Salix (SLXP), which develops gastrointestinal products, for $158 per share. In another development on the M&A front, Bloomberg reported that HP (HPQ) is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), which provides Wi-Fi products. Additionally, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) rose after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN)... Solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) was one of this week's big winners after its quarterly results topped expectations, and the company announced that it's in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar also rallied after the news... Among the noteworthy losers this week was Lumber Liquidators (LL), after the company reported Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations. The flooring retailer also warned on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light and disclosed in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act... Companies that rose after reporting their quarterly results included Home Depot (HD) and Gap (GPS), while HP, TASER (TASR), and J.C. Penney (JCP) dropped after reporting their results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.04% to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq was up 0.15% to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 was down 0.27% to 2,104.50.
10:32 EDTFSLROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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February 25, 2015
12:08 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR AAL
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11:03 EDTFSLRFirst Solar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
10:42 EDTFSLRFirst Solar trades higher, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTFSLRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL HPQ PBR FSLR MRVL TSLA LVS ABX TWTR MGM
07:25 EDTFSLRFirst Solar upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:51 EDTFSLRFirst Solar upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Northland
06:50 EDTFSLRFirst Solar upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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February 24, 2015
16:42 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day almost unchanged as investors awaited the testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen before a Senate panel. Following her prepared remarks, which suggested the central bank will not rush to raise interest rates, buyers stepped in to push the market higher. The Dow moved to all-time highs, as did the S&P, while the Nasdaq extended its most recent streak that saw the index close higher for nine consecutive sessions for the first time that has happened since 2009. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stated in prepared testimony to Congress that the central bank considers it "unlikely" that economic conditions will warrant an increase in the target range for the federal funds rate for "at least the next couple" of FOMC meetings. Yellen also said that while the drop in oil prices will have negative effects on energy producers and will probably result in job losses in this sector, it will likely be a significant overall net positive for the U.S. economy. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city house price index reported a seasonally adjusted monthly increase of 0.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Markit's services PMI for February came in at 57.0, versus consensus of 54.5. The Conference Board consumer confidence index declined in February to 96.4, which was down from last month's revised 103.8 figure and below the consensus 99.5 forecast. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for February came in at 0, versus the consensus expectation for a reading of 6. In Europe, eurozone finance ministers approved Greece's reform proposals and extended the country's bailout program by four more months. COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) advanced $4.47, or 3.98%, to $116.75 after the Dow member's earnings beat expectations. The home improvement giant also hiked its quarterly dividend by 26% and authorized an $18B share repurchase program. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunPower (SPWR), which rose $5.00, or 17.99%, to $32.80 after its quarterly results topped expectations and the company announced that its in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar shares also advanced $5.06, or 10.19%, to $54.70 during the session, though its shares are fractionally lower in after-hours trading after the company issued its own earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Rosetta Resources (ROSE), which fell $3.29, or 15.04%, to $18.58 after its weaker than expected Q4 report and lowered guidance was followed by at least five analyst downgrades of its stock. Also lower were shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which slid $7.33, or 4.75%, to $147.00 after reports indicated that Macau's government views overcrowding from tourists as a serious problem and plans to review the mainland’s individual visit scheme with authorities after Chinese New Year. INDEXES: The Dow rose 92.35, or 0.51%, to 18,209.19, the Nasdaq gained 7.15, or 0.14%, to 4,968.12, and the S&P 500 added 5.82, or 0.28%, to 2,115.48.
16:15 EDTFSLRFirst Solar sees Q1 EPS (25c)-(35c), may not compare to consensus 84c
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16:12 EDTFSLRFirst Solar reports Q4 GAAP EPS $1.89, may not compare to consensus 76c
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15:21 EDTFSLRNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:58 EDTFSLRFirst Solar February weekly 57 straddle priced for 7.7% movement into Q4
12:53 EDTFSLRFirst Solar volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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12:42 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFSLRActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:11 EDTFSLRFirst Solar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:09 EDTFSLRJPMorgan positive on First Solar, SunPower joint venture talks
JPMorgan says its initial view is positive of the First Solar (FSLR), SunPower (SPWR) advanced talks to form a joint venture. The firm believes the initial portfolio of the combined YieldCo should be 1.2GW or more, which it thinks would support "strong" dividend growth. It has an Overweight rating on both names.
February 23, 2015
18:02 EDTFSLROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:39 EDTFSLRFirst Solar gaps up after hours, levels to watch
Shares were last up over 11% to $55.27 following news that the company was in discussion with SunPower (SPWR) to create a joint venture YieldCo vehicle. SunPower shares were also rallying. At current price next resistance is at $56.99. Support is at $54.29.
17:25 EDTFSLRFirst Solar, SunPower rally after saying they are in talks to form YieldCo
Solar stocks are moving up in extended trading this afternoon after First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower (SPWR) announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar and SunPower announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo. Formation of the YieldCo and completion of the IPO are subject to, among other things, the execution of definitive documentation, each party’s board approval and regulatory approval. PRICE ACTION: First Solar is up over 10% to $54.90 in the after hours while SunPower is higher by over 12% to $31.27. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other solar stocks gaining in after-hours trading include SolarCity Corporation (SCTY), Trina Solar (TSL), JA Solar Holdings (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), and Canadian Solar (CSIQ).
16:41 EDTFSLRFirst Solar up about 10% following announcement of joint YieldCo with SunPower
SunPower is up about 12% on the news.
16:33 EDTFSLRFirst Solar, SunPower plan to partner to form joint YieldCo vehicle
First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower (SPWR) announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo. Formation of the YieldCo and completion of the IPO are subject to, among other things, the execution of definitive documentation, each party’s board approval and regulatory approval. There is no assurance that the YieldCo will be formed or that the IPO will be consummated or that any other transaction will occur.
13:23 EDTFSLRFirst Solar February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 19, 2015
13:18 EDTFSLRIsrael's SolarEdge to launch IPO
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February 18, 2015
18:22 EDTFSLRSolar stocks struggle in extended session after SolarCity results
Solar stocks are trading down in the extended session after SolarCity (SCTY) reported a larger fourth quarter loss than expected and guided to a first quarter loss well below consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Solar city said adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share for Q4 was a loss of ($1.33) against estimates of a loss of ($1.27). Revenue for the quarter was in-line at $71.8M. The company also guided for a loss of ($1.75)-($1.65) per share in the current quarter which is below analysts' average estimates for a loss of ($1.25) per share. However, the company did note, " With end-market demand healthy and growing, our installation capacity steadily ramping and a majority of our financing needs secured for the year, we remain confident in achieving our guidance to deploy 920-1000MW in 2015." PRICE ACTION: Shares of SolarCity are down over 5% to $54.01 in the after-hours session. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other stocks in the solar space trading lower in the extended session include SunPower (SPWR), SunEdison (SUNE), Vivint Solar (VSLR), and First Solar (FSLR).
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