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January 3, 2014
16:50 EDTAAL, DAL, TM, GM, S, JBLU, RAD, HMC, HLF, UAL, FEYE, FOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed in the second trading session of the year, with the Dow climbing, the Nasdaq falling, and the S&P 500 finishing virtually flat. Volume remained light, with snow in the northeast and the fractured holiday week perhaps keeping some market participants home. The averages traded in a modest range for much of the session, with commentary from some Fed members, including outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke, moving the markets in the final hour of trade. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York ISM fell to 63.8 in December from a prior reading of 69.5. Crude oil inventories fell by more than projected last week, drawing down by about 7M barrels. COMPANY NEWS: Automakers released their U.S. sales data for December, and among the notable reporters was General Motors (GM), which reported sales fell by over 6% during the month compared to last year and shares of the car-maker fell $1.38, or 3.37%, to $39.57 following the announcement. Ford (F) reported December sales grew by almost 2%, while Japanese manufacturers Honda (HMC) reported sales that rose 1.9% and Toyota (TM) saw sales drop 1.7%. Shares of computer-security firm FireEye (FEYE) gained $15.89, or 38.63%, to $57.02 after the company announced last night that it had bought privately held cybersecurity firm Mandiant in a deal valued at $1 billion. FireEye also raised its revenue outlook and analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan increased their price targets on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rite Aid (RAD), up 43c, or 8.53%, to $5.47 after the company reported December same-store sales that rose 2.9%, with analysts at Deutsche Bank noting that this is the pharmacy's best growth in 21 months. Also higher was Delta (DAL), up $1.53, or 5.52%, to $29.23 after reporting that its Passenger Revenue per Available Seat Mile, or PRASM, was up 10% in December compared to the prior year. Delta's airline peers, including United Continental (UAL), up $2.22, or 5.88%, to $39.95, JetBlue (JBLU), up 45c, or 5.23%, to $9.05, and American Airlines (AAL), up $1.18, or 4.65%, to $26.54 also advanced. Among the noteworthy losers was Herbalife (HLF), down $2.74, or 3.43%, to $77.09 after the Federal Trade Commission announced it will hold a press conference next Tuesday to announce an initiative against "deceptive advertising of weight-loss products," though the FTC did not name the products or manufacturers it will target. Also lower was Sprint (S), down 46c, or 4.42%, to $9.94 after the stock was cut to Sell from Hold at Stifel, which said it is skeptical of the company's near-term M&A prospects. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.64, or 0.17%, to 16,469.99; the S&P 500 was down 0.61, or 0.03%, to 1,831.37; the Nasdaq was down 11.16, or 0.27%, to 4,131.91.
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March 20, 2015
06:09 EDTRADRite Aid implied volatility of 63 at upper end of index
March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTRADOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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12:56 EDTHMCHonda to voluntarily expand recall for Takata air bags
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11:02 EDTRAD, HLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: HLF RAD NFLX HLSS NOW
09:37 EDTRADActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTFEYEHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold a hearing
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07:04 EDTRADAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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05:49 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; RAD XLV
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March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTRADOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
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.
13:49 EDTHLFHerbalife says 'confident in strong fundamentals of business model'
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10:30 EDTRADRite Aid calls active on renewed takeover speculation
Rite Aid April 8 and 9 calls are active on 138K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. March call option implied volatility is at 72, April is at 62, May is at 53; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for larger near term price movement.
10:15 EDTRADRumor: Rite Aid moves higher on renewed takeover speculation
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09:23 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to change business model in Russia
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08:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to idle auto plant in St. Petersburg
08:02 EDTHLFHerbalife wins dismissal of class action 'pyramid scheme' lawsuit
On March 16, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted Herbalife its motion to dismiss a class action complaint brought on behalf of shareholders who allege that the company and its executives violated federal securities laws by misrepresenting the "nature, scope and legality" of the company's business and operations. According to the plaintiffs, Herbalife and its executives, including CEO Michael Johnson, misrepresented Herbalife as a legitimate multi-level marketing company when it "is actually an illegal pyramid scheme." The court concluded that the suit's plaintiffs have not adequately pled loss causation, meaning that the court need not consider Herbalife’s alternative arguments, according to a court filing. Shares of Herbalife are up 3% in pre-market trading after the court dismissal was widely reported by Bloomberg last night.
07:49 EDTAALAmerican Airlines management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:13 EDTHLFHerbalife complaint letter signer subpoenaed, Hartford Courant reports
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06:16 EDTRADAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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