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May 13, 2014
12:28 EDTGMCR, KO, RDEN, WHR, RAX, HALOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday after a report showed that retail sales barely rose in April. The Nasdaq, which has been the market leader all year, was in negative territory near noon, while the Dow and S&P 500 were both slightly positive. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index rose to 95.2 in April, beating the consensus forecast for a 94.5 reading. Retail sales edged up 0.1% in April from the prior month, missing expectations for a 0.4% monthly increase. A measure of import prices fell 0.4% in April, compared to a forecast for a 0.3% increase. Export prices, which were also expected to fractionally increase, declined 1.0%. In China, retail sales increased 11.9% in April compared to the same month of last year, which was a bit below expectations. Industrial production growth in the month also slightly trailed the consensus forecast, rising 8.7%. In Europe, the Zew economic sentiment index for the euro area unexpectedly slipped to 55.2 in May from 61.2 in April. Also, a Wall Street Journal report indicated that the Bundesbank is ready to support a package of ECB easing measures in June to include a negative deposit rate and purchases of asset-backed securities. COMPANY NEWS: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) shares rose nearly 10% after Coca-Cola (KO) disclosed a deal to purchase additional shares, which increase Coke's stake in the K-cup coffee machine maker up to 16%. In February, Coca-Cola agreed to buy a 10% stake in Green Mountain for $1.25B, with an option to increase its stake in the future. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO), which gained over 15% after reporting first quarter results and announcing that a committee supervising one of its previously halted clinical studies now supports continued enrollment of patients. Also higher was cloud company Rackspace (RAX), which advanced more than 7% after its first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was perfume and cosmetic maker Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which plunged 20% after unexpectedly reporting a third quarter loss amid weaker than expected sales. Elizabeth Arden also confirmed that it has engaged Goldman Sachs (GS) to assist its board in looking into potential strategic alternatives, as had been reported by Reuters last month. Also lower were shares of appliance maker Whirlpool (WHR), which fell 3% after research firm Longbow downgraded the stock following its April retailer survey indicated a growth slowdown in both wholesale and sell-through volumes against the backdrop of a slowing U.S. housing sector. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 15.99, or 0.1%, to 16,711.46, the Nasdaq was down 11.17, or 0.27%, to 4,132.68, and the S&P 500 was up 0.66, or 0.03%, to 1,897.31.
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September 10, 2014
11:23 EDTRAXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:04 EDTKOCoca-Cola management to meet with SunTrust
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September 9, 2014
12:08 EDTRAXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:27 EDTRAXCenturyLink could buy Rackspace for under $50/share, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes CenturyLink (CTL) could "financially digest" a potential acquisition of Rackspace (RAX) under $50 per share, using up to 50% in cash. Citi says that based on its initial basis, it would take a neutral view for a possible buyout under $40 per share, while adding that CenturyLink could trade lower if it were to pay more than $50 for Rackspace. Citi has a Neutral rating on CenturyLink with a $40 price target.
07:52 EDTRAXCenturyLink could be interested in Rackspace at right price, says UBS
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September 8, 2014
16:18 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:43 EDTKOMonster Beverage asks court to block NY probe subpoena, Bloomberg says
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11:24 EDTRAXRackspace trades higher following report CenturyLink in talks to buy company
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10:58 EDTRAXCenturyLink would need to issue stock, raise debt to buy Rackspace, Re/code says
Following a Bloomberg report that said CenturyLink (CTL) is interested in buying Raxspace (RAX), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl noted that CenturyLink has "practically no cash" and would have to issue stock and likely take on "significant debt" to make such an acquisition, though the author also noted that CenturyLink has a history of structuring such deals. However, Hesseldahl believes Rackspace remaining independent is still the "more likely scenario" than the company being bought. Reference Link
10:24 EDTRAXRackspace moves to resistance test on takeover speculation report
Bloomberg yesterday said in a report that sources indicated CenturyLink (CTL) was looking to acquire Rackspace Hosting (RAX). At the current price of $39.21, the stock is just under the $40 level which has been overhead resistance in the trading range in place since late last year. Support is at $38.28. A breakout above $40 would be bullish for future price.
09:12 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTRAXRackspace risk/reward remains compelling, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that even with some takeout speculation being priced into Rackspace (RAX)shares today following reports that CenturyLink (CTL) is in talks to buy the company, the risk/reward on the stock remains compelling. Wells believes Rackspace either gets acquired at a premium or stays independent and announces a share buyback of $900M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:36 EDTRAXRackspace Hosting volatility expected to move on acquisition report
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) volatility is expected to move on CenturyLink (CTL) looking to acquire says Bloomberg, citing sources. Overall option implied of 37 is below its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
September 7, 2014
16:22 EDTRAXCenturyLink said to seek Rackspace acquisition, Bloomberg says
Louisiana-based landline phone service provider CenturyLink (CTL), is looking to acquire cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting (RAX), says Bloomberg, citing sources. Sources say a deal may not be reached for Rackspace Hosting, which currently has a stock market valuation of $5.33B, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
11:53 EDTKOCoca-Cola says 'on track' for 2014 productivity targets
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September 4, 2014
07:45 EDTKOCoca-Cola can continue to outperform, says Bernstein
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September 3, 2014
09:01 EDTKO, GMCRKeurig Green Mountain, Coca-Cola expand agreement to Keurig hot brewing system
Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) and The Coca Cola Company (KO) have expanded the companies’ innovative partnership to offer select beverages from the portfolio of The Coca Cola Company’s still brands in the Keurig hot brewing system in the United States and Canada. Honest Tea will be the first brand from The Coca Cola Company available in K-Cup® packs. In February 2014, the companies signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca Cola Company's global brand portfolio for use in Keurig’s forthcoming Keurig Cold™ at-home beverage system, available in Keurig’s fiscal year 2015. As part of that agreement Coca-Cola acquired a 10% minority equity position in Keurig and subsequently announced its intention to increase its stake up to 16%.
08:31 EDTHALOHalozyme's PEGPH20 program receives fast track designation
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06:39 EDTRAXRackspace volatility at low end of historic range
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September 2, 2014
10:09 EDTKOStudy finds adverse heart events associated with energy drinks, ScienceWR says
A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress concluded that caffeinated energy drinks can be associated with several adverse heart conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death, reported Science World Report. Monster Beverage (MNST) markets energy drinks and recently struck a deal to acquire additional energy drink brands from Coca-Cola (KO). PepsiCo also markets energy drinks. Reference Link
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