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May 13, 2014
12:28 EDTRAX, KO, WHR, GMCR, HALO, RDENOn 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.
News For GMCR;KO;RDEN;WHR;RAX;HALO From The Last 14 Days
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November 11, 2014
09:37 EDTRAXActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTHALOHalozyme price target lowered to $10 from $12 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities cut its price target on Halozyme after the company said it intends to explore partnerships and/or strategic alternatives for the Hylenex program in diabetes. The firm removed the diabetes program from its valuation due to uncertainty. It reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:42 EDTRAXRackspace buyback likely to push shares higher, says Needham
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08:13 EDTRAXRackspace reported strong Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that Rackspace's Q3 results showed very strong trends, and it thinks the company's revenue/EBITDA growth can reach high teen percentage levels in 2015-2016. The firm keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:51 EDTRAXRackspace price target raised to $50-$52 from $42-$46 at Wells Fargo
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November 10, 2014
18:32 EDTHALO, RAXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:26 EDTHALOHalozyme completes workforce reduction
The company noted, "We completed a corporate reorganization to align with strategic priorities. This reorganization resulted in a workforce reduction of 22 employees. We will incur a one-time charge in Q414 that will be largely offset by reduced compensation expenses during the quarter."
17:10 EDTRAXRackspace CEO says buyback an example of confidence in future
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17:08 EDTRAXRackspace CEO says management 'feels good' about Q4 pipeline
16:50 EDTRAXRackspace CEO says company is committed to revenue growth, margin
Comments provided during Q3 earnings conference call.
16:42 EDTRAXRackspace up 2% to $38 after Q3 results, $500M share buyback
16:40 EDTRAXRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
16:39 EDTRAXRackspace says Q4 revenue outlook includes negative FX impact
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16:37 EDTRAXRackspace announces $500M share repurchase plan
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16:19 EDTHALOHalozyme reports Q3 EPS (16c), consensus (14c)
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16:10 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 adjusted EBITDA margin 33%-35%
16:09 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q4 EPS $469M-$476M , consensus 476.51M
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16:08 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q3 EPS 18c, consensus 16c
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15:26 EDTHALO, RAXNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:47 EDTRAXRackspace technical comments before earnings
The shares have broadly outperformed in the prior three months, trading up over 16%. Since a bearish gap down in September, the stock has been trending up. A look at a 1-year chart shows the importance of the $40 level. It has been touched as resistance several times over that interval, but without being able to break through for long. On stronger than expected news, a move to the $40 area would seem probable. If the news or outlook is sufficiently strong, there could be a breakout above $40. Such a breakout given the length of time the $40 area has been resistance would be long-term bullish for price. Additional upside objectives above $40 would be at $42.09 and then at $43.83. If the news is worse than expected, there are several points of support that could be tested as downside objectives: $34.70, $32.36, and $30.74. A move down through all of the levels noted would retrace the advance made in recent months nearly completely.
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