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March 14, 2014
12:31 EDTULTA, CELG, CTB, GIS, GMCR, SBUX, AROOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street traded in a narrow band on either side of the flat-line in the early going, as the news flow continues to be dominated by developments between Russia and Ukraine. Stocks opened in quiet fashion and moved to the upside early in the session. The market was unable to hold its gains, however, and reversed course following a report that indicated that consumer sentiment has fallen this month. The averages crossed back into positive territory right before noon, but the market has remained in a narrow range throughout the morning's swings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., producer prices fell 0.1% overall in February, versus an expected increase of 0.2%. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, fell 0.2%, versus an expected increase of 0.1%. The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey for March unexpectedly dropped to a four-month low of 79.9. The preliminary reading for the month was expected by analysts to have come in at 81.8, which would have been a slight bump from the prior 81.6 figure. In Europe, one person reportedly died and several were injured after violent clashes in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk amid demonstrations from those opposed to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea. Also, reports indicated the Russian military conducted another military exercise near Ukraine on Thursday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of single-serve coffee machine maker Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) rose nearly 9% after the company agreed to new terms in its deal with coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX). Research firm Buckingham said its views Keurig's amended deal with Starbucks as a positive event for both companies. The new agreement lets Keurig pursue additional premium unlicensed brands and provides Starbucks an opportunity for better margins, said the firm... Shares of teen retailer Aeropostale (ARO) fell almost 14% after its fourth quarter results and first quarter outlook missed analysts' consensus expectations. The retailer also entered a financing deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners for a strategic partnership and $150M in senior secured credit facilities. Aeropostale will also issue convertible preferred stock to Sycamore that gives the firm the right to acquire up to 5% of the company's common stock at an exercise price of $7.25, the closing price of the company's common stock on March 12. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was beauty retailer Ulta Salon (ULTA), which advanced over 7% after the company’s fourth quarter results beat estimates. Also higher following its quarterly earnings report was tire maker Cooper Tire & Rubber (CTB), which rose nearly 8%. Among the noteworthy losers was Celgene (CELG), which dropped almost 3% after the U.K.'s healthcare guidance body issued new draft guidance on the use of the company's Revlimid drug. Also lower were shares of cereal and packaged foods maker General Mills (GIS), which slid 2% after the company warned its third quarter earnings could miss expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.15, or 0.01%, to 16,110.04, the Nasdaq was up 1.74, or 0.04%, to 4,262.16, and the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged at 1,846.36.
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August 21, 2014
16:08 EDTAROAeropostale reports Q2 EPS ex-charges (46c), consensus (49c)
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15:15 EDTARONotable companies reporting after market close
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August 20, 2014
08:02 EDTCELGBristol-Myers, Celgene enter collaboration agreement for OPDIVO, ABRAXANE
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August 19, 2014
11:53 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
09:38 EDTCELGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain estimates raised at SunTrust
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07:33 EDTCELGCelgene announces publication of REVLIMID combination results
Celgene announced that results of a study evaluating the combination of REVLIMID with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin hydrochloride, vincristine sulfate and prednisone in untreated diffuse large b-cell lymphoma were published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In a phase II, open label, single arm study, 64 patients with newly diagnosed, untreated, stage II-IV CD20 positive DLBCL received 25 mg of lenalidomide on days 1-10 with standard dose R-CHOP every 21 days for six cycles. All patients received pegfilgrastim on day two of each cycle and aspirin prophylaxis throughout. The primary endpoint was event-free survival with secondary endpoints of progression free survival and overall survival. A one-stage binomial design was used to assess the efficacy and tolerability of REVLIMID with R-CHOP. Of the 64 patients enrolled, 60 were eligible for response evaluation. In these patients, the overall response rate was 98% with 80% achieving a complete response. The 24-month EFS, which was identical to PFS, and OS rates were 59% and 78%, respectively. The company said, "This study demonstrated that the addition of lenalidomide to conventional R-CHOP resulted in similar PFS rates and OS rates between sub-types. This is intriguing as patients with the non-GCB phenotype have traditionally experienced poorer outcomes. The results of this study support further evaluation of this regimen in this sub-type of DLBCL.”
06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
August 18, 2014
18:21 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:04 EDTAROAeropostale up 7% after CEO change, Q2 guidance
16:36 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 adjusted EPS (45c)-(42c), consensus (58c)
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16:32 EDTAROAeropostale announces Julian Geiger to rejoin company as CEO
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06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
August 15, 2014
12:16 EDTGMCRMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
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08:16 EDTCTBCooper Tire, Chengshan Group enter CCT option agreement
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announced it has entered into an option agreement with Chengshan Group Company Ltd. that affirms and provides additional details regarding the previously announced put and call process to resolve the future ownership of Cooper Chengshan, or CCT, as contemplated by the January 29 agreement among the two companies and the CCT labor union. In addition, the new option agreement extends the option commencement deadline, which is the deadline for the independent valuation firm to deliver its fair market valuation of CCT, to August 24. The process for determining the future ownership of CCT begins with an independent valuation of the fair market value of CCT. Once the valuation is delivered, Chengshan has the first option, within 45 days, to elect to purchase Cooper’s 65% interest, to sell its 35% interest to Cooper, or not to exercise either of these options. If Chengshan determines not to exercise either of the options, Cooper has the right to purchase Chengshan’s 35% interest. In the event that neither party elects to purchase the others’ interest, the joint venture continues as currently structured. Further, should Chengshan purchase Cooper’s stake in the joint venture, Cooper will continue to have offtake rights with CCT agreeing to produce Cooper-brand products, including Truck and Bus Radial tires, for a minimum of three years.
06:39 EDTSBUXTim Hortons aims to lure customers via new coffee launch, Reuters says
Tim Hortons (THI) is looking to attract new customers and fight competitors, such as Starbucks (SBUX) and McDonald's (MCD), by revealing a new dark roast coffee blend throughout North America while possibly increasing prices to fend-off increasing expenses and rivals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Tim Hortons CEO Marc Caira. Caira said, "Looking at the coffee market, I would suggest that, given the degree of cost increases, that we are looking at prices going up sometime in 2015." Reference Link
August 14, 2014
07:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain estimates lowered well below consensus at SunTrust
SunTrust lowered forecasts well below consensus for Keurig Green Mountain, as the firm believes its gross margins will be impacted by higher green coffee costs and new product launches. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $3.70 from $4.00, vs. consensus of $4.05, and FY16 was lowered to $4.39 from $4.49. When the company reports Q4 result in November, the analyst expects the company to provide FY15 guidance around its new estimate and for Street estimates to move lower. Shares are Neutral rated with a lowered price target of $110, down from $115.
07:07 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces price increase, effective November 3
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