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March 18, 2014
09:13 EDTKIOR, HDY, HPQ, WMT, SFLY, FF, RNA, GME, YGE, GALE, HTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FutureFuel (FF), up 21%. ALSO HIGHER: Prosensa Holding (RNA), up 20% after reporting results from a Phase II trial of drisapersen for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy... Hyperdynamics (HDY), up 12% after announcing it wishes to recommence drilling plans of an exploratory well offshore Guinea... Yandex (YNDX), up 4% after reported acquisition of KitLocate... HP (HPQ), up 1.8% following upgrade to Overweight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yingli Green Energy (YGE), down 7%. ALSO LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 1%, after earnings report, new $1B share repurchase program, confirming approval for separation of equipment rental business... Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 15.8% after disclosing an SEC investigation into the company related to an outside investor relations firm retained in 2013... GameStop (GME), down 5% after Wal-Mart (WMT) announces used videogame trade-in program... Shutterfly (SFLY), down 6.5% after downgrade at Cowen... KiOR (KIOR), down 44% after saying it has "substantial doubts" about ability to continue as going concern.
News For GME;WMT;HTZ;RNA;HPQ;GALE;FF;HDY;YGE;SFLY;KIOR From The Last 14 Days
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December 12, 2014
08:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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07:12 EDTHPQHP reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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05:38 EDTGMENovember NPD video game software sales fell 2%, says Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
19:50 EDTGMENovember new video game sales up 14% from last year, Game Informer says
November sales of newly launched video games rose 14% from the same period last year, but overall software sales were down 2%, according to Game Informer, citing NPD data. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Reference Link
09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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08:40 EDTGALEGalena presents HER2 screening data results from NeuVax Phase 3 clinical trial
Galena Biopharma announced that initial immunohistochemistry, or IHC, screening data from the NeuVax Phase 3 PRESENT, or Prevention of Recurrence in Early-Stage, Node-Positive Breast Cancer with Low to Intermediate HER2 Expression with NeuVax Treatment, trial was presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, or SABCS. The poster, entitled, "HER2 Discordant Results in Local vs. Central Testing in the Phase 3 Nelipepimut-S Trial and Implementation of Leica Bond Oracle HER2 Immunohistochemistry System for Low and Intermediate Levels of HER2 Protein Expression as a Companion Diagnostic," demonstrated that with the implementation of the Leica Bond Oracle HER2 IHC assay, preliminary limited data indicated additional patients met HER2 eligibility for PRESENT and the assay identified more precisely patients at HER2 1+ and 2+. As part of the PRESENT trial, Galena has implemented central laboratory testing for all potential patients to confirm validated and robust entry criteria, and ensure the enrollment of the targeted patient population. To improve accuracy and specificity for the HER2 1+ and 2+ status testing, and develop a companion diagnostic for NeuVax, the Leica Bond Oracle HER2 IHC system has been incorporated as central HER2 IHC screening for the PRESENT study.
06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
08:25 EDTHPQHP capital return potential makes valuation attractive, says Brean Capital
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08:03 EDTHTZHertz expands across Europe with more than 80 branches in 2014
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTGALEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
07:28 EDTHPQFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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07:08 EDTGALEGalena GALE-401 Phase 1 results show reduced platelet counts, tolerable safety
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05:57 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy collaborates to deploy solar power in Thailand
Yingli Green Energy announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Singapore, intends to collaborate with Kasikornbank Public, Huawei Technologies and Solventia Solar Energy, to deploy solar power in Thailand, a promising renewable energy market. According to their recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, the companies plan to jointly provide turnkey solar power solutions for both power plants and distributed generation projects throughout the country. Due to Thailand's strong year-round solar irradiation and rising demand for electricity, the Thai government has established a 3 GW target for total solar power capacity by 2021. The country plans to meet at least 20% of its energy demand with renewable resources by 2022.
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