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July 22, 2014
16:36 EDTNFLX, CMG, UTX, KO, HOG, HLF, DD, MCD, CROX, TRV, VZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in spite of post-earnings drops from a number of Dow components and a halt of U.S. flights to Israel's capital. Stocks began the session in positive territory and remained there throughout the entire session, moving in a fairly narrow range against the backdrop of a pick-up in the number of companies reporting on their quarterly results. The market withstood the latest headlines from Israel's conflict in Gaza, which indicated that the FAA has suspended U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours following a rocket launch that landed near the city's airport. With the Dow again near record levels, investors are preparing for tonight's earnings blast, which includes reports from both Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% in June, matching expectations. The FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 212.4 in May. Existing home sales rose 2.6% to a rate of 5.04M in June, beating expectations for a 2.2% monthly increase to a 5.0M rate. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 3 points to 7 in July, missing the consensus forecast by 1 point. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Herbalife (HLF) began the day in negative territory as hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has repeatedly called the company a pyramid scheme, prepared to begin the presentation that he told CNBC yesterday would show why the company "is going to collapse." Among the allegations made today, Ackman estimated that Herbalife's nutrition clubs lose an average of $12K for their operators, that the clubs contribute "enormously" to Herbalife's results and that Herbalife insiders are selling while the company is repurchasing shares. After the multiple hour long presentation, Herbalife said Ackman "over-promised and under-delivered" on his $1B bet against the company. The multi-level marketing company added that Ackman’s claim about the earnings of its nutrition clubs is "completely false and fabricated" and the stock closed the day up $13.75, or 25.45%, at $67.77... Six members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, or one fifth of the index, reported on their earnings this morning. Among them, Verizon (VZ) advanced 28c, or 0.55%, to $50.98, while Coca-Cola (KO) slid 2.85%, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 1.31%, DuPont (DD) dropped 0.9%, United Technologies (UTX) dropped 1.88% and Travelers (TRV) declined 3.81%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which rallied $69.84, or 11.84%, to $659.77 after the restaurant operator's second quarter results handily beat analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 comparable restaurant sales outlook. Also higher was Crocs (CROX) which rose $1.84, or 12.4%, to $16.68 after the footwear maker reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that exceeded analysts' consensus and detailed its plans for cost-saving measures and store closures. Among the noteworthy losers was Harley Davidson (HOG), which fell $3.62, or 5.4%, to $63.46 after its second quarter earnings beat expectations but the company lowered its forecast for its fiscal year motorcycle shipments. Also lower were shares of Netflix (NFLX), which fell $20.86, or 4.62%, to $431.09 after several research firms reiterated their negative outlook on the stock following the company's second quarter results. INDEXES: The Dow was up 61.81, or 0.36%, to 17,113.54, the Nasdaq was up 31.31, or 0.71%, to 4,456.02, and the S&P 500 was up 9.90, or 0.50%, to 1,983.53.
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May 15, 2015
09:04 EDTNFLXNetflix poised to open at all-time high above $600 per share
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are up more than 3% in pre-market trading to trade near $606 per share after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media Holding, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma, and other Chinese companies about forming a partnership to bring its content to China.
08:48 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain Keurig Cold price points worrisome, says SunTrust
After attending Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig Kold launch event, SunTrust says it was impressed by the device's technology but concerned about its initial price points and near-term investments needed to launch the product. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. SodaStream (SODA) develops and markets at-home cold beverage makers. :
08:46 EDTVZMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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08:05 EDTKOBernstein has reservations about Keurig Green Mountain's Keurig Kold
After attending Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig Kold launch event, Bernstein says that it has a hard time understanding the device's value proposition and sensed some caution from the company about how quickly the device's penetration will rise and be accretive to earnings. The firm says the device and pods seem a bit expensive, while the brewer and pods are large. The firm believes that the taste of the product's Diet Coke drink was off, although regular Coke and others were good. Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. SodaStream (SODA) develops and markets at-home cold beverage makers.
05:55 EDTNFLXNetflix in talks to enter China's online video market, Bloomberg reports
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May 14, 2015
19:47 EDTHLFHerbalife responds to court's final approval of class action settlement
Herbalife issued the following statement: “Herbalife welcomes the decision by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to grant final approval of the class action settlement in the matter of Dana Bostick v. Herbalife International of America Inc et al. As we have consistently stated, we believe that the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate to class members, and we note the court found that the low number of claimants was not surprising in light of the substantial survey results indicating that most people join Herbalife to become discount consumers of our products."
18:41 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain drops after Keurig Kold investor presentation
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11:38 EDTNFLXNetflix has a small potential bullish pattern developing
On the daily chart there is a small potential bullish flag developing. The pattern won't become active unless there is a breakout above $585. The time until the pattern expires is likely by end of day tomorrow, meaning it could fail by time or price. If the pattern becomes active and completes, upside potential would be to the $625 to $630 area. A breakdown below the low of the flag portion of the pattern at $575 or lower would void the pattern.
10:42 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson trades close to session lows in first hour of trading
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10:00 EDTCROX, DDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:49 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson U.S. retail unit sales forecasts below consensus at ITG Research
ITG Research introduced a U.S. retail unit sales forecast of 55,605 to 56,769 motorcycles, or down 4.5% to down 2.5% year-over-year, which is below the 0.7% year-over-year decline in growth the firm reported in Q1 and consensus forecast for an increase of 3.8%.
09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:38 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded DuPont to Neutral from Underperform. The firm expects DuPont to emerge from the recent proxy battle as a stronger, leaner company and views risk-reward as more balanced. Price target is $76.
06:58 EDTDDDuPont pullback a buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:40 EDTCROXCrocs upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy upgraded Crocs to Overweight on expectations the shoemaker's margins will improve and sales will trend into positive territory in the second half of 2015. Murphy believes shares can trade higher despite the 16.4% year-to-date rise and upped her price target for the stock to $17 from $13.
06:28 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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06:20 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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06:07 EDTVZAOL CEO could net almost $180M in company sale to Verizon, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTVZDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
05:34 EDTVZAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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