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July 22, 2014
11:07 EDTNI, HLF, PSEC, JOYOptions with increasing implied volatility: HLF JOY PSEC NI
News For HLF;JOY;PSEC;NI From The Last 14 Days
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February 11, 2016
10:01 EDTPSECOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Caesarstone (CSTE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded at Stifel... E.ON AG (EONGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded on disappointing results at SunTrust... HCP (HCP) downgraded at Stifel... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... MasterCard (MA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Matrix Service (MTRX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Prospect Capital (PSEC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... RWE AG (RWEOY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sotheby's (BID) downgraded on weak art market at Stifel... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Sunrun (RUN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Synovus (SNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenaris (TS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) downgraded to Neutral on possible US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... W.P. Carey (WPC) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One... Wendy's (WEN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:04 EDTPSECProspect Capital downgraded to Underperform on potential losses at Raymond James
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06:49 EDTPSECProspect Capital downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James
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February 10, 2016
11:20 EDTPSECOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: ZIOP ETE INFN X PSEC PAGP MRO ETP SPLK HCP
09:19 EDTPSECOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Akamai (AKAM), up 16.5%... Prospect Capital (PSEC), up 10.7%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Deutsche Bank (DB), up 6.1% after the Financial Times reported that the company is considering a multibillion bond buyback... Fitbit (FIT), up 3.7% after Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake in the company... FireEye (FEYE), up 3.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Shire (SHPG), up 1.7% after being upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Time Warner (TWX), down 7.6%... Disney (DIS), down 5.1%... SolarCity (SCTY), down 27.8%. ALSO LOWER: CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 38% after the FDA placed pacritinib IND on full clinical hold... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), down 40.1% after 29.1M share Spot Unit offering priced at $0.275.
February 9, 2016
19:18 EDTPSECOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Limelight Networks (LLNW), up 20%... Akamai Technologies (AKAM), up 15.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 9.9%... Paycom Software (PAYC), up 13.8%... A10 Networks (ATEN), up 7.3%... Prospect Capital (PSEC), up 8.6%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), up 6.5%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Empire District Electric (EDE), up 14.8% after Algonquin Power will acquire the company for $34.00 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), down 32.6%... LeapFrog (LF), down 2%... Orion Energy Systems (OESX), down 23.8%... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), down 3.6%... Sangamo Biosciences (SGMO), down 7.1%... Disney (DIS), down 3.4%... Demandware (DWRE), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Sunrun (RUN) is down 6.9%, Solaredge Technologies (SEDG) is down 6.6%, SunEdison (SUNE) is down 5.9%, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is down 2.9%, SunPower (SPWR) is down 2.9%, and Tesla (TSLA) is down 2.2% following SolarCity's fourth quarter results.
17:26 EDTPSECProspect Capital reports Q2 NII 28c, consensus 25c
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February 8, 2016
14:41 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active into Pershing Square webcasting video
Herbalife February weekly 42 and March 35 puts are active on total put volume of 4,900 contracts (1,700 calls) into Pershing Square webcasting video about Herbalife on February 9. February weekly put option implied volatility is at 77, February is at 56, March is at 64; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 106. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
14:05 EDTHLFPershing Square to webcast video about Herbalife on February 9
Pershing Square Capital Management announced that it will webcast "The American Dream Denied," a video about Herbalife, tomorrow, February 9, at 11:30 am Eastern time. Pershing stated: "Herbalife has attempted to convince regulators, elected officials, and the public that it has cleaned up its act and made substantial improvements to its business model. But the stories of Herbalife distributors show that millions of people are still being harmed by the company every day. The changes the company has made do not impact Herbalife's pyramidal compensation plan or the predatory practices Herbalife uses to deceive aspiring entrepreneurs. The 'new Herbalife' is no different than the old Herbalife."
09:46 EDTPSECPotential SEC query could hurt Prospect Capital shares, says Wells Fargo
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February 1, 2016
12:42 EDTHLFHerbalife names John Agwunobi Chief Health and Nutrition Officer
Herbalife announces that John Agwunobi has joined the company as its Chief Health and Nutrition Officer. Most notably, from 2005-2007, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
10:00 EDTJOYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:27 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Alere (ALR), up 45.4% after announcing that Abbott (ABT) will acquire the company for $56 per share... Questar (STR), up 20.2% after announcing that Dominion (D) will acquire the company for $25 per share and assumed debt... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 12.2% after the Phase 2a study of AIR001 met its primary endpoint... Twitter (TWTR), up 5.7% after The Information reported that Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake have considered a deal for Twitter... Herbalife (HLF), up 2.2% after the Wall Street Journal reported that probes into Bill Ackman's "pyramid scheme" accusations against Herbalife, as well as Herbalife's own accusations that Ackman sought to manipulate the company's stock, have both failed to uncover enough evidence to support criminal charges. LOWER: Dominion Resources, down 1.7% after reporting quarterly results and that it will acquire Questar... Abbott, down 4.1% after announcing that it will acquire Alere... GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after Piper Jaffray cut its price target to $7.50.
09:04 EDTHLFHerbalife moves higher in pre-market
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05:51 EDTJOYJoy Global upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
19:24 EDTHLFHerbalife, Ackman probes fail to find criminal evidence, WSJ says
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11:39 EDTJOYS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.

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