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August 12, 2014
12:37 EDTTRAK, NUAN, KATE, DNDN, ICPTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday in a lackluster session marked by few major headlines. The market is drifting in a fairly narrow range, but the major averages have stayed mostly in negative ground through the early hours of the trading day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB's small business confidence index rose 0.7% to 95.7 in July, though that was below the expectation for a 96.0 reading. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed job openings rose 94K to 4.671M in June. In Germany, the ZEW Center's economic sentiment index fell to 8.6 in August from 27.1 in July, compared to the consensus forecast for a decrease to 17. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of accessory and clothing retailer Kate Spade (KATE) initially advanced in pre-market trading and were higher early in the session after the company reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share and sales that beat analysts' consensus forecast. However, the stock reversed and moved into negative territory during the company's associated conference call, during which it said it was "responsible to reevaluate the timeframe" to achieve its previously laid out targets for 2016, citing a longer than expected Kate Spade Saturday ramp-up, its revised 2014 margin rate outlook, and the company's limited visibility into 2016. Near noon, the stock was down nearly 20%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drug developer Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which jumped 26% after data from a trial of its liver disease drug OCA showed improved safety as well as a statistical benefit in reversing liver fibrosis. Also higher was DealerTrack (TRAK), which rose 18% after the company reported higher than expected second quarter earnings and raised its 2014 EPS outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Dendreon (DNDN), which dropped 36% after reporting its Q2 revenue in a regulatory filing and disclosing the company sees a "significant risk" that it will not be able to repay or refinance its 2016 Notes. The company also acknowledged it is currently considering alternatives to the repayment of the 2016 Notes, some of which could result in leaving its current stockholders "with little or no financial ownership of Dendreon." Also lower were shares of voice and language solutions provider Nuance (NUAN), which fell 10% after reporting on its third quarter results and providing fourth quarter guidance that missed analysts' consensus expectation. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 30.46, or 0.18%, to 16,539.52, the Nasdaq was down 15.02, or 0.34%, to 4,386.31, and the S&P 500 was down 4.50, or 0.23%, to 1,932.42.
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November 25, 2014
10:25 EDTNUANOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:39 EDTNUANActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTNUANOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), up 2.6%... Tiffany (TIF), up 4.8%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), up 5.1%... Brown Shoe (BWS), up 6.6%... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), up 3.1%... Qihoo 360 (QIHU), up 5.8%... DSW (DSW), up 7.3%. ALSO HIGHER: SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 27.9% after aboveground facility operating at 100% capacity. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xcerra (XCRA), down 7.4%... Workday (WDAY), down 8.4%... Brocade (BRCD), down 3.8%... Post (POST), down 7.5%. ALSO LOWER: Wet Seal (WTSL), down 15.8% after announcing that it has not set a timetable for review of strategic and financial alternatives... Medgenics (MDGN), down 11.1% after 5.125M share Spot Secondary priced at $4.10... Pandora (P), down 3.7% after being downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Cyberark Software (CYBR), down 3.7% after receiving multiple downgrades.
November 24, 2014
18:17 EDTNUANOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:29 EDTNUANNuance Sees FY15 EPS $1.10-$1.20, consensus $1.15
Sees FY15 Non-GAAP revenue $2.02B-$2.08B, consensus $2.07B.
16:27 EDTNUANNuance sees Q1 EPS 21c-23c, consensus 27c
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16:07 EDTNUANNuance says well positioned for return to growth in FY15
Nuance CFO Tom Beaudoin said, “We delivered a strong finish to fiscal 2014, with revenue, EPS and bookings above our guidance ranges. In fiscal 2014, recurring revenues represented 64% of total revenue, up 6 percentage points from last year, as we continue to transition our revenue model toward more stable, predictable recurring revenue streams. The positive deferred revenue and cash flow characteristics of our recurring revenue streams also continue to benefit the business. Fiscal 2014 bookings and execution in strategic markets position us well for a return to growth in fiscal 2015.”
16:06 EDTNUANNuance reports Q4 EPS 33c, consensus 27c
Reports Q4 non-GAAP revenue $520.3M, consensus $510.79M. Reports Q4 bookings of $619.6M, up 24.5% from $497.7M in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
15:20 EDTNUANNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:39 EDTNUANNuance December 15 straddle priced for 10.5% move into Q4
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10:37 EDTKATEKate Spade rises after handbag survey prompts Bank of America upgrade
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10:00 EDTKATEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Berry Plastics (BERY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Huaneng Power (HNP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Infoblox (BLOX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lumber Liquidators (LL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PT Indosat (IIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Silvercorp Metals (SVM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Toro Company (TTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... United Microelectronics (UMC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein.
09:23 EDTKATEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:48 EDTKATEKate Spade upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merill upgraded Kate Spade to Buy from Neutral. The analyst has increased confidence in sustainable comp growth following a recent handbag survey and said the current share price does not reflect growth prospects. Price target is $34.
07:30 EDTKATESterne Agee to hold a conference
4th Annual Philadelphia SMID Cap Conference is being held in Philadelphia on November 24.
06:54 EDTKATEKate Spade upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
November 20, 2014
11:39 EDTNUANNuance options active into Q4
Nuance December 13 puts and Jan 17 calls are active on 4K put contracts (2K calls) on takeover speculation into the expected release of Q4 results on November 24. December call option implied volatility is at 48, January is at 41, April is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:14 EDTNUANRumor: Nuance strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:07 EDTNUANNuance December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Nuance December call option implied volatility is at 48, January is at 41, April is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 24.
November 14, 2014
15:22 EDTICPTIntercept CEO says company 'very well-positioned' in terms of balance sheet
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