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February 7, 2014
14:50 EDTPHH, NEON, IDRA, OUTRHigh option volume stocks: IDRA PHH VI NEON OUTR
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February 8, 2016
16:23 EDTOUTROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory thanks in part to lower oil prices, poor banking data out of China, and selling in Europe. The market saw little in the way of buying for most of the day, with all ten of the S&P sectors in negative territory. Oil prices struggled to stay above $30 per barrel, while "safe haven" gold moved above $1,200 an ounce, its highest price since June. Once oil settled, stocks saw a late rally and cut into their losses, but the averages still ended the day deep in the red even following the comeback. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the labor market conditions index came in at 0.4 for January, below expectations for a reading of 2.0. In Asia, markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea were all closed for the New Year holiday. Data was still released in China that showed the country's foreign currency reserves fell to their lowest level since May 2012, dropping about $99B in January, though that was better than analyst forecasts and ahead of some recent whispers. COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) tumbled 33.2% to $2.05 after media reports indicated that the natural gas producer has hired restructuring lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. The company later remarked that the law firm has been retained as an adviser, though Chesapeake noted it has "no plans" to pursue bankruptcy, which helped the stock recover some of its early losses... Meanwhile, another player in the oil space with ties to Chesapeake, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), declined 41.3% to $4.10 after the company disclosed it was making a change to the Chief Financial Officer of its general partner. Williams Company (WMB), which has agreed to merge with Energy Transfer, also slid nearly 35%... Yelp (YELP) ended Monday down 11% at $16.11 after the earlier than expected release of its quarterly earnings report, which the company blamed on the news distribution service that issued the press release before the results were due. Yelp's earnings and revenue came in above expectations, though the company also disclosed that its finance chief Rob Krolik would be stepping down. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apollo Education (APOL), which rallied 24% to $8.62 after agreeing to be acquired for $9.50 per share by a group of investors led by private equity firm Apollo Global (APO), with the news also sending its for-profit education competitor DeVry (DV) up 5.5%. Also higher was GoPro (GPRO), which gained 10.3% to $10.99 after Microsoft (MSFT) announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with the beaten down action camera maker. In addition, Outerwall (OUTR), owner of the Redbox and Coinstar kiosk brands, rose 11% to $30.01 after Bloomberg reported that at least three buyout firms have sought to take it private in the past two years, with activist investor Engaged Capital later in the day confirming a 14% stake in the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Sarepta (SRPT), which declined 12.1% to $10.74 after the FDA delayed a decision on the company's closely-watched Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment eteplirsen. Also lower was BioCryst (BCRX), which plunged 71% to $1.77 after a clinical trial of its hereditary angioedema drug failed to meet its primary endpoint. Meanwhile, Twitter (TWTR) fell 5.3% to $14.89 following reports over the weekend that it is rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. INDEXES: The Dow fell 177.92, or 1.1%, to 16,027.05, the Nasdaq lost 79.39, or 1.82%, to 4,283.75, and the S&P 500 declined 26.61, or 1.42%, to 1,853.44.
08:41 EDTOUTRActivist Engaged Capital confirms 14.1% stake in Outerwall
Engaged Capital disclosed in a filing that it has a 14.1% stake in Outerwall, stating that it has purchased the shares based on the belief that they were undervalued and represented an attractive investment opportunity. "Depending upon overall market conditions, other investment opportunities available...and the availability of shares at prices that would make the purchase or sale of shares desirable, [Engaged] may endeavor to increase or decrease their position in [Outerwall] through, among other things, the purchase or sale of shares on the open market or in private transactions or otherwise, on such terms and at such times as [Engaged] may deem advisable," the investor stated in its filing. Earlier this morning, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that Engaged is urging Outerwall to pursue a sale to private equity suitors. Outerwall shares are up 3.5% in pre-market trading.
08:09 EDTOUTROuterwall targeted by activist after turning down suitors, Bloomberg reports
Outerwall, the owner of the Redbox and Coinstar kiosk brands, has turned away at least three buyout firms that sought talks to take it private in the past two years, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the situation. Activist investor Glenn Welling's fund, Engaged Capital, has now amassed a stake of more than 14% and is urging Outerwall to pursue a sale to private equity suitors, the report added. Reference Link
February 5, 2016
16:12 EDTOUTROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The monthly jobs report showed job growth had slowed more that expected in January, along with indicating higher than expected wage inflation due to the minimum wage increases around the country. Also weighing on the market were the worse than expected forecasts from some companies with previously high-flying stocks, including professional social network operator LinkedIn (LNKD). The Nasdaq was the biggest decliner losing more than 3% of its value, though the S&P and Dow also finished with significant losses. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. Consumer credit surged $21.3B in December, topping the $16B increase that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: LinkedIn plunged 43.68% to $108.49 after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock. "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA) similarly issued full-year guidance significantly below expectations and also fell sharply, tumbling 49.57% to $41.27. A number of companies that sell software to businesses fell in the wake of their reports, including Splunk (SPLK), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were packaged foods maker Post Holdings (POST), which gained 11.14% to $63.83, and meat producer Tyson Foods (TSN), which advanced Among the noteworthy losers was Lionsgate (LGF), falling 27% to $18.57 after its third quarter revenue and earnings declined, which the company attributed to the performance of its theatrical film slate. Lionsgate's post-earnings pullback also weighed on Starz (STRZA), which fell 22.2%. Bloomberg reported earlier in the week, citing sources, that Lionsgate had restarted talks to possibly acquire Starz. Also lower following their earnings reports were shares of Redbox parent Outerwall (OUTR), which fell 17.28%, and Hanesbrands (HBI), which slid 15.1%. INDEXES: The Dow fell 211.75, or 1.29%, to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq lost 146.42, or 3.25%, to 4,363.14, and the S&P 500 declined 35.43, or 1.85%, to 1,880.02.
12:12 EDTOUTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the day lower and have seen little in the way of buying since the open. As the market digested the monthly jobs data and watched the price of oil turn negative, the selling that had taken a two day break was renewed. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, falling over 2%, while the Dow is down about 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. A report on Consumer Credit growth in December is due out at 3 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged 40% after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock... Also tumbling in the wake of its quarterly report was "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA), which fell 47% after its full-year guidance came in significantly below expectations. Tableau blamed its guidance miss on weaker IT spending trends, as well as competition, and a number of other companies that sell software to businesses also fell following its report, including peer Splunk (SPLK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cempra (CEMP), which gained about 5% after it said that its solithromycin drug met primary and secondary objectives in its Phase 3 study. Also higher were Tyson Foods (TSN) and Post Holdings (POST), which gained 10% and 11.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Vertex (VRTX), which fell 5% after the FDA said that it cannot currently approve a label expansion for Kalydeco in children with residual function mutations. Also lower were Lion's Gate (LGF), YRC Worldwide (YRCW), and Redbox-parent Outerwall (OUTR), which were down 33%, 30%, and 17%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 171.21, or 1.04%, to 16,245.37, the Nasdaq was down 110.39, or 2.45%, to 4,399.17, and the S&P 500 was down 27.10, or 1.41%, to 1,888.35.
11:23 EDTOUTROptions with increasing put volume
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11:11 EDTOUTRRedbox owner plummets after guidance miss prompts downgrades
Shares of Outerwall (OUTR), a provider of automated retail solutions including Redbox and Coinstar, are falling after the company reported fourth quarter earnings and gave fiscal 2016 guidance after the close on Thursday night. WHAT'S NEW: Outerwall reported Q4 core earnings per share of $1.43, significantly higher than the consensus estimate of 66c but almost half of the $2.83 Outerwall reported in Q4 of last year. Outerwall also reported Q4 revenue of $527.2M against a consensus of $513.19M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Outerwall gave FY16 guidance along with its Q4 report, saying it sees 2016 core EPS of $5.00-$6.30 against a consensus of $7.14. Outerwall added that it would not provide FY16 revenue guidance, citing difficulty in forecasting as a result of the content release schedule, accelerating secular decline, and the company's focus on profitability and cash flow. The company noted that it will continue to provide guidance for core adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, core diluted EPS from continuing operations and free cash flow. ANALYST REACTION: Following the earnings report, Outerwall was downgraded by Piper Jaffray and Roth Capital. Piper analyst Michael Olson downgraded Outerwall to Neutral from Overweight after the company's outlook for 2016 came in well below expectations, telling investors that its declining revenue suggests the company deserves a discounted multiple. He cut his price target for the shares to $32 from $57. Roth Capital analyst Darren Aftahi lowered his price target to $23.50 from $37, saying cash flow visibility is deteriorating. Aftahi said 2016 guidance underscored that rental declines are a long-term secular issue that will put meaningful pressure on cash flow, and with few catalysts for shares, Aftahi moved Outerwall to a Sell rating following the firm's earlier February 1 downgrade to Neutral. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Outerwall are declining over 12% to $28.69 in late morning trading, and are down more than 50% over the last year.
10:02 EDTOUTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cascade Microtech (CSCD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... GrubHub (GRUB) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LinkedIn (LNKD) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Magellan Midstream (MMP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Marathon Petroleum (MPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Multi-Fineline (MFLX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... NIC Inc. (EGOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Pixelworks (PXLW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... Qorvo (QRVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TrueBlue (TBI) downgraded on macro concerns at BMO Capital... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:19 EDTOUTROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tyson Foods (TSN), up 6.9%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.1%... Ubiquiti (UBNT), up 20.2%... Lumentum (LITE), up 7.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 42.8%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 35.6%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 19.9%... Sierra Wireless (SWIR), down 24.4%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 12.7%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 13.3%. ALSO LOWER: LinnCo (LNCO), down 65% after announcing exploration of strategic alternatives... Linn Energy (LINE), down 59.2% after announcing exploration of strategic alternatives... Quotient (QTNT), down 17.9% after 4.44M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Hess (HES), down 10.2% after 25M share Spot Secondary priced at $39.00.
07:16 EDTOUTROuterwall downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Roth Capital
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05:40 EDTOUTROuterwall downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTOUTROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
16:30 EDTOUTROuterwall sees 2016 core EPS $5.00-$6.30, consensus $7.14
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16:29 EDTOUTROuterwall reports Q4 core EPS $1.43 vs. $2.83 last year
Reports Q4 revenue $527.2M, consensus $513.19M.
14:35 EDTOUTRNotable companies reporting after market close
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February 1, 2016
10:02 EDTOUTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:14 EDTOUTROuterwall downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital
As noted earlier, Roth Capital downgraded Outerwall to Neutral from Buy. The firm believes that Redbox rentals are tracking below its estimates so far this year. Roth thinks the company's fiscal 2016 results will be hurt by Redbox and EcoATM headwinds. Target $37.
06:53 EDTOUTROuterwall downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital
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