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January 24, 2014
07:35 EDTEBAY, IEPIcahn: 'If we have to, we will' have a proxy fight with eBay, WSJ reports
Carl Icahn (IEP) doesn't want to have a proxy fight with eBay (EBAY) but is prepared to win two seats on eBay's board, and then force it to split off its PayPal unit, reports the Wall Street Journal. He says he expects eBay to resist the proposal: "The company seems to be sort of dug in on the fact they don't want to do the PayPal spinoff," he says. Icahn has about a 2% stake in the company. Reference Link
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January 28, 2016
16:40 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of America's bellwether corporations and oil prices, which approached $34 a barrel. The market was unable to hold its opening gains and eventually crossed into negative territory. Before the losses became too big the averages reversed and moved back across the flat line. With oil holding onto its gains and closing above $33 a barrel, the averages closed in positive territory ahead of the next barrage of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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 National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% to $109.11 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. Facebook management made only one mention of macro concerns for the business in 2016, significantly different than Apple's (AAPL) earnings call on Tuesday night, Munster pointed out... 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 4.7% to $61.08 after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... Under Armour (UA), which had similarly been the focus of concern recently for some bearish analysts, posted better than expected results on the top and bottom line and backed its fiscal year revenue forecast, proving its doubters wrong and sending its share rocketing up 22.5% to $84.00. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Intrexon (XON), Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS), which gained a respective 10%, 7.6% and 1.4% as the ongoing Zika virus scare brought attention to the companies' efforts fighting the illness. Also higher were SolarCity (SCTY), Sunrun (RUN) and Vivint Solar (VSLR), with the solar stocks jumping 8.5%, 20.5% and 3.6%, respectively, after the California Public Utilities Commission approved new net-metering rules. Meanwhile, Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) rose 12.2% to $74.44 after announcing commercial availability of its Bendeka injection in partnership with Teva (TEVA). Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which lost 3.2% to $28.75 despite a pre-market spike after SpringOwl Asset Management urged the company to seek an investment from a strategic partner. The news was also followed by reports that CEO Marissa Mayer has started restructuring efforts with an "invest/maintain/kill" list, as well as news that Verizon (VZ) denied a report that it had bid for the company's core Internet business. Also lower were OSI Systems (OSIS), Qualcomm (QCOM) and eBay (EBAY), which fell a respective 31.8%, 8.3% and 12.5% following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 125.18, or 0.79%, to 16,069.64, the Nasdaq gained 38.51, or 0.86%, to 4,506.68, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.41, or 0.55%, to 1,893.36.
12:20 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street have moved all over the place in a wild morning of trading. The averages opened sharply higher as oil prices rose above $34 a barrel. The Dow opened with triple digit gains but following reports from Iraq that it would increase oil production, and refutations of rumors that OPEC might cut production, the commodity began to weaken, taking equities with it. The averages turned negative and it looked like another rout might be in the making. Before the market fell too far, it gathered itself and moved back into positive ground and the major averages are now in the green, but not far from where they ended yesterday's session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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 National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 14.5% after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. Wall Street analysts were nearly unanimous in their praise following the report, with a number increasing their price targets for its shares... 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 about 2% this morning after the company jumped over its lowered profit hurdle... Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance, with eBay falling 13% and PayPal rising 7% near midday... The Dow Jones US Healthcare ETF (IYH) fell over 2% at midday after a number of big-names in the space gave disappointing guidance. Celgene (CELG) fell 5% following its Q4 report and fiscal year outlook, while Abbott (ABT) dropped 8% in the wake of its own results and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kinder Morgan (KMI), which rallied 8.5% after it was upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. Also higher were Under Armour (UA), Dolby (DLB) and Deluxe (DLX), which gained 18%, 11% and 9%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was OSI Systems (OSIS), which fell 35% and was downgraded to Hold at BB&T following downbeat quarterly earnings. Also lower were Qualcomm (QCOM) and Discover (DFS), which each dropped about 7% after their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.37, or 0.01%, to 15,945.83, the Nasdaq was up 21.12, or 0.47%, to 4,489.28, and the S&P 500 was up 3.36, or 0.18%, to 1,886.31.
09:38 EDTEBAYActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), up 13.9%... Under Armour (UA), up 14.6%... MicroStrategy (MSTR), up 8.9%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 8%... Paypal (PYPL), up 6%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 7.9%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 6.2%... Alibaba (BABA), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Neos Therapeutics (NEOS), up 61.4% after the FDA approved Adzenys XR-ODT for the treatment of ADHD... Exelixis (EXEL), up 4.7% after the U.S. FDA determined the company's New Drug Application for cabozantinib is sufficiently complete... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 6.7% after being upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: OSI Systems (OSIS), down 21.3%... ServiceNow (NOW), down 22.3%... eBay (EBAY), down 11.5%... InvenSense (INVN), down 10.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 9.3%... Hologic (HOLX), down 4.4%... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), down 3.6%... Potash (POT), down 2.1%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3.6%.
08:33 EDTEBAYOptions expected to be active
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07:57 EDTEBAYeBay outlook better than headlines suggest, says Baird
Baird said eBay's results were in line with expectations and said although management's outlook looks weak on the surface, the guidance is unchanged from the outlook provided last year. Baird believes eBay shares are likely to be challenged near-term due to foreign exchange headwinds and so lowered its price target to $30 from $33. Baird maintained its Outperform rating on eBay shares.
07:33 EDTEBAYeBay share selloff 'feels overdone,' says JPMorgan
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05:55 EDTEBAYeBay price target lowered to $25 from $30 at Piper Jaffray
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January 27, 2016
19:30 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), up 11.4%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 6.4%... Paypal (PYPL), up 5%... Crown Castle (CCI), up 2.2%... Citrix (CTXS), up 2.4%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), up 1%... SanDisk (SNDK), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Radius Health (RDUS), up 1.2% after announcing a clinical collaboration with Novartis (NVS)... LinkedIn (LNKD) is up 2.4%, Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is up 2.2% and 2.6%, respectively, Netflix (NFLX) is up 1%, Amazon.com (AMZN) is up 2%, and Twitter (TWTR) is up marginally after Facebook reported quarterly results... MGM Resorts (MGM) is up 2.2% and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) is up 2.2%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: ServiceNow (NOW), down 16.5%... eBay (EBAY), down 12.8%... United Rentals (URI), down 9.7%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 9.6%... Silicon Graphics (SGI), down 9.1%... Discover Financial (DFS), down 7.4%... InvenSense (INVN), down 6.1%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 4.3%... Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 1.1%. ALSO LOWER: Incyte (INCY), down 12.8% after announcing that it will halt the Phase 2 sub-study of ruxolitinib or placebo in combination with regorafenib after a planned interim analysis of the high CRP subgroup demonstrated that ruxolitinib plus regorafenib did not show a sufficient level of efficacy to warrant continuation.
18:40 EDTEBAYeBay drops, PayPal climbs after quarterly results
Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NEW: eBay reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 50c, compared to consensus estimates of 50c, and Q4 revenue of $2.32B, in-line with analyst expectations of $2.32B. eBay provided Q1 adjusted EPS guidance of 43c-45c, below analyst estimates of 48c, and Q1 revenue guidance of $2.05B-$2.1B, against analyst expectations of $2.16B. eBay also gave FY16 adjusted EPS guidance of $1.82-$1.87, below analyst estimates of $1.98, and FY16 revenue guidance of $8.5B-$8.8B, below consensus expectation of $8.99B. PayPal reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 36c, above analyst estimates of 35c, and Q4 revenue of $2.56B, above consensus expectations of $2.51. PayPal gave Q1 adjusted EPS guidance of 34c-36c, above analyst estimates of 35c, and Q1 revenue guidance of $2.47B-$2.52B, compared to consensus expectations of $2.48B. PayPal also gave FY16 adjusted EPS guidance of $1.45-$1.50, compared to analyst estimates of $1.49, and FY16 revenue guidance of $10.5B-$10.7B, against consensus expectations of $10.68B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: eBay reported that its Q4 active buyer base was up 5% to 162M. The company also reported Q4 gross merchandise volume of $21.9B, while Marketplace GMV was $20.7B, and StubHub GMV was $1.2B. PayPal reported that Q4 total payment volume was up 29% to $82B and the active account base increased by 6.6M to 179M in Q4. Its Venmo subsidiary processed $2.5B of TPV in Q4, an increase of 174% year-over-year. PayPal also announced a new $2B share repurchase program. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note following eBay's earnings announcement reiterating the firm's Neutral rating. Munster explained that eBay's disappointing guidance is consistent with his belief that the company will continue to struggle to return to eCommerce growth amid the structural shift away from eBay's intensive search model and towards automated, simplified online commerce platforms. Munster argued that repositioning eBay's brand in the consumer's mind will continue to be a challenge, though given the stock's valuation, those expectations appear to be priced in. PRICE ACTION: Shares of eBay are lower by 12.38% to $23.15 in after-hours trading, while shares of PayPal are up 5% to $33.18. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: At eBay's current price, the next support is at $22.11, the 52-week low, and resistance is at $24.51.
16:07 EDTEBAYeBay drops after results
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16:06 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY16 adjusted EPS $1.82-$1.87, consensus $1.98
Sees FY16 revenue $8.5B-$8.8B, consensus $8.99B.
16:06 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q1 adjusted EPS 43c-45c, consensus 48c
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16:05 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 active buyer base up 5% to 162M
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16:02 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 adjusted EPS 50c, consensus 50c
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14:34 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
14:33 EDTEBAYeBay January weekly 27 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q4
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12:29 EDTEBAYEarnings Watch: eBay to report Q4 earnings following 2015 holiday season
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07:49 EDTEBAYEBay volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 26, 2016
18:18 EDTIEPS&P announces changes to S&P 500, S&P SmallCap 600 indices
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